Evans Kwesi Boadi Boateng, popularly known as Vanilla has said his journey into the music industry was not an easy one.
Vanilla, a highlife and afrobeat performer, explained how he got into music in an interview with Daphine on Shobiz TV Afro Section. He disclosed that he was a part of TV3 Mentor, which he saw as an opportunity to showcase his talent.
“I was a part of MENTOR RELOADED. I was Evans by then. It was not easy but I was able to make it to the finals, coming in 5th place. My aim wasn’t to win the cash prize or the car, I just wanted people to see my talent but I wasn’t getting that attention,” he stated.
Vanilla claims that he met BullGod, his manager, through supportive friends who were supporting his expanding brand.
“A year after Mentor, I met BullGod. I had some friends also spreading what I did and BullGod was one of the people on the receiving end. He saw my pictures and heard my songs but we never really got time to meet in person,” he indicated.
According to reports, the ‘Medicine’ singer was given a second shot with BullGod two years later.
“Two years later, he came to the studio to record a song with Pappy of 55 Fame. After the recording, they felt they needed some melodies on there so since I was the singer there at the time, I was asked to give it a try and it was a banger. After the shooting of the video, I became his signee and it’s for a period of 5 years,” he added to his earlier submission on the show.
When asked how he felt about working with a professional like BullGod for the past two years, Vanilla said he had learned a lot from his management.
“I’ve learned to be tough, which is no surprise given who I work with.” He has strong ethical standards, which has made me work extremely hard. “I’m not saying I was lazy, but he has pushed me to the point where there is no going back to my old self,” he said.