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.

 

 

 

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!

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.

Crowns: A Gospel Musical Delight

A soul-stirring Gospel musical written by the award-winning American actress and playwright, Regina Taylor is making its way to Theatre Tuscaloosa this Friday. The musical, named “Crowns” is expected to reach into the souls of the audience with its soaring vocals and inspiring worship tunes.
Set in a typical contemporary Southern church, “Crowns” follows a troubled 17-year old named Yolanda (played by Ashley Jones) who moves in with her grandmother in South Carolina, following the death of her brother.

Young Yolanda finds herself under the mentorship of Mother Shaw (NorQuina Rieves), learning about the traditions surrounding Southern headgear and what it takes to be a church “Hat Queen”.
This is precisely what makes this play shine. Its creative usage of lavish church hats creates a colorful display in the Southern style church pews stage setting, bringing forth the characters, and making “Crowns” a spectacular tribute to the rich and lively Carolinian gospel church scene. Theatre Tuscaloosa sought “Crowns” as part of its mission to represent all cultures in its community.

“Our community can identify with these characters,” said Tina F. Turley, executive producer. “Theatre Tuscaloosa needs to tell our community stories… some of our stories are white, some of our stories are black, some of our stories are Asian-American. We’ve got lots of stories to tell, as far as ethnic background.”

Some in the audience could experience immediate recognition, while others may be going to school.
“They are going to reminisce who wore hats in their lives, or they’re going to learn about this culture: the culture of black churches and the mothers, the women that wore hats, and the whys behind it, and the sacrifices they make to do it,” said Mark Moore, guest director and choreographer for this run of “Crowns.” Luvada Harrison is musical director.

“Crowns” falls under the category of a jukebox musical, meaning it uses existing songs, rather than writing new work for the score. Though it leans heavily on gospel, “Crowns” also draws from jazz, spirituals, blues, reggae, R&B and hip-hop. Romps such as “When the Saints Go Marching In” will encourage audience members to join with the cast, clapping their hands and stomping their feet.

But whether an audience member identifies with the culture of black churches, or comes to the experience with an open mind, “Crowns” can transcend race and gender, said Catherine Doughty-Walker, who’s playing Wanda.

“You will laugh, you will cry, and by the end, you’ll probably be friends with the ladies in ‘Crowns’,” she said.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Feb. 21-22, with 2 p.m. matinees Sunday, Wednesday and Feb. 23-24, all in the Bean-Brown Theatre at Shelton State Community College. Tickets are $24 general; $20 for seniors, Shelton State employees, and members of the military; and $16 for students and children.

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.

 

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.

The Ultimate Martin PK Playlist

Martin Phike, AKA Martin PK, the South African native–is one of the hottest gospel pop singers of our time and burst onto the scene at 16 years old. He began his career as the young musical prodigy of Gabi Le Roux, South Africa’s biggest producer (responsible for names such as Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Lebo Mathosa, Danny K and of course the beloved Mandoza). The young star only took off from there. After a good stint as a teen pop star, the musician, alongside his brother, created the unforgettable South African boyband ‘Inadiflo’.

The band saw a lot of success and landed a record deal with Sony. In 2004, he and his group Ghetto Lingo entered the Coca-Cola Popstars and were selected out of 15,000 participants. Fast forward to 2019 and Martin PK, with a career that now spans about two decades is currently one of the voices of the Loveworld Music Ministry, ministering to a global audience with his beautiful worship songs. His lyrics, bring words of hope and upliftment and make your heart sing. Get your Martin PK ‘fix’ with these five holy tunes!

Holy Spirit
The love in this song flows like water and is essentially a song of gratitude to the Lord Almighty. The Holy Spirit that guides us all cannot always be expressed in song, yet Martin PK seems to succeed.

Thus, Saith the Spirit
Based on the remarkable quote in Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, this song is an ode to the scripture. We are all merely messengers of the Lord.

Beautiful Jesus
Martin PK’s penetrating voice is accompanied by the heavenly echoes “How wonderful Jesus”, an effect that elevates your soul straight to the heavens. The video was shot in the beautiful Mahe Island in Seychelles, a place that almost represents paradise! Certainly, the apt theme for the song.

Nothing is Impossible
Once you accept that God is inside of you, there is simply nothing that can stand in your way, there is just no reason for fear. What better way to celebrate this glorious notion, other than with Martin PK’s hit track- Nothing is impossible. Enjoy this breathtaking performance on the Californian stage.

You are Great
Shot in the Holy Land, Jerusalem this worship song’s music video features some of the most sacred structures in Judeo-Christian history. One can feel the blessed earth beneath his feet by just simply watching it, not to mention the song itself moves the soul.

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