The Gospel Music Association has announced the nominees for the 51st Annual GMA Dove Music Awards, and “Way Maker“, the critically-acclaimed song written by the award-winning Sinach has been nominated in three categories.
Sinach has been on the gospel music scene for quite a while now and she is unarguably one of Nigeria’s most successful gospel artists. “Waymaker” originally released in 2016, recently gained massive popularity following performances by The Elevation Worship and other Christian rock bands. Her unique sound and back-to-back hit songs, led her to become the first African to top the Billboard Christian Songwriters Chart.
Speaking on the inspiration behind the song, she says:
It is encouraging to see how my songs have become impactful in the lives of many who listen to me. “Way Maker” was written when I was facing a challenge and it became a source of encouragement.
Sinach joins a long list of international nominees at this year’s award including Hillsong Worship, Kirk Franklin, Jonathan McReynolds, Kanye West, Gloria Gaynor, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and more.
“The GMA is honored to continue its legacy of celebrating our diverse creative community and the music that moves us and ministers to us all, especially during these trying times,” GMA President Jackie Patillo said in a statement.
Winners will be announced on TBN on October 30, and due to COVID-19 restrictions, in lieu of the annual live awards show, the show will consist of pre-recorded performances and acceptance speeches.
Award-winning gospel artist and songwriter, Sinach has become the first African and amazingly the first black person to rank at number one on the Christian Songwriters’ category of the USA Billboard, for her song ‘Way Maker’.
She has dominated the chart for the past seven weeks. At 148 million views, ‘Way Maker’ is currently the third most-streamed song in the world on YouTube.
Since the release of the song, ‘Way Maker’ on 30 December 2015, it has been covered by a number of globally acclaimed Christian music artists such as Michael W. Smith, Leeland; and others.
While speaking on the ranking, Osinachi Joseph also known as Sinach, said, “It’s truly exciting to know from Nigeria, we are reaching far and dominating in the West. It basically chronicles what God can do when you yield to Him. Just thinking of it is really humbling and to know it’s a song of hope, faith in God, and trusting in Him that has brought us thus far. I’m sure you’ve seen the videos of ‘Way Maker’ being sung in many hospitals, car parks, garages – everywhere this period! God has used it to strengthen many around the world, not to give up, but believe that He is the rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. So I’m truly happy, excited, and glad Jesus is glorified once more.”
Sinach who is a senior worship leader at Loveworld Incorporated,has an overflowing catalogue of 9 studio albums with a very special Worship EP in the works. Her unrecorded songs but written, are in thousands.
‘Way Maker’ is her first song to gain global critical acclaim and peak on the Billboard.
She also expressed gratitude to God, for being the first black person and first African to achieve this.
Gospel singer and songwriter Osinachi Joseph professionally known as Sinach has made history as the first Nigerian gospel artiste to be awarded a gold plague from YouTube.
The popular video streaming platform usually awards the plaque to owners of YouTube channels that has surpassed one million subscribers. Taking to social media to express her gratitude to her fans for always supporting her music career, she shared a photo of herself holding the plaque with the caption:
“Look what came in the mail!! Thank you, my friends, for celebrating Goodnews music in a big way !!@youtube @youtubengcreators @youtubemusic @gosgem
PRAY WITH ME: I see victories and possibilities only; I’m bold and courageous. I win, irrespective of the challenges and circumstances that I face; they’re bread for me. As I set my gaze on God’s unfailing and eternal word, I walk continually in victory, health, success, prosperity, and righteousness, in Jesus name. Amen. RoR with Pastor Chris.”
The Ebonyi state prolific songwriter and worship leader started her music journey in Love World (Christ Embassy) church, as one of the church’s worship leaders.
With hits like “Great Are You Lord,” “This Is My Season,” “Rejoice” among others, she has gained popularity and was inducted into Bethlehem Hall of Fame in 2017.
She hit a milestone when she gained 0ne million subscribers on Youtube on 7 March 2019, following her record-breaking youtube views for her video of the single “Way Maker “ which became a hit in countries across Africa and diaspora, with over 100 million views. This made her the first gospel Artist from Nigeria to have that number of views and also the first African gospel Artist to gain one million subscribers.
By September 2019, Sinach became the first gospel Artist from Africa to tour India with thousands of worshippers in attendance.
The singer’s “Sinach Live in Concert 30 Years Celebration of Worship” (SLIC30 2020) was recently postponed to 18th October 2020.
The concert is a celebration of the gospel music artiste cum minister’s 30 years of music ministry.
Source Guardian Life