JIDE was born in Nigeria. His parents emphasized school and recreation, particularly music, and painting. As such he was exposed to a great variety of indigenous Nigerian music, and at the same time weaned on soul greats like Gladys Knight, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, and Grover Washington, Jr. This was when his musical odyssey and love of music started. JIDE eventually went on to college and majored in English. Subsequently, after graduation he moved to the United States of America, and he received a Masters Degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations. Drawing on his native culture and early influences, he has always loved to blend those influences with the pop, r& b, and jazz styles of American music he has heard here. Essentially, JIDE's vision is to create a style that would reflect these varied influences. Consequently, JIDE came along determined to set himself apart with distinctly original, impeccably smooth and finely crafted compositions. His self-titled debut on the St. James Records imprint features emotionally driven saxophone melodies, seductive piano lines, and evocative flute melodies draped over hypnotic drum and percussion grooves. Simply put, it is a product of true inspiration. He appreciates all musical instruments, but his true favorites are the piano, violin and saxophone. He enjoys writing music any time the inspiration comes. All the songs on the CD were written and arranged by JIDE and Warren Wiegratz ' the talented multi-instrumentalist and leader of the group Streetlife. JIDE, Warren Wiegratz, and Jim Reith produced all the songs on the CD. And JIDE also served as the executive producer of the CD.