In the midnight hour, Ebenezer’s mind is overrun with ways to bring his style of music to the masses. There’s a bit of anxiety that rushes over the singer-songwriter as he makes a creative leap to sing of not only falling in love, but fearing its ability to take over the mind like a drug. “It’s an honest way of looking at our feelings but also vulnerable enough to get down to in the evening,” he says of his music that’s captivated critics and solidified his bright future in today’s longlasting marriage between hip-hop and modern R&B.
The self-taught musician's unique sound is an ode to the moods of love that often strike us all when we’re between the sheets or between an argument with a lover. Passion has taken Ebenezer from his humble beginnings in Hackney, London with his Nigerian parents to Los Angeles where he met an influential label A&R. Their meeting would expose Ebenezer’s gift of songwriting and producing thanks to collaborations with Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Stefflon Don, K-Pop faves SuperM and Craig David’s #1 UK album, Following My Intuition.
“When I write it's a different part of my brain is working,” he says of his creative process. “When I produce and sing other parts are working, it's like when one gets tired, I could always just switch to the other.”
In 2017, his unique sound was heard throughout his debut EP, Bad Romantic. The project included “53 Sundays,” a testament to his religious roots that set him apart from the sounds of grime and UK rap spilling out of his hometown.
“I'm not here for just a moment. I want my music to transcend time and location,” he says. That sense of ambition led him to collaborate with producer Duke Dumont for 2018’s “Inhale,” an R&B-House jam earning over 20 million streams on Spotify.
His work for himself and others earned praise from The Fader, MTV UK, Vice, in addition to Clash Magazine who crowned him as the “Next Wave” of innovative artists. With 12Tone acting as his new playing ground, Ebenezer is ready to release Bad Romantic 2 or BR2, with the self-produced single, “Flaws And All.” The follow-up to Bad Romantic pulls at the heartstrings of love’s growing pains with superb production and smooth vocals.
“It’s hard to be in control of this jealousy,” he sings with brutal virtue on “Flaws and All”. At the end of the day, Ebenezer has a loyalty to love and music worth fighting for. “I will always make something better than my last,“ he says. “Being in competition with myself and not being able to settle for anything less is important to me. I have a message to say and I'm not taking it for granted.”
January 17, 2020