It’s not every day that artists get to appear before twenty million live viewers. So when Neezy received an invitation to perform on ABC News, he knew that it was an opportunity of a lifetime that he could not squander. Today, that opportunity and his readiness to take on the challenge have catapulted his music career to a whole new level.
It all began when Nihal Yohan Andrews, also known as Neezy, had the idea of remaking the 1988 hit by the band “New Edition.” Little did he know that Amy Kehm, a reporter on ABC News, would become one of his fans after seeing the video. Amy showed the video to the station and got him a slot on the live broadcast. The rest is history. Since then, the artist’s popularity has skyrocketed. His performance and past work continue to make rounds all over social media, and bookings and invitations are now starting to flood in.
For Neezy, the journey to music stardom didn’t happen after one guest appearance. He began his musical odyssey at the age of four when he first started playing the piano. One year later, Nihal started going through formal piano training and built up his musical ability. Years later, he would complete a level five musicianship from the Associate Board of The Royal Schools of Music in London, England.
Beyond just being highly skilled, Neezy is also highly passionate about his craft. He has loved and pursued music for most of his life. When he was in high school, he joined the Cedar Cliff High school jazz band under the management of music executive Eric Graybill, which would expose him to the business side of music. As a result, Neezy got to play with some of the biggest names in jazz, such as Ahmad Jamal and Rick Hirsch. His interest for writing music and arranging music stemmed from his time learning the intricacies of Jazz from Dr. Graybill.
Along with his best friend, Alex Lantz, Neezy wrote a song entitled “So Bad,” becoming the artist’s debut single. The song would go on to gather over 150,000 streams overall on various platforms.
The R&B artist takes after influences like Earth, Wind, Fire, and Bruno Mars and marries various sounds and styles into one original approach. Growing up, Neezy got exposed to all kinds of nineties music, which would ultimately bring the idea for the “New Edition” remake that got him on national television.
As a member of a family of first-generation immigrants, Nihal Andrews knew what it was like to struggle through hardships. But the challenges he and his family faced would serve as motivation to always be someone better than most expect. As a result, he pushed himself to the limit and worked hard to get where he is today.
“I personally just wanted to rise above the rest of my peers and do something that would leave a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of those around me,” shares Neezy. The artist also recently released an official music video for his song The Rain, which now has over 100k views on all platforms to date.
The R&B artist also hopes that his brand of music will serve as a banner of unity for all people from different backgrounds to come together and be united. Learn more about Neezy and listen to his music by checking him out on YouTube @nihalandrews, Spotify @NEEZY, and Instagram @officialneeezy