Who is UCHé?
UCHé (oo-chay) is a Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, and model who commands the stage with a bold fiery persona colored with an edgy style laced with influences from music legends, David Bowie and Prince. He has opened for pop star Demi Lovato and Grammy-nominated rapper B.o.B. Standing six feet five inches tall, at first sight, one may not believe that UCHé would be agile and nimble enough to deliver the energetic “leave it all on the stage” performances that he delivers during his live show.
UCHé never flows one way when it comes to the feel or style of his music. The vibrant young artist’s dark raspy voice, like his music, does not take on one consistent tone or style; instead, it soars and dives in color and timbre, uniquely evolving throughout the melodies of his music. His debut EP, entitled “My Generation” was released June 2017. It is a musical biopic chronicling UCHé’s descent into a world of hedonism fueled by excessive drug use and subsequent spiritual awakening that he credits as saving his life. UCHé exclaims, “My Generation speaks of the issues I have with my own generation. I meant it to be a musical vehicle that provides fiercely honest social commentary on my generation’s dulled social conscious, its fascination with living a life of ‘excess’ and the rampant drug use that powers this ever popular ‘YOLO’ spirit.” Interestingly enough, he manages to cleverly cloak ‘musical sermons’ meant to tell stories, bring social awareness, and call to action his generation, utilizing electronic dance music and funk.
Before the music, UCHé was a particularly eccentric kid raised by his caring and passionate mother, a United States Public Health Service officer, and loving and ever-present father. They lived in “Small Town,” Minnesota later on moving to Houston, Texas where he was originally born. UCHé describes himself as the interesting “class clown”. UCHé hasn’t always been singing but believes that “God’s plan is always revealed.” He began his entertainment career as a dancer and actor at the age of eleven. For the next three summers, UCHé would visit Nigeria and perfect his dancing skills. Then finally he heeded the advice from countless casting directors and agents and began singing.
UCHé’s music career received a big boost when he won the ACUVUE 1-Day Contest resulting in the release of his original single “Shoo Fly” along with a music video sponsored by ACUVUE and mentorship by Joe Jonas. When Joe Jonas was asked “what one word describes UCHé?”, Joe exclaimed, “Energy!” UCHé is a musical force, a powerhouse performer, a dynamic movement of song and dance destined for iconic status.