Sunday, 1 April 2012

Dapo Torimiro Nigerian International Music Producer, Works on Internet Sensation Kids Gracie and Sophie

                                               Sophia Grace Brownlee "Nicki Minaj Moment 4 Life"
Dapo Torimiro

Dapo Torimiro a Nigerian from Lagos state, may not be well known to a lot of Nigerians, but in the international music industry, he is a highly sought commodity. Some of his famous patrons include;  John LegendBrandyDavid ArchuletaJordin SparksJustin BieberToni BraxtonJesse McCartneyStacy BartheDemi Lovato.

He also recently produced a song for UK based/ American rave internet sensation kids - Sophie and Gracie. The song was Grace's version of "Nicki Minaj Moment 4 Life". 

Dapo Torimiro has worked in the music industry in the U.S. for several years writing and producing music for artists' album projects, touring with numerous artists, as well as scoring various television and film projects. He is based in Los Angeles, CA.

Dapo's first break was placing the song "Quickly" on five-time Grammy winner John Legend's third studio album, Evolver, which was released in Fall of 2008. Featuring multi-platinum-selling artist Brandy, "Quickly" received early industry buzz as not only an inspired, sleek duet featuring R&B/pop music's leading artists, but also as one of the album's stand-out gems. Later in the Fall of 2008, Dapo also enjoyed credit for other tracks, including "Running" on David Archuleta's self-titled debut album (November 11, 2008) -- his first since becoming runner-up on American Idol in June 2008—and "Torn Down" from Brandy's highly-anticipated album, Human (December 9, 2008), which she describes as her most personal album to date. Dapo teamed up with the award-winning production duo Midi Mafia (50 Cent, Fantasia) in Los Angeles to collaborate on various projects. In the Spring of 2009, Dapo received songwriter and producer credit for the tracks "Know Better", "Apart From Me", and "This Step Alone" on Fight for Love, the second album by American Idol Season 5 finalist Elliott Yamin, which was released on May 5, 2009. He also received credit for "Forever in You", which was included on the album as an iTunes and Japan bonus track.

Dapo is a Yamaha-endorsed artist.[1] Dapo worked with two-time Grammy-winning producer Jeffrey Weber to record a song for Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign called "Change".

Dapo worked with American Idol winner and Grammy-nominated artist Jordin Sparks on her second album Battlefield on the track titled "No Parade". Dapo wrote and produced the track "No Parade" along with Oscar-nominated songwriting duo Scott Cutler and Anne Preven. "Listen", is sung by Beyoncé Knowles in the 2006 film Dreamgirls. Early reviews of the album have generally been positive with most critics highlighting individual tracks such as "No Parade", which is described as 'breaking your heart even before she gets to the bruising chorus.'.[2]

Dapo was announced as one of the songwriters for the hit Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam along with Kara DioGuardi and others.[3] (Dapo co-wrote, produced and mixed "Fire" performed by Matthew "Mdot" Finley.)

On October 30, 2009, Atlantic Records announced that Dapo will be one of the producers personally chosen by Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Toni Braxton to work on her highly anticipated label debut album (Pulse) to be released February 2, 2010.[4][5]

Dapo co-wrote and produced the track "Bigger" on Canadian singer Justin Bieber's first part of his two-part debut studio album, My World, which was released on November 17, 2009, viaIsland Records. The second part of the album, My World 2.0, on which Dapo co-wrote and produced the track "Overboard" (a duet featuring Jessica Jarrell), was released on March, 23 2010 and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200.[6] In less than one month of release, the first part of the album was certified Gold in the United States by the RIAA, and in less than two months (January 8, 2010), it was certified Platinum in the United States, by the RIAA[7] selling over one million copies.

Channeling his jazz roots, Dapo produced and recorded songs with Tony Award-winning singer/actress, Anika Noni Rose for Disney's album, The Princess and The Frog: Tiana and Her Princess Friends.[8] The album is inspired by the 2009 Disney animated film The Princess and the Frog and was released on November 24, 2009. The album is the follow-up release in the successful Disney 'And Friends' musical series and features the song "Down in New Orleans" performed by Anika Noni Rose as written by Academy Award-winning composer Randy Newman and produced by Dapo Torimiro. In another Princess and the Frog-inspired album, Bayou Boogie (Release date 3/16/10), Dapo wrote and produced two songs: "Everyday Princess" and "Sing Away Your Blues", both performed by Anika Noni Rose (as Princess Tiana).

Dapo was a featured performer on stage with Andrea Bocelli and David Foster on the PBS Great Performances special, "Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas." The special debuted on Thanksgiving night 2009 with additional broadcasts through the month of December.

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