Top 10 Unique Nigerian Gospel Music Artistes
Music in Nigeria is so wonderful especially with the cultural and traditional instruments that are added to the modern instruments to give us a very pleasant beat, but in Nigeria, Gospel music has mostly had to take the back seat especially as it concerns constant airplay and financial success.
In spite of the fact that Nigerians are faithful adherents of two of the largest religions in the world. Occasionally, some Gospel artistes have had to add some flavors of secular music to their works to give it a broad appeal.
But beyond the fact that the artistes on the Gospel scene are largely overlooked for major concerts and endorsement deals by corporate firms, it is imperative to point out that they contribute in no small measure to upholding societal values and morals, while reinforcing the need to live a life that is praiseworthy to God and to humanity
Osinachi mostly Known as Sinach is a Nigerian gospel artiste and has sang so many songs.
Sinach is also signed to LoveWorld Records and a key member of the music team at Christ Embassy.
Through her Godly talent, she has ministered to millions of people all over the world in mega programs such as Night of Bliss with Pastor Chris, Word at Work conventions with Pastor Chris, Youth Conferences with Pastor Chris, The Higher Life Conference, The Christ Embassy Healing School and many other programs by Pastor Chris with record attendances reaching millions.
Sinach is now a household name in Nigeria. She has over 200 songs to her credit; she has also won the Song of the Year, Song Writer and Vocalist of the Year’ at the Love World Awards.
Sinach also ministers as a vocalist and worship leader of Christ Embassy, alongside LoveWorld Music team.
Sinach is married to a Pastor in Christ Embassy.
Frank Ugochukwu Edward, also nicknamed Rich boy, is a member of Christ Embassy Church in Nigeria is also signed to the church’s LoveWorld Records.
Frank began singing at the age of ten years as he learnt how to play the piano from his father.
Frank, a talented instrumentalist, broke into the scene with his debut album, The Definition, which was released in 2008.
Frank returned to the studio and in 2010 and produced his second album, Angels on the Runway; he hit the market with another, ‘Unlimited’, in 2011.
Currently, he has four albums to his credit, with the latest one ‘Tag Jam’ released in November 2011 which took frank to the A-class of gospel artistes.
He also made a cameo appearance in label mate Sinach’s video ‘I know who I am’.
In May 2011 he was nominated as the Gospel Artiste of the Year at the 6th Annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA).
He won the award for the Best Gospel Rock Artiste in the 1st edition of the awards. He also won West Africa Best Male Vocalist in 2012 and Best Hit Single at the Love World Awards 2012.
Frank also bagged three awards at the Nigeria Gospel Music Awards (Male Artiste of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Male Vocal).
Emmanuel Benjamin, popularly known as EBEN. He released his debut album in 2006 November titled on the rock. With this album he introduced a new genre called Afrorock that inspired so many artistes in 2010 he went on to produced a new album called Phenomenon.
In 2013 he released yet another album titled justified but it is a worship album titled JUSTIFIED. This album reveals the worshipper in him with hit songs like “You alone are worthy”, “Just how I love you”, “All the way- a praise song that is blessing believers all around the world.
Just recently, he released another worship album titled MAGNIFIED with awesome songs like “stayed on you”, “lifted hands”, “everything” to mention but a few. This album is currently enjoying massive airplay both locally and internationally.
He is a multi-award winner both internationally and locally as he has won various awards like Best Album West Africa 2013- AGMA UK, Song-Writer of the year 2014, BLW 2015, Worship song of the year 2014 and 2015 BLW awards, album of the year 2014 crystal awards.
He is happily married to Jahdiel; a wonderful gospel minister and they are blessed with a son.
Nathaniel Bassey was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He was a minister in The Apostolic Church Bashua Assembly before taking up the position of director of music at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, developed a love for both music and the Gospel at a very young age.
He was inspired when he saw Dr Panam Percy Paul, a prominent Nigerian Gospel music icon in concert over twenty years ago and since then, his passion for music has grown and translated into various musical experiences.
Today Nathaniel Bassey is a well known Gospel Music minister all over Nigeria and outside the country, one thing i love about him is that, he’s a deep worshiper!
Lara George is regarded as one of the classiest Nigerian Gospel artistes. She is a Lagos born singer and fourth child of five children developed passion for music while she was a member of the choir at her alma mater Queens College, Yaba Lagos, and kicked off her music career as a professional in 1997.
This multi-talented singer, producer and music director has a spell-binding and captivating voice; she was a member of the former KUSH group which was one of the contemporary Gospel music groups in Nigeria in the early 2000s. Lara released her first solo album in 2007 titled Ijoba Orun. The single was a hit and it still enjoys a huge support and airplay on radio stations, churches and homes.
In 2008, the graduate of Law from the University of Lagos released her second album, ‘Forever in my heart’, which won her several awards, including the 2008 Voice of the Year Award at the Nigerian Music Awards, Female Artiste of the Year at the 2009 Nigerian Gospel Music Award.
Lara is married to Gbenga George and blessed with a son – Adeoba Alexander George. Her last album which was released in 2012 was titled ‘Higher’.
Her husband, a legal practitioner also doubles as her manager.
Joe Praize, singer and song writer, also belongs to the Christ Embassy Love World. Born Joseph Omo Ebhodaghe, the acclaimed Gospel music minister who hails from Edo State released his debut album, ‘My Praise’.
Joe Praize has performed around the world including cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, KZN – all in South Africa, and countries like Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Nigeria, and Ghana.
The award-winning singer bagged the 2010 song of the year award at the prestigious Love World Awards for the song ‘Mighty God’ which is the fifth track on his album ‘My Praise’. He was also nominated for Best African Gospel by SABC Crown Gospel Award in 2011.
The name Chris Morgan Abah Ochogwu might not sound familiar, but this talented Gospel singer, songwriter, composer, and performer is the brain behind “WORSHIP ON THE HILLS OF AFRICA”, a vision that is dedicated to raising people to worship God in spirit and in truth.
The Orokam-born Benue State singer is no doubt an accomplished music minister, whose songs are filled with the divine presence of God, with great lyrical depth and inspiration and a great message of hope for our generation.
Morgan has also ministered on the same platform with great international Gospel singers. Since stepping into the Gospel podium, the Ifeoma crooner has continued to carve a niche for himself by marking the beginning of a new worship trend in Africa. The Abuja-based gospel artiste is happily married to Queen Eunice.
The beautiful music minister who hails from Yewa, Imeko of Ogun State joined the then Jesters International, a theatre group with acts such as Jacob, Papilolo and Aderupoko at Ibadan and since then, she has distinguished herself as both a talented actress and singer.
Tope Alabi is a pacesetter of soundtrack makers in the Yoruba Home Video Industry.
She holds sway when it comes to singing Gospel in Yoruba language with over five albums to her credit and over 800 movie sound tracks.
Samsong is a dynamic Nigerian Gospel artiste based in Abuja, Nigeria. He has had a successful recording career with radio hits like ‘Bianule’, and a handful of accolades such as The Psalmist Award in 2000, and recently being nominated for the Best Gospel Artiste by the Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) in New York in 2008.
He discovered his talent for singing while in high school. It was also in high school he adopted the stage name Samsong.
In 1991, he formed a quartet known as Praise Creation and got signed to Ivory Music Label with a debut album in 1996 titled ‘Best of Life’.
The group however broke up and Samsong became a solo artist, releasing his debut album in 2002, which was titled ‘Count Your Blessings’. His album was a success, garnering airplay, and resulting in winning The Psalmist Award that same year. His sophomore album was released in 2004, ‘titled Still Counting’.
He continued his award winning streak, snagging The Best Male Vocalist of the Year Award at Today’s Music Award in 2004, and Best Male Vocalist of The Year Award in 2005 at The Amen Awards.
The album also had a collaboration where Samson recorded the track ‘Live Right’ with Styl-Plus. His ambitious output was recognized as he was awarded with The Grace Honorary Award for Excellence in 2007.
In 2008, he was nominated for The Best Gospel Artiste at The Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) held in New York City.
He embarked on an international tour to promote his album, with stops at South Africa, the United Kingdom and Germany.
In Germany, he had recorded and performed with Chris Lass, the famous German Gospel producer and artiste.
He has graced the stage with Gospel greats like Marvin Winans, Donnie McClurkin and Panam Percy Paul, as well as successful mainstream artistes like Donnell Jones, Kenny Lattimore, 112, TuFace, D’Banj, Faze, and Styl Plus. Born Samson Uche Mogekwu in Delta State, Nigeria.
Born in Kaduna, Nigeria to parents of Abia State origin, Buchi’s early education began in Enugu and took him through Methodist College, Uzuakoli and Federal Government College, Enugu. In 1983, he came to Lagos to study English Language and Literary Studies at the University of Lagos, where he obtained a BA in 1986 and a MA in 1988.
Later after his MA, he took up an appointment to lecture at the same institution while studying for his doctorate degree.
Buchi remained at the Department of English until 1994 when he yielded to the higher calling to propagate the Gospel of Jesus through writing and singing in the reggae genre.
While in the university, his casual involvement in black activism through reggae club grew more intense after listening to Oliver Thambo and the officials of ANC (African National Congress) from South Africa during the club’s exhibition on “Apartheid in South Africa”.
This preoccupation with reggae music took a new turn when his friend Ras Kimono invited him to join the team of deejays on the Floating Bukka – a reggae nightclub situated on a docked vessel in Marina, Lagos Island. Foremost on the list of Buchi’s strong musical influences are Eric Donaldson, Joseph Hills, Burning Spear and Frankie Paul.
In 1992, Buchi gave his life to Jesus Christ at the Christ Embassy Church and transferred himself from the nightclub to the choir of that ministry where he has remained till date.
His first album released in 1999 (These Days) second album released in 2002 (So Beautiful) third album released in 2005 (What a Life).
Buchi is married to Jane and they have four children. He has ministered in church concerts including Reinhard Bonnke’s stadium-packed outreaches. Multiple award winner including prestigious AMEN for Best in Gospel Category, 1999 Faith, POMP and TOMA Awards for Best Artiste, Reggae Artiste and Gospel Album of the Year variously.