Isaac Geralds drops debut album

by Araayo Akande

Project Fame alumnus, Isaac Geralds, has dropped his debut album nine years after appearing on the MTN sponsored-music contest.

‘Love and Heartbreak’, a nine-tracker of different genres was released on Thursday, July 2.

Speaking on the album, the artist who does R&B, soul, swing and Afrobeats, explained that all his previous works were singles and that ‘Love and Heartbreak’ was indeed his first album.

“‘Love and Heartbreak’ is my first ever album after releasing a lot of singles. There’s music from before on the collection and new music. I’m still really just serving sweet mature music as always.”

The artist who has relocated to the US but remains committed to a career in music features Tiwa Savage, Sound Sultan and others on the album.

He disclosed that “There are several collaborations on the album. I’ve been blessed to have a couple of friends in the industry, and I always think of how well people will fit on songs and reach out to them. I have Iceberg Slim, Tiwa Savage, Sound Sultan and Stan Iyke among others on the album.”

On how Americans are responding to his music, Geralds said, “The truth is that my music is universal. It was a blessing for me to have such wide acceptance on this side of the world. I also started a collective called ‘Horns and Harmony’ with amazing saxophonist Shola Iyiola and we have put up a couple of sold-out shows.”

On the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on his work, Geralds said, “The pandemic hit the world hard, and like everyone else in my line of work, we’ve had to take our business online. It’s been pretty challenging, but the goal is to come out on the other side of COVID alive and better than before.”

He, however, added that the time-out is a right moment for introspection. “It will be a good time to evaluate all that has been done before now and see how to get better at it, especially with performance and learning a skill as well as focusing on other important aspects of life,” he said.

Though now in the US, Geralds said he would not relent in projecting his music. “My music has no boundaries. In or out Nigeria, my drive is the same: to get my music to the world as far as possible. The drive is just more intense.”

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