I am the first female artiste to be signed on with Rudeboy Recordz, a label owned by Paul Okoye, of the PSquare fame. My real name is Lucy Ugorji, aka Lucycandymay. I am 22 years old.
I was born and bred in Sapele, Delta State. My father is a native of Mbaise, Imo State, while my mother is from a tribe called Ishan in Edo State. I’m currently a final year Law student at Coventry University, United Kingdom.
Music has always been part of me, but the first time I held the microphone was when I was four years old. Growing up, I used to sing around the house. I recall how my siblings and parents used to accuse me of disturbing them.
Meeting Paul Okoye
Using her phone, my friend recorded a video of me singing and encouraged me to send the video to Paul. I was in class when we recorded the video. I sent the video to him and the first thing he asked me was ‘do you speak Pidgin English?’ I answered in the affirmative and the rest is now history.
Once I complete my university education, I will relocate to Nigeria –I can’t wait to do that. The United Kingdom has been good to me but truthfully, I prefer Nigeria. There is no place like home.
I have been doing music in the UK too, but it hasn’t really been easy getting a platform to function. At ages 16, 17 and 18, I took part in X-Factor (UK) but I didn’t win. I was also part of a dance troupe and church choir. I have worked with some of UK’s finest music icons like Moelogo and Dizzy VC.
I also delved into modelling. In 2011, I participated in and won the Miss East London beauty pageant– that was one of my greatest achievements in life before I joined Rudeboy Recordz.
I call my style of music the ‘Lucy sound’ because it is an expression of me, though with some reggae and dancehall influences. I like using sounds to express myself, so you can expect anything from me.
The best way to stand out is to be myself. I’m not competing with anybody. I’m just focused on doing my thing. I give kudos to every Nigerian artiste who has been keeping it real because it is not easy. I respect them all.
Semblance with Rihana
I didn’t create myself to look like her, and if people say that I look and sound like her, well I think it’s a compliment because Rihana is an international star. But honestly, I’m not trying to sound like her. I just do my own thing. Anytime I look at the mirror, I see Lucy, not Rihana. If my fans insist that I look like her, then I think it’s a plus.
Officially, I have two official singles at the moment –Special Driver featuring Cynthia Morgan and Turn it up. The former is more of a dancehall jam, and the video was shot in Lagos by Clarence Peters. Turn it up is an inspiring and motivational piece. It extols the virtues of God and encourages people not to give up on life. My label would decide when my debut album would be released. I’m just focused on recording good sounds for now.
You don’t judge a book by its cover. My fans should be more concerned about what I have to offer and not my looks. Looking good is just an added advantage, but talent should come first.
I no longer see them as challenges because I have since realised that they are the things God is using to prepare me for a successful career. I trust that He would give me the best, so here I am living my dreams.
My inspiration comes from personal experiences and everything around me, including great artistes like P-Square, Backstreet Boyz, Westlife, Tuface and Celine Dion.
I love dancing, and I don’t joke with my pounded yam and ogbono soup.
Music is the only man in my life right now.
I do aerobics and work out at the gym.