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.
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 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.
Sinach has had an incredible journey from a local church singer to international gospel superstar. The multi-award winner has over 200 songs to her name and is responsible for such hits such as 'I know who I am’ and ‘WayMaker'. Her song ‘This Is Your Season' won the Song of the Year award in 2008. Sinach's music has been performed in churches all over the world.
With all this success, comes great responsibility. Creating uplifting and moving music for millions of fans around the word can take its toll. As a mega star, striking the perfect balance between stardom and spirituality is challenging to say the least. In an intimate one on interview, Damilola Okeke, of Premier Christian Radio, sat down with Gospel superstar Sinach, and discussed the nitty gritty issues of love, life and her relationship with Jesus Christ.
Before Sinach rose to be one of Nigeria's mega gospel stars, she was serving in the church. Her music was mostly shared within community. When asked on how she felt before her rise to fame, Sinach said she was grateful as a servant of the church and simply felt "content" to share her music on the platform of the church.
"When you're content with where God has placed you, he gives you more"
Sinach went on to express how she has dealt with success by not being anxious and enjoying every point in the journey of her success.
These were some great life lessons that the starlet has learned, and she has her close-knit family to thank for that.
"I have learned to trust God, how to move, not to move ahead of him, because when you move ahead of him you are going to get into trouble"
That's not all she got to thank her family for. A lot of her musical inspiration came from the home. Her father would often play Anita Baker, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and many others. When Sinach met Pastor Chris however, her musical direction took quite a turn. Sinach recalled a sermon by Pastor Chris about the holy spirit and salvation and said:
"Not only did I get born again, I got filled with the holy spirit…on the same day".
Since that life-changing sermon, Sinach turned into the woman we know today, a Gospel superstar.