Johnny Drille: Age, Career, Marriage Status

Johnny Drille: Age, Career, Marriage Status

by Joy

Headies-nominated singer, Johnny Drille, is best recognized for his spectacular fusion of Folk and alte-rock music. His style of music definitely sets him apart in the industry, his laidback yet refreshing sounds are like a balm to the soul, rousing feelings deep within.

His journey in the music industry is full of moments, going from a church boy to a secular singer, to self-discovery to find the distinct genre that appeals to and draws him out.

Let’s take a dive into the life of Johnny Drille, his biography, age, music, career, and net worth.

Early life and family

Born John Ighodaro, Johnny Drille was born on July 5th, 1990 in present-day Edo state. He is currently 31 years as of the time of this.


Just like his name may suggest, John was born into a pious devoted Christian family, his father was a clergyman and a school principal. He comes from a family of seven including his parents.

Like most Pastor’s kids, johnny was in the choir, singing in the church and at home.

He grew up in Edo state and had most of his educations in the state. Johnny Drille graduated from the University of Benin in 2012 where he obtained a Bachelor of Science qualification in English and Literature.  

Johnny Drille’s career

Johnny Drille ventured into the world of music at a very young age, he started in his father’s church. In 2006, he decided to channel his talent in the area of music production, he went ahead to acquire the required skillset all self-taught using cassette recorders. 

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They say behind every great person are years of failed attempts and rejection. Johnny was one of the contestants of the sixth edition of MTN Project Fame in 2013, but he didn’t make it as the winner as he was eliminated in the tenth position. This did not deter nor put an end to his music career, he went on to record and release songs not minding the small audience.


Johnny’s story took a turn after he recorded a cover of the song “Awww” by Di’ja. This cover drew attention to the young musician and gave him the opportunity to express himself. The success of the cover was followed by the release of his own song called “Love Do not Lie” in June of the year 2013. 

On 12 August 2015, Johnn Drille released “wait for me,” which further generated more popularity for him.

During an interview once, when questioned about his choice of the folk music genre, he admits he didn’t start with it as he had tried his hands at multiple genres of music including highlife, hip-hop, and even afro-pop but these didn’t work out until he figured out a way to stand out after coming across the music of the American folk band, Mumford & Sons – an American rock band, “I will wait” singers.


Johnny’s career took a significant uphill climb on 28 February 2017 when Mavin Records signed him on as an artiste. Johnny Drille became an official member of the label. Around that time, he was invited on a visit to Project Fame as a guest celebrity to share his experience with the season 6 challengers. He charged the contestants to utilize and use the MTN Project Fame stage to show their capacities to the greatest.

The most popular music by Johnny Drille is “Shine”, a piece of uplifting music to stay positive and patient – “after the storm, the sun will shine”.

His music is inspired by other musicians such as Mumford & Sons, Owl City, Phillip Phillips, Passenger, Jon Bellion, Laura Mvula, Cobhams Asuquo. Jon Bellion, he pointed out as his favorite. He was crowned the best producer during the South-South Music award (SSMA) in 2015. He was also nominated at the Headies for Best Alternative Song for “Wait For Me” in 2016 and Best R&B singer for “Romeo and Juliet” in 2018


Personal life, marriage status, and net worth

Not much is known about Johnny Drille’s personal life, as he plays his card quite close to his chest. He had once described himself as an introvert. He is one celebrity who has managed to keep the media from his romantic life. He has not been involved in any scandal nor seen publicly with anyone.

We believe he is still single.

Johnny Drille makes money as an artist and music producer, he has an estimated net worth of $105,000.

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