There’s no better way to know a thing or two about an individual than to ask the individual some questions. And that is exactly what we did when MaryJane cornered humble and talented singer, Adewunmi Ayobami Samuel a.k.a SammyLee. for a chat. Enjoy.
Tell us abit about yourself
My names are Adewunmi Ayobami Samuel , known in the creative industry as SammyLee. I discovered my singing talent at an early age of 8. I was born in Lagos state, Nigeria to the family of Mr. Michael and Dorcas Adewunmi.
I pursued most of my educational training in Lagos, Nigeria and later moved to Ghana for university education where I graduated with a bachelors of science degree. At age 13, I found natural attraction to many music instruments such as piano, lead guitar, drums and bass guitar, this has helped me become a better artist. Being able to play these instruments also equipped me to produce beats as well.
How did you go into music and for how long now?
I got into music professionally in 2007 when I recorded my first single, then I had freinds who were already going to the studio to record their music and one day I also wrote a song and booked a studio session and recorded the song. It sounded nice and my friends and the people around me then liked it, that was how it started.
What kind of music do you do?
I make any kind of music, depends on how I feel but I do more of afro pop and R’N’B. But I’m very versatile, I can make any kind of music and it will sound good.
Tell us about the music you’ve done
I’ve released a coulple of singles, worked on 2 songs with iyanya one titled, “Your Desire” which I featured him on. I also worked with him on the track 3 on his debut album Desire titled “Gashegbe” which he featured me on. I also worked with award winning rapper from ghana D-black on a song titled “celebrate”, also worked with Kwaku T of big brother fame,Trigmatic from Ghana and Yvonne Darq, one of kenya’s hottest female artists.
Did your family & friends support you?
Yes, everyone around me supports my music.
Has it been an easy ride
It has not been a smooth ride, a lot of ups and downs but the experience makes me better and stronger.
Is it full time or do you have other business on the side
I do music full time for now because it requires a lot of focus to get to the top but as time goes on, I will definitely start other things on the side.
What kind of message do you pass to your audience through your music?
I mostly pass the message of love in my music , because I believe love conquers all, so most of my music and the subsequent ones are mostly about love , you can call me the Lover boy.
How many artists have you worked with?
I have orked with a lot of artists, known artists and upcoming artists as well. I have worked with iyanya, D-black, Trigmatic , Kwaku T and Yvonne Darq and many more.
What is your advice to upcoming artists?
My advise is always put God first , work hard , master your craft, be humble, respect everyone, it goes a long way because talent is never enough to get you there.
What inspires your creativity in music?
My everyday life inspires my music, how I feel, the things I see happening around me basically.
Are there prospects in the music industry?
Of course lots of prospect, things are happening gradually, good things take time.
What does it take to deliver a great stage performance?
To deliver a great stage performance comes with a lot of hard work, you have to rehearse a lot. Also, you have to be physically fit which means you have to exercise constantly to keep the momentum.
Which artists/brand are you looking forward to work with both locally and internationally?
Locally: Wande coal, 2face, Tiwa savage, Wizkid , M.i , Davido , Olamide, Timi Dakolo , Banky W
Internationally: Chris Brown, Drake , Ty Dolla Sign, R. Kelly , Ryan Leslie , Brandy, Justin Bieber , Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Beyonce.
What are your goals in five years?
To be one of the biggest african artists making history worldwide.
How do you handle your fans?
I handle my fans with love and nothing less.
Are you active on social media?
Yes I’m active on social media.
Has it helped you in your career?
Yes, it has really helped my career. I have lots of people getting to know about my music from different parts of the world from social media, it’s really a big deal for my growth.
Words of encouragement
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.