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Friday 8 September 2023

MUSIC: Breakout music star Pheelz joins forces with Young Jonn to release highly anticipated new song 'JELO'

Maintaining impressive momentum, breakout Nigerian singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Pheelz teams with Afrobeats maverick Young Jonn to deliver an emotionally charged and introspective single titled ‘JELO’. The song serves as a testament to their remarkable journeys from humble beginnings to becoming established artists in the industry. ‘JELO;' is a beautiful tale that celebrates the growth and the unbreakable bond between Pheelz and Young Jonn. Listen HERE via Warner Records.

The track hinges on a simmering and slick laidback groove accented by airy keys. Throughout the song which mixes chantable Yoruba mixed with Nigerian vernacular and English, Pheelz locks into a fluid back and forth with Young Jonn. Their camaraderie on ‘JELO’ mirrors the profound connection they share as artists and long-time friends, each with a rich history in the music and entertainment scene.

Speaking on the collaboration, Pheelz shared, "At some point, you have to look back and be grateful for where you've been and where you are. 'JELO' comes from a point of self-reflection on how far I've come on this journey in life." And on working with Young Jonn, he added, “Working with Young Jonn on this single has been a creative journey like no other. We wanted to create something that resonates with our fans while pushing the boundaries of our musical abilities."

Originating as producers, they contributed to a plethora of hit singles for various Afrobeats superstars. Pheelz has produced chart-toppers for Tiwa Savage, Olamide, Fireboy DML and Davido among others. Similarly, Young Jonn has churned out bangers for Olamide, Kizz Daniel, Naira Marley and many more. Their influence played a significant role in the growth and evolution of Olamide’s YBNL and its artists within the industry.

‘JELO' follows the fan favourite ‘YOLO’. It already reeled in over 3.3 million streams and 1.8 million YouTube views on the music video. It arrived on the heels of Pheelz's acclaimed 2023 EP, Pheelz Good. The undeniable project has amassed more than 219 million combined streams. It’s a brilliant 8-song set that boasts features from Davido ("Electricity") and BNXN ("Finesse") and deftly blends Afrobeats bangers with songs rooted in melodic R&B and Pop — all of which showcase the rising star’s dazzling versatility and blinding future. 

Pheelz was named ‘Artist To Watch; in 2023 by Pandora and Amazon Music. After Finesse established him as an international star on the rise, he built on the buzz with a dazzling set at Essence Fest’s Afrobeats After Dark party in New Orleans and made his US television debut with a performance on NBC’s Late Show with Seth Meyers. Watch it HERE. Pheelz was also the first Afrobeats artist to perform at the BET Awards Pre-Show, where he earned a 2022 nomination for Best New International Act.

Pheelz writes with passion and sings from his soul. Over the past few years, the Lagos artist has made songs that blur the boundaries between Afrobeats, R&B, and mainstream pop—using intense emotion and vibrant melody as a force that bridges diverse sounds and styles. Songs like "Finesse," featuring fellow Nigerian star BNXN, have started to resonate—bringing Pheelz’ boundary-pushing music and earnest, heartwarming emotion to the top of the charts in the UK and his home country. In a sense, it’s a moment that Pheelz has been working toward since he was a kid. Pheelz, born Phillip Kayode Moses in 1994, grew up singing and playing keyboards in the church run by his father, who is a pastor in Lagos. He soon began producing and he landed his first hit at 16—“First of all” by Olamide, a woozy, electronic hip-hop jam. Since then, Pheelz has become one of Nigeria’s most in-demand producers, working on records for stars like M.I, Mr. Eazi, and more. In 2020, he won Producer of the Year at The Headies—Nigeria’s hip-hop awards—and in 2021, he released his breezy Hear Me Out EP, which earned millions of streams and brought his emotional pop to even more listeners around the world. Even so, the success of “Finesse” has changed everything for Pheelz, except his mission to put all of himself into his songs. He’s sure that this is just the beginning of a meteoric rise now that he’s inked a deal with Warner Records. “I've been plotting for years. I was ready,” he says. “I am ready.”

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