Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo is a Nigerian-born songwriter/music producer/singer who started his academic training as a lawyer, but veered into music full-time to fulfill a lifelong desire. Previously signed to Sony/ATV UK publishing as a songwriter, Cobhams formed his first music production and label company Cobhams Asuquo Music Production (CAMP) in 2008. In 2016, he started Vintage Gray Media, an all-encompassing entertainment company based out of Lekki, Lagos with a focus on discovering, nurturing and exposing extraordinary talent as well as creating different forms of audio content for corporations and the media.
Cobhams has built a name that is synonymous with versatility, musicianship and high-quality in the Nigerian music industry. He is internationally known for his musical collaboration with Nigerian soul sensation ASA with whom he co-wrote and went on to produce her award-winning debut album.
Cobhams got his production break in the early 2000s after producing Maintains breakaway hits, Maintain in India Catch cold and thereafter produced major hits with artistes like Asa, Banky W, Omawumi, Bez, Eldee, Dare Art-Alade, Waje, Timi Dakolo, Korede Bello, Yemi Alade, Omolara, Chidinma Ekile, Sholla Allyson, Lara Goerge, Flavour, Praiz and so many others. Outside Nigeria, Cobhams has worked with Bono (on the One Campaign) Common, Angelique Kidjo, Somi, Vanessa Mdee, Sautisol, Platinum Diamond to mention a few and shared the stage with international acts such as Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Common, Cold Play and Pearl Jam.
Acclaimed Nigerian Music producer, Cobhams Asuquo has given lovers of good music something to look forward to this new year by announcing plans to release his first album as a performing artiste.
The album entitled ‘For You‘ will be released at an exclusive album launch concert to hold in Lagos on March 12. For You is a 14 track album all of which was written and produced by the artiste.
On Friday January 20, the talented songwriter and singer, shared a creative skit of him driving a Range Rover where he announced to fans across the world, the impending release of the album after five years of writing and recording. The video became a big viral sensation and the news of his debut album has been well received by fans and colleagues.
His creative genius has been felt in the career of artistes within and outside Nigeria including Asa, TuFace, Diamond Platinum, Bez, Omawumi, Angelique Kidjo, Waje, Vanessa Mdee, Dare Art-Alade, Banky W, Timi Dakolo, Shola Allyson among others. Cobhams, who has worked with Bono on the One Campaign has also shared the stage with international acts such as Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Common, Cold Play and Pearl Jam.
In a statement signed by the talented musician, he noted that the album marks the beginning of a new lease in his music career.
“My musical journey as a recording and performing artiste begins with this album. There have been a few times that I wanted to release my own body of work, but I didn’t feel that the time was right.”
“In the last two years, I’ve put out more of my own singles, and I feel the time is right for the release of my debut album – to transition from a producer to a performing artiste – and share more of my heart and story.”
He explained further, “This will be the first release out of three different albums that I’ve been working on. Over the next couple of years, people can expect to hear more of my work and expressions as an artiste.“