Sharon Carissa Oyakhilome: The Princess of Loveworld

With a new hubby and a double LIMA win, Sharon Carissa Oyakhilome is becoming the face of the Loveworld gospel scene.

Sharon Carissa Oyakhilome, known to her fans as CSO is an extremely lucky lady. The gospel starlet is still basking in the glow of double win from November’s Loveworld Music Ministry Award (LIMA). The annual award ceremony celebrates the many talented artists in the Loveworld Music and Arts Ministry and is apart of the mega global event called the International Pastors’ and Partners’ Conference.

CSO in her YOU church-produced video- 'Holy Spirit'
CSO in her YOU church-produced video- ‘Holy Spirit’

A Dream Come True
Gospel Royalty Carissa Sharon Oyakhilome has been following in the ways of Christ for entire life. Her strong sense of devotion was instrumental in her writing the smash hit and Worship Song of the Year, ‘Holy Spirit’, a dream she had for many years.
The starlet prayed for a song that would inspire and motivate the masses to ascend to higher levels of devotion. I suppose all her praying worked because she succeeded in creating a song that uplifted millions of people. Following the big win, the gospel starlet took to social media to express her immense gratitude and the dream she achieved writing a hit worship song. Here is her incredibly heartfelt post.

“Wow! To have won the award of “Worship Song of the Year” is so huge and undeniably supernatural. Then on top of that, the song of the year (2018) – seriously 10 years in 1!! In 2014, I told myself one day I will write the worship song of the year! And in this year of the supernatural, my first released worship song was deemed worship song of the year! The testimonies that came from this song were unfathomable. I’m grateful to God for every good and perfect gift comes from Him and I’m grateful to my husband for his love, support, and constant encouragement! Thank you all for celebrating me! God bless you.”

Sharon Oyakhilome and Phillip Frimpong at the wedding
Sharon Oyakhilome and Phillip Frimpong at the wedding

A Blessed Union
CSO has certainly proved to be a force to be reckoned with. Her mega success is not only limited to the stage, but also in romance. The starlet bagged the exceedingly successful African arts entrepreneur, Phillip Frimpong. The two wed at the end of last year in Lagos Nigeria, in what was described as “the biggest wedding Nigeria had ever seen.”
Their engagement that took place a little over a year ago rocked the world of Loveworld social media followers. In response to Frimpong’s incredibly romantic proposal, CSO took to Instagram to post her overwhelmingly moving declaration of love.
“YES! I am engaged to my very best friend! The most amazing and my absolute favorite person…I am so, so blessed I would say yes over and over I love you.” Wow, What a lucky woman.
Her post inspired love in her millions of followers, reminding them the magical and pure love does indeed exist.

More to Come
We can certainly expect more from this dynamite woman. As the daughter of Pastor Chris, CSO has a lot more up her sleeve. The singing sensation is also behind numerous Christ Embassy related projects and is rumored to be working on brand new music.

Mercy Chinwo Treats Us to a Highlife and Gospel Crossover

Nigerian singer, songwriter, Mercy Chinwo who came to prominence in the 2012 Nigerian Idol’s competition is back with another album.

Local airwaves have been featuring Chinwo’s hit song “Excess Love” quite a bit lately. The song has become a staple in the Nigerian church music scene, giving churchgoers some head bopping tunes heaps of inspiration.
It’s no wonder that the gospel starlet’s album is such a hit. The new album is a wonderfully melodic celebration of God and artfully incorporates the warm nostalgic sounds of traditional ‘highlife‘ music, a style of music that originated in Ghana during the early 1900s and has its influences in Yoruba and Igbo cultures.
Chinwo’s album features the highlife-style tracks such as ‘Bor Ekom’, ‘Regular’, ‘Imenem’, ‘Correct’, ‘I am’ and ‘Inhedinma’. These songs are infused with jazzy brass melodies, smooth basslines, and a hint of calypso flavor.

Mercy who comes from a humble background in Rivers State, Nigeria, is the first of six children. The singer recalls how supportive her family have been of her ever since she gained an interest in music. One can certainly sense Mercy’s passion for music from listening to her albums.
Her masterpiece, the track entitled Bor Ekom is a true stamp of Chinwo’s magnificent vocal prowess. The song features a scat and Zulu drawl that beautifully encapsulates that South African flavor, an influence that the artist has really gravitated towards.

The artist brings listeners harmonies that reminds us that artists like her have fulfilled their “responsibility to tell the world about God. She delightfully sings the words, “You never change…You won’t start now” and applies some intensity when she sings the line, “How excellent is your name”. ‘My Responsibility’ is the perfect recipe for new levels of worship.
Music in Africa magazine reviewed Mercy’s latest album described the track ‘Igwe’ ft. Fiokee Chinwo “as a soft ballad fit for a musical. “Her voice becomes slightly animated as the digital instrumentation does a pizzicato number. It’s almost like a whole orchestra comes in at “Oh, what a father I have in you”, immediately creating imagery of heaven’s armies coming to the rescue when you choose God over anyone else. This is the album’s most classical piece.”

Other notable tracks on the album include “Omekannaya” a soulful acoustic ballad with a divinely Zulu acapella feel, “Imenem”- reminiscent of Kenny Kore’s ‘Hallelujah’ and Correct, a modern calypso-inspired delight.
The album is of course filled with great songs and is an expected hit by Nigeria’s favorite gospel starlet.