ANNOUNCING THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CONCERT FEATURED ARTISTS

It’s almost that time of year again when the very best of everyone’s favorite LoveWorld stars take the stage for an enchanted evening filled with so much more than just song and enthralling performances. The International Music Concert is guaranteed to be an event you will never forget, and anxiously anticipate attending again.

The attending artists this year at the International Music Concert with Pastor Chris are the ever so loved and admired Sinach, UR Flames, and Israel Strong. You can expect much more than just a concert, or even a worship experience. Join the International Music Concert with Pastor Chris for a night full of incredible ministry, anointed performances, and supernatural joy! Continue reading more about your favorite LoveWorld artists and be sure to join us on the 23rd of June, 2019 at the LoveWorld Convention Arena.

SINACH

Sinach, known around the world for her best gospel hits such as “this Is your season” and “I know who I am” will be returning to the main stage for the annual event and we couldn’t be more thrilled. For those of you not keeping up, Sinach is a long time LoveWorld favorite!  As the first recipient of the LIMA Songwriter of the Decade Award, her contribution and talent in songwriting for the gospel music community was recognized very early on in the LoveWorld Music realm. Her songs are sung all over the world as Lord continues to use her.

UR FLAMES

Another LoveWorld favorite, and no stranger to the International Music Concert with Pastor Chris, is the beloved UR Flames. UR Flames, starring two of LoveWorld’s hottest icons, has been on our top playlists since their first single came out, Somersault. UR Flames, individually known as Razzy and Ussi know how to make you get up and dance. If you were around for IMC with Pastor Chris in 2017, you should remember the boys well for this! Well, it’s 2019 and the party has not stopped – Join UR Flames and Pastor Chris for an incredible and joy-filled night worshipping the Lord.

IMC 2017 UR Flames join Pastor Chris in dancing on the stage

ISRAEL STRONG

In order to make any LoveWorld International Music Concert with Pastor Chris truly complete, Israel Strong will add the final layer of reverent worship and praise to the evening’s event. Whether it’s his hit singles Born Victorious or Beautiful Year, this night is guaranteed to be full of unashamed and undignified worship to God. Israel is one of LoveWorld’s most loved and listened to artists.

Don’t miss out on this year’s worship and praise experience! For more information, please go to PastorChrisOnline.org

 

LoveWorld Worship on Good Gospel Playlist!

Good Gospel Playlist is here to bring you the latest and greatest news of all things relating to music, soul, and lifting the name of Jesus!

With hundreds of new songs coming out every week, this generation will never have a hard time finding great artists to listen to.

It’s not only secular music that has made a way for all genres and styles to be readily available for people to listen, subscribe, download, etc. Any good gospel playlist is sure to include artists like Sinach, Tori Kelly, Jeannine Zoe and so many more. With endless ways to stream and share music now, Gospel artists are popular both within and outside of the Church.

If you love Gospel music and worshipping the name of Jesus, you cannot miss out on the newest LoveWorld Worship Album Volume 1! All of your favorite LoveWorld musicians, praising the Lord in one place, under one name! There has been incredible Gospel music straight from the LoveWorld Music and ARTS Ministry (LMAM) but never anything like this! Be sure to download your LoveWorld Worship Album Volume 1 from the Pastor Chris Digital Library. The link to download is below!

Gospel music has become the sound of revival! Since the origin, Gospel Music has held popularity in the African and American cultures. The structure of Gospel music is intended to draw people into an experience in which they can worship freely. With lyrics that are simple, powerful, and repeated – we worship this way to usher in the presence of God, more than anything else, and we pray the Holy Spirit would inhabit our praises.

6 verses about praise and worship

1 Chronicles 16:25

“For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.”

2 Samuel 22:4

“I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so, shall I be saved from my enemies.”

Psalm 66:1-4

“Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: sing forth the honor of his name: make his praise glorious. Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! Through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. All the earth shall worship thee and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah”

Psalm 35:27-28

“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all day long.”

Psalm 150:3-6

“Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with psaltery and harp. Praise Him with the timbral and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high-sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord, Praise ye the Lord.”

Psalm 146:1-2

“Praise ye Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.”

When the powerful Word of the Lord has all the authority in Heaven and on Earth, how can we help but sing of His praises all the time?

God is in the business of changing lives and winning souls by His Word and the testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s join in the glory and bring our praises to Him, the one who is most worthy!

DON’T FORGET to download your recording of the LoveWorld Worship Album Vol 1 — here! 

NEW SINGLE OUT NOW! (KPANSA KPANSA by Testimony Mr Jaga)

It has been five inspiring months since the great announcement made by the man of God Reverend Chris Oyakhilome of the year 2019 to be the Year of Lights. Many powerful things have happened since the new year began and we have so much to thank God for already!

One man is ready to tell the whole world just how good God is – the highly admired and talented Fuji-pop artist and Gospel minister, Testimony Mr Jaga. You may recall his first single that came out earlier this year, called Not Enough. Well, he is back with more and this one is all about living in the glory of God!

“KPANSA KPANSA”, which translates to mean “More testimonies” is a song that will keep you praising the Lord for all He has given you while looking forward with expectation for greater and greater glory to come. After all, His Word promises in Haggai 2:9 that “The glory of the latter shall be greater than the former”.

Make sure to check out the new single by the one and only, Testimony Mr Jaga, Produced by JMOSES, and inspired by LoveWorld President, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s powerful word for this Year of Lights!

 

(KPANSA KPANSA LYRICS)

(Intro)
Oshe
Testi Jaga
Testimony
Kpansa
Kpansa kpansa
Kpansa (2x)
Kpansa kpansa kpansa
Kpansa (2x)
Kpansa kpansa kpansa
Wangba

You think God is done with you
Or this is the best you can be or have
Give God more chance oshe

You think you’ve seen Blessings before oh
Wait for God oh
You’ll see more more more blessings
You think you’ve seen favour before oh
Wait for God oh
You’ll see more more more  favour oh
You think you’ve seen money before
Oya wait for God oh
You’ll see more more  more money
You think this is the best you can be
Oya wait for God oh
You’re making history

(Chorus)
God is taking me (to where)
From glory to glory
Jehovah is taking me (to where)
From glory to glory
God is taking us (to where)
From glory to glory (we love you Jesus)
Jehovah is taking us (to where)
From glory to glory

Part 1 leshiri
Part 2 mgbole yin
Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9
My blessings can never end

Them go hear more  more testimonies 
Ala
Kpansa kpansa
Them go hear kpansa kpansa
Testimony Kpansa
This is the morning of my life
Kpansa (2x)
I’m just starting God never finish it
Testimony Kpansa (2x)
I’m favoured in everywhere
Kpansa (2x)
My light is shining in every nation
Testimony Kpansa (2x)
My testimonies is everywhere
Kpansa (2x)

Them go hear 
Kpansa
Kpansa kpansa
Kpansa (2x)
Kpansa kpansa kpansa
Kpansa (2x)
Kpansa kpansa kpansa
Wangba

You think you have good job
Wait for God oh
Till you become job giver
You think you live in good house
Oya wait for God oh
Till you become estate owner
You think God is done with you
Oya wait for God oh
This is just the rehearsal
Oh people laughing at you
Oya wait for God oh
Very soon they’ll celebrate you
Your miracles has come
Your blessings have come
Your marriage has come
Your baby is on the way

Miracle has come
Your blessings have come
Your marriage has come
Your baby is on the way

(Chorus)
God is taking me (to where)
From glory to glory
Jehovah is taking me
From glory to glory
God is taking us
From glory to glory (from glory to glory)
Jehovah is taking us
From glory to glory

Part 1 leshiri
Part 2 mgbole yin
Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9
My blessings can never end

Them go hear more  more testimonies 
Ala
Kpansa kpansa
Them go hear kpansa kpansa
Testimony Kpansa
This is the morning of my life
Kpansa (2x)
I’m just starting God never finish it
Testimony Kpansa (2x)
I’m favoured in everywhere
Kpansa (2x)
My light is shining in every nation
Testimony Kpansa (2x)
My testimonies is everywhere
Kpansa (2x)
I’m making history I’m breaking history
Testimony Kpansa

Kpan sa Kpan sa kpan sa 
Kpansa (2x)

SPEAKING IN TONGUES
Testimony Kpansa
Kpansa (2x)
Testimony Kpansa
Kpansa (2x)

00:00


Testimony kpansa (2x)
Testimony
Them go hear
Kpansa
Kpansa (2x)
Thank you everybody

Lyrics from: https://xclusivegospel.com/2019/05/10/testimony-kpansa-kpansa/

#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.

http://myhoustongospel.com/2019/01/bet-sunday-best-to-return-spring-2019/

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!

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.

 

 

 

Cleveland Enjoys Another Winter Jam Spectacular

On March 31st, Winter Jam Spectacular wrapped up its annual east-coast tour for the year of 2019 with a final stop in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Winter Jam tour is known as the largest lineup of Christian artists and performers, travelling the US each year for the worship experience of a lifetime (Or until the tour returns to your city again!). It has become one of the main highlight events across youth groups and ministries throughout the nation, as friends and families anxiously await their chance to worship live with their favorite artists. The lineup this year for the east coast includes performers such as Newsboys United, Mandisa, Rend Collective, Hollyn, and more.

The 2019 East Coast tour kicked off in Jacksonville, Florida on January 11th and has made its way to Texas, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania, to name just a few of the main stops along the way. Winter Jam has been gathering communities together for one night of city-wide corporate worship since 1995 and has not stopped growing since. In 2011, the tour had already grown in attendance, far surpassing other headlining tours in the same season including Bon Jovi, U2, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and Brad Paisley.

This year specifically, The Winter Jam tour is like it never has been before. They have introduced a new stage that allows the audience to enjoy the performance from all angles, giving the new name “Winter Jam 360 Tour”. With a 360-degree view, and 120 feet of center stage, most of these artists are performing like they never have before. This requires all new choreography, stage awareness, and audience engagement. The shows have been nothing short of spectacular!

The concert aspires to relay one very important message to Christian’s and non-Christian’s alike; it is fun to be in the presence of God! It doesn’t take serious focus to be in the presence of God and to worship Him. Artist Patrick Thompson (Rend Collective) said in an interview last week with The Daily Item, “We often attribute deeper worship to when our hands are raised or whether we have our eyes closed. But we have a God who loves laughter, a God who dances, and He takes joy and delights in us delighting in His presence as well.”

The tour has become a brand in itself and offers a special membership package that promises various benefits at the concert. In addition to things like signed posters, choosing your personal seat, T-shirts, and insider emails, you also get 40 free song downloads. It’s the perfect event to take your young ones to, as well to enjoy with parents and friends. The Winter Jam Tour asks for only a $15 donation at the door for all attendees. You can’t beat that price to see all your favorite artists in one place!

10 New Christ Embassy Favorites You Need to Know Right Now

These top 10 artists from Loveworld are changing the face of gospel music. These musicians are all inspired by the church of Christ Embassy and are breathing life into the ears of the global Loveworld citizens with their spirit infused tunes. Listen to these Christ Embassy favourites. 

  1. Ernest Adat

Minister Ernest Adat an award-winning Gospel Artist has several hits under his belt. The songwriter, Music Performer released his latest track “The Way. The song is about salvation and deliverance from slavery. It’s a song, according to the gospel star that “provides solutions for the whole problem of life, and its consequences from spiritual death” Adat calls upon all his beloved brethren and worship together as one.

2. Charmain Owase

The urban and afro-centric stylings of Charmain Owase captures the message of Christ in an incredibly unique and energetic way. Owase was born into a big Christian family but has said that her belief has still strengthened over time. The vocalist studied economics at Abia State University before pursuing her music career full time. Her journey into music has taken her to different countries where she shared the stages with the likes of Sinach, Joe Praise, Ada, Etc. Charmain is set to release her first single for 2019 titled “ILLUMINATE”. According to Loveworld Music, “it is an urban, high tempo afro-centric sound that makes us know that we are the light of the world and are bound to ILLUMINATE everywhere we go.”

3. Eunice Sanwi

We still don’t know much about Eunice as he is really new on the scene, but he definitely caught our eye. Produced by MMP records, his music embodies the power of God, which he says is “strong enough to move mountains.” Listen to this artist’s new single ‘Power in Your Name’ featuring Eunice Sanwi and Young Minister K.

4. Imela 

No one makes sweet feel-good vibes like Imela. This duo that is made up of Daychild X and Splendor create music together that will set you on your feet for everything that the Lord will give you. Their music evokes power, joy and energy, everything God wants from u. Do yourself a favor and start your day with a little bit of Imela.

5. Naffymar

Gospel teen favorite, Naffymar is out with some new popping tracks and this time with the amazingly talented producer, Egarboi. The album is filled with God-inspired dance tracks that will you make you want to pray and dance at the same time. Her music has also been mixed by the popular 1717 audio labs. Check out the much anticipated single ‘Ever Blazing’.

6. Geefty

Here is another emerging gospel star Geefty is an emerging Gospel Music Minister with a vision to spread the gospel of Christ to all Cities, Nations and Territories of the world through music. Her latest single titled “I Triumph” is a Spirit-filled song that carries a message for the whole world reminding them to appropriate the divine verities upon their lives through faith-filled proclamations! The song was written and sang by the young artiste Geefty and produced by Francion Corbett. Join Geefty in her mission to spread this message to the Nations of the world.

7. Patrick Mathias 

Patrick Mathias, popularly known as Password is a Nigerian producer, songwriter and singer. Mathias has been active in the ‘biz’ for many years as someone more behind the scenes. With a new wave of inspiration, the producer is now taking to the stage to bless the world with his more personal work. The self-produced album speaks of gratitude He has been active in the music industry for years and has decided it is time to bless the world with his own music. His first official offering “Amaghimo” speaks of gratitude and Praise to God through situations. The song is Produced and Written by Password.

8. Rozey

Anticipation for Rozey’s debut album has been super high. Rozey and her team #Spiritualbeatz worked on the new songs of the album, “You Alone (Featuring ADA)” and “Overflow”. According to Loveworld music “from last week, they unveiled the list of featured artists on the album. Rozey and her team stated that “they have brought us to the high-point which is the release of the debut album “Enthroned” Rozey and we think it’s been a good road to the album and we are glad to see it out and selling in stores online.”

9. CSO

CSO has released her 2nd worship song, titled Hallelujah. This amazing vocalist has been dubbed Loveworld royalty. The daughter of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the leader of Christ Embassy, is blowing us away with her new song worship song. The song strongly references Hebrews 13:5, “Despite all that we may go through, we find comfort in knowing God is forever with us and will never leave us or forsake us.”

10. Israel Strong

Israel Strong Oyakhilome (born October 26) popularly known as Israel Strong, is a Nigerian gospel singer and songwriter. Israel strong is a Gospel Minister from the Believers’ LoveWorld Nation aka Christ Embassy. Popularly known all around with his hit song Life of a Winner which was produced by Kelly Lyon. Israel Strong uniquely ministers through his music using a lively mix of pop, electronic and traditional gospel.

 

 

 

The Holy Spirit is in Pastor Airen Ekhosueh

Pastor Airen Ekhosueh just released a new song ‘Nothing Without You’

Pastor Airen sat down with Loveworld Music to answer some questions about the inspiration behind his incredible music. Mega-producer Pastor Airen Ekhosuehi is an incredibly inspired person. One can hear immediately how much he is getting from the Word of God. He breathes the holy spirit with is music sounding like a direct message from Jesus himself.

Pastor Airen released his brand-new song ‘Nothing Without You”. The song is a tribute to the Holy Spirit and the work he does for us. The Pastor says that the “lyrics are a constant reminder that He is the very essence of our existence and without him we are nothing. It brings to the forefront of our consciousness the fact that we are walking in the will of the Spirit on a daily basis. This song is invigorated with a power to change and you will surely be blessed as you listen.”

Like all Loveworld artists, Pastor Airen Ekhosuehi is completely filled with the power of Christ. The gospel producer and artistes gets his inspiration directly from the Holy Spirit, as his song strongly implies. ‘ Nothing Without You’, is a testament to the meaning we get from the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus Christ. Without them, we are empty. He has said that his fellowship with God, has given him endless creativity, something that all gospel artists are fortunate enough to receive.

According to Christ Embassy spokesperson, “these artistes are given a platform by Pastor Chris to spread their words and minister to millions of people around the world on mega stages.” Pastor Airen has said about his worship song “this worship song brings (Him) to the forefront of our consciousness that truly He is our everything an because of Him, there is no seemingly impossible situation or challenge we can’t overcome!”

“He is the same Spirit that raised Jesus and He is Alive in us! So no matter the situation you find yourself, you sing this you know you have the victory”. Pastor Airen indeed preaches some powerful words about the impact gospel music can have. The producer and musician feeds his fans the nourishment that is the words and melodies of his music. I guess we all have Loveworld president, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome to thank for nurturing and boosting such incredibly talented musicians

Amen.

 

 

 

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.

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.