Gospel singer and National President Gospel Musician Association of Nigeria (GOMAN), Evangelist Timi Osukoya, has disclosed that churches do not motivate gospel artistes whenever they perform for them.
Evangelist Osukoya explained churches believe that since it is a gospel affair, artistes who perform at churches should render such services for free. He said these churches forget that they (artistes) also have bills to pay.
“Some churches believe that you are not entitled to anything when you come to minister in their churches, they don’t put it into cognisance that you also have bills to pay. They think you should sing for free, but largely it depends on the understanding of the artiste and the church. Some churches really know how to take good care of gospel artistes. I can write a book on my experiences as a gospel artiste,” he explained.
The singer, who became popular with his ‘Telemi’ hit track, stated that, “There was a time I travelled from Lagos to Ilesa in Osun State and they organiser gave me N2,000. I don’t blame budding gospel artistes who charge before they go out to perform.
“I don’t charge, but I don’t crucify those who do it. For me, being a gospel singer is a calling which I cherish so much. When people ask how much they can offer me in terms of money, I laugh because I know they can’t pay for the gospel because Jesus Christ, with the blood he shed on the cross, has paid for it.
“So many people offer ridiculous money to gospel singers, which is not too good. It is not that I don’t need money, but I consider so many things. God has sent me and I am sure he will always make way for me. I have gone to many places where they didn’t offer me a dime."
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