#BETSundayBest is back!

You have probably heard the names Kierra Sheard, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Bebe and Cece Winans, and Kirk Franklin. But what do all these incredible talents have in common? Black Entertainment Television (BET) Gospel music singing competition called Sunday Best is hosted and judged by each one of these brilliant artists and personalities. BET released the first episode of the inspiring reality series in October of 2007.

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Since the original release date, the series has produced and aired eight consecutive seasons. Sunday Best was on the air, and doing well, through the summer of 2015. Finale winner, Dathan Thigpen, was a familiar face to all who were following the competition from the 3rd season. Though Thigpen was voted off at the time, he returned to give the competition his all in the final season – he took the stage and all of our hearts! The series rounded out with an overwhelming response from fans and such a strong presence of God, as all glory and praise throughout the competition was given to Him.

After taking what was thought to be their final bow, judges and host, Kirk Franklin never would have imagined the competition to start up again for a ninth season. Yet, here we are. It is 2019 and BET recently announced the show’s return to the network, coming June 2019. You can expect some familiarity but look out for a total revamp of the complete design and production. Judges will include, again, the one and only Erica Campbell from Mary Mary, along with Kelly Price and Jon McReynolds.

While each season has started out with ten contestants in the past, the new season will gather a group of twenty aspiring Gospel singers from all over the world. The audition locations include Dallas, Atlanta, Johannesburg, and London. You can expect to see amazing talent come out, from both near and far. With so many other reality television programs clouding the networks today, it is encouraging to see the Lord’s name lifted high in the media, across so many varying audiences. These upcoming stars will be recognized and known for their praise, and while the competition will be strong between the contestants, God is the One to receive all the glory.

Make sure to get caught up if you have not yet seen the older seasons and tune in on June 30th for the premiere of season 9! Watch Sunday Best on BET every Sunday night and vote for your favorite Gospel singers. In previous seasons, the winner received a national recording contract, a cash prize and the esteemed title of “Sunday Best”. It has not yet been confirmed if the rewards will be the same for the winners this time around, but we are sure it will be something you do not want to miss!

If you want to follow the performances and updates on Instagram and Twitter, check out #BETSundayBest and don’t forget to vote!

Women in the Christian Entertainment Industry

PROCLAIM19 DISCUSSES WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY

National Religious Broadcaster recently wrapped up their annual International Christian Media Convention, Proclaim 19. The convention took place in Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from March 26-29, 2019

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This gathering included the most talented and successful producers, organizers, directors, and musicians in the Christian entertainment industry, making for an enriching experience for all creative leaders worldwide. In addition to the amazing networking opportunities when you gather so many creative minds together in one space, you may also find yourself amongst some of the most important and necessary players in the industry. Sometimes, when it comes to ministry, things can require reaching for resources more outside of the box; the lawyers and the advertisement companies, the webmasters and travel agencies, came together to learn more about the industry in which they are all so uniquely intertwined between faith and profession.

With endless knowledge being shared at such an event as this one, there is also an opportunity to open the floor and shed light on specific issues in the industry by facilitating a healthy and educated conversation around them. One of the several panel sessions at Proclaim 19 was titled ‘Women in Entertainment’. The panel was moderated by Evy Baehr Carrol, host and director of creative content at Movieguide, and the first of its category at the annual convention.

One of the panelists, “War Room” actress Priscilla Shirer, speaks about the balance that working in the industry requires of her. For a Christian woman, this balance is not between fame and success, but rather in Priscilla’s case, it is all about prioritizing and seeking God’s face. “There are seasons to a woman’s life, and certain things the Lord calls you to prioritize in one season are going to shift in another season,” Shirer said. “Our task is to tune in and ask the Lord, ‘What will honor You in this particular season of my life? What do I need to prioritize so that my priorities align with Yours during this season?’ And I give myself to those fully.” All the panelists could agree on one thing, it takes constant turning to and relying on God’s direction and discernment when choosing what and how much to take on in the film industry.

Here is a trailer for the movie ‘War Room’:

On the other side of this unwavering devotion to remain in God’s will and continuously seek Him first is the side of the industry. With trusting in the sovereignty and omnipotence of God, producers and directors find themselves to be quite satisfied with the work but must remember just as well to hold it loosely, trust in the Lord and always be willing to let go of something for Him to take it away.

In closing words, Carrol spoke of the encouragement that came from this session and states “[God] has shown us His faithfulness and hope in the entertainment industry. This is exactly our desire at Movieguide, to help encourage women and men to make great faith-filled content in the entertainment industry and fulfill God’s purpose in their lives.”

 

 

Sinach Goes Viral

Groundbreaking Gospel Starlets

Known around the world as the first lady of gospel music, Sinach, according to ‘All Africa’ news, has broken the record by being the first gospel artiste in the country of Nigeria “to amass over 100 million views on YouTube.”

The record-breaking event reflects the increasingly word-wide appeal held by some of Nigerian gospel singers. Millions of gospel singers around the world are turning to these inspirational musicians who create uplifting beats, as well as minister the Word of God.

Sinach is not the only gospel star to receive such attention. In the same article, All Africa news reported about other musicians that are gaining similar success. According to the article “Sinach became the first Gospel singer from Nigeria to record over 100 million views on a single video on Youtube, and the third Nigerian to achieve that feat, next to Davido and Yemi Alade, who achieved the same feat in December 2018. She achieved this with her song, WayMaker which was published 30th December 2015, amassed over 100,166,641 (a hundred million) views on YouTube.

Beyond the catchy tunes of these massively popular gospel songs, a reason for their appeal is that these artistes seem to put forth the message and spirit of Loveworld International. Sinach, who is a senior worship leader at Loveworld has “an anointing to her song and this has taken her to three continents and major concerts including an event in 2016 by the revered healing evangelist, Benny Hinn.

Loveworld Music & Arts Ministry
Loveworld Music & Arts Ministry

According to All Africa “It is a testimony that Osinachi Joseph (her name having been married to Joe Egbu in 2014) has catalyzed a vibrant music ministry at her church and helped developed the now rested Love World Records which has produced the likes of Joe Praize, Ada Ehi and so many others to mention a few.

Sinach has produced seven albums namely Chapter One, I’m Blessed, Shout it Loud, From Glory to Glory, Sinach at Christmas, Sinach Live in Concert- The Name of Jesus, and Waymaker- Live. She has also written and performed an array of tracks including “You Lord”, “Rejoice”, “He Did It Again”, “Precious Jesus”, “The Name of Jesus”, “This Is my Season”, “Awesome God”, “For This”, “I Stand Amazed”, “Simply Devoted” and “Jesus is Alive”.

In 2016, Sinach was the first recipient of the LIMA Songwriter of the Decade Award, recognizing her contribution to gospel music in the previous decade

 

Loveworld Music Ministry Artists Dazzle Audience at Global Communion with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Thousands were glued to their screens yesterday watching the monthly Global Communion with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. The event that welcomes the spirit of the new month was charged with an electrifyingly holy atmosphere, not only due the presence of the Loveworld president, but also due to his spectacular gospel musicians from the Loveworld Music and Arts Ministry (LMAM).

According to Loveworld News, the Christ Embassy founder gave the stage to his favourite LMAM artistes, Martin PK, Cliff M, Farlon Lyte and much, much more. The musicians appeared on stage “singing praise with the Loveworld brethren, putting gospel melodies into the hearts and lips of the live audience ad global congregants.” Their spectacular performances were broadcast live on a plethora of viewing centres and all Loveworld channels. According to LoveWorld News, they “they expressed gratitude to God for the month of possessions.

These gospel artists have long been bringing joy to the global audience that makes the massive (and still growing) Loveworld community. These thousands of fans were watching the live performance on one of the many Loveworld TV platforms available on line, or present at the event itself.

LMAM musicians, inspired by the declaration of the spirit of this month (the month of direction) invoked an energy that caused crowds to sing and dance along with them. LIMA winner, Martin PK led the global congregation in worship and inspired artists with his angelic, and award-winning voice.

Loveworld news reported that other senior ministers were present at the monthly Global Communion and they were too immersed in the musical performances from some of the most talented musicians to come out of Loveworld Music Ministry. Ministers such Reverend Tom Amenkhienan, Pastor Yemisi Kudehinbu and Pastor Femi Otenigbagbe, all joined the LoveWorld President on the Communion Service studio set to answer questions from participants around the world.

While the global Loveworld community settle into this glorious month of April, or the ‘Month of Direction’, as Pastor Chris has declared to be, a sense of excitement is rising for May’s Global Communion. While the line-up of musicians joining the service has not yet been finalized, Loveworld citizens and any gospel fan around the world can be sure to be amazed by the powerful tunes of the Loveworld Music Ministry.

 

 

 

Carissa Sharon 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.

Buchi in Benin

Reggae Gospel maestro, Buchi gave a stellar performance in the recent Inner-City Mission concert in Benin, Nigeria.
The concert that was organized to raise money for indigent children in underprivileged urban areas, primarily in Africa– was a total hit. Buchi’s surprise appearance drew massive crowds, virtually emptying the streets of Benin.

The music reverberated throughout the city walls, uplifting the massive crowds with those awesome signature-Buchi reggae beats, booming bass lines and rhythmic ‘Rasta’ riffs.

Buchi has been crowned as Africa’s voice of gospel reggae. For decades, the reggae gospel artist has been captivating fans with unforgettable performances. His recent Abuja concert emptied streets, making it “one of the most popular gospel crossover concerts in Nigerian history.” Buchi has released five audio albums and two video albums: These Days So Beautiful, What a life, The Sound of Life, and Over the years.

Buchi was born in Kaduna in 1963 and has lived most of his life in the lively city of Lagos.
Buchi, who is also the Inner City Mission Goodwill Ambassador planned this special event with his fellow Christ Embassy members of Benin, Zone 1 in order to raise awareness about “the plight of the indigent”, as well as raise funds to support the InnerCity Mission in reaching vulnerable children around the world.
The concert ended up raising thousands of dollars.

The Buchi concert continued into the night
The Buchi concert continued into the night

Families in the Benin community who attended the show were seen shedding tears from the sheer emotional and inspirational atmosphere that was saturated with Christ’s spirit. The attendants were also incredibly grateful for the initiative that was created to raise money for them and their families.
This is not the first concert of this nature to bring joy on such a massive scale. Pastor Chris, the president of both Christ Embassy and the NGO -Inner City Mission has been responsible for countless efforts to raise money for the neglected and disadvantaged. Pastor Chris also frequently has his hand in the music scene and has single-handedly fostered a global gospel empire filled with the world’s top artists known as the Loveworld Music Ministry.

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.

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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.

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

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.

 

Sharon Oyakhilome and Phillip Frimpong’s Magical Honeymoon

Earlier this month Sharon Carissa Oyakhilome, aka CSO and her Ghanaian beau, Phillip Frimpong celebrated their glorious wedding. Now, on their beautiful honeymoon holiday, the couple is soaking up some delicious summer sun.

Sharon Carissa took to Instagram last week to post some sneak peeks of her gorgeous honeymoon. The couple can be pictured living it up on mystery tropical beach surrounded by palm trees and crystal blue waters.

The newlyweds are looking simply sensational tucked away in their little island of love. The stylish Sharon, pictured in a fresh pinstriped summer dress, elegantly stands on a boardwalk with a coconut drink in her hand. The dashingly dreamy Phillip Frimpong who wore a matching shirt, is pictured relaxing playfully in the sun surrounded by breathtakingly blue skies and water.

The couple indeed looked like they’re having an incredibly romantic getaway, and it is certainly well deserved. It’s not every day that two great children of God unite like this. Sharon Carissa is of course the daughter of the one of the world’s most highly respected pastors, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. She is also the wonderfully talented gospel singer, CSO.
Mr. Frimpong is an international entrepreneur in the industry of traditional African designer prints and decorative fabrics. The two were thrilled to tie the knot as they both stated, “I cannot wait to marry my best friend.”

Sharon Carissa and Phillip Frimpong have been overwhelmed by the out-pour of love received from the nation, and even around the world. The wedding ceremony that took place earlier this month created a buzz of epic proportions. Millions of people around the world watched the live-stream of the wedding. Viewers, enamored with the couple were blown away by the dynamite celebrations.
It was a festivity of African culture. The Nigerian and Ghanaian style wedding embraced each other’s traditions. The bride and groom wore their classic ceremonial attire. Sharon, her custom red dress and coral beads, and Phillip in his bright green kente cloth. It was a “bi-national, colorful traditional ceremony”

Sharon Carissa and Phillip Frimpong
Sharon Carissa and Phillip Frimpong

Pastor Chris, who was alongside his daughter, blessed the ceremony, making it a truly spiritual and inspirational occasion filled with God’s love. The couple was officiated by the world-renowned minister Benny Hinn. There were many other special guests that graced the ceremony. Nigeria’s hottest gospel stars like, Testimony; Martin PK; UR Flame; Sniper and Israel Strong. The legendary Sinach also gave an outstanding performance.
The couple are expected to be back soon and are eager to begin the rest of their lives together. The world is eager to see what is in store for them.