The Nigerian gospel artists have shown great talent over the years through their songwriting skills, stage performances, and singing.We, at Naijatastic have collected a list of top Nigerian gospel artists that you should should know in 2022.
Olurotimi Olumuyiwa popularly referred to as Tim Gold is undoubtedly among the most inspirational Nigerian gospel singers today. The multitalented hitmaker became a sensation in Nigeria when his hit song Papa njo was released in 2018. The song was massively played in churches, homes, and on the radio. The song boosted his popularity in the continent as much as he was doing okay in Nigeria.
What stands Tim Gold out from the crowd in the gospel music industry is his genre of music that is inspired more by the Holy Spirit beyond the regular modern gospel mix that competes with secular songs.
He started singing as a part of chorister as far back as 1979, and has since remained in the fold of Christ. He also hinted that he gets his inspiration from private bible study, or sharing reflections with people.
Tim Gold has established himself as one of the most sought-after Nigerian gospel artists and also one of the best in the entire West African region. The gospel musician also produces and plays several musical instruments. His gospel ministry cuts across several parts of Nigeria and the world.
Sinach is undoubtedly among the most popular Nigerian female gospel singers today. The I Know Who I Am hitmaker made her a sensation in Africa when the song was released. The song was massively played in churches, homes, on radio, and even in clubs. The song boosted her popularity in the continent as much as she was doing okay in Nigeria. Osinachi Kalu is a singer, songwriter, and senior worship leader in Loveworld, a megachurch in Nigeria. Other popular songs by the worship leader include The Name of Jesus, Great Are You Lord, Way Maker, Precious Jesus, and Simply Devoted. The 47-year-old started singing for her family in 1989 and has never stopped.
Frank Edwards has established himself as one of the most sought-after Nigerian gospel artists and also one of the best in the entire West African region. The gospel musician also produces and plays several musical instruments. READ ALSO Top 10 best drummers of all time: who deserves to be on this list? He has been playing the piano since he was 7. His high-pitched voice sets him apart from other contemporary gospel singers. Frank Edwards is known for songs like Eze Ndi Eze, I Lift My Voice, Mighty warrior, and You Are Good. Frank Edwards owns the record label Rocktown Records and has signed artists like Micah Heavens, Dudu, Nkya, King BAS, and Divine.
42-year-old Nathaniel Bassey is one of the most respected voices in the Nigerian gospel industry. His career has seen him grow from a young and little known artist to a celebrated musician across Africa. Three of his most popular songs are Imela, Onise Iyanu, and Olowogbogboro. In addition, his love for worship has seen him get involved in various ministry projects at home and online.
Nathaniel Bassey is credited with starting the HallelujahChallenge on Instagram, where the singer worships God for an hour, 12:00 am to 1:00 am. The challenge has been gaining more traction since it was started and has garnered over 600,000 views. 2020’s HallelujahChallenge happened between 4th and 24th February.
Mercy first came into the limelight in 2012 when she won season 2 of Nigerian Idol. The victory at the contest opened a few doors for her in the entertainment industry. A year after her win, Mercy Chinwo got a role in Yvonne Nelson’s House of Gold movie. She acted alongside other big names in the industry like Omawumi and Majid Michel. Since she was a kid, Mercy Chinwo has been singing, but she officially released her first single in 2015. The song Testimony was well received. She later released Igwe in 2016 and got signed to gospel music label EeZee Conceptz a year later. She has two studio albums
Tope Alabi is a singer, film music composer, and actress. Before she was a gospel artist, Tope was massively into acting. She is a former member of the Jesters International comedy group and has worked with various travelling and stage theatre groups in different parts of Nigeria. Even with a background in mass communication, Tope Alabi’s love for music and drama was evident. Most of her popular films are in Yoruba. Since becoming a musician professionally, Tope has worked with many young gospel groups and released singles that are widely enjoyed. The mixtape Best of Tope Alabi contains her most popular songs.
Many people who listen to Tim Godfrey compare him to Kirk Franklin. His voice and performance style is so similar to that of the American gospel star that he is often referred to as the Nigerian Kirk Franklin.
Tim Godfrey also works as a music teacher, producer, music director, songwriter, and vocal instructor. He has been professionally singing since 2003. One of his most famous songs is Nara, in which he features singer Travis Greene. Other known songs by the gospel artist include Na You Be God, Victory, Miracles Everywhere, Iyo, and Hallelujah. Tim owns the record label Rox Nation.
Ada is among the best female singers in Nigeria. She started singing when she was ten as a backup singer for child star Tosin Jegede. The 36-year-old began her professional career in 2009, and her music has been getting massive airplay since then. She is a member of the Christ Embassy choir and has been performing at Christ Embassy events across Europe, America, and Africa. age, net worth, albums, and latest songs Ada has two albums under her name, Undenied, which was released in 2009, and Lifted & So Fly, released in 2013. Popular singles by Ada Ehi include Our God Reigns, Only You Jesus, I Overcame, Jesus (You Are Able), and Fix My Eyes on You, where she featured Sinach.
Nikki Laoye’s energy on stage is one of the incredible things about the Nigerian singer, dancer, humanitarian, songwriter, and actress. Her live performances are engaging and touching to everyone who watches her. Nikki started singing professionally in 2005. Her style can be described as an urban contemporary sound blended with alternative rock, gospel, and soul. Her rise to fame started in 2006 when she released the song Never Felt This Way Before. Her work in philanthropy has earned her recognition by the Nigerian government. Nikki Laoye is the founder of Angel 4 Life Foundation, an NGO where she mentors talented differently-abled youth.
Eben was born Emmanuel Benjamin. The 40-year-old vocalist, singer, and songwriter started as a rapper when he was young before switching to being a gospel singer. His appearance at a youth conference organized by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome in 2005 marked the beginning of his popularity. Eben performed the single Imaranma, which everyone at the conference loved. He released his debut album two years later, featuring the popular Imaranma, God Dey, Iwo Nikan, and Don Hammer, among other songs. He dropped his second album in 2010 and released his third in 2013.