Breakout Nigerian artist, songwriter, award-winning producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Pheelz has released a sensual and upbeat single, Stand by You, ahead of his upcoming sophomore EP, Pheelz Good.
Stand by You is a smooth blend of Afro Pop and RnB seasoned with gripping harmonies, soulful vocals, and poetic lyrics that showcase Pheelz’s dexterity as a singer and producer. Stand by You is Pheelz’s first single of the year and sets the tone for his upcoming EP, Pheelz Good due for release on February 10. Commenting on the upcoming EP, Pheelz said “I am excited to share this new music with the world.” He further added “I poured my heart and soul into this song and I hope it will connect with people in a special way.”
Pheelz continues to make waves throughout music and culture. Time and Rolling Stone notably touted Finesse featuring BNXN as one of its “Best Songs of 2022.” TIME asserts, “There’s a reason Finesse became a TikTok sensation in February: its chorus is one of the catchiest of the year, an unfiltered ray of sunshine.” Showing no signs of slowing down or stopping, he recently joined forces with French Montana on the hip-hop remix of Finesse.
2022 was an exciting year for Pheelz, who made the most of every opportunity that came his way since the massive success of Finesse, which established him as one of Nigeria’s most gifted producers and songwriters, as well as an international African star on the rise. Last year, he performed a dazzling set at Essence Fest’s Afrobeats After Dark party in New Orleans and made his US television debut with a performance of Finesse on NBC’s Late Show with Seth Meyers. This year, the rising Afropop star is set to accelerate his meteoric rise through releases like Stand by You and Pheelz Good. Apart from already released singles like Ballin, Electricity with Davido, Finesse with BNXN, and now Stand by You, Pheelz Good will feature 4 other tracks; Feels Like Summer, Pablo Escobar, Emi Laye Mi, and Ewele.
Pheelz writes with passion and sings from his soul. Over the past few years, the Lagos artist has made songs that blur the boundaries between Afrobeats, R&B, and mainstream pop—using intense emotion and vibrant melody as a force that bridges diverse sounds and styles. Songs like Finesse, featuring fellow Nigerian star BNXN, have started to resonate—bringing Pheelz’s boundary-pushing music and earnest, heartwarming emotion to the top of the charts in the UK and his home country. In a sense, it’s a moment that Pheelz has been working toward since he was a kid. Pheelz, born Phillip Kayode Moses in 1994, grew up singing and playing keyboards in the church run by his father, who is a pastor in Lagos. He soon began producing and he landed his first hit at 16— First of all by Olamide, a woozy, electronic hip-hop jam.
Since then, Pheelz has become one of Nigeria’s most in-demand producers, working on records for stars like M.I., Mr. Eazi, and more. In 2020, he won Producer of the Year at The Headies— Nigeria’s hip-hop awards—and in 2021, he released his breezy Hear Me Out EP, which earned millions of streams and brought his emotional pop to even more listeners around the world. Even so, the success of Finesse has changed everything for Pheelz, except his mission to put all of himself into his songs. He’s sure that this is just the beginning of a meteoric rise now that he’s inked a deal with Warner Records. “I’ve been plotting for years. I was ready,” he says. “I am ready.”