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Solid Star is a Nigerian Afro-pop singer whose style is described as a mix of reggae, r’n’b and pop music. Also known for his strong producing and song writing ability , Solid Star was born JOSHUA INIYEZO the eastern part of Nigeria ” AVIARA” and Isoko speaker. The singer born in 1988 to Mr. and Mrs. INIYEZO is comfortable singing in English and the Isoko language.
His musical talents were discovered early in church as he became an active member of the choir picking up the drums as his instrument of choice. After making an impression in the church he was urged by his choir master to take his abilities seriously which a young Solid Star didn’t take notice of in the beginning but later came round to.
Based in the popular city of Lagos, a young Solid Star was spotted performing in a local talent competition by a record label executive. After the chance meet with the label executive, Solid Star quickly signed up to the label Achievas Entertainment.
His debut album in 2010 titled ‘’one in a million’’ spawned the huge hit ‘’One in a Million’’ which became an African anthem featuring one of Africa’s biggest pop star 2face Idibia. 2face said about Solid Star ‘’ his ability as a singer, producer and performer is rare especially for someone as young as him, when he asked me for the duet , I was very excited to be a part of the song ‘’.
Solid Star who is inspired by the likes of R.Kelly and TuFace Idibia says ‘’ I’m a very spiritual person ‘’ and he believes his writing skills come from a mixture of his experiences in life and his belief in God. Since the huge success of his debut album, Solid Star has toured with some of Africa’s most popular artistes like 2Face Idibia, Wizkid and many more. His talents also took him to Europe and United States of America performing on the same stages alongside other greats. Solid Star who his grandmother referred to as ‘’ a young man with a kind heart’’ is known to support charitable causes and he believes entertainers should have a strong sense of social responsibility to their community and fans. He has lent his voice to causes such as ‘’ one man one vote’’ which was his native country Nigeria’s campaign to encourage young citizens to exercise their right to vote and more recently his world cup theme song in support of the Nigerian Super Eagles ‘’ super eagles’’ quickly became the unofficial anthem chosen by fans supporting the national team .
The charming young man isn’t scared of pushing boundaries and he became the first musician in West Africa to release a debut album featuring music videos of some of the songs providing a unique audio-visual experience to fans. After the heights attained by his first solo project, his second album titled ‘’Grace & Glory’’ a twenty two track project was released in 2013 to good reception from music fans and critics alike. Again Solid star delivered a new set hit songs and floor fillers for his fans including monster hit ‘’Oluchi’’ ft Hi-Life star Flavour N’bania . Since the release of his second album African music observers have hailed Solid Star as one of a few stars to take Afro-pop beyond the African shores.
JOSHUA INIYEZO aka SOLISTAR is credited with being one of the key figures with a distinct and unique voice that can make one stay rooted to a spot when one listens to it, which has aided him in the rise to global prominence.
His distinctive blend of reggae, R&B and traditional African musical influences creates a vibe that is contemporary and universal while maintaining a clear African identity.
Just as he has done with the seemingly effortless balance of huge commercial success with awe-inspiring critical acclaim, SOLIDSTAR, the Nigerian born, bred, packaged and promoted artist is maintaining his status as an authentic brand, highlighting the fact and keeps inspiring millions of young Nigerians to keep the faith that no matter where one is born, no matter where one is based, world class results can be achieved with hard work and the right attitude.
Born in Delta state” AVIARA” from the Isoko speaking part, in the 80s to Mr. and Mrs. INIYEZO, the young man fell in love with music from a tender age.
In 2009, Solidstar recorded the phenomenally successful solo debut, One in a Million, which included the global anthem, “ONE IN A MILLION” featuring African’s best 2face Idibia.
Two brilliant offerings (“CONFUSED”, 2010 and “ONE MAN ONE VOTE”, 2011 plus the revolutionary OMOTENA (2012) and almost two dozen hit collabos later, the Aviara, Delta state native has proved his class, versatility and staying power beyond doubt and earned the status of a superstar.
Down to earth, accessible, charming, funny and engaging,Solidstar has won a greater measure of respect and admiration from people for his humility, warmth and empathy.
Solid star has dedicated a great amount of time, effort and resources towards reaching out to fellow humans in need. ”What we do for ourselves dies with us but what we do for others remains immortal” he posits. He believes also that help is best served quietly. “The important thing is that the beneficiary feels the impact of a good deed. He/she doesn’t even need to know the identity of the benefactor but you know sometimes publicists and management won’t just let it go unreported”, he concludes.
Nigeria music video Award (NMVA) Best new artiste 2010 one in a million
Global Excellence Award (most promising artiste 2011)
Kwara State Entertainment Award Nominee
HipHop World Award Nominee (best street)
Leadcity University most patriotic entertainer
Osun state peace ambassador
UN Youth Ambassador for Peace
Ambassador Of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club
2face 10th Year Anniversary
Mtn Big Football Launch
2face Idibia’s Touch Of Genius
Buckwyld And Breatheless Concert
Yaw April Fool Concert
Sheyi Law’s Lagos Must Laugh Concert
Beat Of Lagos
African Reunion ATL. (USA)
AY LIVE concerts
COKO Bar concert UK
Felabration (Tribute To Fela)
Political Rallies In Many States
And Many Others
SOLDSTAR loves to play video games, football, basketball and snooker. He favors African dishes and cherishes the time he spends with his friends and family alike. If he weren’t a singer, he probably would have been a footballer. Funny, for someone whose so adept at scoring – hits, ground breaking achievements and more!
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