Official Holmes: Emerging promising figure with a fearless determination to be heard
Known to be an Afro-beat artiste, Official Holmes also has a diverse style in making other genres of music switching up from R&B to Afro-pop with commercially appealing songs like “Magician”, “Sade”, and “Finally” featuring Nigeria’s finest DJ Neptune.
As the music industry continues to blossom with an impressive assortment of rising talents, only a few of them have constantly reaffirmed our belief in the artful construction of good hits.
Holmes, whose real name is Umughare Prosper, hails from Warri in Delta State. He started writing songs and discovering his passion for music at a tender age, infusing personal experience and raw emotions into his lyrics. He officially began his music career in 2020 with the release of his debut single “Break it”. Since then, this fabulous artiste has been making waves with each new release.
“My love for music started at a very young age and I was a member of a musical group called Skyscrapers, formed by my friends and I. I also sang in the Church and a few street carnivals back then,” he said, while narrating how he fell in love with music.
Despite being a dismal year for live music, thanks to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Holmes has continued to emerge as a promising figure with a growing discography of songs and Extended Playlist (EP) in the works, barely 11 months after kick-starting his music career.
Once Holmes’ career began taking off, he amassed widespread recognition across the entertainment scene as Managers and Industry figures began beaming their searchlight on him. He is signed to his own Label, Addictive Music Worldwide and he recently inked a 2-year management deal with D’Luxe Management.
“Love”, one of his top-chart release in collaboration with Afro-beat heavyweight, Davido, saw viral success and has been featured across popular streaming services like TikTok as well as other social media platforms.
Holmes’ latest release “Tension” in August 2021 happens to be one of the year’s most bewitching singles, infusing a blend of Afro-beat dance-hall that has captivated the minds of music lovers and his teeming fans. In his words, his artistic process generally focuses on showcasing creativity and a passion for excellence.
These strings of hits have made him one of the most exciting figures in the ascendant Afro-beat genre, with a signature sound that combines love and romance, trap beats and melodic avalanches.