There are a number of Gospel Musicians doing their bit to be a blessing to the body of Christ in Ghana, and I must say Ghana is blessed with such hardworking, talented new generation of gospel musicians, and we are blessed to have them lift our spirits up with their songs.
In this article, I bring to you the top 10, highly patronized (in terms of events and music), highly respected, very talented, and also very popular gospel musicians we currently have in Ghana. Though this might come from ‘a viewpoint’ in it’s submission, to a large extent we cannot disagree entirely with the role these ones play in pushing the Ghanaian gospel music to other parts of the world.
Every now and then, new faces in the gospel scene pop up and we must all admit that the gospel industry is much more vibrant than it used to be. Regardless of serving God spiritually with their gifting, whereby each of them has unique calling and purpose, there is a healthy competition or better still the desire to do more in all of them.
Lets get to it then:
- 1. DIANA HAMILTON
‘Mo Ne Yo‘ and W’asem‘ singer Diana Antwi Hamilton has proven over the years in her gospel music career as one of the best from and most consistent in Ghana. She has garnered love and attention for her ministry as a result of her unique and impeccable delivery both on stage and from studio work.
The UK-based reigning VGMAs Gospel Artist of the Year has never stopped gathering thousands before God in worship at her flagship ‘The Experience with Diana‘ worship concert. Her very latest single. ‘W’asem’, though didn’t perform as much as ‘Mo ne Yo’ did, is still very popular in Ghana.
- 2. JOE METTLE
Joseph Oscar Mettle, the only Gospel Artist to have won the prestigious VGMAs overall Artiste of the Year, has become a household name when it comes to Gospel music in Ghana.With five albums to his credit including the recent ‘Wind of Revival’ album, Joe continues to realize great successes in putting Ghana gospel on the world market. Joe has won several awards both at home and abroad.
His song ‘Bo noo ni’ has seen more than 10 million streams on YouTube, iTunes, and Spotify alone, making it one of his greatest hit songs so far. ‘My Everything’ is one of his very popular and inspirational singles released from ‘Wind of Revival’ in 2019. The Afrobeat jam has given the world the opportunity to see the versatile side of Joe in approaching music.
- 3. CELESTINE DONKOR
Celestine Donkor has become one of the top gospel musicians currently in Ghana. Aside from the fact that she has really pushed herself by hard work to win the admiration of the general public, her song ‘Agbebolo’ which features the youngster Nhyiraba Gideon contributed largely to this success.’Agbebolo’ got her nominated on many Award platforms and subsequently winning some of these awards. The very latest is the Gospel Artiste of the Year at NGMA’19.
Celestine also has a beautiful collaboration titled ‘Bigger’ with one of Nigeria’s finest worshippers Steve Crown that has also caught the attention of people in Ghana and Nigeria.
The ‘Okronkron’ singer also gathers worshippers annually for her ‘Celestial Praiz’ worship concert with guest artiste from different parts of the Continent of Africa.
- 4. OHEMAA MERCY
She is like a mother and mentor to many gospel musicians in Ghana, highly respect and honored by many in Ghana. Although lately not so forthcoming with the production and release of music, her impact in the Gospel fraternity is unmatchable. Now the name Ohemaa Mercy is Synonymous with ‘Tehillah Experience‘ which usually takes place in August of every year.
The largely patronized worship and revival concert, as a matter of fact, gets bigger every year with manifestation and testimonies afterward. The 2018 edition of her annual concert saw the world-renowned American gospel singer Juanita Bynum gracing the occasion with powerful ministration.
Ohemaa has six albums to her credit. Her maiden album ‘Adamfo Papa’ released in 2004 got her Discovery of the Year Awards at the GMAs with several awards with subsequent albums. Her very new latest album is ‘Aforebo’. Watch Ohemaa Mercy perform live at Tehillah 2019.
- 5. DAUGHTERS OF GLORIOUS JESUS
With over thirty years in gospel music, Daughters have become a source of inspiration to many young and emerging gospel artists, even to the mainstream gospel acts. Many have testified to growing up listening to their music and to sum it all up, the impact or influence of their over thirty years in ministry with twelve albums cannot be overlooked in any way.
Though the name is ‘Daughters’, they are mothers and grannies to some gospel singers. Daughters of Glorious Jesus are not stopping, they have evolved with their music to suit the current generation with the same unchanging messages of Christ. Check out their latest release ‘Y’aseda Dwom‘ earlier in 2020.
- 6. AKESSE BREMPONG
The man nicknamed ‘Akesse The Lion’ has proven his consistency in his major field of Gospel reggae, ragga, or Afrobeat all these years, and the name – ‘The Lion’ fits so perfectly as a result of his high exhibition of energy when it comes to stage performance.
Not only is he confined to reggae sub-genre of gospel music, but he is also very versatile to try local worship and contemporary worship songs as well. We all do remember ‘Spontaneous Worship 1&2‘.
Akesse is largely known for his hit single ‘Crazy Love’ which he later performed an Afrobeat Version of featuring Bernard Franklin. ‘God is Working‘, ‘No Weed’, ‘Hosanna to the King‘ are few songs from the reggae kingpin we cannot forget.
- 7. MOG
Without a doubt, Pastor Nana Yaw Boakye-Yiadom popularly known by his stage name MOG has grown to be an ‘A’ gospel artiste within these few years. Though MOG has been in ministry for a while now with two solid albums, many believed his popularity even to the entire general public was made possible by his hit single ‘Be Lifted’.
The thriving artist with so many nominations on notable awards platforms including some awards is known to be a praise and worship powerhouse who is also good when it comes to Urban Gospel music as well. Other songs such as ‘Elohim’ ‘Hallelujah’ and more have likewise been recognized in the public domain and have become corporate worship songs.
- 8. CECCY TWUM
The elegant and beautiful gospel singer creates such a fine balance between the local indigenous worship and contemporary worship. The singer provides the platform for worship through her annual Gold Worship that gathers worshippers who are hungry to worship.
With many years in the gospel scene, Ceccy has also grown in her ministry to become a household name noted to have produced ‘Adom bi’ ‘Me Nyame Aye wie’ ‘Di Wo Hene ft Joe Mettle’ and more.
- 9. JOYCE BLESSING
- Joyce Blessing is an award-winning gospel songstress with several hit singles and has obtained admiration from her fans. The singer who has earned the name ‘unbreakable’ has proven to all that when it comes to back to back stage performance accompanied by the high energy required, she is one of the best.The former Zylofone Music signee has taken the traditional highlife to another level of groove adding an upbeat danceable and Afrobeat tempo feel to her songs. This can be felt in songs like ‘I Swerved it’, ‘Adam Nana’, ‘Repent’, and others.
Joyce has won several awards both locally and outside the confines of Ghana and without a doubt, she is a force in the Gospel music industry.
- 10. KODA
Kofi Owusu Dua Anto, the T’adi based gospel musician, is an accomplished music producer, song arranger, and songwriter. KODA has worked with most of the contemporary gospel singers in Ghana. Let me put it this one, KODA has somehow contributed to some of the contemporary gospel hit songs in Ghana, either through production or song arrangement.
His song ‘Hosanna’ from the ‘Hosanna Live’ album has blown many away as it became a regular anthem in many churches with its compelling dance attribute.