Dare Art Alade

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Dare Art Alade (Darey) was born to legendary African Jazz musician and entertainer, Art Alade and his wife, Olapeju Alade. He is the last of five children.
Darey had his secondary school education at CMS Grammar school, Lagos before going on to the University of Lagos for a degree in Music. He went further to the Music Society of Nigeria (MUSON) to study music theory, voice and classical piano. His Father's extensive Jazz music collection and the concerts he let him attend ushered Darey into the life of 'Showbiz'.
Darey has been a disc jokey, TV presenter, Master of Ceremony, Entertainment Consultant, Voice Over Artist, Performing/Recording Artist, Emtrepreneur and Philianthropist.

While in school, he got scouted to work for cool FM while performing on stage in clubs, so he shuttled between being a presenter on 9.9 cool FM and studying. His time with cool FM presented him with the opportunity of acquiring advanced knowledge on Radio Presentation, Production and Marketing and when he was done, he was set for Television and soon became a regular on-screen personality in the hit African entertainment variety show, Y'Hello.
Darey's big break came in 2004 when he emerged third in the first ever African edition of the internationally renowned TV series, Project Fame. Gaining the Opportunity to perform in front of over 100 million TV viewers as well as signing a recording deal with Sony BMG Africa which was unfortunately never realized.

In 2006, he released his debut album 'Me 2 U' on Storm Records which included 'Original Naija' which was used as theme song for the first ever edition of Big Brother Nigeria.

In 2008, he hosted Project Fame West Africa and in the following year, hosted the Future Awards and the SMVAs He dropped his second album, 'unDAREYted' in 2009 on his newly founded record label Soul Muzik, producing the biggest R & B song in Africa that year, 'Not the Girl'. The album caught the attention of African American Music buisness Legend, Dick Griffey who offered to produce Darey's third album but unfortunately passed away before the project was completed.
In 2010, he completed his third studio and album release and the same year, at the request of the then President of Nigeria performed a special set to commemorate the Country's 50th Independence Anniversary.

In 2011, he completed his Twin albums, Double Darey on his Soul Muzik imprint and followed this up with smash hit singles and music videos for Sisi Eko Remix.

In 2013, Darey and his Soul Muzik team produced Nigeria's biggest and best Love Concert titled 'Love like a movie' which went on to become a yearly event, holding at Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos having special red carpet section hosted by special guests like Kim Kardashian and Ciara. In thesame year, he also succesafully released the muaic video to his monster track 'Asiko' featuring Jozi and Ice Prince and in May 2013, released a new single,' Fever' which was produced by Internationally acclaimed Producer, Harmony.

In 2015, he released another hit 'Pray for Me' which he said was inspired by Paul Okoye's story of him and his Father and in October of 2015, released his fifth video album titled 'Naked'.

Over the years, Darey has shared the stage with the most prominent names in Music worldwide, including; Beyonce, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Lionel Richie, John Legend, T-pain and has chatted with world leaders like Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan.

As a way to empower African Youths, he set up the Art Foundation whoose main objective is to keep Music education alive for kids in Primary and Secondary schools in Africa. Darey supports several philianthropic cases including Cancer Charities, Community and Sports development and Several Foundations.

He is a Judge on the Nigerian Idol. Main host for both the Gulder Ultimate Search and Glo 'Naija sings' reality show in 2011.
He is the Chief Creative Director for Livespon, an event production digital agency and Media Company.


Dare Art Alade Personal Life
Dare Art Alade is married to Deola Ayeni Art-Alade and they have two Children.

Darey has been described as one of the finest musicians to have ever lived and as nothing short of a perfectionist when it comes to the way he handles his buisness.

When he is not in the studio recording, or turning up concert stages, he plays basketball or video games.
Dare Art Alade Awards
• Award for Musical Excellence for his album, 'Me 2 U'

• Beat Picture/Musical video 'Escalade' at the Awards for Musical excellence in Nigeria in 2006

• Best R&B video in Africa 2006 by the Channel O Music Video Award

• Best Male Video 'Not the Girl' at the Channel O Music Video Award in 2009

• Best R&B 'Not the girl' at Nigeria Music Video Awards in 2009

• Best use of costume for 'More' at the Nigeria Music Video Awards in 2009

• Video of the year for 'More' in 2009 at the Nigeria Music Video Awards
Recording of the Year 'The way you are' in 2011 at the Headies Award.

• Best R&B single of the year 'The way you are' at the Headies Award in 2011

• Best Male Artiste for 'Pray for Me' at the All Africa Music Award in 2015

• Best R&B single 'Pray For Me' in 2016 at the Headies Award

• Best Recording of the year 'Pray for Me' at the 2016 Headies Award
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