It has been quite a thing that has been happening in our midst especially in the church and it seems to not gain our attention.
What could it be?
WHERE ARE THEY, WHY THE SWITCH, WHAT CAN WE DO?
In a bid to answer this question, an interview was organized with one Mr S. (A talented growing Gospel Music Minister and an Instrumentalist) to get his opinion on the very issue that has been eating the church for many years now…
Mr S. says, “You see, to be candid with you and not to mince words, the very reason as to why ‘some of the talented voices’ who had their beginnings and training from the church cross the line along their career to join the worldly secular music is due to lack of “support, absence of platforms to promote their gifts and timely encouragement.”
He further continued by saying;
“Most of the popular Artists you hear today, with the likes of D’banj, Simi, Adekunle Gold, Terry G, etc… all began their music career from the church but due to one reason or the other, they seem to deviate and its effects can not only be heard in their songs but also seen in their lifestyle.
The major cause of this is “Lack of Management”. Mr S.
How then can this be solved?
“Let the church administration cater for their youths. Platforms should be created to promote the gifts of those who have discovered theirs, and constant programs/schemes and empowerment be set in place to help the others discover their God-given gifts and there should be proper monitoring of their progress along the line.
The Church is the one that nurtures them up, don’t push them out when they want more. Of course, it is normal for anyone with an ability, to want to use it in a way that he/she will become relevant. They would want fame, money and the likes. Instead of pushing them out by labeling them as “a backslider”, set up committees that will organize programs where these youths will be active. Moreover, constantly check up on them, promote their works, support them and they will not be tempted by whatsoever the secular record labels will offer them.”
Finally, It’s not a bad thing for the church to have different record labels. It is however good to see the industry grow into what it is now and we know it is still not yet there. The likes of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, Pastor Enoch Adeboye among others have been looking at ways to get it’s artiste to stay in Church and be useful for God as the creation of the church’s record labels has really opened the eyes of youths to the opportunities that lies in the church.
Here is a list of Christian Record Labels who are in the work of not only sourcing out Talents in the church but also promoting them:
Azusa World Records
LoveWorld Music And Arts