Omah Lay is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer who was born on May 19, 1997. He rose to prominence in early 2020 after his self-produced single “Bad Influence” went viral on social media. He is also known for working with Alpha P on the official Masterkraft remix of Justin Bieber’s 2021 single “Peaches,” as well as another collaboration with the latter on “Attention” in 2022. Lay was named Next Rated at the 2020 Headies Awards.
Omah Lay is from Rivers State’s Ikwerre Local Government Area.  He attended Rivers State Comprehensive High School before enrolling at the University of Port Harcourt.  His grandfather played instruments for singer Celestine Ukwu before he died in 1977, and he comes from a musical family. Lay’s father was a drummer. 
Lay started out in a rap group under the stage name “Lil King.” He later moved on to songwriting and music producing, which went largely uncredited, and as a result of that, he released “Do Not Disturb” in April 2019. “Hello Brother” was released a month after.
He signed to a record label named KeyQaad in June 2019, and took a seven month break. During the break, he worked on his debut EP, Get Layd. He told OkayAfrica, “I started working on it August [of 2019]. At some point I had to go off social media, stay away from a lot of things and keep my head straight to get the project right. The first song I’d recorded on Get Layd was ‘Bad Influence.’ I’d done that way before the songs we had to put on the project.” Following the break, he released “Bad Influence,” which became the most streamed Nigerian song on Apple Music at the end of 2020.
On 14 February 2020, Lay released “You,” his first official single. He released his five-track debut EP, Get Layd on 22 May 2020. The EP peaked at number one on the Nigerian Apple Music charts. All five songs from the EP reached the top 15 of the Apple Music charts for Nigeria, with “You” peaking at number one.
In October, Lay appeared on Olamide’s album Carpe Diem, on the track “Infinity”, which topped the Apple Music charts for Nigeria.
On 20 November, Lay released his second five-track EP, What Have We Done. All five tracks reached the top 12 of the Apple Music charts for Nigeria, with “Godly” reaching number one.
On 3 July 2020, Lay was the first artist highlighted for Apple’s Africa Rising Campaign to spotlight African talent. In December 2020, he was included in BBC Radio 1Xtra’s annual “Hot for 2021” list. He was the first African artist featured on Audiomack’s #Up Now program for emerging artists; was included in Montreux Jazz Festival’s “20 artists to watch in 2021”; and was named BET’s Amplified International Artist of the Month for November 2020. He is currently signed to Dvpper Music Distribution in Nigeria, and Sire Records for international distribution. He was nominated in four categories at the 2020 Headies Awards, winning the Next Rated award.
On 25 June 2021, Lay was featured alongside fellow Nigerian singer Alpha P on Nigerian producer Masterkraft’s official remix of Canadian singer Justin Bieber’s single, “Peaches”. On 8 July 2021, Lay released a new single, “Understand”. On 3 March 2022, he released a collaboration with Bieber, “Attention”, which serves as the second collaboration between the two artists.
Omah Lay and Tems were arrested on December 14, 2020, after performing in a show in Uganda. The arrests were made due to a violation of COVID-19 lockdown protocols, according to Ugandan police. The artists believed they had been set up.   The two were released two days later after the Ugandan government apologized for their arrests and cleared them of any wrongdoing. 
Lay has expressed his support for the #EndSARS campaign in Nigeria. He told Harper’s Bazaar, “People need to know these protests are purely about the people, with no political undertone whatsoever. Police harass, extort, beat, and kill us just for being young and trendy, with no consequences. This has gone on long enough, and we are saying enough is enough and demanding government action.”