Popular Nigerian singer Peruzzi has said he believes in God but hasn’t been to church in four years – and that’s after he met Davido.
The songwriter spoke about his relationship with the Afropop star in his segment on Joey Akan’s “Afrobeats Intelligence.”
Peruzzi recounted his beginnings as a church keyboardist and his days in the choir, saying, “Yeah, Assemblies Of God. Choir, playing keyboards, the P. At Assemblies of God, acappella. If you don’t play instruments, acappella.
“If you play instruments, it has to be the full program. Everybody sings; backing up, harmonizing.
“Treble, alto, tenor, bass. Everybody does everything. I learned to harmonize everything, I learned to make music sweet. That’s where it (the melodies) came from. The childhood experiences are the foundation of my whole life.
“I haven’t gone to church since I met David. I haven’t been to church in about four years. But yes, I do believe in God.
“…I always saw myself as a star before I met anyone in this industry, I always acted like ‘people were watching me.’ I didn’t have a drip, but I made sure I didn’t wear fake Gucci, I don’t wear fake Versace.
“I’m wearing a plain white shirt. I had this idea that I was going to become something. I didn’t know how, but I knew, ‘Guy, I’m going to be something.’ I was already acting like it. By the time David met me, I was branded.
“He knew there was a wave. It was because I always felt like if you know you’re going to get somewhere, just start preparing for it. [It] wasn’t really faking it, because I wasn’t rocking a fake sh*t. But I was faking being a star.”
On his lifestyle projections, Peruzzi, whose real name is Tobechukwu Victor Okoh, said he plans to settle down in Malibu, California.
The 31-year-old hitmaker also pointed out that he can’t possibly continue singing throughout his life.
“As my mother used to say, ‘Even if you don’t know where you’re from, don’t forget where you’re going.’ I feel like you can’t just exist. You have to live. In the sense that you have to be engaged in something,” he added.
“And I, I’ve always known where I want to be, I can tell you where I want to settle; Malibu, California. I just want to be there smoking my w**d, in about six years, with my wife and my two kids.
“I already know everything I want in this life. I know it because I feel like you should know it. If not, why are you living? Why are you working? Why am I singing at all? Am I singing because I want to sing forever?
“I can’t sing forever now. I sing because I have to do something after I sing. I have to be somewhere.
“I have to say, ‘Yeah, this is what my life has become.’ From elementary school, to high school, to college, it has to lead to something. There would be no point in me living if I didn’t have a goal.”
In April, Peruzzi released “R*m and Boogie,” his latest album, which features heavyweights like Don Jazzy and Davido.
The singer-songwriter began his career with Golden Boy Records in 2016 before signing with Davido’s label in 2018.