Prominent Nigerian gospel artist, Biyi Samuel mentioned that many gospel musicians lack funds and the economic problems has affected the singers in this sector drastically.
It is obvious that Christian musicians don’t receive constant airplay like their secular or mainstream counterparts, they are majorly underground because they do not have the support of record label and they don’t sign major endorsement deals. Biyi painstakingly stated his concerns:
“One of the challenges gospel artistes face in Nigeria is finance. Gospel doesn’t really work like that in Nigeria. Even if you have a sweet voice as a gospel artiste, the only guarantee for success is the grace of God. The major factor is grace and mercy of God. The successful artistes are where they are today by the grace of God.
“Some gospel artistes want to do some projects, but because of finance, they are restricted. People who believe in your talent may not be able to invest in you because of the economic situation of the country,” he said.
Despite the onerous situations that gospel musicians face, artistes such as Nathaniel Bassey, Frank Edward, Eben, Sinach, Tope Alabi, Yinka Ayefele and a coterie of inspirational celebrities that have attained international recognition and garnered awards both home and abroad.
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Biyi has released several Christian music hits such as ‘ori mi’ ‘melo’ and ‘oba iye’, the gospel singer also mentioned that he is not interesting in crossing over to the secular aspect of the industry because he wants to make focus on his message of Jesus Christ and necessarily the money.