Rocky Peter is a self-taught singer and songwriter who was raised in West Africa, Nigeria. He taught himself how to play multiple instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, piano and more. His musical style is highly influenced by reggae, soul, pop and folk music. Rocky Peter is a brilliant poet and lyricist whose musical theme is centered around love, motivation and unity among people.
His lyrics are as poetic as Bob Dylan, plus as motivational and unifying as Bob Marley. His musical style is similar to John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Tracey Chapman, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz and Adele. However, Rocky Peter’s falsetto and amazing vocal range is unmatched by most professional singers in modern history.
“Write and Erase” was produced by multi grammy award winner, Jochem Van Der Saag. Jochem has done albums for Witney Houston, Celin Dion, etc and made this song with Rocky Peter to discuss the importance of creating the changes that we want to see in the world, to make it a better place. We all want to give and receive love. However, sometimes racism and cynicism gets in the way. ‘Write and Erase’ puts the power right back in the hands of the people.
The artist said: “We must always remember to choose love. If love is off the table, we must remember that we have the power to always invite it back to the table”.
Rocky Peter’s journey is just as inspiring as his music. He was abandoned in a poor village in Nigeria when he was only two years old. He survived many close to death encounters; from malaria to starvation and child slavery. Rocky recalls eating food from trash cans and drinking water from potholes when he was only five years old. When he was eight, he was enslaved. He endured constant physical abuse and mistreatment.
Rocky Peter escaped from slavery and educated himself. He graduated from UC Riverside with a degree in Biological Sciences. After college, without any family or support system, Rocky found it difficult to find employment and soon became homeless. Despite his hardships, Rocky made time to go out to schools and volunteer to teach music to students. Rocky states that throughout his obstacles, writing and composing music made him forget about his difficulties. He then decided to pursue his passion for music.
He now consistently travels all over the country to sing, working as a peace ambassador with Peace Through Commerce and the Nobel Peace Prize award forums. He donates a large portion of the proceeds from his concerts to schools and has a scholarship fund. He gives back to students because of how education has positively impacted his life as it is one of the keys to financial freedom and enlightenment. He aspires to empower our future generation with the tools necessary to succeed.
Rocky’s perseverance landed him on American Idol, the Nobel Peace Prize stage and the 2016 Rio Olympics stage. His music is about love and unity. This is also what the Olympics stand for so it was the perfect platform for him. Rocky’s journey inspires many kids and youth to believe that they too can live the American dream if they work hard and believe in themselves.
Rocky Peter records his music at home and sends it out to professionals for mixing and mastering. He writes lyrics first, then adds music to it. The message and lyrics are the most important part of music for him. His genre is mainly soulful pop and indie music.
One of his favourite artists is Ed Sheeran because he connects with Ed’s story. He, too, was once homeless and is now an icon. Rocky dreams to collaborate with Ed one day because he is his idol. Rocky would also love to collaborate with other artists he enjoys listening to, such as John Legend, Eminem, Jason Mraz, Adele, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande.
Rocky Peter sells most of his concert tickets to fans in the streets and generates more than $10K per show. Social media is just a tool for him to connect with fans and keep them updated with his work. His album will be available everywhere on August 20th so stay tuned!