UCHé Brings Back The Funk
By Iwedi Ojinmah 4 months ago
UCHé (Uchechukwu Ndubizu-Egwim) is a cross between Kravitz without his guitar and Seal behind a powerful microphone. He sings deep and loud and as the world has found out courtesy of American Idol, he sings very well all with the cheeky allure of D Angelo , the raw sexuality of Maxwell and showmanship of Terence Trent D'Arby.
The Houston based Nigerian American singer has been among the standouts of the show this season, after ironically sitting on the fence during his initial audition, and has now been tipped by many to win it all.
UCHé is a pure funk guy and with names like Prince, George Clinton, and Bootsy Collins as his main idols and influencers becomes, for me at least, a sentimental favourite because that's my favourite genre.
UCHé has previously opened for Demi Lovato and Grammy-nominated rapper B.o.B. In 2017, Uche also released an EP titled, My Generation, with singles such as “Mob Luxuries," which was written after a friend of his overdosed, and "Made of Steel."
Recently the roughly 1.95-meter crooner explained how he went from singing in a gospel choir to stepping out on his own as a solo star. "I hated having to just stand there and sway, it was so not for me," he shared before describing his persona as,
"No apologies, I go hard every freaking time. You haven’t seen a tall lanky dude ‘Get It’ like a short guy can… until now lolRelated: FGN Unhappy With Racy Big Brother Naija, Lodges Complaint With NBC As StarTimes And NCAC Work Together On Alternative Show ."
Before the music, UCHé was a particularly eccentric kid raised by his caring and passionate mother, a United States Public Health Service officer, and loving and ever-present father. They lived in “Small Town,” Minnesota later on moving to Houston, Texas where he was originally born.
UCHé describes himself as the interesting ‘class clown’ stating, “I was just a weird little boy that danced and did flips everywhere. I think I just loved making people happy.” He reminisces, “I remember telling my mom one day, “During school when I can make even one person smile I feel like I’ve done my job.”
UCHé hasn’t always been singing but believes that “God’s plan is always revealed.”
He began his entertainment career as a dancer and actor at the age of eleven in Minnesota. For the next three summers, UCHé would visit Nigeria and this is how he perfected his dancing skills. Then finally he heeded the advice from countless casting directors and agents and began singing.
“As a kid, I was just never the standout singer in the family, I thought that place was for my sisters.”
Heeding the advice of industry professionals, he finally joined the choir of his High school and church, but he never quite felt at home when in the midst of a group. He exclaims, “I hated having to just stand there and sway, it was so not for me.” Uche found his home when he took the stage as a solo artist.
As he continues on his American Idol journey, Uche is prepared to leave it all on the stage. "But a testimony can be found in every moment, so I am grateful for the journey,' he added.
There is no doubt that UCHé is a breath of fresh air and a living testimony that going back to the future can be quite invigorating.
His most recent project, an EP entitled “My Generation”, is a musical biopic chronicling UCHé’s descent into a world of hedonism fueled by excessive drug use and subsequent spiritual awakening that he credits as saving his life. UCHé exclaims,
“My Generation speaks of the issues I have with my own generation. I meant it to be a musical vehicle that provides fiercely honest social commentary on my generation’s dulled social conscious, its fascination with living a life of “excess” and the rampant drug use that powers this ever popular “YOLO” spirit” (You only live once).”
We wish him all the best both in the US and hopefully also here in Nigeria where the craving for good funk has never gone out of style but remain fiercely intact.
UCHé's Standout Performances: