Nigerian singer Terry Apala has shed light on his decision to turn down offers from prominent record labels such as Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records and Burna Boy’s Spaceship.
In a recent interview with media personality Chude Jideonwo, Apala revealed that his mother’s advice played a crucial role in his choice to be the focal point of any record label he signs with.
Despite tempting opportunities with Don Jazzy and Burna Boy, Apala opted for Nelson Jack, a record label where he could take center stage as the main artist.
He explained, “I was the problem, my mum said something to me, she said, ‘your kind of music is different from what your colleagues are doing. If you are gonna be in any record label, you are to be the face.'”
Recalling encounters with both Don Jazzy and Burna Boy in 2015, Apala shared that his mother’s advice influenced his decision-making.
He received a contract from Don Jazzy a week after their meeting but refrained from signing it, as he already had a clear vision for his career.
Burna Boy’s mother also reached out to him in 2015, but Apala felt being the second face wasn’t aligned with his goals. Consequently, he chose Nelson Jack as his record label, emphasizing the importance of being the face.
However, he did face challenges within the label, being restricted from releasing songs, interviews, and shows for a considerable period.