Singer Humble Smith, whose first single 'Osinachi' became a commercial success thanks to Davido's baby mama drama with Dele Momodu, has revealed how he wept, fasted and prayed fervently before God blessed him with inspiration for the the hit track. Below are excerpts from a recent interview he had with The Sun. continue after the cut.
On his name 'Humble Smith'.
Back in Ebonyi State, there was a time people started calling me ‘Humble’. Most times people choose names for you, someone would just see you and say you look like something or someone and give you a name. That’s how people just started calling me ‘Humble’ and I like the name. But the only thing is that I had to leave up to the name. People calling me humble and I am not humble is not good. I am an artist so I decided to add ‘Smart’ to the name. First it was ‘Humble Smart’ until one blessed day one MC introduced me on stage as ‘Humble Smith’. It wasn’t a mistake; I think it was my friend that gave ‘Humble Smith’ instead of ‘Humble Smart’ so the MC introduced me as ‘Humble Smith’ instead of ‘Humble Smart’ so, I decided to stick with that name.
On the inspiration behind his hit song, Osinachi.
Before Osinachi, I had about four singles. I had a feeling that I was going to be a star because I have worked hard. Nothing was actually working for me after those singles. I even had to travel to London to shoot two music videos. So, at a stage, I was confused if the thing I have been doing was the right thing for me. One day, I went to church; I fasted and prayed but it was as if nothing was happening. Some people advised me to go back to the east, to go back to the village that there was no room for me in Lagos; and that music wasn’t my career. So, I went to church on this fateful day, I went to pray but ended up not praying. I was just thinking. At a point, I began to cry and then something just came to my mind, that ‘young man, you are here crying, wasting your time. When you are supposed to be out there hustling, creating good songs, you are here crying and complaining, when you have hands, legs, brain and everything.
Stop complaining and appreciate God for the little He has done for you, let Him know you still appreciate Him and use what He has blessed you with to encourage people’. It was good news to me. So, I thought about doing something different from what I have been doing. I wrote the song, Osinachi, there in the church, came back home and told my producer, who produced the song featuring Phyno. The song went viral. Thank God for that. I never knew God had bigger plans. At the beginning of the year, Davido called me to do a remix of the song. But meanwhile, last year when I dropped the song, I personally took it to Davido. I gave him my CD and he said that he has been seeing my work and that the song was going to be a hit, and finally the song became a hit. So, he called for the remix. God bless Davido. Today, Osinachi is one of the biggest songs in Africa if not the biggest.
In the song, he talked about 'my loving daughter'- does he have a child?
I don’t sing for myself, my music is for everybody. I sing songs that when you listening to them, you can also sing them to yourself as if they are your songs. I don’t have any child. I said ‘I go name my first daughter, Osinachi’. So, for those of you who have kids out there, you can name your first daughter Osinachi. But if you don’t have and you plan to have, you can say ‘I go’ which is what I said. Maybe, my first daughter would be named Osinachi by God’s grace.
On Davido bringing his baby mama drama into the song.
That’s music for you, that is the way I understand music. For example, I told you about my story, what I went through that gave me inspiration for Osinachi, and how I poured out my anger, my experience, and my feelings into the song. I told you that I fasted and prayed, went to church crying and something came to my mind, telling me that I was wasting my time, when I was even better than many people in the street. That is being creative. It is not easy to recreate what is happening around you into music. Music is not all about I can sing, music is business; you need to make it commercial, something that would make people talk about it. That’s how you make your money. So, in essence, Davido did justice to his part in the song.
His educational background.
I stopped after secondary school but I have plans to further my education.
His dream collaboration.
I would like to work with Chris Brown and Justin Bieber by God’s grace.
Role models in the industry.
My first and forever mentor is Bright Chimezie. But I look up to a whole lot of people like Harrysong, Tuface Idibia, Wizkid and Davido. Internationally, I look up to Chris Brown.