Lessons from Messiah’s Marathon Praise #76hours.

The power of music cannot be overemphasised nor its impact undermined. One of the strongest weapons to cause change and redirect the trajectory of life and people is with music.

It’s amazing how music can unify a people no matter the genre or style, and under the influence of the sound they all forget their differences and congregate together with one voice. The Messiah’s Marathon Praise of this year which was held last week is a typical example of the force of unity experienced by people scattered all across the globe.

Messiah’s Marathon Praise was a platform that was raised a few years back to celebrate God’s faithfulness in the life of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. I belong to that fold and I was privileged to be among the many artists that featured.

It also happened to be my first time performing on the platform. It was 76hours non-stop praise and thanksgiving to God featuring hundreds of hundreds of performing acts within Nigeria and as far as Australia and the far end. It was a platform to showcase diverse talents within the body of Christ.

With the array of different artists performing round the clock, I was a little bit timid about myself and my team, because of the kind of genre of music I perform, even though I lead worship on different occasion and at different platforms, I had decided with my team members that we wouldn’t perform the regular style that was expected of everybody else but that we would stick to our style.

That decision was rather a tough one, did we stay true to our decision? Not one hundred percent, at the end of our segment, and watching the playback, I would say that it wasn’t the regular direction after all.

I learnt one or two major life lessons from that experience, which I will never forget.

Be secure in your assignment.

It does not matter, if there are a million people doing the kind of music you are doing, the truth of the matter is that no other person will be able to do that same thing the way you will do yours. So be assured that you are distinguished among the rest, because of the combination of everything that makes you – uniquely you. You must always project your own unique sound, even a hundred of you are singing the same song!

You may have countless music role models but you don’t want to sound like them such that you are lost in the midst of trying to sing or perform like them. BE ORIGINAL and embrace your originality with candour.


There will always be a set time.

When the platform started many years back, I remember always desiring to have the opportunity to perform. I was close to getting a slot last year but somehow it slipped through. A little disappointed but I didn’t allow it to get to me. Of course when you understand that there is a time and a season for every activity under the sun. what you need to do is to keep on working on yourself and on your craft, another opportunity might just be around the corner.

Don’t be discouraged when your time has not come, Don’t sell yourself short trying to be like any other. Just be you in your gifts, talents and potentials. Embrace your uniqueness and let it reflects on the quality of your service to God and humanity.


Your Friend… musically




Wounded Healers- Cultivating the excellent spirit of Worship.#2.

Last week I started a series on cultivating the spirit of excellence in worship,  I am continuing on it, touching on different areas, and probably run it in series for about two more posts.  In the previous post, I emphasize on the relationship aspect, that worship is not just about the music but a relationship with God.

Today, I will like to go further in looking at the worship leader as wounded healers! 

wounded healer

What does that mean? how can I refer to worship leaders as “wounded healers? there are instances when I have found myself sharing my vulnerability with the people because I know that the congregation or audience have lives just like me, so for me to be truly authentic, it becomes important to wrap the worship around real life, and that is achieved when I pay attention to the audience by asking them how their day or week has been. what’s going on in their own end?

You see it is important to know that the people you are ministering to or trying to help enter to enter into God’s presence have issues they are battling with, so we as worship leaders have the opportunity to remind them of God’s faithfulness and that He is worthy of our praise regardless of life’s circumstances.

I have over the years caught myself projecting my own mood when the audience might not have been feeling the same emotion I was feeling. There were times when the people came in with so much lightheartedness and joy, and because of a bad morning, the whole atmosphere and environment just changed, because the songs went in the wrong direction as a result of my heart attitude.

We must at all times, be aware and thoroughly examine our hearts before leading a time of worship or singing to make sure we are not ignorantly projecting some kinds of moods on the audience/congregation.

You will also agree that there are other times when we fill the gates of heaven burst open and the angels lift the strings of the guitar straight to the throne room of  God.the chords are right, the backing vocals are in harmony, media people are in the top form, you can clearly see God’s hand present in the service- That’s a wonderful place to be but it will be unrealistic to expect that every Sunday as if you have found a worship formula.

When push comes to shove, we want people to -connect with God-that should be the posture of our hearts, and our priority as worship leaders. so that after all the preparation and it feels as if the heavens are shut- we remember that it is not our job to bring down the mighty works of God, our job is to be faithful to the call regardless. Some days will be great and other days not so great.

The worship leader is referred to as,”wounded healer” because in the true nature of our calling we are trying to help others connect to God and love of God in adoration and worship but in actual fact, we are the ones needing the help.

Some days are great and powerful, other days are just black and blue, but whatever the case, you must understand that God is the ultimate, so you don’t get yourself beat up, when you over think, what went wrong? and you also don’t assume “superstardom” because the worship was ‘lit’

If we do anything right at all, it will be that we surrender everything-even letting go of the pressure to be “good”.

Afterall, the worship leader is a “wounded healer” trying to take others to the place where he/she also longs to be … In God’s holy presence.

P:S, this post should is coming late… I have had a busy weekend with ministry and family.


Thanks for stopping by,

Your friend…musically



Song Quotes Monday.

Hello Music Lover, all over the world welcome to a brand new week full of beautiful melodies and Harmonies. It’s another Monday when I get to post beautiful musical quotes from the minds of music creatives.

Today’s quote goes thus:

Words make you think

Music makes you feel

A song makes you feel a thought- E.Y Harburg.

E.Y Harburg was a lyricist, known for writing lyrics for “OVER THE RAINBOW”, Brother, can you spare a dime and many more.He died at the age of 84-


He wrote words to the music of some of America’s leading popular composers like Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Jerome Kern to mention a few- creating songs that have distinctive touches of romantic imagination laced with his own strong view on social justice.

He was known for writing songs that address the social system and the plight of the common man, which made him be blacklisted on many grounds.

In his own words, Harburg admits to being a rebel, ” I think I’m a rebel at birth, I contest anything that is unjust that causes suffering for humanity”. My feeling about that is so great that I don’t think I could live with myself if I weren’t honest”.

I will like to read your thoughts on the quote, and or your contributions.

Thank you

Your friend…musically


Photo credit: Google.com


Cultivating The Excellent Spirit Of Worship. Part One.

It’s a beautiful Friday afternoon from my  side of the world, it’s also my second post on this new blog site, I am still trying to get my balance,but I know this is one thing I should be doing now, sharing all about music generally, and also lessons learned along the way in my over two decades as a Christian musician, songwriter, worship leader.

Many years back I had the opportunity of getting some materials that helped me as a worship leader in my local assembly and also in my music ministry.

Many a time I find myself on Sunday morning ready getting to church, I have to be the one to make sure the boys are ready with the right kind of clothes to wear, we always argue about that every Sunday morning, and then when everyone is ready and we are headed out, that’s when I realize I have forgotten something, the thought of forgetting something already has put me under a weird pressure- meanwhile I am the one leading that Sunday morning worship. We head back home.

I’m struggling to open the lock on the gate that I just locked a few minutes back. My hands are getting sweaty as I am already agitated, we are running behind time and service will start in church shortly…

The typical life of a worship leader, worship leaders are in a strange place, we have the privilege of creating an atmosphere for people to offer their hearts to God in adoration and gratitude, but the problem is that our position as leaders also comes with the responsibility that requires our heart to be in a place of worship before Sunday morning, just like everyone else, we all have one thing or the other we are dealing with emotionally, financially and every other thing that comes with real life.

christian worship

We have to always keep short account with God if we expect to lead worship every week, we can’t allow sins to fester unconfessed or undealt with if we allow such we jeopardized our relationship with God and also the excellent worship we are offering- that’s a huge responsibility, more so it’s one of the great blessings of serving the body of Christ-the CHURCH.

We get in front of people week in, week out, family, friends those who know us, who can almost read our facial expressions, they can almost read our hearts, we must deal with any kind of sin in our lives. it is important that we must cultivate a daily friendship with GOD, turning our hearts to him a thousand times over in order to be real worshipers- that is what makes us authentic in our worship.

Whatever we are doing on a daily basis, taking care of the home, picking the children from school or running errands we have to be preoccupied with the Lord, working towards oneness with Him at all times.


The relationship, like I said earlier, is a daily thriving not just a Sunday morning mantle that we put on because worship is much more relationship than music, we just simply using music a tool to help us connect relationally to God.

There is no way we would express our honest worship to God- sacrificing our bodies, emotions, and hearts to him that it will not affect other vertical relationships. Yes, there are days when the skies will just be blue, and we are just going through the motions even as we stand before the people, it doesn’t always last long.

There are times when we are completely inspired and full of God and full of the spirit, and we lead worship consistently and thing are happening in the lives of people and all around us, but then are also days when it just seems so hard to do, and we find ourselves struggling- it is part of life, those are the days we need to remember that it is all about God -to be centered in the Father.

It is our top priority when we understand that as worship leaders we help others find that same place in their lives. In cultivating the heart of excellence worship it is of utmost importance to acknowledge our emptiness to the Lord, not trying to be macho or mechanical with our worship because we feel we know how to do it- make some noise, psych peoples emotions and throw out some lines and the whole place is agog No!, It is to let God have His way or put it this way in the words of TobyMac ..let God steal the show!

I will continue on this topic next week

Until then, I remain,


Your friend…musically