Chikezie (name is of Nigerian origin) was born in Inglewood, CA on September 11, 1985. He began singing when he was 13 years old. He attended high school at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies.
Before auditioning for "American Idol," he worked as a Transportation Security Administration screener at the LAX airport. He took up music at Santa Monica College.
He auditioned for the sixth season of "American Idol," but failed to make it into the semi-finals.
He auditioned again for "American Idol's" seventh season where he sang "All the Woman I Need" by Luther Vandross. He made it into the finals, but was eliminated on March 26, 2008, coming in tenth place.