Call it Good girl gone bad, Good boy gone bad; But You have to start from somewhere to achieve their potentials…
Many of the hottest Nigerian musicians around today started from church choirs before breaking out to do their own kind of music. It might surprise many that these artiste don’t show the character of someone brought up in a church because of the kind of music they do today. People from different spheres of life come together to thank God for his blessings in the ways they know how best to. However, for these people, the house of God wasn’t just a place of prayer but a place that kinda skyrocketed them to fame in the music industry where they are currently.
Here are a few Nigerian musicians who got their start in the pews of the choir before hitting the jackpot in the entertainment industry.
From childhood Omawumi had been known to be a playful, energetic, intelligent and extremely talented child as she was already a lead vocalist in the children’s choir of Foursquare Gospel Church in Warri at the age of 8.
#2. Wande Coal
Wande Coal began singing in the teenage choir at his church. He became a dancer for the then Mo’Hits and then moved over to singing.
#3. Seyi Shay
Seyi started singing in the choir at the age of six and was part of her secondary school choir.
When Toolz interviewed Timaya on Ndani TV’s ‘The Juice’, he had this to say ‘I started from church, before starting up as a backup for Eedris Abdulkareem for three years before exploring my music career.’
Wizkid Ayo Balogun started singing at the early age of 11 in church under the name ‘Lil Prinz’
#6. Jerimiah Gyang
Nabaka crooner, Jerimiah Gyang started from the church too he led the choir as music director.
Before Chidinma Ekile won Project Fame West Africa, she was a chorister at the Foursquare Gospel Church
As a young and gifted singer, Waje sang in church and was so good that the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa of the Word of Faith Church, Benin decided to cater for her all through her secondary school days.
#9. Darey Art Alade
Darey was born into a family of performers like his father and he joined the wagon. At 8, he joined the children’s choir and even led the school choir in school. He was also a member of the choir of the Cathedral Church of Christ and took lessons at the Musical Society of Nigeria.
#10. J Martins
J Martins caught the music bug from his mother who was a choir mistress. He was in the church choir and even produced for some gospel singers.
Iyanya’s grandfather was a clergyman and he used to sing in his church’s choir and was the choir master for the children’s choir at age 5.
#12 Banky W
Wellington was born in the United States to Nigerian parents, but the family moved back to Lagos when he was five years old where he began singing in his church choir at the age of 8.