Top 30 Gospel Artists to watch out for in 2020

Top 30 Gospel Artists to watch out for in 2020


1- TOPE ALABI 

Evangelist Tope Alabi is a Nigerian gospel artist, composer and actress. Her albums are all produced by JohnPat Studios; a studio she created with her husband and producer Soji Alabi. 


Tope’s music has travelled and reached people over the world through album sales, live ministrations and movie soundtracks. She is the only daughter of the three children born to Joseph Akinyele Obayomi and Agnes Kehinde Obayomi in Yewa, Imeko of Ogun State.

Connect: Instagram: @TopeAlabi

2- NK MADUFORO

NK Maduforo started writing songs and singing from her primary school days having grown up in a home laced with vinyl records and music from all genres which her father collected.

Growing up in the 80s, NK was particularly drawn to the pop sound which filled the airwaves in those days. 

She started expressing her music publicly by singing special numbers in churches sometimes accompanied by her friend/friends learning to harmonise in the process.

NK made a commitment to a personal relationship with God in her teens which further influenced her music. She would spend endless hours reading the words of hymns set in the Ancient and Modern hymn book and making up her own tune for them.

The richness of lyrical content of hymns influenced her as well as the lyric-heavy content of music in the 80s and 90s. She also liked the poetic nature of hymns and the use of rhymes which often show up in her own work. 

NK Maduforo has independently recorded two EPs; Rock My World  and Fortified. Her first music video was released in November 2019 for the song titled 'Brand New' . It has received good reviews and ham ramped up a lot of views in YouTube with its catchy visuals combined with an equally catch tune.

Connect: Instagram : @Nkmadufuro

3- TOSIN OYELAKIN

Tosin is a British-Nigerian Gospel Singer Songwriter who has been singing in church since the age seven, first in her church choir in her country of birth Nigeria and today in the UK where she now lives. 

Apart from being a singer, Tosin is also a budding inspirational writer with a successful blog/page on Facebook which is reaching out to thousands of people across the globe and seems to be making a positive difference to the lives of many. 

Tosin’s blog posts can be seen on the blog page of her website - tosinoyelakin.com 

Tosin is also a physiotherapist by profession and is married to her wonderful husband – Akinsola Oyelakin. 

They are blessed with 2 wonderful children

Connect: Instagram @Tosinoyelakinofficial

4- SEYI WELI


Seyi Weli is a gospel music artist who has a passion for inspiring and encouraging others through her music. Coming from a musical family, she sang in choirs from elementary school through to university. In RCCG Scotland Headquarters church – Fountain of Love, Seyi was an active choir member and worship leader for over a decade. She supported fellow members as a back up vocalist for their albums and was a member of Sound of Many Waters, an interdenominational and multicultural gospel band in Scotland, UK.

Seyi is a Chartered Engineer and is married with two beautiful children.

Connect: Instagram @Seyiweli_official

5- ADEBOLA UDOH



Adebola Udoh is a worshipper. From a family of three, she fondly says she is the first from the “rare”. At age a very young age, she started out creating melody to her school’s hymnal book, called “Songs of Praise”. Self-taught, she honed her vocal technique by imitating several well-known artiste’s performances down to the smallest details of breath. She picked up playing the piano at her Secondary school, Queen’s College Yaba, Lagos Nigeria. And she loved to entertain her friends or anyone that cared to listen as they will gather round the Amphitheatre and call out hit songs, they loved her to play and was always up for the challenge!


She was also passionate about dancing in Secondary School and was awarded the “Dancing Machine” of her set. Also, in University (Lagos State University) where she studied Electronics and Computer Engineering, she graduated with a First Class and was awarded the best graduating student. She also picked up playing the bass guitar at the University, where she was the assistant music director of her school fellowship alongside her husband, who was then the Music Director.

Her classical music background was also nurtured as she was part of the choir of an Anglican church, (Our Saviour’s Anglican Church, Ikotun Egbe Lagos), where she learnt the art of sight-reading music.


Working with different choirs has helped her to overcome her shyness, to better relax her voice, to sing in harmony/chorus, to sing lead without a microphone, and to interact with the audience.

She has evolved over the years, into a psalmist and songwriter and worked with several gospel choirs, leading worship as well as directing choirs.


She has been influenced by different genres of music ranging from Contemporary Gospel, R&B, Hip-hop, African gospel and Classical.  


She is happily married with two beautiful girls and resides in the United Kingdom.

Connect: Instagram @adebolaudoh

6- ISABELLA MELODIES
Isabella Ogo-Uzodikeknown by her stage name, Isabella Melodies, is a worshipper, pastor, speaker, songwriter, psalmist, author and multi-award winning international gospel recording artist. Highly regarded as a gifted songwriter, her ministry bridges the gap between the old-school hymn lovers and contemporary gospel music enthusiasts. 

The multi-award winning artiste refuses to be boxed into a certain genre of gospel music but continues to creatively deliver new, innovative sounds which defy the stereotypes. In 2015, she was listed as one of the top ten personalities changing the face of gospel music in Nigeria.

Connect: Instagram @Issabellamelodies

7- NAOMI TOLULOPE DANIEL 

Naomi Tolulope Daniel is an anointed worshiper, songwriter and mentor to young people. She has been leading worship since the age of 14 and consistently serving God in ministry.
 

To the glory of God there have been a high record of life changing testimonies told of the demonstration of God’s power under her ministration.
 

Naomi is married to Pastor Oluwole Daniel, Lead Pastor at Dayspring Hub and they are blessed with two children

Connect: Instagram @Naomitolulopedaniel


8- GEEFTY

Geefty is an emerging Gospel Artiste with a vision to spread the gospel of Christ to all Cities, Nations and Territories of the world through music.
 

Connect: Instagram @theofficialgeefty

9 - LONDA LARMOND 


Vibrant and empowering are words that capture the essence of Londa Larmond. Since her solo debut in 2001, this Canadian gospel treasure has faithfully maintained her calling: bringing inspirational messages of God’s love with her authoritative and commanding voice, uplifting anyone who listens.

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Connect: Instagram @Londalarmond

10- YONETTE ODESSA 

My name is Yonette Odessa Hall-Williams (my stage name is Y.O.). I am a Christian singer, songwriter and recording artist. Born in Guyana, South America, I migrated to the U.S.A. with my parents and siblings when I was 14 years old.
 

My gift of singing was discovered and nurtured by my mother, with whom my siblings and I spent countless hours rehearsing. Ah, those were some of the most amusing times of my life as a kid! At some point in almost every rehearsal someone would get upset and the rehearsal would come to an abrupt end. I was always forgetting the correct lyrics for the songs and would substitute my own words. I guess I was displaying early evidence of the gift of song writing. From a very young age my mom had my siblings and I singing in church and at various events in our community.
 

I have grown much since then, and for the past several years I have been diligently working on my solo career. In the process, I have collaborated with other musicians and singers such as Sir Hall, Redeem, Davidic Praise and Richie Righteous.
 

Additionally, I regularly express my passion for music and the arts by leading Manifestation of His Praise, the dance group at my local church, and I am also a member of the praise and worship team. As if those endeavors were not time consuming enough, I still find the time to be a devoted wife to my dear husband, and mother to my four beautiful children.
 

As a singer/songwriter I bring a very unique musical flare to my generation. Although my roots are confidently placed in contemporary gospel, my style has been compared to several of my musical inspirations: Cece Winans, Yolanda Adams, Mandisa, Jennifer Hudson.

Connect: Instagram @yonetteodessa 

11- ANTHONIA E. ZION


ANTHONIA E. ZION aka Daughter of ZION is a UK based minister of the gospel, song writer and motivational speaker. She is a worshipper and a passionate "GOD CHASER".

Her interest in music started at a very tender age in EDO State, Nigeria where she hails from.

Antonia's conviction is hinged on the strong belief that worship is a thing of the heart. If the mouth moves whilst you are singing and the heart is not bowing then worship is pointless. We must worship God in spirit and in truth and from the heart. This is true worship.” 

Connect: Instagram@anthonia_e_zion

12- TOMI FAVORED 


Tomi Favored is a singer, a BMI songwriter, musician, and growing producer with 6 albums released progressively from 2014 to present.

Currently credited with 70+ (and increasing) personal copy-written/registered songs, various artist collaborations from “Awamaridi with Nathaniel Bassey to international commercial and ad voiceovers to third-party, background vocal work on secular projects like the movie “Sparkle

that featured the late Whitney Houston.”

You can find her active on social media from Facebook and Instagram to her  blog on www.tomifavored.com.

Outside of music and family, Tomi Favored is a public speaker, writer, and published author of two books available in paperback and e-book formats  from Amazon & Kindle to Barnes & Noble & Kobo.

Tomi Favored is a happy wife to dynamic saxophonist Seyi Alesh, and is also a grateful mother to 2 very vibrant toddlers.

Follow Tomi Favored on social media:


Instagram:
@tomifavored


13- KRISTA NOBLE 

KRISTA is co-founder of New Song Global Ministries.  She is from and currently living in Deer Lake Newfoundland Canada.  Krista was born into a loving home with two wonderful parents and 4 other siblings.  She is thankful for parents who faithfully brought her to church each Sunday where she learned of a Savior who loved her and had a purpose for her life.

At a very young age Krista gave her heart to the Lord and she has never looked back.   She has been married to her husband Justin Noble for 19 years.  Together they have 3 beautiful children.  Ages 16, 13 and 10. 

Throughout her life Krista has developed a strong sense of faith.  She accredits this to her upbringing, as she watched her Mom and Dad call on God to answer prayers of desperation in hard times. 
 Over and over Krista witnessed God move powerfully in her family's lives.  It taught her to place all trust constantly and consistently in the Lord.   This is how she lives her life today, with the attitude that with God, nothing is impossible. 
Krista began singing in church when she was about 5 years old.  She could sense the anointing  and call that God had placed on her life at a very young age.  
  
"I am not satisfied until I know I am walking in my full destiny, doing what I was created to do! " 
Krista has traveled around the world to share the love of God and support missionaries over seas.  For the past 8 years, since her first visit to Africa, she has been a part of a ministry team "Labor of Love" and they have raised thousands of dollars for missionary projects around the world.
Krista has been in ministry for more then 20 years, and is a singer/song writer with 7 albums released thus far.

Connect: Instagram @kristanoble

14- BEVERLY ONONYE
Beverly Ononye the Abuja based gospel minister has a special anointing of singing songs of deep consecration to edify the body of Christ.

She has blessed gospel music lovers with spirit-filled and inspirational songs like - I AM HERE, VICTORIOUS, and STAND TOGETHER.

According to the woman of God, her purpose is to be the voice that reminds the "church" of the need to understand and fully maximise their new identity in Christ.

Beverly Ononye, one of Nigeria's finest female gospel music artistes.

Connect: instagram @bevelyononye

15- THE UNSTOPPABLE

The Unstoppable is a psalmist, songwriter, Inspirational speaker, Pastor, Mentor and minister of the gospel. He was born into a "music family” of three in Lagos, Nigeria. His mum was a Violinist while other siblings are singers. Emmanuel Samuel was part of the Redeemed Christian Church of God National Mass Choir in Nigeria before he moved to London to further fulfil his divine destiny.

He is the Executive Director of Unstoppable Records  International London.

The purpose of his music is to build up and equip the so called “The Unstoppable Generation”, encouraging them to live the practicality of the Word of God through music.
The Unstoppable is anointed to heal, mend and restore broken lives whilst reminding the the church about the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Connect: Instagram @officialtheunstoppable
Website: www.worshipexperienceuk.com

16- DANIEL OJO

The Psalmist Music is a Music Ministry started by Daniel Ojo, born in Nigeria but a present resident of Ottawa, ON, Canada. Inspired and named by God to reach out to as many as possible, The Psalmist Music is a platform for Gospel music composition and production.

Daniel Ojo is a singer and an instrumentalist with a sound knowledge of music. With one major focus - The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Connect: Instagram @Daniel_psalmist

17- MICHAEL MANHERTZ
Michael Manhertz is one who is passionate about Christ. From a young age, having devoted his life to Christ and singing. he found his calling in the church as a profound worship leader and has been leading congregations in worship for years.

Michael first noted his growing love for singing through entering a competition entitled ‘Teen Talent’ which focused on developing the gifts and talents in youth all over the world. He was awarded for winning Best Christian Contemporary Performance and has never looked back since! Since then, Michael brought forth his passion into the community through joining community choirs such as Brian Hamilton & Divine Worship and Matthew McIntosh & LIFE where his gifting only grew.

Through these opportunities, Michael has shared the stage with various Christian artists in Canada and the U.S. Some being Sharon Riley & Faith Chorale, Londa Larmond, Vashawn Mitchell, Israel Houghton, Todd Dulaney, Kim Burrell, Marvin Winans, Amante Lacey, Tye Tribbett and many others. Having been influenced by various artists in the city and abroad, Michael has developed his own electrifying spark-like sound! It is Michael's sole ambition to point people to Jesus Christ! The one who saves, redeems and restores! Michael is currently working towards his debut album and currently has a single titled ‘Take It All’ available on all digital platforms. 


Connect: Instagram @Michaelmanhertz

18- KEVIN ADAMS 

Voices of Praise was founded by Kevin Adams in 2002 at Vaughan Secondary School in Ontario Canada. Has then blossomed into a continually growing professional music ministry. 

Kevin Adams & Voices of Praise is a praise and worship ministry that strives to be cultured and diverse, not limited to denominations, nations or race. Praise and Worship has become our first ministry. In 2016 Voices of Praise released a Caribbean demo album and in June of 2016 the ministry did their first live recording. Oct 7th 2017 they released their first full album called "One Church United: Phase 1" . The team was nominated for choir/group of the year at the Glass Awards held in Toronto Canada in November of 2017, and was a winner for an Eddy Award for the Best Church Community Choir, which was hosted in Jacksonville, FL.

Kevin's desire is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through music as well impact communities abroad. VP hosts an annual event called "One Church: A United Worship Experience" to bring everyone together for a time of worship and praise. Their mission is to raise funds to educated families, friends and loved ones on Mental Health and how we can help support those in depression, dealing with mental disabilities, anxieties and the list goes on.  


Connect: Instagram: @voices_of_praise

19- DAMOLA ORIDATE  

Damola Oridate is a worship leader, songwriter, recording artist and a quantitative finance professional. He was born in Ogun State, Nigeria but spent most of his adult life away from home after moving to Canada at the age of 17. He is happily married to “one” woman: his beautiful wife: Mojisola Oridate. 

Damola quickly recognized the call and gifts of GOD over his life at a very young age as he watched his mother serve in the local church choir as a worship leader with so much commitment and anointing upon her ministry


At the age of 9 (Grade 6), Damola had started his own ministry – the Bible Club - where he preached the word to his schoolmates every day at lunch. Within the school session, Bible Club published a Christian youth magazine with articles contributed by members of the Bible Club, funded by Damola’s father.

Moving to Canada at the age of 17, Damola started to lead praise and worship at the RCCG Overcomer’s Chapel in Ottawa, Canada as well as other zonal and nation-wide RCCG conventions. At the age of 20, he served as the head of the young adults worship ministry. From the age of 23, Damola started to serve as a praise and worship leader at RCCG Covenant Chapel, Toronto under the leadership of Pastor Tayo Ojajuni. Currently, he is a worship leader at Whitby Christen Assembly, Whitby, ON, Canada. Damola’s experiences have greatly shaped him and helped take his ministry to the next level. In the past 6 years, GOD began to show him His desire for him to become and evangelical, deliverance and revival worship minister. This specificity of the call of GOD over his life culminated in the start of Damola Oridate Ministries (DOM).

Damola Oridate recognizes that his life is a product of GOD’s grace and mercy. He strongly believes that if GOD can still use him despite the fact that his walk with GOD has not been without its challenges, GOD can use anybody that makes him or herself available. This belief is at the core of his ministry. Click here to read more 
Connect: Instagram @damolaoridate

20- DENGIYEFA AKENE
Dengiyefa Akene is a gospel artist born in Nigeria but currently living in Canada.

Through trials and tribulations the sound of Gospel music has kept Dengiyefa connected to God and thus birthing songs of praise, worship and inspiration. He seeks to reach out to the world through Gospel music in his own unique sound and fashion. From not being able to write any song to writing over 80 songs Yahweh is one of the anointed songs that draws a worshipper to the feet of Jesus.

Connect: Twitter @DengiefaGospelMusic

21-  MINSTREL OSAS 


Minstrel Osas is a Canadian based gospel artist. He wears many hats among which are:- worship leader, vocal coach, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and music producer.


His glorious destiny was revealed since a tender age of twelve, this amazing gospel music minister became a shining light to the nations, armed with the gospel of truth and Holy Ghost power, Minstrel Osas's remarkable ministry has become world-renowned with great testimonies to the glory of God's name and his kingdom.



Connect: Instagram @Minstrelosas
22- OLAMIJI 


Olamiji Ogun popularly known as OLAMIJI is a Christian singer, songwriter with a desire for all men to worship God sincerely and simply.

He presently resides in Abuja-FCT and hails from Lagos, Nigeria. His music experience spans almost two decades and he's been a member and leader of a number of choirs in Lagos, Imo and Kano State, Nigeria.

His brand of gospel music is CCM (Christian Contemporary Music) with strong influence from Nigerian panegyrics.

He's a Worship Leader and presently the Team Lead of Treasures In Clay, the Worship Team of His Treasure House, Abuja, he has 5 singles till date, his debut single Jayamma was released on the 1st April 2019.
Connect: Instagram @olamiji_official

23- JAMES OKON


James Uko Okon is a gospel music minister that needs little introduction. He was based in South Africa between 2001 and 2018.



He is now currently based in America where he continues to serve God zealously.



As a professional musician and music minister, James has been privileged to minister and perform on grand stages of music festivals in Johannesburg, Middelburg, Durban, Capetown, Port Elizabeth, East London and Limpopo including the MAKUFE festival in the Free State.



He has also been privileged to perform at major gospel awards ceremonies e.g the SABC CrownGospel Awards and the Trumpet Africa Gospel Awards ceremonies, as well as regular gospel concerts and day to day church and Christian religious functions across South Africa and across different continents.



James has collaborated and worked with numerous individual artists and groups, from known to unknown, up-coming to the very best in the industry in South Africa and beyond.
A few of them would be, the Legendary Bishop BenjaminDube (EH YAHWEH LIVE), Kora and Channel ‘O’ awards winning Jazz artist-KunleAyo.



Connect: Instagram @ JamesOkon

24- EMPRAIZ 


Emmanuel Oluwatosin Olowoyeye needs little introduction in the gospel music industry.

Empraiz as he is fondly called started his music career in 1990 and with over twenty-five (25) years of experience under his belt, he continues to wax stronger to the glory of God.



Empraiz is a multi-talented gospel artist based in Nigeria. He wears many hats among which are -multi-instrumentalist, music director, songwriter, businessman, music promoter, Pastor, husband and father.



Empraiz has performed with some of the very best world renowned gospel music artists such as Tye Tribet, Ron Kenoly, Bob Fits, Alvin Slaughter, Micah Stampley, and Byron Cage just to mention few. Also, he has performed with popular Nigerian artistes such as Sammy Okposo, Samsong, Eben, Frank Edwards, Sinach, Midnight Crew, Mike Abdul, Chioma Jesus and so on.



He is the coordinator of both ”Empraiz Live and Loud” and co-organizer of “Praise Wine Concert” , two annual events with a great following in Nigeria and overseas.



Connect: Instagram @empraiztv

25- SEYI SENZINO


Seyi Senzino is a new and fast rising gospel music artist.  He resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 



Originally from Nigeria, he came to Canada to further his education. He found passion in music and as a strong believer in Jesus Christ, decided to start making gospel music in all sorts of genre.



He hopes to one day be a virologist as he continues his endeavour in his education but he is also willing to put to good use whatever talent God has blessed him with.


Connect: Instagram: @seyi_senzino 

26- MIKE ABDUL


Mike Abdul is a Nigerian gospel musician who has worked with Spaghetti Records and served as an Executive Officer at Midnight Crew Music Limited.



Born 12th February 1977, Mike studied Electrical engineering at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria, and later proceeded to Faith Christian Theological Seminary, Theology and Christian Education in Sango Otta, Ogun State, where he studied Theology and Christian Education.



Mike has worked with several Nigerian based gospel and secular artists and producers including FLO, Wole Oni, Mr Daz, BOUQUI, SheyMan, Rotimi Akinfenwa, Helen Paul, K-solo, Obiwon, Blaque Jersey, Tim Godfrey, Nomoreloss, Dekunle Fuji, SammY-Young, 1stBon, MoniQue, Rooftop MCs, Midnight Crew, Rasqie and several fantastic others making him the most featured Nigerian based gospel artist ever.



His works with Midnight Crew and other gospel music greats have seen him to many nations, enjoying several enviable platforms, media presence, awards and recognition across borders.



Mike has made his mark as a songwriter, singer and music producer. He has either written, contributed to or sang in the following hits: Igwe, Kene Jesu, Morire, Atobiju, SO Good, So Worthy, Yin Baba, Kabio-o-si, This Fuji Thing, Next Fuji Thing, Surulere, Your Majesty, Durotimi, Jenifa, E Gimme Money, No Evil and many album released.

The Gospel singer who was formerly with Midnight Crew before he went solo, parted ways with his first wife, Vivien Stephen Eva, on the grounds of irreconcilable marital differences, hence, got married to Monique the estranged wife of Pop star Rasak Lawal otherwise known as, Rasqie.

Connect: Instagram @ mikeabdulnaija

27- FREKE UMOH


Freke Umoh is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, a producer and speaker who hails from Akwa Ibom State. Freke possesses high sense of humor and has a down-to-earth personality. 


Connect: Instagram @frekeumoh

28- GBENGA ROTIBA

Minister Gbenga Rotiba is a prolific Praise and Worship leader and a music minister based in The United States of America. He is currently a member of The Redeemed Christian Church of God North America,  serving as a member of the praise team.



Gbengy minister as he is fondly called by people in Nigeria got his nickname from people who have been under his ministrations at different times. He is a worship minister who carries the aroma of God’s presence each time he has the opportunity to lead the people of God. 


His message is based on the love of God and His sovereignty.

Connect: Instagram @iamgrtm

29- JUMEE


“...But God, I’m a hot mess!”

Can you be a Christian whilst battling depression?

This is a question JUMEE has been trying to answer for years. Knowing God but not knowing himself, is this possible? Can you really know God if you battle with anxiety?

“People don’t see it because I’m upbeat a lot of the time, but when I’m by myself, the low points can hit really hard...”



Described by most as the life and soul of the party, JUMEE describes himself as an extroverted introvert. “People often see us as this ‘big confident character’ because some of us can do things that most people can’t; such as making music and performing onstage, but our self-image can be really low.”



“In secondary school, one of my youth leaders would always tell me that ‘you are wonderfully and fearfully made’ (Psalms 139:14) but I never knew what it meant” JUMEE recounts, “I didn’t have a revelation of what it meant. Now I know that it means that God took His sweet time in making you. He made everything about me, including my flaws!” JUMEE recounts, “God kept asking me to sing for Him, but I kept saying... ‘But God, I’m a hot mess!’”


JUMEE now believes and knows that He has been selected not for his perfections but for his imperfections. “God isn’t interested in what makes us perfect... HE makes us perfect! He is interested in the selection of imperfections that makes us, us; and these imperfections steer our life’s purpose.”




JUMEE is now a Christian R&B/Trapsoul Singer and Dancer from the depths of Southeast London with a sound unique to the Christian community; merging modern atmospheric New Age R&B, Soul, Pop and cultural elements of Afrobeats, Reggaeton and The Word. You’ve probably seen him around in a film or advert or two, or seen him before ‘getting his life’ onstage. 



Connect: Instagram @Jumeemusic

30- EVANS IGHODALO


Evans Ighodalo is an anointed worship leader, song writer and music composer, who in the past 20 years have served at various capacities in the music ministry of churches. His first single “Drink from the river” was released in 2015 and have recorded two Albums, “Born of God” and “You are Worthy” amidst many other singles.



As a song writer, Evans believes that God’s word is the final authority and this has a major impact in several songs he has written such as: You are Worthy, Drink from the River, Have your way, We lift you Higher and many more spreading across the world as chorus sung in churches with awesome testimonies.



Evans Ighodalo greatest desire is to see lives transform through worship that comes from the heart, the presence of God saturating every listener, giving their lives a total experience of His glory. 



Connect: Instagram @Evans_ighodalo

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