Best known for his award-winning hit single Julie, Shank is a popular and commercial Nigerian pop artist with a unique and eclectic style. Born in London in 1983, Shank returned to Nigeria at an early age and grew up in Lagos. The sprawling metropolis of Eko inspired him to become the socially conscious artist and performer that he is today. From an early age Shank knew that music was his calling and was influenced by the legendary Fela Kuti who spotted his innate talent early and took him under his wings. Shank also drew a lot of his music inspiration and talent from his father who was a musician and part of Fela’s band. Shank studied Creative Arts at the university of Lagos further refining his artistic talent and traveled regularly between London and the states, developing the beginning of what is now a large Nigerian and International fan base.
In 2008 Shank signed to Starville Entertainment, a fresh, young and bold record label and entertainment company. His 2008 club banging hit single Julie propelled him to the top of the charts all over Africa and confirmed his position as one of Nigeria’s most talented and most popular artists. Later that year he released his 17 track debut Album, King Kong, which featured songs with Akon and D’Banj. Shank has performed on stages with some of the most impressive names in the industry including Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Fat Joe, Brick and Lace and Lil’Kim to name a few.
Shank is now working on his second album with Starville Entertainment. A more mature artist now, both his style and his message have evolved and the album promises to be amongst the most popular of 2012.