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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.

An Unforgettable Martin Luther King Concert

The legendary icon of social justice, Martin Luther King was celebrated in an incredibly unforgettable gospel concert. The rocking show took place upon the famous Leo Rich Stage in Tucson, Arizona.

The tribute show boasted an impressive list of musicians, all of whom gathered to honour the great Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, a man celebrated for his fight for African Americans during the 1960s. The concert featured artists from an extremely wide spectrum of musical styles. Gospel choirs, an American Idol, jazz and blues singers, pop singers and a youth string orchestra all shared the stage for this momentous occasion.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration in Music, presented by the Tucson Musicians Museum, featured the Neon Prophet front-man Dave Dean, a gospel staple of the Tucson scene. The vocalist from this famed reggae band has been a part of the Tucson scene for roughly 30 years. The band’s dancehall melodies infused with Christian themes is what has kept them strong for all these years. Over the years players have come and gone, but the core members like David Dean- Vocals and Bass, and Jamie Cirrito-Bass and Vocals, have remained constant

Katie Haverly at the MLK concert at Leo Rich Theatre.Credit: Julius Schlosburg

“American Idol” contestant and blues/jazz/pop singer Crystal Stark brought her mesmerizing voice to the party.  The Tucson native is an Arizona favourite. Her appearance was met with deafening roars. Stark, who has achieved worldwide fame, still manages to keep her Christian spirit alive, a little fact that makes her one of the most beloved vocalists in the whole state.

Other artists that headlined the meaningful concert; the George Howard Band, Russell Long and Oscar Chavez, Steven Wilhite and his Gospel Choir, jazz singer Julie Anne Boos, folk-rock singer Katie Haverly, blues diva Anna Warr, Sink Like A Stone Band, Latin-pop newcomers Tonight’s Sunshine and maestro Dennis R. Bourret and his Tucson Junior Strings youth orchestra. A lineup that made it a supremely eclectic experience, while at the same time upholding the spirit of the Lord, Jesus Christ, making it a celestial and soulful experience.

Tucson Junior Strings. Courtesy Tucson Junior Strings via Facebook
Tucson Junior Strings. Courtesy Tucson Junior Strings via Facebook

Musicians performed a range of songs, many of them from the actual Civil Rights movement. Crowds described the experience as an emotional and musical time-capsule.  The atmosphere was uplifting and energizing for all present. It would be fair to say that the late Martin Luther King would have been immensely moved by the musical experience. With a combination of gospel praise, uplifting atmosphere, a joyful Tucson crowd and a spirit of hope and peace all packed into one unforgettable night.

 

Kanye West Throws Sunday Service Style Hip Hop Concert

Kanye West decided to turn a recent Sunday prayer session into a full-blown concert. The result- a successful Kanye Hip Hop show infused with gospel church energy.

The prayers service turned Hip Hop show featured some of the biggest names in the rap industry, with collaborators such as Kid Cudi, Tony Williams and 070 Shake. The artists performed some of their best hits as well as gospel renditions including “Reborn,” “I Wonder” and “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1.” According to the crowds, one of the most touching moments of the performance was his song ‘Reborn’, “the best song to come out of G.O.O.D Music’s chaotic summer.

Kid Cudi, Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com

Kanye West has said that his spiritual breakthrough is largely due to the artist Chance the Rapper. West has thanked the famed Christian rapper for helping him “reconnect him to his Christian faith, which is greatly impacting his family.”
In a tweet, the mega-star wrote “you have to see and feel how happy I am and how strong my family is,” West tweeted. “We are even stronger because of this through the love and grace of God.”

“I need to speak about how Chance demanding that we record in Chicago reconnected me with my roots and also my faith in Jesus Christ,” he said. Over the summer, the two artists collaborated on a joint album in a Chicago studio. According to xxlmag.com, “Chance and West did not complete the album but apparently, their time together was an opportunity for Chance to share some of his faith with the controversial trailblazer enough to stir his faith back up.”

Chance the Rapper Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock
Chance the Rapper Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock

Chance is not only inspiring others to follow the righteous path but is also on his own spiritual mission. Earlier this month, he announced that he’s leaving the country to “learn the Word of God,” acknowledging that while he was raised in a Christian home, he’s essentially “unfamiliar” with the Bible.
“I’m on a plane headed out the country on my first sabbatical,” the artist wrote in a recent Instagram post. “I’m going away to learn the Word of God which I am admittedly very unfamiliar with. I’ve been brought up by my family to know Christ, but I haven’t taken it upon myself to really just take a couple of days and read my Bible. We all quote scripture and tell each other what God likes and doesn’t like, but how much time do we spend as followers of Jesus to really just read and KNOW His Word. I’m definitely guilty of not devoting time to it.”

It sounds like we can all be expecting some amazing music from both Kanye and Chance very soon.

The ‘Experience’ Concert – Jesus Our Peace

This year’s Experience concert just wrapped up and the turnout was simply overwhelming.

An exhilarated crowd at the recent ‘Experience Concert in Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, Nigeria roared and cheered at the incredible line-up of this year’s gospel extravaganza. The concert, now in its 13th year has been the most popular concert for gospel fans around the world. This year, under the theme ‘Jesus Our Peace’ the artistes dedicated their music to the pursuit of world peace by improvising and creating songs on the spot with the word ‘peace’. Some musicians even quoted scripture while keeping in with the theme.

Kirk Franklin at Experience 2018, Vanguard
Kirk Franklin at Experience 2018, Vanguard

African-American pop-gospel singer Kirk Franklin took to the stage with an impressive rap on the subject. In his song, he wowed crowds with the words peace transcends to Abuja Akwa Ibom etc. Among the many other artists were, Planet Shakers, Don Moen, Donnie McClurkin, Eben, Chioma Jesus, Travis Greene, Mike Aremu, Glowreeyah, Timi Dakolo all of which dazzled the tens of thousands of soul-winners that stood before them.

The show also featured incredible collaborations between artists and was indeed an enlightening experience for all present. The world’s finest gospel artistes led the crowd into fiery praise and worship into God’s glorious embrace. Over 70 000 people united and inspired with reverence over musicians overpowering musical ministering.
Explaining the choice of theme, The Experience Convener, Pastor Paul Adefarasin of House On The Rock Church said, “The theme ‘Jesus our Peace’ is significant because it precedes a crucial election year. Despite many challenges Nigerians may face, we cannot afford to lose faith in God’s ability to turn things around for our good, choosing to see a bright future, the Nigeria of our dreams, one that we can proudly bequeath to the ‘next-generations.’ Above all, peace must be our ultimate candidate, regardless of the outcome of the elections – we all need to work together for a peaceful win.”
Pastor Paul Adefarasin continued by stressing that not only is the annual concert a source of inspiration to millions of gospel fans and congregants, but it is also a tourist attraction for the nation of Nigeria.

Line-up at Experience 2018, Vanguard
Line-up at Experience 2018, Vanguard

“The Experience is a major contributor to both our National and State economies through tourism and its associated businesses.”, Adefarasin continued, noting that “Entrepreneurs have developed and birthed various enterprises which substantially contribute to the economy in areas of human capital development, hospitality, commerce and industry.

“The Entertainment sector of the economy has also blossomed over the last 12 years of the Experience. This is evident as many of our indigenous gospel artistes who featured on its platform have become highly sought-after internationally, with significant changes in their personal economies. Several international collaborations between our home-based music ministers and their foreign counterparts have been birthed on this very platform.”
With an incredibly successful Experience 2018 behind us, millions of fans are already looking forward to the next one.

LMAM stars light up the stage at December 31st Global New Years’ Service and FALA 2018

Stunning LMAM stars dazzled the global audience as they ushered in 2019, the Year of Lights.

Excitement resonated through each and every individual present at Loveworld Convocation Arena, and even in those who viewed the event from home. The annual event that celebrated the exemplary leaders of the Future African Leaders Foundation (FALF), as well as Pastor Chris’s final service of 2018, were moved, inspired and motivated for the new year. While the waves of the Love world’s glorious ministering may have been enough, crowds were further graced with a musical delight by the ministry’s most magnificent gospel artists.

Renowned musical artists stirred the souls of thousands before them and the additional millions who were plugged in on the live stream at home. Artists such as Frank Edwards, CSO & Israel Strong, UR Flames, Testimony Jaga and so much more blew audiences away with gospel hits, evoking the sea of Loveworld citizens to unite in song and sing along. Hearts and souls were elevated to heavenly heights when the global audience, in this beautiful display of harmony and perfect interconnectedness. This indeed signified the beginning of the Year of Lights as the Loveworld Convocation Arena was emanating with a warm and divine glow.

Last year’s event was equally as memorable. The year that welcomed the Year of the Supernatural, a year that brought countless blessings to the ministry. Multiple time LIMA winner, Martin PK sang his gospel mega-hit ‘Beautiful Jesus’, a song that filled hearts of the millions of soul-winners who were fortunate enough to witness. The beloved Sinach was also there, bringing joy to everyone with a tuneful treat.

The LMAM stars that time and time wow crowds with their God-given talents always gave the evening that extra layer of sparkle and glamour. The ceremony celebrated Africa’s fresh new faces of youth leadership with the Future African Leadership Awards. Awards were granted to an array of young individuals who have been leading Africa into a new direction.
It was a truly unforgettable experience. For more information, follow event updates on Kingschat. You can also watch the live stream of the event right here on Loveworld TV

The Top 5 Gospel Christmas Songs of All Time

It’s Christmas time, the most festive and holy time of the year! It’s a time to rejoice, to love and appreciate our family, and of course get into that merry groove. The best way of course to do that is to play some good old Christmas tunes. These 5 delightful jingles will warm up your heart, uplift your soul and sprinkle you with some much needed Christmas spirit.

Whitney Houston- Joy to the World

Whitney Houston has been blowing us away for decades. The legendary superstar’s beautiful rendition of the Christmas carol ‘Joy to the World’ is deeply moving and guaranteed to bring in that magical Christmas feeling. Houston recorded the song for the 1996 film, The Preacher’s Wife, a film in which she also acted. The carol is so popular in fact, that it has been recorded by many other world-famous artists, such as Boney M, Mariah Carey, and even the Jonas Brothers. 

Mariah Carey- O Holy Night

Every Christmas this songbird delights us with her legendary holiday hits. This song is of course from her classic Christmas album of 1994, Merry Christman. This album is full of beautiful covers of our favorite carols such as ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’, ‘Silent Night, Christmas’ (Baby Please Come Home) and much more. While Carey gives her own special twist, this song is actually centuries years old and was originally written in French! The song was also, according to the Canadian inventor, Reginald Fessenden a pioneer in radio broadcasting, the live broadcast of a song in history.

Brenda Lee- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Johnny Marks, the prolific Christmas songwriter is famous for his many Christmas hits such as “Holly Jolly Christmas ” and ” Rudolph The Red – Nosed Reindeer. ” This song was first released in 1958. Brenda Lee’s rendition, however, is one has been cemented in history. In a 2006 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Lee explained that she recorded this in July with Nashville producer Owen Bradley, saying “Owen had the studio all freezing cold with the air conditioning, and he had a Christmas tree all set up to kind of get in the mood just a little bit. We had a lot of fun.”

Holy Holy Holy – Kurt Carr

The American gospel music composer and performer actually served as a Minister of Music at The First Baptist Church of Hartford in Connecticut. The artist certainly has Jesus’s love running through his veins. The singer, however, did not grow up in a spiritual family at all, yet at 13, felt drawn to the church, and of course church music. There, together with the help of his acting chops, he developed in his school theatre class, and his passion for the Gospel, Carr turned into one of the most inspiring gospel performers of all time. His song Holy Holy Holy is perfect on a Christmas Eve.

Reason for The Season, Patti LaBelle

The famed Patti LaBelle, once considered by some to be Aretha Franklin’s rival, belts out her heartfelt take on the song ‘The Reason for the Season’. LaBelle’s Christmas album is filled with smooth and uplifting tunes that are guaranteed to light up your hearts and usher in the festive holiday spirit. It is the perfect mix between soulful praise and joyous holiday melody that only Patti LaBelle can pull off.

Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix

This award-winning a capella group gives a fresh new take on one of the oldest Christmas carols of our time. The five-member group aptly named the Pentanonix specializes mostly in covering Christmas songs by harmonizing beautifully orchestrated vocal arrangements and beatboxing. The band was formed only in 2011 and has already snatched up a bunch of Grammies, and various other internet-based awards, such as the YouTube Awards and the Streamy Awards, an award  that recognizes in online video production

Merry Christmas!

 

SABC Crown Gospel Awards

The LIMA awards are not the only gospel awards to have happened recently. Every year the SABC holds the wonderful Crown Gospel. The event that ended just a few days announced their big winners. The award ceremony took place in Durban, South Africa at the ICC on November 25, 2018.

With over 600 entries of mega gospel stars, judges had a tough time making their selections, yet after much consideration, the winners were chosen!
The ‘Best Collaboration’ category, also received a wave of entries this year, more than it has in the previous years. A large number of entries is tied to the growing local gospel scene which every year nurtures an array of blossoming young artists. The Crown Gospel awards also aim to celebrate the art of lyrics with its award for Best Song Writer.

“There’s a new generation of writers who may not be in the limelight or celebrated but create a grand platform for the singers.” Previous winners in this category included Thina Zungu’s Kwanqaba Umusa and Andile Ka Majola’s Nanoma Niyangibona! Below is a list of the big winners:

 

Best Female Gospel Artist
Swazi Ndlamini – ‘You Are Great’
Mabongi Mabaso – ‘Tintswalo’
Pretty Mhlongo – ‘Gam’elihle’
Verona – ‘Victorious’
Thabelo Metshiunda – ‘U kha Divha u Muzimu Medley ’

Best Male Gospel Artist
Sipho Ngwenya – Intimate Season 3
Tebogo Moloi – Omha Tsohle
Lungi Ndala – Kea Leboha Jesu
Khaya Mthethwa – Umkhulu Umsebenzi

Best of Africa Gospel
Takesure Zama (Zimbabwe) –‘ Ngidinga Wena’
Tshepo Lesole (Botswana) – ‘Use Me’
Godwin Omighale (Nigeria) – ‘Winner Man’
Ayo Solanke (Nigeria) – ‘God of Wonders’

Best Gospel Music Video
Abathandwa Ehhe – ‘Moya Wami’
Fikile Mlomo – ‘Phendula Jehova’
Obrey M – ‘Impumelelo’
Dube Brothers – ‘Blessed’

Best Church Choir
Blessed Jerusalema – ‘Ngijulise’
The Spirit Healer – ‘Ngena Ulindelwe’
Abahlabeleli Uzowapholisa – ‘Amanxeba’

Best Gospel Rock
Buhle Thela – ‘Halleluiah’
DCC – ‘Worship Forward’
Palesa Ngwenya – ‘Awesome God’
Natalie Rungan – ‘Grace is Shouting out’

Best Gospel Jazz Song
Bheka Mthethwa – ‘All By Grace’
Sicelo Moya – ‘Ewe Jesu’
Nzala Mokoena – ‘Konke Ksebenzela Ukulunga’

Best Gospel Maskandi
Amageza Amahle – ‘Ngithandaze’
Indlalifa Kushintsh’ – ‘Isimo’
Mduduzi Nyawose – ‘Ungunguye’
Mude Mude – ‘Wakhulula umoya Wami’

Best Gospel Producer Album
Nqubeko Mbatha for Tshwane Gospel Choir – The Next Revival
Ayanda Ntanzi – Nasempini
Sam Ngonyama – Intimate Worship Season 3
Neyi Zimu – Another Level of Worship

Best Tap and Clap
Sifofane Gospel Choir – ‘Tlohelang ho Bolaya Bomme le Bana’
Thohoyandou God is Love Choir – ‘Mbilu Nyanga’
The Book of Lekgowa – ‘Tsietsi’
Dipaki tsa Morena – ‘Ma Africa’

Best Praise Song
Ayanda Ntanzi – ‘Nasempini’
Tshwane Gospel – ‘Choir Praise Him Alone’
Mlungisi Buthelezi – ‘Ngcwele Ngcwele’
Lungi Ndala – ‘This God That We Serve

Crown Gospel Winner Lebohang Kgapola, Music in Africa
Crown Gospel Winner Lebohang Kgapola, Music in Africa

Best Traditional Gospel
Teboho Moloi – ‘It Is Well’
Babo Ngcobo – ‘Thixo Mkhululi’
The Living Rock – ‘Bombo ra va Kreste’
Bulelani Koyo – ‘Zonke Izono/lizalis’idinga Lakho’

Best Gospel Contemporary Song
Phindi Phewa – ‘Raising Jesus Flag’
Tshwane Gospel Choir – ‘Sweeter’
Neyi Zimu – ‘Victorious’
Gugulethu Nkutha – ‘Risen King’

Best Gospel Group
Tshwane Gospel Group – The Next Revival
Anointed Worship – Live at Breytenbad Season 2
The Living Rock – Bombo ra va Kreste
Abathandwa – Amagatsha

Best Songwriter
Sbu Banda – ‘Kuyokusiza Ngani’
Babo Ngcobo – ‘Thixo Mkhululi’
Mxolisi Mbethe – ‘Sikufanele’
Thula ga Ndlela – ‘Dabula amaZulu Wehle’

Best Gospel Worship Song
Phuluso Thenga – ‘You Are In This Place’
Zonke Makhoba – ‘Before your Throne’
Sicelo Moya – ‘My Everything’
Lebohang Kgapola – ‘We Bless Your Name/We Serve a Great God’

Best Newcomer
Lebohang Kgapola – ‘Freedom Song’
Gugulethu Nkutha – ‘After Creation’
Phummy Shalvah – ‘Strong Redeemer’
Phuluso Thenga – ‘Glory/Uyavhusa’

Best Gospel Album
Sicelo Moya – Solid Rock
DCC – Worship Forward
Tshwane Gospel Choir – The Next Revival
Khaya Mthethwa – Mukhulu Umsebenzi

Best Gospel Song
Dumi Mkokstad – ‘Ulwandle’
Hlengiwe Mhlaba – ‘Sthandwa Sami’
Lungi Ndala – ‘Kea Leboha Jeso’
Khaya Mthethwa – ‘Mkhulu Umsebenzi’

Best Gospel Artist
Baboa Ngcobo – Thixo Mkhululi
Teboho Moloi – Ompha Tsohle
Sipho Ngwenya – Intimate Worship Season 3
Hlengiwe Mhlaba – Sthandwa Sami
Best Gospel Community Radio Show

The LIMA 2018 Playlist

If you missed the unforgettable LIMA awards of 2018, and need your access to the biggest stars on the scene then here you have it. We, at Good Gospel Playlist have compiled a list of the top 4 LIMA winners.

CSO- Worship Song and Song of the Year  

The song ‘Holy Spirit’ won Worship Song and Song of the year. CSO, also known as Sharon Oyakhilome is a minister of the Gospel, singer, songwriter, bandleader, as well as the leader of Christ Embassy London.  As the daughter of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the artist grew up in the LoveWorld Nation. According to the artist, the song was written about the “most important person here on earth, the Holy Spirit.” The gospel starlet said that when she wrote the song she was “praying and fellowshipping with Him, He gave me the lyrics and the melody.” The beautiful music video was shot in breathtaking Switzerland.

UR Flames’ – Theme Song of The Year

Boyband UR Flames blew audiences away with their hit song and certainly did give everyone ‘something to shout about’. The song set the theme for the entire IPPC, making everyone get up and move, including the Loveworld president himself, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.  The duo is no strangers to success. UR Flames have also won awards for the best music video and have performed around the world to their millions of fans.

Testimony Jaga – Song of the Year

The Afro-pop dance track Jehovah is both a local and international hit. The artist, who was recently dubbed the gospel ‘King of the Streets‘ is famous for making music for the street youth of Lagos as well as at the world at large. Testimony was last year’s newcomer and has since received worldwide fame with his dance hits. The gospel star recently said in an interview in the Nigerian Tribune, how grateful he is for the platform he has received from his church leader, Pastor Chris.

Sinach- Best Female Vocalist 

Loveworld crooner and crowd favorite, Sinach won best female singer once again. The vocalist has been dubbed the queen of gospel, filling stadiums all over the world.  Sinach started in small prayer groups in her church choir and eventually went on to be on the biggest gospel singers alive today. Her song ‘I know who I am’ beautifully celebrates identity and belief in God.

There were certainly many more hit songs that evening that celebrated LMAM’s year of music. Just some of them include the first ever quintuple tie in Best Male Vocalist Category; Isaiah Samson, Martin PK, Eben, Obi Shine and Chris Shalom celebrated for exceptional vocals, Lewis, Singer of Hit Track and Best New Act winner, with the song Bulletproof and the UK Mass Choir who won Host Choir of the Year for UK Leaders’ & Partners’. For more songs from the LIMA playlist, click here

Testimony, The New Uprising Star of Christ Embassy

Testimony is making major waves in the LMAM music scene. This gospel prince has a LIMA best song of the year and has been leading troubled youths from the streets into a righteous path.

Testimony, originally born as Saliu Aliyu Olaiwola had a blossoming career before he found the church. Long before the gospel crossover, the artist was a rising secular star creating music and collaborating with some of the industry’s hottest artists. It took some time for the musician to make it into the world of gospel, but when Testimony stumbled into church music, it changed his life forever.

Testimony from his new music video 'Jehovah'
Testimony from his new music video ‘Jehovah’

Testimony fell into the church from an unfortunate incident. In 2011 the artist was wrongly accused of stealing a car. With no support and no evidence to back him up, the police arrested the rising star and sent him to prison for 4 months. It was in there, that Testimony prayed with all his might to God to see him through. Fortunately for him, his prayers were heard, and the musician was released. It was on that day that Testimony found himself in Christ Embassy, the church of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.

Pastor Chris welcomed the young artist and saw his potential. He believed in him, nurtured him and gave him a platform on which he could create music and reach millions of people. This gave Testimony a new sense of hope and belief, not only in God but also in himself. With all of this support, this led the artist to discover new ways to spread his message, thus the ‘Street Gospel Movement‘ was born.

Testimony performing at the 2018 LIMA awards
Testimony performing at the 2018 LIMA awards

The New Street Gospel Movement is a movement that uses music to spread the word of God to struggling street youths. This is a big part of Testimony’s work. He spends a lot of time finding kids to reach out to. He approaches these kids with his music and just simply talks to them, telling them, with a song, that there is a better path.

“If truly I am a gospel minister, where am I supposed to go back to share the good news? The streets. I am saying, “Hello, people, come and see what God has done for me. You too can join me”. That is my mindset and I promised God that if I can make it, I will go back from where I come from to tell everyone there. My songs are for the people in the streets.”

Testimony live streams about his new Gospel Street Movement
Testimony live streams about his new Gospel Street Movement

Countless Nigerian kids love Testimony’s music, as well as many around the world. They feel that he really speaks to them. This has gained him a massive amount of popularity, with people even dubbing him as the gospel version’ of the famous Nigerian musician, Olamide, ‘The King of the Streets’.
Christ Embassy has propelled these many gospel stars into global fame, with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome himself even stating at the recent LIMA awards, that “no music concert in the world makes sense without talents from here.”

Testimony is without a doubt one of these major talents. His song ‘Jehovah’ won him the LIMA song of the year in the Proto-stars category, yet the ‘boy from the streets’ insists that all of his success is because of one man, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.