Top Nigerian Gospel Musicians

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Top Nigerian Gospel Musicians

The gospel music industry in Nigeria has grown tremendously in recent years, from an industry struggling to gain mainstream recognition to one filled with promise. This thriving industry of faith based music still has its challenging times and hurdles but today it is no longer a dormant community but promising career path.

The new found growth in the industry stems from the recent rise in media houses, tv and radio stations, and a large influence by the internet and technology. A huge part of this internet and technology influence can be credited to the rise of music and entertainment blogs, internet radio stations, applications and tv all around the country.

Here we go with the top gospel musicians:

Kefee

Kefee


Her music career started at the age of eight in the children’s choir. She moved on to the adult choir when she was fifteen.
Became choir director at eighteen because she could teach the three parts namely Soprano, Alto & Tenor.

Lara George

Lara George

Lara George is one of the classiest Nigerian gospel singer/ artist in the world today, this multi-talented, singer, producer and music director has a spell-binding and captivating voice, she was a member of the former KUSH group which was one of the earliest modern Gospel music groups in Nigeria. Lara released her first solo album in 2007 which was titled Ijoba Orun, the single was a hit and it still enjoys a huge support and airplay on radio stations, churches and homes. Lara George biography show that the talented singer was born in Lagos; she is the fourth child of five children. Lara developed passion for music while she was amember of the choir in her Alma mater Queens Colege, Yaba Lagos. Lara George studied law at the prestigious University of Lagos and she is also a legal practitioner.

Lara George's music career as a professional singer began in 1997 but she released her first hit single ; ijoba orun in 2007. Lara’s professional career began in 1997 when she joined the “Rock solid” group which belongs to a campus fellowship called Rock Foundation Mission, she later met some other talented singers – Ty, Emem and Dapo and together they formed KUSH. KUSH received many international awards and record deal and when the breakup of the group berthed the solo career of Lara. “Your dreams come true” is the first group album to be released by Lara. Popular Lara George songs include; Orin “I will write a song”, Season, Fig tree, Forever in my heart, I can, Ko ma si {Nobody like you}, More than anything, Higher, Rise, and Higher.

In 2008, Lara George album- forever in my heart won him several awards, these include ; 2008 Voice of the year award at the Nigerian Music award, and Female artiste of the year at the 2009 Nigerian Gospel music awards. Lara claims, her personal experiences as well as experiences shared from other people always influence her songs. Lara George New Album was released in July 2009, it was a sophomore album that comes with 14 tracks and she features Lord of Ajasa, and Midnight crew’s Pat Uwaje in 2 of her hit songs from the album- Run with you, and Ko le baje. Lara George 2012 album was titled “Higher” and it comes with lots of hit songs.

Lara George wedding to her husband Gbenga George is blessed with a son- Adeoba Alexander George. Lara George married her husband few years ago in Lagos Nigeria. Lara George husband is also a legal practitioner who also doubles as Lara’s manager.

Frank Edwards

Frank Edwards

Frank Edwards

Nicknamed Rich boy, Frank Ugochukwu Edwards, a member of Christ Embassy Church in Nigeria is signed to the church’s LoveWorld Records. Frank, a talented instrumentalist, broke into the scene with his debut album, The Definition, which was released in 2008. Frank returned to the studio and in 2010 and produced his second album, Angels on the Runway; he hit the market with another, ‘Unlimited’, in 2011. Frank began singing at the age of ten years as he learnt how to play the piano from his father. Currently, he has four albums to his credit, with the latest one ‘Tag Jam’ released in November 2011 which took frank to the A-class of Gospel artistes. He also made a cameo appearance in label mate Sinach’s video ‘I know who I am’. In May 2011 he was nominated as the Gospel Artiste of the Year at the 6th Annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA). He won the award for the Best Gospel Rock Artiste in the 1st edition of the awards. He also won West Africa Best Male Vocalist in 2012 and Best Hit Single at the Love World Awards 2012. Frank also bagged three awards at the Nigeria Gospel Music Awards (Male Artiste of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Male Vocal).

Sinach

Sinach

Sinach

Also signed to LoveWorld Records and a key member of the music team at Christ Embassy, Sinach has become a household name in Nigeria. She has over 200 songs to her credit, including ‘Awesome God’, ‘Simply Devoted’, ‘I am Ready for Your Spirit’, ‘Shout of the King’, ‘All Things are possible’, ‘Born to Win’, ‘Fire in Me’, ‘More of You’, ‘No Failure with God’, ‘This is Your Season’; also winning the Song of the Year, Song Writer and Vocalist of the Year’ at the Love World Awards. Inspired by the ministry of the word by her Pastor, Sinachi also ministers as a vocalist and worship leader of Christ Embassy, alongside LoveWorld Music team. Through her Godly talent, she has ministered to millions of people all over the world in mega programs such as Night of Bliss with Pastor Chris, Word at Work conventions with Pastor Chris, Youth Conferences with Pastor Chris, The Higher Life Conference, The Christ Embassy Healing School and many other programs by Pastor Chris with record attendances reaching millions.

Buchi

Buchi

Buchi

Born in Kaduna, Nigeria to parents of Abia State origin, Buchi’s early education began in Enugu and took him through Methodist College, Uzuakoli and Federal Government College, Enugu. In 1983, he came to Lagos to study English Language and Literary Studies at the University of Lagos, where he obtained a BA in 1986 and a MA in 1988. Later in the same year, he took up an appointment to lecture at the same institution while studying for his doctorate degree. Buchi remained at the Department of English until 1994 when he yielded to the higher calling to propagate the Gospel of Jesus through writing and singing in the reggae genre. While in the university, his casual involvement in black activism through reggae club grew more intense after listening to Oliver Thambo and the officials of ANC (African National Congress) from South Africa during the club’s exhibition on “Apartheid in South Africa”. Again, having studied the black activism literature of Dennis Bruts, Wole Soyinka, Muta Baruka and the likes, Buchi’s preoccupation with reggae music as an “outcry against oppression” became deeper. Little wonder he also became involved in one of the campus’ confraternities which at the time prided itself as an anti oppression movement. This preoccupation with reggae music took a new turn when his friend Ras Kimono invited him to join the team of deejays on the Floating Bukka – a reggae nightclub situated on a docked vessel in Marina, Lagos Island. Foremost on the list of Buchi’s strong musical influences are Eric Donaldson, Joseph Hills, Burning Spear and Frankie Paul. In 1992, Buchi gave his life to Jesus Christ at the Christ Embassy Church and transferred himself from the nightclub to the choir of that ministry where he has remained till date. His first album released in 1999 (These Days) second album released in 2002 (So Beautiful) third album released in 2005 (What a Life). Buchi is married to Jane and they have four children. He has ministered in church concerts including Reinhard Bonnke’s stadium-packed outreaches. Multiple award winner including prestigious AMEN for Best in Gospel Category, 1999 Faith, POMP and TOMA Awards for Best Artiste, Reggae Artiste and Gospel Album of the Year variously.

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan

The name Chris Morgan Abah Ochogwu might not sound familiar, but this talented Gospel singer, songwriter, composer, and performer is the brain behind “WORSHIP ON THE HILLS OF AFRICA”, a vision that is dedicated to raising people to worship God in spirit and in truth. The Orokam-born Benue State singer is no doubt an accomplished music minister, whose songs are filled with the divine presence of God, with great lyrical depth and inspiration and a great message of hope for our generation. Morgan has also ministered on the same platform with great international Gospel singers. Since stepping into the Gospel podium, the Ifeoma crooner has continued to carve a niche for himself by marking the beginning of a new worship trend in Africa. The Abuja-based gospel artiste is happily married to Queen Eunice.

Nathaniel Bassey

Nathaniel Bassey

Nathaniel Bassey

Nathaniel Bassey, born in Lagos, Nigeria makes the list of Connect Nigeria’s top 10 Gospel was a minister in The Apostolic Church Bashua Assembly before taking up the position of director of music at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, developed a love for both music and the Gospel at a very young age. According to the young music minister, he was inspired when he saw Dr Panam Percy Paul, a prominent Nigerian Gospel music icon in concert over twenty years ago and since then, his passion for music has grown and translated into various musical experiences. Nathaniel’s debut album ‘Elohim’ was recorded and mixed in Cape Town, South Africa in the year 2008. It has been described as a spiritual and artistic masterpiece with the hit track ‘Someone’s knocking at the door’ a soft-rock tune currently generating so much interest locally and internationally.

Joe Praize

Joe Praize

Joe Praize

Joe Praize, singer and song writer, also belongs to the Christ Embassy Love World. Born Joseph Omo Ebhodaghe, the acclaimed Gospel music minister who hails from Edo State released his debut album, ‘My Praise’. Joe Praize has performed around the world including cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, KZN – all in South Africa, and countries like Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Nigeria, Ghana. The award-winning singer bagged the 2010 song of the year award at the prestigious Love World Awards for the song ‘Mighty God’ which is the fifth track on his album ‘My Praise’. He was also nominated for Best African Gospel by SABC Crown Gospel Award in 2011.

Tope Alabi

Tope Alabi

Tope Alabi

She holds sway when it comes to singing Gospel in Yoruba language with over five albums to her credit and over 800 movie sound tracks. The beautiful music minister who hails from Yewa, Imeko of Ogun State joined the then Jesters International, a theatre group with acts such as Jacob, Papilolo and Aderupoko at Ibadan and since then, she has distinguished herself as both a talented actress and singer. Tope Alabi is a pacesetter of soundtrack makers in the Yoruba Home Video Industry.

SamSong

Samson

SamSong

Samsong is a dynamic Nigerian Gospel artiste based in Abuja, Nigeria. He has had a successful recording career with radio hits like ‘Bianule’, and a handful of accolades such as The Psalmist Award in 2000, and recently being nominated for the Best Gospel Artiste by the Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) in New York in 2008. He has graced the stage with Gospel greats like Marvin Winans, Donnie McClurkin and Panam Percy Paul, as well as successful mainstream artistes like Donnell Jones, Kenny Lattimore, 112, TuFace, D’Banj, Faze, and Styl Plus. Born Samson Uche Mogekwu in Delta State, Nigeria. He discovered his talent for singing while in high school. It was also in high school he was adobted the stage name Samsong.

In 1991, he formed a quartet known as Praise Creation and got signed to Ivory Music Label with a debut album in 1996 titled ‘Best of Life’. The group however broke up and Samsong became a solo artist, releasing his debut album in 2002, which was titled ‘Count Your Blessings’. His album was a success, garnering airplay, and resulting in winning The Psalmist Award that same year. His sophomore album was released in 2004, ‘titled Still Counting’. He continued his award winning streak, snagging The Best Male Vocalist of the Year Award at Today’s Music Award in 2004, and Best Male Vocalist of The Year Award in 2005 at The Amen Awards. Samsong had become a bona fide celebrity and Gospel star at this point, having songs and videos in rotation on radio and TV, while receiving top billing at concerts. At The Vigoma Awards in 2005, he received The Best Video of The Year Award. His third release which was titled ‘The World of My Dreams’ was issued in 2007 and was his most ambitious release yet. It featured a remake of the mega hit ‘One Love’ by music icon Onyeka Onwenu, in which he performed a duet with her. The album also had a collaboration where Samson recorded the track ‘Live Right’ with Styl-Plus. His ambitious output was recognized as he was awarded with The Grace Honorary Award for Excellence in 2007. In 2008, he was nominated for The Best Gospel Artiste at The Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) held in New York City. He embarked on an international tour to promote his album, with stops at South Africa, the United Kingdom and Germany. In Germany, he had recorded and performed with Chris Lass, the famous German Gospel producer and artiste.




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