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

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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.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

BRIT AWARDS 2019: FULL LIST OF WINNERS


Brit Awards is the British Phonographic Industry’s annual popular music award organized to celebrate the achievements of British and International artists and musician over the past year. The awards were first held in 1977 and originated as an annual event in 1982.

Below is the full list of winners:

British album of the year
* WINNER: The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
* Anne-Marie – Speak Your Mind
* Florence + The Machine – High As Hope
* George Ezra – Staying At Tamara’s
* Jorja Smith – Lost & Found

British female solo artist
* WINNER: Jorja Smith
* Anne-Marie
* Florence + The Machine
* Jess Glynne
* Lily Allen

British male solo artist
* WINNER: George Ezra
* Aphex Twin
* Craig David
* Giggs
* Sam Smith

British group
* WINNER: The 1975
* Arctic Monkeys
* Gorillaz
* Little Mix
* Years & Years

British breakthrough act
* WINNER: Tom Walker
* Ella Mai
* Idles
* Jorja Smith
* Mabel

Critics’ choice
* WINNER: Sam Fender
* Lewis Capaldi
* Mahalia

British single
* WINNER: Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – One Kiss
* Anne-Marie – 2002
* Clean Bandit ft Demi Lovato – Solo
* Dua Lipa – IDGAF
* George Ezra – Shotgun
* Jess Glynne – I’ll Be There
* RAMZ – Barking
* Rudimental – These Days
* Siagla and Paloma Faith – Lullaby
* Tom Walker – Leave A Light On

British video
* WINNER: Little Mix ft Nicki Minaj – Woman Like Me
* Anne-Marie – 2002
* Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – One Kiss
* Clean Bandit ft Demi Lovato – Solo
* Dua Lipa – IDGAF
* Jax Jones ft Ina Wroldsen – Breathe
* Jonas Blue ft Jack & Jack – Rise
* Liam Payne and Rita Ora – For You
* Rita Ora – Let Me Love You
* Rudimental – These Days

International male solo artist
* WINNER: Drake
* Eminem
* Kamasi Washington
* Shawn Mendes
* Travis Scott

International female solo artist
* WINNER: Ariana Grande
* Camila Cabello
* Cardi B
* Christine & The Queens
* Janelle Monae

International group
* WINNER: The Carters
* Brockhampton
* First Aid Kit
* Nile Rodgers & Chic
* Twenty One Pilots

Brits global success award
* WINNER: Ed Sheeran

British producer of the year
* WINNER: Calvin Harris

Outstanding contribution to music

* WINNER: Pink

Monday, February 18, 2019

WHAT MUSIC DOES TO YOU


Studies have shown that when you hear music to your liking, the brain releases a chemical called dopamine that has positive effects on mood. Music can make us feel strong emotions, such as joy, sadness, or fear—some will agree that it has the power to move us. According to some researchers, music may even have the power to improve our health and well-being.



Listening to music can have the following positive effects on health.

1.    Improves mood: Studies show that listening to music can benefit overall well-being, help regulate emotions, and create happiness and relaxation in everyday life.

2.    Reduces stress: Listening to ‘relaxing’ music (generally considered to have slow tempo, low pitch, and no lyrics) has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in healthy people and in people undergoing medical procedures (e.g., surgery, dental, colonoscopy).

3.    Lessens anxiety: In studies of people with cancer, listening to music combined with standard care reduced anxiety compared to those who received standard care alone.

4.    Improves exercise: Studies suggest that music can enhance aerobic exercise, boost mental and physical stimulation, and increase overall performance.

5.    Improves memory: Research has shown that the repetitive elements of rhythm and melody help our brains form patterns that enhance memory. In a study of stroke survivors, listening to music helped them experience more verbal memory, less confusion, and better focused attention. To be continued……

6.    Eases pain: In studies of patients recovering from surgery, those who listened to music before, during, or after surgery had less pain and more overall satisfaction compared with patients who did not listen to music as part of their care.

7.    Provides comfort: Music therapy has also been used to help enhance communication, coping, and expression of feelings such as fear, loneliness, and anger in patients who have a serious illness, and who are in end-of-life care.

8.    Improves cognition: Listening to music can also help people with Alzheimer’s recall seemingly lost memories and even help maintain some mental abilities.

9.    Helps children with autism spectrum disorder: Studies of children with autism spectrum disorder who received music therapy showed improvement in social responses, communication skills, and attention skills.

10.                       Soothes premature babies: Live music and lullabies may impact vital signs, improve feeding behaviors and sucking patterns in premature infants, and may increase prolonged periods of quiet–alert states.