Osaru is a multi-talented musician, songwriter, and producer who lives and works in the heart of the Piedmont Triad in North Carolina, USA. His music which he describes as 'Urban Smooth Jazz with a twist' combines contemporary jazz themes with urban R&B rhythms marinated in subtle African percussive elements. He also works full time as a physician in a busy hospital practice.
Osaru has released four self-produced albums since 2008. He writes all his material and plays all the instruments on all three albums. He also does all the background and lead vocals. His vocal style has been compared to Seal and John Legend and his saxophone phrasing and laid back keyboard grooves are reminiscent of Paul Hardcastle, Najee, Boney James, and Kenny G to name a few.
His debut album, 'Home' is best described as an R&B album with sweet jazzy 'sprinkles'. It celebrated life, love, and long term commitment. Osaru used powerful vocals filled with soulful melodies to complement punchy bass lines, hip hop chants, jazzy undertones and ‘head bobbing’ percussive rhythms. The result was an amazing musical story. 'Home' got rave reviews and the song 'I Know' was nominated by a Toronto based magazine for R&B song of the year.
His three most recently releases are Smooth Jazz albums featuring melodic tenor, alto and soprano sax phrasing accompanied by syncopated keyboard and subtle background vocals. An underlying laid back groove completes most of his tracks.
'Home with the Keys' his sophomore album was an even greater success than ‘Home’, earning numerous excellent reviews and internet radio placements. His music video 'Last Night' has been viewed by thousands as his international audience logs on to his youTube channel to see what happened 'last night...'
Andrea Guy with CDreview.com aptly describes Osaru's music as:
"...Smooth Jazz that will chill you out on the hottest of days and take you below zero when the temperatures are cool... It's like the music reaches out and asks you to dance and you have no choice but to accept. How could you resist? The sax solos give new meaning to the word sexy..."
'All the Way' released in August 2012 was a very worthy successor to Home with the Keys. It combined catchy grooves with laid back saxophone themes played on the wind controller and keyboards, creating the most beautiful melodies. His ever present subtle background of African percussion sealed his music with pride.
'All the Way' is full of surprises. From the smooth, chilled-out 'Always' and 'Listen Again' to the energetic, catchy hip hop funk of 'Swagger' and 'Those Days', there is a song here for a wide range of listeners. An African themed tune titled 'Where you dey go?' creates a nice unexpected twist in this amazing collection.
'This is a Happy Album', the artist states. 'All the songs exude positivity…"All the Way" depicts my present state of mind and summarizes my plans for the future. I am full of optimism and intend to keep on expressing myself and delivering my message through my music creations'.
His latest release is "Stepping Up" released in August 2016. Once again, Osaru combines his skills on the keyboards, saxophone and wind controller with his song writing and production skills. The end product is a high energy, positively charged, groove swathed Album. From the mid-tempo funk of 'The Music Train' to the slow dance of 'Remember', you will find yourself tapping your foot and bobbing your head as each groove unfolds. By the time 'What A Great Day!' comes on, you can truly feel the optimism in the album. The album closes on a high note with the aptly titled song, 'Let's Go', which is an all out jam with tenor sax, soprano sax, electric guitar and piano all accounted for in this splendid conclusion to the album. You can't help but wonder...What's next?
Having lived in Europe, Africa and North America, there is a 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.
Osaru started playing African percussion at the age of 8, church organ at 9, and toured with a covers band as a keyboardist during his college years. He now plays keyboards, electric bass, acoustic guitar, the WX5 wind controller, Tenor, alto and soprano sax, percussions, drums and also sings. His music influences are an indication of his rich musical upbringing, and include Stevie Wonder, Paul Hardcastle, George Benson, Kenny G, Boney James, Euge Groove, Bob Marley, Bob James, Dave Grusin, Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Seal, Stanley Clarke and Alicia Keys to name a few.
'I enjoy both of my careers as a musician and a physician as I love helping people', Osaru states. 'Making positive changes in people's lives is such a rewarding experience for me. Just like the art of medicine, music has healing and ''feel good'' properties that can never be overemphasized'.
All of Osaru's albums are now available on CDbaby, Amazon and iTunes.