Only a true and truly fearless ARTIST, would take such a risk – turn the knob up – and challenge the entire industry with an album release party performing with a full set live band backed by his producer on the keyboard. That was the feat Harrysong achieved on the 3rd of April 2011 at Club

Luxe, Etim Inyang Crescent, Victoria

Island Lagos. He did this in front of a packed and sweating capacity crowd of over 1,000 holding up their hands and cell phones.

Harrysong is a fast rising singer, before the new CD titled Testify that was released on that day at Club Luxe. Harrysong is described as King of Melody and the go-to man for voice coaching and songwriting. The sensation co-produ

ced star actress cum sing

er Omotola

Jalade’s album with Ayodele ‘Del b’ Basil, voice coaching, back up vocals and co producing for artistes including Darey, Olu Maintain, labelmates – d’Supremes and Ego Omalicha. The doors was open a few minutes after 7PM, with a crowd of fans gathered at the door – trying to get into the venue. After an extended grey carpet sessions with the selected media houses [event was exclusively covered by Soundcity, Nigezie, Da New Live Beat and Real TV], that featured the musician of the night – Harrysong, Sammie Okposo, Retta, ipp, Orezi, Igho, Lerato (big Brother alumni), Ogyny and others like M.I., Banky W and Tuface making it to the after party.

Harrysong made his entry into the venue, to take a breather at the VIP lounge of the venue – chit chatting with guests and colleagues.

Afterwards, Harrysong heated up Club Luxe Sunday Night, featuring his band banging bongos, slapping the base, pounding drums and wailing on the synthesizer – Into his first session, he called up respected gospel singer Sammie Okposo who without rehearsal performed with the live band and sang praises of the Warri bred host.

Harrysong left the sight of the audience afterwards with performances from DJ Humility that happened in the midst of cheers from the guest as he mix

ed hit records after records then Orezi and a female duo took the stage.

Refreshed Harrysong in new attire emerged for the concluding set of his live band session. This time, he appeared with Sound Sultan, KC Presh, Baba Dee, d’Supremes and Sammie Okposo. The artistes took turn to perform with the live band – it was indeed reminiscence of a ‘birthday’ celebration like Harrysong announced in his performance.

Rather, Harrysong sang from his heart, and expressed his appreciation for the crowd constantly. After thousands joined in for “Testify,” the opener from his just-released major label debut, Testify, now Harrysong beamed as he thanked everyone for paying attention to this long-delayed debut.

When he closed the night with his remake and proper hit, “I want you” which he originally performed with labelmates – d’Supremes and Ego on Gyptian’s hold yuh beat, He – unusually didn’t ripped off his top to reveal his trimmed body and to race around the stage – into the crowd, joining the crowd to chant the anthem’s massive hook. It was an energetic coda that underlined just how mellow and modest the gig had been — no crazy light spectacles or thunder-stealing special guests in the release proper (It was otherwise in the after party), minimal requests for crowd participation and no synchronized dances.

Harrysong’s Testify album is now in stores and selling on the streets. Digital copies would be available for sale soon.

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