His debut CD, Home is a work of art. It takes you on a journey through his early adult years to the present day. It celebrates life, love and long term commitment. Osaru uses powerful vocals filled with soulful melodies to complement punchy bass lines, hip hop chants, jazzy undertones and ‘head bobbing’ percussive rhythms. The result is his amazing musical story.
His second CD now available on iTunes and CD Baby is titled HOME WITH THE KEYS, an instrumental follow-up to his debut CD. It is smooth jazz at its best, blending sweet saxophone sounds and jazzy guitar riffs with melodic electric piano backgrounds.
Osaru started playing African percussion at the age of 8, church organ at 9 and toured with a covers band as a keyboardist in his teens. He plays the electric keyboards, piano, electric bass, the WX5 wind controller and the drums. He sings and plays all the instruments on both his albums. He also does all the tracking, overdubs, mixing and arrangement.
Osaru has lived and played music in Europe, Africa, and North America. This explains the wide diversity in the range of music he composes and records in his home studio, the 'O.R.' (operating room). Be it a classical piano solo or a funky infectious groove, he always seems to be in his element; creating memorable hooks and thought-provoking melodies. His musical journey continues, as he is presently working on his third album due out later this year
How do you describe your music to people, Osaru?
Expressive, spacious, melodic, smooth adult contemporary.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
It all started in the church where I started out playing African percussion. I also sang in the choir and within 3 years was playing in the youth choir at school. I guess that is how I first experienced the great power of musical expression.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Expressing myself to the 'max' with my music
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Time... Oh if only I had more hours in the day...
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Lawyer or Medical Doctor
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
My music blends all of my experiences from African, European and American culture. This makes it appealing to a wide variety of people.
What other artists out there do you love?
Norman Brown, George Benson, Boney James, Sade, Steve Scott, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Paul Hardcastle, and Seal to name a few.
What does your future hold?
I am working on my next Smooth Jazz CD. I also continue to work as a Physician in my Community.