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The Ghanaian gospel music industry and musicians has never been short of incredible music and talent. The Gospel industry has seen both male and female gospel musicians that have shared their talents through songwriting, singing, and beautiful live performances. Most Ghanaian gospel musicians fuse different elements in their music be it contemporary or traditional gospel music to bring out the best to their listeners. This Top Ten Influential Ghanaian gospel musicians and Household names like Diana Hamilton, Joe Mettle, Ohemaa Mercy, Obaapa Christy, Efe Grace, and lots more. In depth search by Gospel Hypers, We bring to you from our own point of view as a team, the top ten Influential Ghanaian Gospel musicians in 2021.
Diana Hamilton is our top influential gospel musician 2021. Her brand, musical career and ministry has over the years skyrocketed and we can confidently say that 2021 has been one of her best years from being the most streamed gospel musician with the highest youtube subscribers/views and also the most streamed on boomplay, Diana Hamilton has bagged several major awards this year. She recently bagged four(4) awards at the recently concluded 2021 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) including ‘Artiste of the Year’, ‘Most Popular Song of the Year,’ ‘Gospel Artiste of the Year,’ and ‘Gospel Song of the Year’. She was also awarded the 2021 Most Streamed Female Act of the Year Award at the 3Music Awards Women’s Brunch.
Diana Hamilton is undoubtedly the female leading voice in the contemporary ghanaian gospel music industry.Her spirit filled and Diana Hamilton’s hit songs include: Moneyo, Adom (Grace) M’aseda, Others.
Joe Mettle is one of the best male vocalists in Ghana and a spiritual father to many young promising emerging Gospel musicians. A worship leader who doubles as a singer-songwriter, gospel recording artist and producer. Joe Mettle holds the record of The first gospel musician to win the VGMA ‘Artiste of the Year’ award at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards in 2017.
Joe Mettle has mentored and trained a lot of aspiring artists, such as Luigi Maclean, Kofi Peprah and others who serve under the love gift band.
Joe Mettle released his latest and 6th album “The Experience”, this year 2021 a homely and reflective compilation of 13 track masterpiece which consists of songs composed in English, Twi and Ga featuring his Love Gift Band. Joe Mettle’s The Experience Album has had massive streams on Digital platforms and traditional media Especially with the Worship Anthem “Ye Obua Mi” which racked up a whopping 100,000 YouTube views within its first week.
With Joe Mettle “Christmas always lit with his signature event “Christmas with Joe Mettle which happens on every christmas eve.
“OTE ME MU” by Ohemaa Mercy, released Jan 4th 2021, has become a very familiar song in the Ghanaian Gospel music scene credited to this songstress. After refreshing all gospel music lovers particularly her fans with her 7th Studio album, Ohemaa Mercy has not yet refrained from the energy of churning out inspiring music hence her new inspiration single “Ote Me Mu (He Lives In Me)”
Ohemaa Mercy has made an absolute return with this latest hit single as it is still hitting thousands of youtube views monthly after the release.
Not forgetting how the heavens kissed the earth at this years Tehillah Experience with Ohemaa Mercy.With great creativity with regards to all forms of setups, a great atmosphere of worship from start to finish, and an ambiance of great joy with great expectation for the move of God, the Tehillah Experience by Ohemaa Mercy is without a doubt the most patronized worship event in Ghana.
Celestine Donkor is yet another influential Ghanaian gospel musician. Earlier this year “March 2021, she was among the Top 30 Most Influential Women in Music by the 3Music Awards Women’s Brunch.
Celestine Donkor came through with her thanksgiving single “Thank You (Yedawase)” featuring Efya, Akwaboah, Maa Cynthia, Ashley Chucks, Eyram, and Victor, which sparked debatable controversy amongst gospel music industry players and some believers who thought it was wrong for a gospel act to feature secular musicians.
According to her, some of the comments that have come in following this feature defeats the purpose of the Gospel. “The one [comment] that broke me the most was when I received feedback from a Christian TV station that said they cannot play the video because I featured secular artistes.”She added”
Celestine Donkor was seen on major events platforms in Ghana this year including Nigeria as the only Ghanaian gospel musician to be a part of Nations will arise and sing concert in Abuja by Steve Crown.
Two-time Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) Male Vocalist of the Year, MOG Music. The contemporary gospel music and songwriter has in a few years become a household name loved both locally and internationally after his major hit and breakthrough song Be Lifted.
This year MOG Music has been the most featured gospel artiste, From been on Sarkodie’s No pressure album to Ohemaa Mercy’s Ote Me Mu, Daughters Of Glorious Jesus Odo Ben Ni, Akesse Brempong’s Yahweh and also fast emerging artiste Jacquelyn Oforiwaa-Amanfo (JOA) Faithful God
2021 has definitely been a fulfilling year for MOG Music from having a sold out event at his New Wine Concert to beating heavyweight contenders such as Kidi, Joe Mettle, Kyei Mensah, Akwaboah, Kingsley Amporful to grab the coveted award at the 22nd edition of the VGMAs.
Empress Gifty needs no introduction, she is one of the most talked about gospel musician in Ghana from music, lifestyle and fashion. She is currently the 3Music Digital Act of the year.
The multiple award-winning artiste Empress Gifty this year went beyond the borders of Ghana to collaborate with her fellow celebrated south African gospel artiste Zaza Mokhethi, a beautiful record titled “Odi Yompo” which translates “You Are Lord. giving no chance to mediocre, The cross-cultural international feature was a statement to break into new territories and markets with the aim of achieving global music success with aim of sharing the gospel.
Empress Gifty hosted and excutive dinner to launch her second music release this year Titled “Eye Woaa” the executive fundraising dinner which saw in attendance a number of gospel ministers and media personalities such as Tagoe Sisters, Mary Ghansah, Oheneba Clement, SP Kofi Sarpong, Nana Ama McBrown, Ola Michael and many more.
It is clear in every sense that the year has been tough but the goodness of the Lord has been more than enough to keep the Digital artiste of the year moving.
Efe Grace has been consistent in her ministry ever since she saw the limelight. Efe Grace has dominated headlines back to back after her mouth-watering performance at the 2021 edition of 3music Awards. The ”Yehowa ne Mabankese” hitmaker caught the attention of music lovers as she ministered a classical version of the popular song ”Yehowa ne Mabankese”
The official release of her two major songs this year, Efe Grace held a great listening session at the Gold Coast Restaurant & Bar, a session attended by well-known industry personalities, media personnel, bloggers, and gospel musicians. Great and heartwarming commendation came from many as an expression of Joy seeing how far God has brought Efe. For many of the attendees, these two songs are international standard, having a local appeal.
Efe Grace has made her second appearance on the VGMA’s nominees list this year 2021. Last year, the gospel artiste was nominated in the Best Female Vocal performance category with her single ” King of Glory’
Efe Grace has abruptly become a household name after registering her presence in the music industry.
Though SK Frimpong did not have any hit song in 2021, the consumption of his worship content has increased more than ever, attracting features on a lot of worship events both in Ghana and outside Ghana. Aside from billed performance, SK has been nominated on some considerable award schemes and winning the Artiste of The Year at the recent Western Gospel Music Award.
SK Frimpong who has gained ground in T’adi as his home and is very much loved by the people has seen that love manifested once again through the turnout for the worship event as about 8,000 capacity Word of Live Assemblies of God Church in T’adi overflowed with loyal fans and enthusiastic worshippers. Sk made history at his annual event Dynamic Praise 2021.
Kofi Peprah has receive stunningly great attention from gospel music fanatics. Kofi Owusu Peprah son of Incredible Rev George Owusu Mensah(Rops) after he released a cover of His Dad’s tune ‘Matwen Ewurade Anim. The song made enormous waves within the nation which brought him more visibility in the gospel industry. This year, Kofi’s project “Songs Of Revelation” a live streamed monthly worship session which features other artists gained massive attention across social media platforms.
Kobby Salm is a representation of the bright future of Urban Gospel in Ghana. In 2021, his hit single Aseda ft PO Godson, Joe Kay And Belac360 got him many nominations “VGMA 21‘ and great billed performances on several stages, both big and small.
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