Thursday, January 30, 2020

2020 GRAMMY AWARDS WINNERS


The 62nd annual Grammy Awards was held on Sunday January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, USA and as usual there were some surprises as history was made. Here is a list of winners in key categories at the event.

Teenage goth-pop iconoclast Billie Eilish was the big winner with a total of five golden statuettes, including a clean sweep of the "big four" prizes.

Lizzo, the top nomination getter, won three prizes -- best pop solo performance, best urban contemporary album and best traditional R&B performance.

Album of the Year: Billie Eilish, "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

Record of the Year: Billie Eilish, "Bad Guy"

Billie Eilish

Song of the Year (recognizing songwriting): Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, "Bad Guy"

Best New Artist: Billie Eilish

Best Music Video: Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, "Old Town Road"

Best Rap Album: Tyler, The Creator, "Igor"

Best Rock Album: Cage The Elephant, "Social Cues"

Best Pop Vocal Album: Billie Eilish, "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

Best Pop Solo Performance: Lizzo, "Truth Hurts"

Best Pop/Duo Performance: Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, "Old Town Road"
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus


Best Urban Contemporary Album: Lizzo, "Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)"

Best Country Album: Tanya Tucker, "While I'm Livin'"

Best Alternative Music Album: Vampire Weekend, "Father of the Bride"

Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo, "Celia"

Angelique Kidjo

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

WIZKID THE CHAMPION OF AFRICA’S NEW GENERATION MUSIC

Change they say is the most constant thing in life. The Nigerian music scene is not an exception. There has always been a change in the taste of music played and enjoyed in Nigeria. Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun a.k.a Wizkid cannot be ignored as far as Afro Pop music is concerned in Nigeria. The Star-Boy’s contributions to what is now known as Naija Beat has made him a superstar! Wizkid came to limelight ten years ago as a teenager, just 19-year-old then, with a hit song ‘Holla at Your Boy’. The song, produced by DJ Klem (Knighthouse) and Vebee, is the first single from his debut album ‘Superstar’ during his years of deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (EME).

Seeing then label boss, Banky Wellington drive Wizkid and Skales to a school, in a music video that did not seem Nigerian, imprinted an aspirational image in the minds of teenagers who saw themselves in this singer. This was the perfect introduction the new artist needed. Little wonder he became a sensation immediately after. Fastrack to January 2020, that song has turned 10 years and the generation that grew up with Wizkid’s music remember with nostalgia all the memories ‘Holla at your boy’ created for them. They do not hold back on social media suffice it to say that Wizkid has the largest and strongest fan base for an African artist.

Wizkid has really evolved and everything he breathes on is a hit. He has done a lot of collaborations with both local and international stars including Beyonce, had international deals and several local and international awards. He is still a physically small person but his influence, as an artist and an African voice, has grown exponentially. He was the first ever Nigerian musician to have over one million followers on Twitter, a feat he achieved in 2014. His videos on YouTube has millions of views with ‘Fever’, released in 2018 garnering over 46 million views and the more recent video ‘Joro’ has over 22 million views.

In 2016, Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit, ‘One Dance’, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the U.S, UK, Canada and Australia. He currently has the biggest music deal yet by an African music act with his 2016 deal with RCA Records. Wizkid is also currently one of the richest artists in Africa with a net worth of 20 million dollars.


Saturday, September 7, 2019

MERCY CHINWO: A FAST RISING NIGERIAN GOSPEL SINGER

Mercy Chinwo is a fast-rising songstress in the Nigerian music industry. The Port Harcourt born powerful vocalist, songwriter and recording artiste entered limelight in 2012 after winning the Season 2 of popular talent show ‘Nigerian Idols’. Before officially launching her musical career, she lent her voice as backup singer to some popular artists including Sammie Okposo, Joe Praize, Buchi, Chris Morgan and Preye.



Mercy subsequently signed a record deal with EeZee Conceptz record label, owned by Mr. Ezekiel ThankGod (Eezee Tee) who also manages popular singers including Frank Edwards, Preye Odede and Hilda Dokubo. In 2015, Chinwo released her first single titled “Testimony”, then followed up a year later with the release of another single titled “Igwe”. The song that has arguably won her more recognition is “Excess Love”, which she released in June 2018. ‘Excess love’ earned her nationwide recognition and sealed her status as one of the best vocalists in Nigerian Gospel music industry.

Mercy Chinwo has contributed to the gospel music industry with her numerous mind-blowing songs. Her hit songs include Testimony (2015) Igwe (2016) Excess Love (2018) No More Pain (2018) Chinedum (2018) Power Belongs To Jesus (2019) Oh Jesus! (2019). The award winning gospel vocalist and musician has just released a brand new single titled “Akamdinelu” to celebrate her 27th birthday on 5th September 2019.



Chinwo has already won some awards including the Best Gospel Artiste at the CLIMAX Awards 2018. In 2019, at the maiden edition of the Africa Gospel Awards Festival (AGAFEST), she won awards in three different categories for her song “Excess Love” beating the likes of Sinach, Prospa Chimana and Tim Godfrey.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Check out my new album Be Joyful distributed by TuneCore and live on iTunes!

Check out my new album Be Joyful distributed by TuneCore and live on iTunes!: Musicians: Sell your own music on iTunes, Spotify, eMusic, Amazon Music, Google Play and many more! Keep all your rights and get 100% of the royalties.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

WHAT IS GOSPEL MUSIC?


Gospel music is a well-arranged melodious sound that has a real gospel message! It is not the Illicit, vulgar and derogatory lyrics with the “dim-dim kom-kom” type of sound that is played in the nightclubs. A gospel music is supposed to be a healing balm to a troubled soul. It should be able to add value to peoples lives. It should have a meaningful lyric that conveys a significant gospel message. A good gospel song should be exciting, inviting, refreshing and scintillating! I’d rather listen to a meaningful and exciting secular music than to the garbage some so called gospel artistes release today in the name of gospel music.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

THE VALUE OF GOSPEL MUSIC IN 2019

Gospel music is a vehicle that God uses on the earth to deliver a message. Gospel music can inspire, restore and convey God’s word and message through music. However, a laborer deserves his wages, and God did not give us such a beautiful music to be on the outside, looking in financially. To put it straight, no gospel artist that knows his/her onions is supposed to be struggling with finances.
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Many people develop a victim mentality in the world of gospel songwriting and performance when apparent songwriting value is not reflected in equal real-world value.  The internet and technology have made everything easy for any gospel artist to prosper internationally. If you are a gospel artist, and you are on the right platforms, you will see value coming back in the form of royalties.
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However, certain platforms generate income, and some do not, some streams within each right generate income, some do not. It is important therefore to learn what does and what doesn’t and ask questions to determine what generates higher income so that you can direct more efforts towards those that do. Year 2019 is not about working harder but working smarter! Things are really changing very fast in the gospel music scene and the intelligent thing any gospel artist would do is to be very dynamic and move with the time but remaining focused on Christ Jesus the author and finisher of our lives.

Goodluck to you if you are an upcoming gospel artist.

Emeka Okeke twitter@emekaokeke4u

Monday, February 25, 2019

THE POWER OF GOSPEL MUSIC


Listening to any kind of music is a daily activity people participate in. Gospel music is unique however because it has a soothing and calming effect that affects the brain positively. Gospel music can elevate your mood, and the lyrics have a way of elevating your spirituality to the next level. When you are passing through difficult times, gospel music can soften your problems and water down your stress levels. This is because gospel music acknowledges the frustrations of daily life, and it gives encouragement that makes it easy to move forward.


Here are five (5) reasons why you should stick to gospel music:

1. Transcends Boundaries of Age and Generations: Gospel music is family friendly, which means that your kids will not stumble across inappropriate messages or content. Composers of gospel music must create music that is in line with Christian values and expectations. To protect your family and instill values in your children, listening to gospel music at home plays a critical role in teaching important lessons on morality and respect – as well as common truths we all share as human beings.

2. Enriching to Both Ear, Soul, Heart, and Mind: Listening to gospel music is not only entertaining, but it can also be a source of enrichment. Gospel music tends to be inspirational and it can feed your soul to its very core. This strengthens your faith and spirituality, which provides a good foundation for your spiritual growth.

3. Music to Find Balance: Gospel music provides a way for people to maintain balance in their lives. Music allows people to uphold a balance between their career, faith, family and daily lives. Gospel music allows individuals to stay at an even keel; the right song can deliver the perfect message that can help when things appear off balance. Gospel music can also re-center you, allowing you to focus and move on even when things appear bleak and hopeless.

4. Just a Closer Walk With The Lord: Regarding Christian music or any worship songs, the lyrics and the message included can go a long way in helping to strengthen an individual’s faith in God. Gospel music allows you to feel in touch with a higher power and can help to make you feel closer to Him and more devout.

5. Music to Keep You Awake: Gospel music reminds Christians of the secular world that they live in, which helps to remind them that there is a higher power at work. The music also helps to keep Christians self-aware and more connected to their spirituality. This point cannot be overemphasized, regardless of your faith, there is always something to learn by learning about others’ faith. There’s always something to take away from listening to gospel music and the stories of the people who wrote, sang, and literally lived their art.