Gospel Artist TORI KELLY Talks New Album and Faith Journey!

The world has their eyes, hearts, and ears set on the incredible talent that is American gospel recording artist, Tori Kelly. Kelly hit the music scene with her debut album titled Unbreakable Smile. Now, four years later she has released her newest creative project Inspired by True Events. While sitting down for an interview with Hugh McIntyre of Forbes magazine, Kelly discusses her journey of moving through pop and gospel music, understanding her fans along the way, and expressing herself fully in everything she produces.

Kelly describes her new album, highlighting the stories and lyrics behind it all, claiming it as her most personal album.

“I think what probably happened naturally was I went to what felt comfortable, which is stripped down, raw, live instrumentation. Keep the music part of it really simple, to where the lyrics and my voice can pop more. I think my first album, Unbreakable Smile, was more like, “Here I am world! Here’s some pop songs and I’m going to sing all big!,” which is so much fun. I love that still. But with this album it felt like it was time to just kind of… They call this my “grown-up album.” I think every artist probably goes through that feeling of, “Hey I need to just say some things, whether or not it makes sense. This is my story. This is what needs to come out.” Hopefully, people connect with the songs and can relate to them. I’m being really honest on this album.”

Tori Kelly has fans from every walk of life. Thousands upon thousands have become exposed to gospel music since she has grabbed the world’s attention. As she dances in and out of different genres, she stays true to herself, her style and her fans.

“I went gospel, I went into that genre, and I have so much respect for that genre and it’s also so much a part of me. And not only the genre, but the message too, and what they’re singing about. My faith is a huge part of my life. To answer your question, it’s awesome to be able to say, “Yeah, I’ve done country songs. I’ve done gospel songs. I’ve kind of gone all over”, but from my perspective, it still feels like it’s me. It’s still my voice. I’m still putting all of myself into it. So if anything it’s fun for me to share and experiment. I don’t have to stick to one lane. I’ve been calling it life music. Life songs. It doesn’t always have to have a title on it.”

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Heavenly Melodies Africa, Overflow Africa Worship and Racheal Kabeba!

For the third year in a row, the Overflow Africa Worship conference has taken place, gathering worshippers, musicians and ministers to fellowship together and worship God in one Spirit. The conference was held at Christian Life Assembly (CLA) in Kigali, Rwanda over the weekend of August 25 – 27, 2019. This annual conference was established by Heavenly Melodies Africa, a group made up of worship leaders and pastors from various churches throughout Africa. The idea behind the Overflow Africa Worship conference is to provide a time and place for worshipers to convene from every walk of life and style and sharpen one another’s gifts. Just imagine what the worship services are like at the conferences!

Following the Overflow Africa Worship conference, Glory Iribagiza (The New Times, Rwanda’s Leading Daily) sat down with Zambian gospel artist, Racheal Kabeba to discuss musical inspiration, personal life and future career goals.

When asked about life outside of the music world, Kabeba did not skip a beat. Her passion for gospel music is a clear overflow of her passion for the gospel and serving others as Christ serves the Church. Her response:

“I am an entrepreneur. I run an academy called ‘Vocal House’, so I coach people. I train choirs, artists, both established and upcoming depending on their needs. I also love to mentor people, usually those ones I barely charge.”

In the interview, Kabeba expressed challenges she has faced over the years while working in the gospel music industry:

“I have been offered big contracts by different people, but there are always strings attached. They either want me to change the genre of my music, or they want me to change my writing style. Believe me I am human, I have got needs, but that’s how the enemy plots. I am glad though, that by the grace of God, I have been able to triumph.”

She continued to share about the trials she faces as a woman in the industry specifically and how starting out at the young age of 17, offered challenges she was not always prepared to face. When looking adversity in the face, Kabeba knew the only way about the noise would be to make your own. She pushed herself in order to prove others wrong when they would doubt her talent as a young girl.

With the favor of God that she always remained accountable to, she found her sound and is now leading worship for this powerful convergence of worship leaders from all over. Kabeba is thankful to God and to Heavenly Melodies Africa for putting together the Overflow African Worship conference. We look forward to hearing from her again at next year’s conference!

The One and Only CHIDINMA is Back with NEW WORSHIP!

The ever-so incredible Chidinma is back after a long and much-deserved sabbatical from the music entertainment world. With all the hits we know and love, we have never been so ready for her return to the scene and to take us all away!

Together with the one and only “gospel genius”, Frank Rich boy Edwards, Chidinma has reintroduced herself to the gospel entertainment world with her newest single titled “Holy”. The song is complete with a soulful choir and lyrics that will take you closer to God deep in your spirit.

Photo from Instagram: @frankrichboy

Formally known as Chidinma Ekile, season three winner of Project Fame West Africa gained her stage rights and began going by what we all call her, Chidinma. It did not take long for her to rise to the top at the start of her music career. With the release of her “Emi Ni Baller” music video, Chidinma became nationally recognized for being the first female musician to peak at number one on MTV Naija Top 10 chart. Additionally, Chidinma took the title of Best Female West African Act at the Kora Awards in 2012, where she performed her hit single at the time, Kedike.

With genuine praise and adoration to God, this song was birthed. When the Spirit of God comes to you, there is no other option than to worship His holy name! Chidinma and producer, Frank Edwards, wanted to create something that represented this outspoken reverence to the One most deserving of our worship. According to Chidinma, her talent is meant to bring glory to God while she leads her fans and followers into deeper communion with the Holy Spirit.

In her words,

“I remember when I discussed with @frankrichboy about recording a worship song, we literally didn’t know where to start but all he said to me was ‘relax God will give us a song’, we shared, he started to play the keys and we began to worship! Immediately he said just hold let me record this worship straight up!! And this song was birthed. I love God and this is me just expressing my love to Him.”

We are overjoyed to have new worship music from the lovely and talented Chidinma, as she returns to the stage with a refreshed sound. God is moving in powerful ways through music and as long as we continue giving Him the glory, He promises in His Word to bless us!

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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GMA Dove Awards Are Almost Here!

The annual Gospel Music Award (GMA) Dove Awards is back and this year for the celebration of an incredible 50 years! The GMA Dove Awards have hosted the most talented artists within Gospel music since 1969, including the incredibly talented, late Whitney Houston, Tori Kelly, Dolly Parton, Tauren Wells and Reba McEntire. On October 15th, prepare to be taken back as, yet, another group of outstanding talent takes the stage at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

According to several news sources, the 50th annual awards show has identified its performers and the gospel music world could not be more excited! With main performances by TobyMac, Hillsong Worship and Kirk Franklin, there will also be countless performances of every genre and style, for all to enjoy. Whatever your favorite style of Christian music is, you can guarantee to enjoy the best of rock, hip-hop, pop, gospel, worship, inspirational, bluegrass and more at this momentous event.

This anniversary year is known to be the “golden year” celebration, commemorating all 50 years of talent and excellence that the awards have seen. With artists and celebrities, both old and new, coming together for one spectacular night there is no telling what the energy will be like in the atmosphere.

There is one artist that has grabbed the attention of the gospel music world, as well as recognition on mainstream music charts. Christian singer, Lauren Daigle, has been awarded two GRAMMYs and topped five charts, making Billboard history. At only 27 years old, Daigle has made remarkable accomplishments and there is no denying that the favor of God is on her life and her musical career/ platform. According to a press release by Music Industry Weekly,

“Daigle’s album, Look Up Child, sets the record for the biggest Christian album of 2018, biggest traditional sales frame for any Christian album in nine years, and the biggest sales week for a Christian female artist in over twenty years.”

Hosting the DOVE Awards 50th Anniversary ceremony will be the Christian television network, Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN). TBN is the largest Christian network in the world and has hosted the DOVE Awards for the last four consecutive years. The ceremony will be taped live and aired on Trinity Broadcast Network on Sunday, October 20th, at 7 PM Central Time.

The opportunity is available to attend the event and join in all the incredible performances by your favorite Christian artists. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.doveawards.com

Seyi Israel and Eben Release New Single Together “Name Above Everything”!

There is nothing we love more at Good Gospel Playlist than a collaboration between two of our favorite gospel artists. The up and coming star, known mostly for his song “Wetin I Go Give You”, Seyi Israel has blessed us with something new, alas.

Joined by the award-winning artist, Eben, the new song called “Name Above Everything” is sure to fix your focus on the glorious things above. The song relays the complete power and authority that is in the name of Jesus. As believers, we sometimes rely more on the limitations or possibilities that others give us, but this song is a praiseworthy reminder that it is the name of God above everything, and nothing else comes before.

New Single by Seyi Israel and Eben

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11

The lyrics are closely derived from the scripture in Philippians 2:9-11 and extremely influential in Seyi Israel’s walk with God. According to the official CeFLix Tunes report of the new song, the idea behind it comes from a revelation that God gave Seyi Israel,

the same way God has made the name of Jesus a symbol of supernatural power and authority, the singer, Seyi Israel explained how he got the inspiration to talk about the invisible name of Jesus, a revelation that came to him like a river flowing from his spirit.

Seyi Israel performing his new single “Name Above Everything” LIVE with One Sound Gospel

With simple yet profound lyrics, Seyi Israel and Eben identify and call forth the authority and power that rests in the name of Jesus. This song is a reminder that all things are under Him and as we are considered sons and daughters, we call all things under the authority of Christ, as well.

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Name Above Everything by Seyi Israel Ft. Eben

Your name is Jesus, is Jesus
Your name is Jesus
Name above everything

At the mention of your name
Every knee must bow
At the mention of your name
Every tongue confess
At the mention of your name
Every knee must bow
At the mention of your name
Every tongue confess

Name above everything
Name above everything
Name above everything
Name above everything

Your name is Jesus, is Jesus
Your name is Jesus
Name above everything

Nigeria’s Own El’ Grace is Returning Home for Her “Abundant Praise” Concert

God is raising people up and bringing real talent to the light! Gospel singer and violinist, El’ Grace has spent the majority of her musical career in the United States where she is based in Brooklyn, New York. Recently, God has opened new doors and called her back to her first home for a first-ever live recording concert right in Lagos, Nigeria!

Get ready for September 15th for the concert of the year! El’ Grace is excited to return to Nigeria and praise the Lord with a (or several) new songs! This is not only a homecoming celebration but will also include the release of her newest album! The album, titled “Let Your Fire Fall” is sure to amaze fans with sounds and lyrics that bring the presence of God into any atmosphere.

You may recall some of her earlier singles such as “You are Beautiful”, “I Am Free”, and “Writer of My Story” from years 2017 and 2018. This year, she has been working hard and the blessing has followed as a reward. Earlier this year, she released her most recent single “We Thank You” all while working on the new album, set to release THIS MONTH!

This “double blessing” as CeFlix Tunes referred to the upcoming concert event as is going to be a time for the community in Lagos to come together for a joy and spirit-filled evening. The concert will be a time set apart to sing praises, dance, and rejoice together over God’s goodness and grace in each and every life that will be present. The concert will be called “Abundant Praise” and that is exactly what there is to be expected.

She will be performing both old and new hit singles, sure to satisfy the dedicated fans that have followed her throughout the years during her career in gospel music. The live concert “Abundant Praise” will be held at Terra Kulture, located at 1376, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria on September 15th, 2019 at 4 pm WAT.

This is a concert you do not want to miss so mark your calendars and bring the family out for a night of heart-stirring worship and praise with El’ Grace as she blesses everyone with her latest music. For more information about this event and upcoming concerts by all your favorite gospel singers, you can visit CeFlix Tunes on Facebook and Instagram.

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University of Port Harcourt Hosts “Made to Love Concert”

The ‘Made to Love Concert’ was an experience that is still stirring the hearts of all who were blessed to be in attendance. With so much in ministry that caters to the younger and older generations, there is often a gap in the young adult generation. Leave it to gospel artists Testimony Jaga, Password, and so many more to host an incredible night for university students.

Photo By: LoveWorld News The LoveWorld Center Port Harcourt fills with young people for the concert

The years during university bring such questioning about identity and future plans. There are so many changes happening behind and before you that it can become hard to find where you are rooted. The “Made to Love Concert’ gathered thousands of young adults on July 25th at the LoveWorld Center, University of Port Harcourt (Uniport) in Southern Nigeria. This event came as a beautiful reminder for all students who may have forgotten the complete joy there is to experience in Christ. With several attendants committing their lives to the Lord for the first time, there were several rededications as well. Countless students at the concert experienced and witnessed the Holy Spirit in a fresh way.

John 16:22 “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”

The joy of the Lord was released as the room erupted with praise and dancing. As the glory of God took over the atmosphere in celebration, the presence of the Holy Spirit was overwhelming. Students were blessed beyond belief by the supernatural joy that broke out around the room. LoveWorld favorite, Testimony Jaga entered the stage bringing everyone to their feet for an incredible release of freedom in the Lord to dance and shout His praise.

Photo By: LoveWorld News Testimony Jaga

This event has been recorded and marked in eternity for the many lives that were touched at the “Made to Love Concert”. The deeper we understand and experience God’s unfailing Love for us, the greater we will pour out into our relationships with others. This concert ignited a renewed spirit amongst university students at the University of Port Harcourt and the results of its impact are sure to echo through various communities for some time.

Photo by: LoveWorld News Deep Worship as the presence of God filled the auditorium

This is why we love to worship, here at Good Gospel Playlist! Worship brings people together in the spirit of Love and JOY! We are able to sing and dance for the Lord BECAUSE He has made a way for us to live joyfully, in Christ Jesus. If ever you are feeling that you just need a breakthrough of God’s Love, turn up Testimony Jaga or Password and allow it to wash over you as you lift praises to Him!

MEGA PROMO – CEFLIX TUNES – “SUBSCRIBE AND WIN”

There are not many things that beat the feeling of winning, and as followers of Jesus, this is the reality we live in every day! Last week, we told you all about the freshest gospel music platform in Nigeria – CeFlix Tunes. We hope you have downloaded it and are rocking out daily to your favorite gospel jams. Winning for Christ is our one and only goal in life, and when you subscribe to CeFlix Tunes you can win BIG!

CeFlix Tunes not only brings you incredible music that stirs your heart and spirit for God but also connects you to a whole community of music lovers! In order to get the MOST of the CeFlix Tunes listening experience, you can subscribe and stay connected to all the newest updates and releases of your favorite gospel artists.

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY – you have the chance to WIN BIG when you subscribe to CeFlix Tunes! If you were going to subscribe anyway, this is the best time! CeFlix Tunes has recently launched a new super mega promo called “Subscribe and Win”. This is an intercontinental experience that is solely for the listeners because we all deserve a chance to win!

Beginning this month (July) and going on through December of this year, this special mega promo promises to deliver tons of amazing prizes and surprises for music lovers across the continent. CeFlix Tunes has grown to and maintained being the number one music streaming platform in Nigeria, as it has made its way into the global music streaming industry.

A huge supporter and celebrator of music and musicians from around the world, CeFlix Tunes is all about connecting with the community and showing love to the passionate music lovers and subscribers. In order to encourage a greater amount of support for the artists and the platform, the “Subscribe and Win” promo was launched.

Participants who will be considered must subscribe to any of the monthly, quarterly or annual plans. The higher the subscription, the better your chances will be for the GRAND PRIZE! Prices range from household appliances such as a washing machine or a microwave and go as big as an exotic boat cruise with a favorite gospel artist, to the highest prize offered – A trip to Dubai!

The announcement of the winners will take place every month on the live draw where the winners for each of the premium plans will be announced live on air.

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Gospel Singer Ada Menakaya Releases New Single! “HE HAS DONE IT”

We are in the month of July and according to Christ Embassy and the man of God, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, this is the month of Thanksgiving! It appears the Lord has pressed upon many hearts the act and desire to give thanks as Nigerian gospel artist Ada Unoma Menakaya releases her newest single, “He Has Done It”. Something we are all at fault of in the Christian life is losing sight of just how much God has done for us. It is common for people to look at their situations and trust in the things around them, without really recognizing that we have God to thank for all things.

In an interview with Guardian Music, Ada Menakaya described her new hit single as a song of declaration and prophecy:

“He Has Done It is a song of declaration and prophesy that God can do all things if we believe in our hearts without a doubt. This song was written from a place of deep thanksgiving to God for what He has done in my life; it’s a song anybody can relate with.”

Menakaya is very pleased with the positive response and attention she has gained with her new releases and shares with fans of her anticipated plans for a new music video that is still to come! Menakaya thanks her faith-filled upbringing and the unrelenting pursuit of her family to raise her and her five other brothers and sisters in a home filled with gospel music from legends like the Clark Sisters, Whitney Houston, Don Moen and more.

 “Those different styles of music, as well as a strong presence in the church, helped to shape me as a singer as well as a person. There was no time I was left with options of the message to carry. From the start, I just knew it was gospel and gospel alone. I represent Jesus Christ and all I want to do is fly the banner of Christ.” She told Guardian.

Photo by: The Guardian

Ada even gives a shout out to one of her all-time faves, and ours too! Inspired by LoveWorld artist, Sinach, Ada mentions the strong women in the gospel music industry that are true worshippers of God. Ada lives a life of deep conviction for the Lord and the great pedestal He has given her to share His glorious name in praise and thanksgiving with the world. While it is often chosen by artists to cater to the more secular side of fame for the sake of being more “relevant”, Ada proclaims:

“It is strictly gospel that speaks to everyone regardless of tribe, race or creed, with the sole aim of bringing them to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. My mission is to authentically touch and impart lives and people of all ethnicities and generations around the globe with my music and see the word of God transform and change their lives, binding up the broken-hearted”

Check out this incredible sister’s new music and be inspired to give THANKS to God for everything He does for you – And stay tuned for the upcoming music video that you don’t want to miss!

When Hollywood Hip-hop and Artistry Encounters God

It is always inspiring to see some of the greatest influencers in the world represent Christ on their platforms. If you have been following Good Gospel Playlist for some time, you may recall the famous Sunday Service Hip Hop Concert that captured the attention of music entertainment in America and hip-hop fans around the world. After spending time with friend and fellow artist Chance the Rapper, Kanye West reconnected with God through his relationship with Jesus. West felt compelled to share his faith on the stage and to offer an experience that would connect everyone to his love for God and gospel music.

Since the acclaimed Easter Sunrise service at world-renown Coachella Music Festival, West has channeled much of his new-found spiritual energy into his love of music and connection with people. Hollywood is talking about the on-going Sunday services that have been taking place for the greater part of 2019. Interviews with wife, Kim Kardashian-West and sisters, reveal what conspires at these services. While there is no element of teaching during these gatherings, it is an experience for all to come and connect with God through soul-stirring gospel music.

In the upcoming issue of Forbes magazine for August 2019, titled “Kanye’s Second Coming: Inside the Billion-Dollar Yeezy Empire”, West is featured on the front cover wearing a black hoodie in front of a black frame. He shares about the difficulties and blessings that God has walked him through in his career, bringing him to a more successful and healthier place in his life. In his in-depth profile, West references his diagnosis of bipolar disorder which placed him in the hospital for the latter part of his world tour in the year 2016.

“I’ll be working on home designs and looking at references from 3,000 years ago and reading the Old Testament at the same time so it’s like a soundtrack to the visuals, the shapes and the ideas we are creating. To a lot of my creative friends, I tell them the Bible is better than Pinterest. We can bring something into space and time we exist in while reflecting thousands of years of truth.” Kanye West, Forbes Interview (August 2019)

Kanye West shares in his Forbes interview of the one thing that has gotten him through the trials and tribulations he has faced, from being millions of dollars in debt to the suffering from mental illness. He admits to his submission to Christ by stating that “being in service to Christ, the radical obedience” has brought him through to experience the true blessings in a Christ-centered and Christ-focused life.

Along with wife and TV reality star, Kim Kardashian West, the two are committed to raising their family with reverence and faith in God and His great blessing through Jesus.