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Frank Edwards, Traimi Dave, Kenny Blaq, Others Amongst Africa Youth Awards’ 100 Most Influential Young Africans | See Full List

The list cut across personalities from 26 African countries with Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania taking the lead with 20, 17, 12 and 8 representatives respectively.

Nigerian Gospel singer, Traimi Dave,   headhoncho of RockTown Records, Frank Edwards also made the list.

The list features politicians, activists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, digital influencers, philanthropists & athletes across 10 distinct categories who are blazing various trails and promoting the positive image of Africa across the globe.

Speaking about the publication, Prince Akpah, founding President of Africa Youth Awards, said that the current list features a record 90 new entrants and 43 females.

According to him, this year’s honourees were listed for their individual and collective contributions towards positioning the image of Africa as frontrunners in their respective fields. He also urged other young Africans to emulate the footstep of the listed individuals and join them to make Africa a better and safer place for young dreamers.

Notable among the 2018 honourees are Uganda’sRobert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) , Togo’sFarida Bemba Nabourema, Egypt’s Mohammed Salah, Nigeria’s Kenny Blaq, Traimi Dave, Davido, Falz and Tomi Adeyemi Idaminab, South Africa’s Cassper NyovestandTanzania’s Ali Kiba.

The list was compiled in partnership with Avance Media , mynaijanaira.com and Made Marketing Group presents an opportunity for young Africans to stay committed to their individual causes and continue to blaze trails across their various fields.

Below is the list of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans in alphabetical order:

ABD Traore
Abdellah Mallek
Adeola Fayehun
Ahmed Musa
Akwasi Frimpong
Ali Kiba
Ama Duncan
Amina Rabar
Amy Sarr Fall
Ancillar Mangena-Nombewu
Anita Adetola Adetoye
urea Mouzinho
Aya Chebbi
Bamai Namata
Bogolo Kenewendo
Bonang Matheba
Brian Amoateng
Brian Mutebi
Cassper Nyovest
David Moinina Sengeh
Davido
Dikeledi Mokoena
Dominique Alonga
Dr Sandile Kubheka
Dr. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi
Dr. Shakira Choonara
Edem Agbana
Ester Simon
Falz
Faraja Nyalandu
Farida Bemba Nabourema
Feka Parchibell Parch
Frank Edwards
Gideon Danso
Hamamat Montia
Hanane El Khader
Herieth Paul
Hodan Osman
Ibrahim Ceesay
Jennifer Bash
Joybert Javnyuy
Jumanne Mtambalike
Kalidou Koulibaly
Kelvin Nyame
Kenneth Okwor
Kenny Blaq
Kevin Lubega
Kgomotso Phatsima
Kow Essuman
Kungaba Fongoh Leonel
Kwame A.A Opoku
Luthando Shosha
Mabutho Mthembu
Maria Borges
Mbali Ntuli
Mbwana Samatta
Medhi Benatia
Millard Ayo
Mohamed Salah
Musawenkosi Saurombe
Mwiya Musokotwane
Nabimanya Humphrey
Nana Aba Anamoah
Nana Appiah Mensah
Nasty C
Nice Nailantei Leng’ete
Nneile Nkholise
Nomzamo Mbatha
Nontokozo Madonsela
Obinwanne Okeke
Olasupo Abideen
Orapeleng Modutle
Pedro Lopes
Percy Tau
Prince Louis Omolayo Adekola
Rachel Sibande
Raphael Obonyo
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu
Sadio Mane
Samuelle Dimairho
Sandra Ochola
Scheaffer Okore
Sherrie Silver
Sidiki Diabaté
Simidele Adeagbo
Stonebwoy
Sylvester Chauke

Traimi Dave
Takunda Chingonzo
Thando Thabethe
Toke Makinwa
Tomi Adeyemi
Tonye Rex Idaminabo
Ubi Franklin
Victor Moses
Victoria Ibiwoye
Wadi Ben-Hirki
Xtian Dela
Yannick Nzonde
Yasmin Belo-Osagie
Yusuf Bakhresa

Elevation Worship Drops New Song ‘Echo’ Ft Tauren Wells

Following the successful release of their previous single ‘Here Again’Elevation Worship is out again with another heartwarming song titled,Echo Ft. Tauren Wells off their 14 track collection which is slated for release on September 28th.

With almost 800k YouTube subscribers plus about half a million followers on social media, the Elevation Worship has won the hearts of the present generation of music lovers.

Echo,” is available as an instant grat to those who pre-order Hallelujah Here Below on iTunes, in addition to the previously released track “Won’t Stop Now” and “Here Again.” GRAMMY-nominated chart topper Tauren Wells lends his voice in the latest Elevation Worship single.

Elevation Worship also announced their Hallelujah Here Below Tour that journey across the East Coast and into this October, the tour is in celebration of the new album release. Tickets are now available here.

Watch video below:

4-Year-Old Elo Ogidi Abducted During Church Service Found In Benin!

4-year-old Elo Ogidi, daughter of Gospel music producer A4Jeazy and singer Ritasoul has been found at an orphanage in Benin, Edo state!

Family members and friends were overjoyed Friday after she was found as they took to social media through singer Nikki Laoye‘s page to make the announcement.

Elo Ogidi was reportedly abducted at Christ Embassy in Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos State, during a church service she attended in company with her parents and their housemaid on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

Elo’s father, Okpogene Ogidi aka A4Jeazy, who confirmed the development via Nikki Laoye’s Instagram page on Friday, said to Newsmen that some suspects were also arrested.

The girl was with the maid during the church’s children thanksgiving service when she suddenly disappeared.

It was reported that the maid had gone to get Elo and her two siblings some slices of cake shared at the thanksgiving, but did not meet the girl on her seat when she returned.

A child, who also attended the programme, claimed to have seen a woman taking Elo Ogidi away.

The case was reported at the Alausa Police Station and was later transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.

A4Jeazy who said they are yet to be briefed on how Elo got to Benin, Edo state said:

“She was found in Benin. We are going to pick her at the Edo State Police Command on Saturday (today). She was found in an orphanage. After it was reported in the media, somebody identified her and informed me.

“The police were alerted and she was found at the orphanage this evening (Friday).  We are very excited.”

 

Apostle Suleman Says 2019 Election Will Not Hold Unless Nigerians Pray

2019 ElectionApostle Johnson Suleman has prophesied that unless Nigerians pray for the country, the 2019 election will not hold.

The Senior Pastor of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide (OFM), in a chat with journalists in his church, prophesied about the 2019 Election saying:

“Tell Nigerians who wish to see democracy sustained, to pray for our leaders and work for peace; tell the leaders too to pray and be honest with the people they are serving, otherwise, elections may not hold in Nigeria in 2019. That is what God has shown me.”

Apostle Suleman has been credited for many precise prophecies made in years past.

The self-acclaimed ‘Oracle of God’ is the first pastor in Nigeria that prophesied in a December 2013 prophecy, the crowning of former Central Bank of Nigeria’s governor, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi Lamido, as Emir of Kano.

He equally foresaw the death of a serving cabinet member in Nigeria and asked for special prayer during a church service in January 2015.

Likewise, during his ministry’s ‘Fire and Miracle Night’ programme in August 2015, the servant of God foretold the trouble in the last Kogi State governorship election that brought in Governor Yahaya Bello and warned of ‘a death’.

Also, as Edo State prepared for the September 10th 2016 governorship election, Apostle Suleman at a church service said he did not see the election holding on the appointed date.

Subsequently, the INEC shifted the election to September 28 2016, citing security challenges.

“I see presidents being removed in Africa and presidents being installed”, the man of God declared in his 2016 prophecies.

In that declaration, Suleman also asked for vigilance as he said he saw kidnappers entering school, adding that “President Buhari’s health needed serious attention; that America and China would have major crisis.”

 

The Untold Chronicle Behind Preye Odede’s Wave-Making Single “Oshimiri Atata”

–  “Oshimiri Atata” by Preye Odede chronicles Gospel music minister’s journey perfectly

The ministry of Preye Odede will always remain distinct and cannot be replicated. You have some artiste that only come ones in a generation. The likes of Whitney Houston, Nath King Cole, Michael Jackson, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Sinach, Joepraize to name a few… and of course, there is Preye Odede!

Specially anointed for such a time as this, God’s out-poured life embodied in a humble vessel that contrasts the magnitude of gift and anointing that is contained therein, Preye Odede combines aesthetics with anointing and the results are life transforming songs that have left their indelible marks in the sands of this generation, spiraling into undeniable testimonies, ricocheting all over the world!

When Preye Odede put out his debut album “My Script” in 2012, “Ebezina” stood out and infiltrated the core of Gospel Music till date. Speaking with Cool FM OAP, Jibike in 2014, he said he wrote “Ebezina” in the “middle of serious hardship. At a point where we were thrown out of our house and rendered homeless… in 2009.”

“Bulie” was a follow up on the success of “Ebezina”. The video has garnered over 2 million views on Youtube – Preye’s channel alone. He featured a remix of the single in his 2017 sophomore album titled“Ready” and collaborated with UK based Ghanaian Gospel artiste, the critically acclaimed Sonnie Badu of“Baba” fame.

“I Am Real” shot by video director Patrick Elis in the USA presented Preye Odede in new light in terms of his brand. As the distinctive nature of his ministry attained zenith height, it couldn’t be business as usual… literally. Preye’s releases, presentations, PR strategies and overall outlook took a new turn as well!

He announced his sophomore album with the rapturous worship/supplication song with the title“Oshimiri Atata (River that never Runs Dry)”. The song which critics have said, rivals the effort of “Ebezina”, although there are similarities speckled all through both songs, received wide acceptance within and outside the country, so much that when the “Ready” album finally dropped, it’s still one of the songs that stood out. He recently ministered the single in COZA, Abuja at Voltage Warship with Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo and the atmosphere was electric! Pastor Fatoyinbo described the ministration as “an amazing time of worship!” 

Taking a look at the transformation Preye Odede’s life and ministry has experienced – before and after the debut album “My Script”.  The amazing grace that came to his rescue did not transform his life and left him at the point but he has gone from grace to grace ever since. One will agree that the only appropriate outburst is “Oshimiri Atata (River that never Runs Dry).”

Talking about the journey so far and the future expectations, Preye Odede said:

“I don’t look like my past because of God’s grace and mercy … At times when you are down and weary, draw strength from God, who is the fountain that never runs dry and with that river ever flowing, i am certain that God is set to supersede the present and do endless wonders in your life.”

Watch “Oshimiri Atata,” the video below:

Connect:

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URL: www.preyeodede.com

Bishop Oyedepo Reveals The One Important Key To Blessings

While preaching recently, the founder of Living Faith Ministries, popularly known as Winners Chapel,Bishop David Oyedepo notes that he has been very blessed despite not investing in a business, according to Information Nigeria 

He goes on to reveal the secret - being a man of purpose. According to the popular preacher, having purpose leads to accomplishment.

In Bishop Oyedepo’s words, “I have discovered that men who make outstanding impact in their generation are men of purpose. You too must become a man of purpose to become a man of accomplishment. You are not every man, you are just one man. That means one thing is sufficient for you to pursue. So, give it all you’ve got, and you will get all it contains.”

He further explains that being a man of purpose means doing the one thing God has created him to do.

“I am doing only one thing in the world, and that is what He has sent me to do. I have not invested money into any form of business, yet I am blessed as I pursue my goal. Show me a man with a goal and I would show you a goal-getter in the making,” he concludes.

Sharing on Facebook on Sunday, Bishop Oyedepo said in a post titled “Covenant Blessings for this Week”:

“Even the sky is no limit to your glorious destiny in Christ, all you have to do is stay on duty and He will keep changing your position.
Stop waiting at the door for God to bless you, engage in divine instructions.

As you make your choice to serve God, you will enjoy strong and long life in Jesus’ name!
Every air of drought around your life is finally over!
No more droughts in your career and marriage!
Grace to enjoy serving God, receive now in the name of Jesus!
You will not suffer closed heaven anymore!
Your family will not suffer untimely death, you will not bury your children and you will not die young!
Your long awaited miracle job is delivered in Jesus’ name!
Whatever is responsible for tension in your home is over in the name of Jesus!
God is opening new chapters in your life!
Your heaven shall remain open and you will never know drought!
#ItsMyNewDawnEra

“I Had Just ₦63K Before I Bought My House” – Comedian Seyi Law Testifies!

Comedian Seyi Law has shared the testimony of how God helped him purchased a new house even as he shared the pictures of the new property on social media.

Seyi Law took to his Instagram page on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, where he shared photos of his new house. He went on to reveal how he had just N63K in his account just before he bought his house because he had lost a lot of money during his last show.

“God is my rock and my refuge whom shall I fear. Our testimony is huge and no man can share in the glory of what God did, is doing and is going to do. Tears of Joy filled my eyes and my mouth is in awe of God’s faithfulness. All the people and brand that I have worked for seem to have abandoned me this year. I traveled out of Nigeria for my shows, had a great show but lost a lot of money.

“My heart raced, my home was shaky, but I kept faith. I contemplated stopping my shows and selling some of our lands, but you know God reminded me of the word He gave me in November 2017. In May, just about a month to buying this house, I had just N63k in my account, having invested in my shows and by my 35th Birthday on the 22nd June 2018, God did what only him could have done.

“If your heart is in a troubled place, there is a God who is Jehovah Shalom. He knows and if you can trust him, he will do exceedingly and abundantly more than you can ever imagine. Your help is in God and not man, for Him alone can and will speak to the hearts of the men that he has chosen for you. Trust in Him alone. Praise God for me. SEYILAW testifies,” he wrote.

Rev. Yomi Kasali Condemns Comedy Mocking God & Pastors – Alibaba Responds!

– Yomi Kasali condemns comedy mocking God & pastorsThe Senior Pastor of Foundation Of Truth Assembly, Lagos, Reverend Yomi Kasali, has condemned the act by comedians who make jokes ridiculing  pastors.

The man of God, in a video which he shared of himself preaching to a congregation was stern about his stance where comedy and the ministry is concerned and berated other pastors that allows it. He  said the day a Christian laughs at a comedian cracking a joke abusing God or men of God, then such a person is no longer a Christian.

Watch him speak below:

Following Rev. Kasali’s message,  Ace comedian,Alibaba who reacted to Pastor Kasali message agreed with the pastor that God should not be mocked. He also agreed that men of God should not be mocked, however, Alibaba said a man of God who has falling from fate has fallen into the comedians’ net!

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“I agree totally. No comedian should do any joke that mocks God. God can not be mocked. Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon his name) and the Holy Spirit are also in this exclusive no mock zone. After that, every one else is easy pick. Men of God and Men from God, also can be excluded from the mock zone. But any man of God who has become far from God, has fallen into our hands. Oh by the way… just as jokes are a tool in entertainment and criticism, they were tools back in the days. They are like parables. Jesus used a lot of those parables. If Jesus were in our clime and time, he would have used jokes as well. I hear jokes from @pauladefarasin @tonyrapu #jesseduplanti @Bishoptdjakes #BensonIdahosa @pastorituaighodalo @creflodollar #thePope #CardinalOkojie #PastorEAAdeboye #bishopKuka… these men of God can give any comedian a run for their money. They use humour to get their messages across. In fact, some of the best and cleanest jokes can be gleaned from the pulpit. Because those jokes can be told anywhere. HOWEVER, IF A MAN OF GOD DOESNT HAVE THE ANOINTING OF SENSE OF HUMOUR… IT WILL BE HARD FOR THAT TO BE HIS POINT OF STRENGTH. So, expectedly, he will not see the value in using it or seeing it used. Just as, a pastor who can’t sing may not apply songs to his teachings. Like I said @yomi_kasali has a point. Up to a point. That’s my point.”

 

 

“There’s Nothing God Cannot Do” – Adesua Etomi Celebrated By Same University She Barely Afforded

Adesua Etomi, Nollywood actor and wife of singer Banky W, has shared her testimony while reminiscing on the time she could barely afford her university fees and now being celebrated by the same institution.

Adesua made this known on her Instagram page Wednesday, sharing a photo of her portrait being celebrated at her alma mater, University of Wolverhampton.

“Today, I’m grateful for my university education,” she said. “I remember how my mum and I would sit and wonder how we’d pay my university fees every single year. It’s amazing how God took me from that to being celebrated and painted on the wall by the same university that we could barely afford.”

“It may look hard right now but hang in there, there’s nothing God cannot do. It will end in praise but remember to put in the work. #31DaysOfGrateful #Day29 #talkaboutthejourney,” she captioned the photo.

It is not the first time Adesua Etomi will be sharing some of the difficult moments of her life she had to overcome. On the 11th of June, 2018, she shared a mind-blowing story on her Instagram page where she wrote a long post about how God used the hard times when nothing seem to be working in her life to build her faith.

Apostle Suleman Condemns Comedians Joking With Jesus & ‘Shaku Shaku’ Dance In Church!

– Apostle Suleman condemns acts by comedians using Jesus Christ to crack jokes

– Takes stand against certain dance moves in churchGeneral Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries,Apostle Johnson Suleman has condemned the acts by some Nigerian comedians who take delight in using Jesus Christ to crack jokes.

Apostle Suleman queried why no Comedian uses Mohammed to crack jokes. According to him, Comedians will be killed if they crack jokes with Mohammed.

He also took a swipe at Christians that do not stand up in defence of clergymen as they get dragged online.

While preaching in his church in Edo State recently, Apostle Suleman said:

“No regard. Imagine comedians will be cracking jokes and using Jesus for joke, calling Jesus Bros J and a pastor doesn’t go to the altar and give him sound slap.

“Can you joke with Mohammed like that? They will kill you,” he said.

In another video shared by Award winning music producer Wilson Joel on Instagram, Apostle Suleman condemned the popular dance moves being exported into the church. He was specific about the new dance called ‘Shaku Shaku’. He condemned the church members and pastors joining in the dance saying, it did not start in the church. He is of the view that the church should create its own dance moves and export it to the world.

“Most of us have been carried away by what is popular. Even in the church, we improvise and bring in popular things into church, thinking we can give Christianity swag. People are dancing and moving their hands… they call it Shaku… what they saw outside. You are spiritualizing and churchilizing shaku in church. You are a shame! You are a disgrace. Leave them to dance their dance! Dancing shaku in church, some pastor join them, some choir members and urshers… It didn’t start here. We should look for a dance that started in church and export it outside…”

The prolific music producer Wilson Joel who shared the post said he has some reservations but did not comment further.

10 Reasons Not To Be A Gospel Artist | By Jonathan McReynolds

Grammy-nominated Gospel singer Jonathan McReynolds pens down 10 reasons why one should not pursue a career in Gospel music. Jonathan has successfully topped the Billboard chart. He is also a part-time college professor at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. On his blog, LifeRoomTalk, Jonathan highlights his 10 reasons. Read below:

10 Reasons Not To Be A Gospel Artist – Jonathan McReynolds

Uh oh. Sounds pretty bad, huh? Well, I want you to listen. The quality, integrity, and potency of gospel music are not affected by the top pop artist or the state of hip-hop. It is entirely based on the people that make up the gospel music industry itself. We aren’t tainted by things external, only by things internal–not by what comes in, but what is put back out (Matthew 15). There are 6 billion reasons to be a gospel artist and I am certainly not complaining about this amazing life and career God gave me, but I write this because these ten things will discourage you, expose you, waste your energy and money if you are not called to this! I don’t want to dissuade anyone from the Church. We need God! We need each other! There is a purpose for your life that has God and His Kingdom in mind. However, everyone does not need to gather producers, studio time and a booking manager to embark on a journey to gospel stardom and influence. Chances are if that’s what you seek, you’re not off on a good foot. Here we go! Ten reasons not to quit your day job nor continue those guitar lessons…

It is small. Yes, maybe gospel music is number one to you. Maybe it has been your life’s soundtrack. It might be hard for everyone to truly imagine how small this genre is in the grand scheme of things but it is. The amount of embraced, going-to-be-on-TV-soon artists is probably something like 30 and since a gospel artist’s success can last 30+ years, that number stays low, with only 1 or 2 new artists introduced (in a big way) every year. The audience is also incredibly small. We are talking like 5% of the country that truly consumes this music even though most music is influenced by it. If you are looking for incredibly large audiences, the gospel is not the surest way to do it.

It is not unified. Sure, everyone has their own tastes but America, the engine of gospel music, has an extra reason to divide. Sunday morning is known as the most segregated time in America because stylistic preferences and racial tensions filter everyone to churches that look and sound like them. The music industry reflects that. There are two distinct sides–at least two. And to be played on one type of radio station almost immediately disqualifies you from being played on the other. It may hurt you to find that there are very few opportunities (and very few plans to make more opportunities) to bring the Church and it’s artists together. And this is coming from someone who has been embraced, to an extent, by both sides, several races, and cultures! It is rare! I just want you to know that.

You will be copied. Like any genre, people pay attention to what seems to “work” and what seems to sell. So if you are successful, prepare to have many copy elements of your artistry and approach. This is not specific to the gospel at all, though the phenomenon of imitation is often Christianized. “This is the sound that God wants to hear!” Heartwise? That is correct. Instrumentation, style, and artistic approach? No. He never detailed that. And if he has, we are far off. Either way, it’s an excuse to copy, so prepare for that. Your sound may become “THE sound.”

You’ll be pressured to copy. So that means, upcoming artists will be expected to replicate that “sound” too! I was not interested in (just) that “sound,” God made a way and the crowds’ responses spoke up for me, but trust, I was pressured to copy. And you will be too. God’s hand has to be on your life for this to work and you MUST BE GOOD! If neither heaven nor earth is responding to your sound, the pressure will come for you to copy someone else’s.

You now really, really represent the Kingdom. Everything is a stage! You’re not just a singer, you represent something that people look up to and some people look down on. There have been a few singers I’ve befriended in the gospel world that hoped to be strictly singers and wow the world with their incredible gift only. They were shooting stars. There are several others that have turned out to be guiding lights. They have lasted longer, they have become more useful by God on this stage because they took up the responsibility of representing Him. Everything from fashion, to the on-stage presentation, to social media, to walking around airports is subject to the fact that people expect and, honestly, NEED you to represent Christ. Don’t get confused by society’s pressure to “be real” which tends to mean to flaunt every dirty streak on your underwear to avoid being known as a hypocrite. YOUR PUBLIC GOAL is to lead others to Christ honestly, not to express yourself for expression’s sake. And I believe there are soooo many untapped ways to point folks to God while using every weird, lame, cool, cute, smart part of you. You just have to want that. Jesus did not plead with God to “take this cup from [Him]” among the disciples He was leading. He took his personal time. He had his private struggle. I believe that part of the story is included to show us the personal sacrifice and wisdom in knowing what you mean to the people you influence. I thought to write this because I have an amazing friend that loves to sing and singing gospel music is especially fulfilling for her. She, however, has an entire “R&B” persona and hundreds of thousands of fans, and she gets to operate by different rules when it comes to fashion, language, and content. I know she knows, that there would have to be some wholesale alterations to her image to be effective as a gospel artist. I know that it’s against millennial nature to ever concede that you may have to change your presentation for the sake of the gospel but it’s the truth! Sorry! Even if God has given you peace on the way you live your life, the game changes when your actions will be magnified, duplicated and misunderstood. Gospel artists MUST rehearse and SHOULD operate with 1 Corinthians 8 in mind.

“Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.”

Too much right? Yeah, we are living for everyone else (1 Corinthians 10:31-33)! We don’t always want to accept that. The good news is you don’t have to lose authenticity to glorify God if your authentic self-glorifies God (and not like ten other things at the same time). In my opinion, it is better to edit yourself rather than simply edit your image.

Not a lot of money in it. Simple as that. It is a small market. Very few are wealthy and most smart artists supplement their income with regular jobs, church gigs (or churches they found and pastor) and other investments.

Traveling is not fun. OMG! You have no idea. If you could teleport to Oslo or take a magic carpet ride to Los Angeles, travel would be a complete perk. We all love seeing new places, new people and watching our passports get stamped to death. Unfortunately, there are often two miles of walking, irritable TSA agents, guitar carrying and defending, lost bags, connecting flights and ridiculously early lobby calls in between. As I write this, I’m heading home from a beautiful trip to Norway. I’m also excited about the destination: home. But first, we must endure…well, all that I just mentioned. Be prepared to have your body go crazy about your bird-like lifestyle too. I never knew how hard to come by and all-consuming sleep can be until I started traveling like this.

It is slow to change and embrace new things. 
As much as I love the gospel industry, it is not full of creative risk takers. While the original apostles were quite rugged and adventurous, our understanding of the faith compels us to be resistant to change, risk-averse and doubtful of most things new. Even further, our grim business outlook has labels even more concerned about prudence and frugality. The best way, to many executives, is to give a slightly new spin, face or voice to something already done. And church folk feel the same way. When I was first signed, my weird music, led by “No Gray” was not understood and valued by many people in high places. They just wanted a younger spin on worship music, not this “live music.” Ask Kirk, Deitrick, Mary Mary, and Richard Smallwood. Yes, even Richard Smallwood. They all felt some resistance to the now legendary music they have made. If that will discourage you to the point of quitting, I have saved you. If you are willing to take your time and learn to PRESENT your music in a way that can ease the stubborn expectations of a gospel music fan, stick to it. It is all about presentation. You can’t pull a person toward you without first reaching for them. Blessed is the artist that can shift a room without people noticing. Let me also warn you, people who are NOT gospel music lovers, not believers, or not avid churchgoers ALSO have particular, often antiquated expectations of Jesus music.

Many people you encounter will show little sign of the Faith. Yeah, you know it. God has a lot of children and some of them are…well…slow learners. Some are weirdos. Some are downright rebellious. And more precisely, some of the adults you meet in this Christian journey are…children. I have made it my mission to make room for artists, particularly ones who don’t see much of their style and approach represented in the genre. But I wrote this article to help ensure we don’t keep filling our stages and pulpits with people who were not ready for it. This job will shine the light and magnify all that is right with you and all that is wrong with you. The best way to be a mature, strong Christian artist, is to be a mature, strong Christian. Unfortunately, you will get a bad taste in your mouth upon meeting some of us. You cannot be discouraged. You cannot take it personally. At best, it’s a dope person having a bad or stressful day. Travel, pressure, nerves, demands, musicians, and managers can certainly seize our smiles and willingness to be social. But at worst, some of us just really don’t walk with the love of Christ. Gospel music is just as much a culture club as it is an expression of faith. You can certainly be impressively gifted with the culture and not have much faith or fruit! But we now know the lasting effects of bad models, so don’t be one. You must take on the mantle of representing Christ, knowing what the Bible ACTUALLY says, dodging rumors, gossip, and the land mines of self-interested people and be the change you want to see. It’s quite tough though.

The world won’t be a fan.
 Lastly, what you carry is huge. It’s beautiful, respectable, inclusive and divine. Its also convicting, EXclusive, and increasingly contrary to the modern zeitgeist. The mention of who you are and further expression of your beliefs will alienate you from many. I have been unfriended by several high school classmates and, while I hope they’d be proud of me, there are several that hate my guts now. “God” is kind of endearing, but “Jesus” will start a fight. Please know some media opportunities will not come to you and some press outlets will not let you in. They may not hate you but will simply be uninterested in your existence. One of the worst things a gospel artist can do is expect to be known–in different churches, but especially by the world at large. Both humble yourself and brace yourself for arrows of both hate and indifference.

See, I’m not trying to keep you from following your dreams. I’m just trying to answer all my DMs at once. I’m proud that so many pursue the call to public ministry and I’m honored that I might be inspiring some of that. This will be a great generation for the Kingdom and its artists. But you must know that it’s not easy, it’s not always fun, and no greatness comes without a great cost. New levels, new devils. Regardless of what you do, get really acquainted with your “why.” You’re going to need it.

 

28 Year-old McReynolds began his music career in 2012 with the release of Life Music via Entertainment One Music and Light Records. The album charted on three Billboard charts: the Billboard200, Gospel Albums, and Independent Albums. His second album, Life Music: Stage Two, peaked higher on all three charts in 2015. His latest full-length album Make Room debuted #1 on Billboard Gospel and garnered a historic 1.3 million streams in the first week.

 

Joy Mobley talks gifts, talents, passion for music and inspiration behind “Don’t Turn Around”

Exclusive Interview w/ Joy Mobley by Christopher Heron (2018)
Exclusive Interview w/ Joy Mobley by Christopher Heron

 

The riveting, new release entitled, Don’t Turn Around, is the latest EP from Minnesota-native, Atlanta-resident, Joy Mobley. The melodic, tapestry of anointed tunes is part of Joy’s plan to touch people through the power of her jubilant music.

 

Joy Mobley - 2018
Joy Mobley

 

 

 

Joy has always captured crowds with her incredible instrument, highlighted by her victory in the Minnesota Idol. Since then, Mobley has taken her talent to another level, veering towards ministry and making a difference for Jesus. BlackGospel.com spoke with this striking woman about music, family, and faith.

 

Christopher Heron: Joy, I’d love to begin our conversation by discovering the lovely lady behind the music. For instance, we know you’re a talented vocalist…but what’s your secret gift or hidden talent very few people know you possess?

 

Joy Mobley: I’d like to think God has blessed me with the gifts for “insight” and “connectivity”.  I believe I possess an intuitive attribute that enhances my ability to destroy communication barriers regardless of the personality.

 

I thank God for enabling me to befriend those that would just assume turn their backs, and from that breakthrough, develop a nourishing and lasting acquaintance.   In a song, I experience a pristine freedom that transcends woes and sorrows of this world.

 

Christopher Heron: You’re proud alumni of Clark Atlanta University. What are the most important values and lessons in life you attribute to your time at college?

 

 

Joy Mobley 2018
Joy Mobley

Joy Mobley: “I’ll find a way or make one” is one of the mottos for CAU. And I can definitely say that having persistence and not giving up has been key in my success and who I’ve become today. Another lesson that I can attribute to my time there is to make the most of every opportunity given to you.

While I was attending CAU I was exposed to a lot of great opportunities and because of this, I seized everyone that I could! Looking back now I know that many people might not experience in a lifetime what I was able to, at that time.

 

Christopher Heron: You’re also a proud wife and mother. How have these important family roles changed your life and shaped your view of the world?

 

Joy Mobley: If ever the word “unselfish” has been transparent, surely it’s at this time in my life of being a wife and mother.  There’s an old saying in the gospel that says “it’s not all about me” and that old saying is so true.  The reality of it all, to understand this phrase is to gain wisdom beyond the imagination.  I believe a person that is self-centered cannot truly discover their full potential nor true happiness.

 

It is imperative for the soul, mind, and spirit to nurture the body and it is equally important that our individual accountability reaches beyond our person. If I may, I must regress to the words “insight” and “connectivity”.  My having insight towards my husband and child has done so much for the priceless connectivity the three of us enjoy and share in our lives.

 

Christopher Heron: Music has always been an essential part of your identity…but when did your passion for music move to the next level and becomes a tool for ministry and an expression of faith?

 

Joy Mobley - 2018
Joy Mobley

Joy Mobley: During my adolescence, my parents pastored a church and I was afforded the opportunity to express myself in song and in church productions.  I suppose my mom became so confident in my ability to sing, many times there were impromptu performances.  The congregation or those in attendance would often compliment me by making such comments as “you sang that song so well you made me cry or you brought chills all over me.”

 

My Mom enlightened me at an early age as to who was responsible for the anointing I was under, and that I was blessed to be chosen by God to communicate His Word in song.  Even into adulthood, what I get from unbelievers regarding my new music is “I don’t usually listen to Gospel music, but I like your music.”

 

I’ve heard this countless times and knowing that the lyrics in my songs talk about Jesus, and people who are not in the church are still able to receive that message is what ministry is all about, saving souls and making disciples, Mark 16:15 says “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone”.

 

Christopher Heron: Your new EP is entitled, Don’t Turn Around. What’s the inspiration behind the title of your new release?

 

Joy Mobley: I know it’s an old cliché, but we are really living in troubled and disturbing times.  It seems that every time one listens to the news, it’s disheartening.  Hardly ever anything encouraging.  We are always bombarded by negativity whether at work, home, and even church.  My philosophy…this world needs encouragement!

 

Without encouragement to stay the course, people will turn around and escalate their demise into a world of destruction.  People today need the “truth” in their hearts, love in their spirits and confidence in their soul.  So in my lyrics, this is what I’m attempting to convey.  Stay the course, God’s People; and Don’t Turn Around!

 

 

Christopher Heron: The release of your EP is another kind of birth. It’s very intimate and reflective of you. How much is “Joy” it for you? And what is your hope and prayer for this album?

 

Joy Mobley: The “joy” for me is overwhelming because I’m doing something that I love.  My hope and prayer is that I’m able to touch the broken hearts and disturb minds of the many that are about to or perhaps already have “Turned Around”.  I would be so honored to know that my songs that are reaching the masses, relationships were mended, hearts were fixed, and lives were turned around all because of the Power of God!

 

For more information on Joy Mobley and her EP, Don’t Turn Around, visit her official website @ www.joymobley.com.

Travis Greene To Perform At The Tim Godfrey’s ‘Fearless Concert’

After hosting one of the biggest names in the world gospel music in 2017, the energetic and fearless Tim Godfrey is back with the third edition of his annual gospel music concert, with the tag FEARLESS.

The event which made its debut in 2016 had more than 6000 worshippers in attendance, with Marvin Sapp as its headline artiste.

This year’s concert which will feature another amazing songster, Travis Greene promises to be off the hook as the tour will be taking place in five cities, Uyo, Port-Harcourt, Lagos, Abia, and Abuja between 25thand 29th of July 2018.

 

Fearless Concert is a gospel concert borne out of love for worship, and a desire to create an atmosphere that enables participants to appreciate the victory that every believer has through the finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary.

Album Release: The Best Of Fred Hammond – Verity Records

TheBestOfFredHammond-coverVerity Records is at it again with this new beautifully crated collection titled The Best Of Fred Hammond, featuring three new songs. The 12 song collection was released in celebration of a prolific catalog of the Grammy Winning gospel icon.

The Best of Fred Hammond spotlights his biggest hits and enduring legacy driving the sounds of contemporary gospel and worship, filled with timeless favorites like, No Weapon, We’re Blessed, Jesus Be a Fence Around Me, You Are the Living Word, Glory To Glory To Glory, and the brand-new tracks, I’m Grateful, Saturate Us, and What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

About Fred Hammond:

Fred Hammond has remained a trailblazing force inspiring audiences worldwide and influencing countless artists with his live performances, exceptional voice, instrumental arrangements, songwriting, and producing talents for over three decades.

Honoring gospel’s heritage as a cornerstone of popular music and its valuable impact in connecting and uplifting listeners in the intersection of music and spiritual encouragement, Verity Records continues to highlight venerated gospel icons with its robust catalog of the contemporary and traditional gospel. Since its founding in 1994, Verity’s catalog includes music from artists like Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Richard Smallwood, John P. Kee, Hezekiah Walker, Twinkie Clark, among others.

The Best of Fred Hammond is available at all major music providers.

Amazon:

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iTunes:

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Apple Music:

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Google Play:

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Spotify:

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The Best of Fred Hammond Track List:

  1. I’m Grateful
  2. We’re Blessed / Shout Unto God (Live)
  3. When the Spirit of the Lord (David’s Song)
  4. No Weapon
  5. Glory To Glory To Glory
  6. You Are the Living Word (Live)
  7. This is the Day
  8. Let the Praise Begin
  9. Jesus Be a Fence Around Me (Live)
  10. Your Steps Are Ordered (Live)
  11. Saturate Us
  12. What a Friend We Have in Jesus

For more information and news about Verity Records, visit:

www.verityrecords.com

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Video : Sinach – There’s an Overflow

Sinach

Sinach is out with another powerful song There’s an Overflow. According to her

This is a very special song to me. Long before now, I have ministered to myself many times with this song, and no instance went without a tremendous supply of the anointing!

, it’s a song of hope; a prophetic song the Spirit of God gave me to herald a new level for His people, and a distribution of His Spirit and grace in these days.

Listen to the song; let the lyrics soak in, and begin to declare with me as I lead you with this song into the new levels God has prepared for you!