Parker Ibrahim Ighile is a British born Nigerian singer who was recently signed by American rapper, Nicki Minaj on to her record label. He teamed up with rapper M.I on the remix of his popular single “So Beautiful”
1990-2009: EARLY LIFE AND CAREER BEGINING
Parker Ibrahim Ighile was born in London, England where he lived with his parents and sister Ame Ighile. His father and mother are from Benin and Kaduna, respectively.
The church his mother attended was very musical; and instrumental in his early stages of learning the practical side of music. Parker studied music in college and university, respectively. However, in school he learned more of theoretical aspects than practical. He started in music production at age 11 after he and some friends formed a Christian music group.
Parker’s music is influenced by a wide variety of genres – from R&B and rap to dance and garage to Bollywood movie soundtracks – due to early and frequent exposure to his mother’s diverse taste in music. My philosphy is that the wider your knowledge and taste in music is, the more innovative and outstanding your own music becomes, Ighile states.
2009-2011: EARLY STAGES OF CAREER
At 18, Ighile produced & Co-wrote his first UK Platinum hit on Chipmunk’s first & number 1 single, Oopsy Daisy. Parker produced and co-wrote 7 songs in total on the I Am Chipmunk album which peaked at #2 in the UK album chart and was Certified Gold. He went on to write with The Invisible Men and Jessie J and co-wrote her debut single, Do it like a dude as well as Who’s Laughing Now. More credits include a song on N-Dubz’s Love.Live.Life Album, which he cowrote with Ina Wrolsden. He used trans-genre influences to create a unique and dynamic sound and also produced Angel’s Wonderful (Universal Island Records), debuting at #20 for the week ending July 21—reaching a peak on top 10 at #9 several weeks later; and Conor Maynard’s Vegas Girl (Parlophone).
2012-PRESENT: NICKI MINAJ’S FIRST OFFICIAL ARTIST
Parker Ighile teamed up with music strategist Efe Ogbeni (heavily involved in Super Producer, RedOne’s Success).
On 15 November 2012, Super Bass hitmaker, Nicki Minaj revealed to her twitter followers that Parker Ighile is her first official artist to her Label Imprint. Parker has since produced Nicki Minaj’s “Hell Yeah ft Parker” (Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The RE-UP album), “What Now” by Rihanna (Unapologetic Album), and half of Angel’s upcoming Debut Album.
A song called So Beautiful leaked on the internet, and Parker announced weeks after on twitter that he was working on a mix tape, Young Dumb and 21, which is set to be released in early January.
Parker Ighile with “Nicki Minaj” during the Pink Friday Tour, [UK], Nov 2012.
Nicki Minaj has called Parker, Lethal, and Dope on radio interviews, describing the magnitude of his artistry. Ighile’s artistry is usually compared to Sting and Fela; and his production to Kanye West.
As part of his resume, the So Beautiful Crooner formed a production company, Ighile Music Group.
His new song “So Beautiful remix” ft M.I is currently enjoying airplay on radio stations.
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