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Who is Shopé?
With over 1 Million streams on Spotify and Apple Music, Shopé is definitely one of Toronto’s “one-to-watch” up and coming artists. He was originally born and raised in Nigeria, but with his family, later immigrated to Toronto at the age of 11. No stranger to the classic immigrant struggle, Shopé’s personal and musical narratives weave a tale of poverty, ambition, determination, love, and faith.
Blending Afropop, Hip Hop and R&B, his music has been described as honest, and vulnerable, yet bold and confident. That is perhaps why his work has resonated with so many. Shopé’s collaborations include GRAMMY-winning producers, Courtney Orlando and Alex Medina, with his performance credits spanning premiere festivals like CMW (Toronto), SXSW (Austin), A3C (Atlanta), showcasing alongside artists like; Tory Lanez, Crooked I, Lecrae, and Andy Mineo, just to name a few. Additionally, his robust touring schedule has taken him across Canada, the United States, Europe and Africa.
Thanks to a slew of well-received EPs singles, and his latest project, “XXY”, Shopé has also been featured in numerous publications including, 6ixbuzzTV, Rapzilla.com, Noisetrade.com, Bella Naija and Urbanology Magazine.
Shopé’s continued growth is a clear indication that he was fashioned for this industry. He has the lyrical prowess to write and compose songs that stir the human soul, and a stage show to match. Despite his extraordinary talent however, what truly separates Shopé are his desires and goals for his music. Far from riches and fame, he says, “I believe God is a real God, for real people, with real issues. I just wanna touch the world with my stories”. With the pace he’s going, it seems likely he will do just that.
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