NOVEMBER 27, 2021
GUEST ARTISTS + bANDS
Ola Timothy is an American-based jazz bassist with great influence from Jazz masters like Richard Bona, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, John Patittucci, Christian McBride, Stanley Clarke, and many more. It was through listening to these greats that drew his attention more to Jazz music and got to know such great musicians as Miles Davies, Bill Evans, Eddie Gomez, Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Clifford Brown, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul amongst others.
Ola’s music is known to infuse his African roots idioms mostly influenced by other jazz genres to create a whole new style that touches multiple audiences across the globe.
He released his debut album Ti’ Bami Se in 2015 which got nominated for AMC world Music award, followed by four other singles in 2017 and 2018 which were seen by critics to be great art music.
He is currently recording his second album set to be released in the Fall of 2020. This multi-genre album is an expression of the different musical sides of Ola and will feature great musicians across the globe.
Abidemi Ayodeji Ogunmolu, popularly known as Bidemi Olaoba is a fast rising gospel artist in the Nigerian gospel industry. He is a Young and vibrant minister of the gospel with energetic great grace and power. He is a prophetic praise leader who is popularly known for his favourite scriptural quotation #TheBibleSays during his ministrations.
Almost all songs raised by this young minstrel is backed up with the word of God which has created a niche for him and makes him very unique.
He has performed around the world including the UK, Europe and Africa to mention a few. Bidemi Olaoba recently released a song titled “Bonjour”. Bonjour is a fast tempo song which leaves listeners dancing to the great things God has done for them.
Soji Israel is a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He minister’s the word and music. He is a songwriter and singer of great repute in his home see country Nigeria. He is also the President/Apostolic oversight of the Father’s Realm, a ministry the Lord committed into his hands.
His works have been well received around the world with the reputation for birthing great songs like Baba Ye, and Wonder Wonder, among many other songs used in worship and devotion around the world.
Gershon & New Generation Levites
Gershon & the New Generation Levites(NGL) is a Chicago-based Christian band that consist of psalmists united to share the love of God through music. Their authentic way of connecting with people through music provides a manifestation of freedom and guarantees a life-changing experience. Their music reflects different styles and genres that brings joy, hope and a personal connection with God.
Gershon Addo was born in Paterson, NJ and raised in Ghana, West Africa. He is a husband, a father of 5 beautiful children, worship leader, songwriter and producer. He was given the vision to bring worshippers together who will express the heart of God to the world. He and his beautiful wife Edith Addo are writers of the original songs on their new album release “Let Your Kingdom Come”. This will be their first live recording album release. “You can follow Gershon & NGL on their Facebook page, Instagram and subscribe to their YouTube channel for more music videos and interaction. Their music is available in all digital outlets.
Bukola Bekes was born in Lagos State. From her young age, she was dedicated to singing and sacrificed all her time to it. She became a choir leader in her teenage years. She led the choir of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and composed the majority of the songs for the choir, especially themes for the religious services, different conventions, and services.
Nowadays, she has become not only an influential gospel artiste, a talented composer, and songwriter but also a church leader. She is a praise and worship leader in one of the churches of Lagos. Her performances captivate people in the audience, who are absolutely fascinated with her wonderful voice and lyrics. Currently, she is still a member of the choir that she sang in since she was a youngster – the Redeemed Christian Church of God Mass Choir. She leads the choir during the monthly Holy Ghost services. She has also ministered at the Festival of Life, which is one of the biggest programmes held in London’s Excel Centre.
Damilola Bekes, is a musician like his wife Bukola, and they often work together, even though they record their music separately. He plays musical instruments like saxophone and piano, and releases his own music albums which are usually in a jazz style with the blends of vocal, so it is safe to say they are a powerful music couple.
Damilola says that he is not a backup performer for his wife, but sometimes they are perceived as a unity because they are a married singing couple and often record together. He confirmed that they give each other a lot of advice and also act like each other’s managers. Also, Damilola is a big fan of Bukola’s music, saying that her performances are different from everyone else’s, and she does not only express the spiritual things in her music but is also amazingly talented and sincere. Bukola Bekes and her husband have beautiful children together. One of their children also likes playing saxophone like the father. The couple says that they would have been happy and delighted if one of their kids chose to pursue a career in music, like them. When they were asked how they can cope with kids since they are both singing professionally and are always occupied, they said that they are handling their situation well and always finding time for their little ones.
Known by her friends as Lucy, she is equal parts kind, compassionate, and full of South American playful sass. Rarely seen without a grin on her face, the former Miss Congeniality’s spirit packs a punch like no one else’s.
Lucia was born in Venezuela but being the daughter of a military man, her family traveled and she lived abroad for much of her upbringing. She studied modern languages at the Central University of Venezuela and she is a polyglot, fluent in English, Spanish and Italian. More than linguistics, however, her passion for music and songwriting is the most powerful influence in Lucia’s life: “I sing all day, every day. It’s how I communicate with God.”
She now resides in Chicago, Illinois where she leads a life group and serves on the worship team at City Church Chicago. She released her debut single “Cross the Mountain” on October 10th at RISE Conference (2018) followed by her second single “En Tu Amor” (2019.) Lucia’s hope for those who hear her music is that you find freedom in knowing there is no need to climb the mountains—Jesus has already paved the way, He is within you on the journey, and all you need to do is cross; a valley of peace awaits.
Founded by Eyitayo Olaoluwa, One Choir is a personal calling and mission for Eyitayo who has worked extensively over 15 years on choirs and choir development. His work has placed him on diverse stages across continents where he has worn several hats.
He was the Audio Mixer for Mtv Base Africa and served as the Choir Conductor for Daystar Christian Church Choir [The Healing Streams of God] for 12 years.
His mentors are O’lader Draper, Kunle Pinmiloye-Ksticks and Dr. Sam Adeyemi, who he served under faithfully for 12 years. Married to Abimbola, they are both blessed with two amazing gifts, Nihinlolawa and Oluwayanmife.
As One Choir’s founding Music Director, Eyitayo believes that when true worshippers gather, exousia (power, authority, influence) is released to bring healing to lives and our communities.
Janelle Lake always remembers having music in her home. As a young girl in Wisconsin, her parents gave her a Fischer Price record player, her own tape player, and later her own CD player allowing her autonomy over her music. Janelle’s father made Saturday chores enjoyable by cranking up rock music on his state-of-the-art sound system. Her parents drove her to children’s choir rehearsals and took her to concerts of all types. At one concert, her mother asked her to pick an instrument on the stage. At age eight, Janelle picked the harp. Her parents (an engineer and a nurse) found a harp teacher only 45 minutes away who started her on a twelve-stringed Celtic harp. Janelle remembers the joy of going to Milwaukee’s Irish Fest and hearing such a wide spectrum of emotion on one instrument. After ten years of study with Geraldine Elliott, Janelle studied under Liz Cifani at Northwestern University for both her undergraduate and Master’s degrees. As the only harp major of her class, Janelle’s exposure to opera, orchestral, chamber, new music, jazz, and global music expanded exponentially.
Many describe him as creative, even he has this to say of himself, “I am made in Heaven, formed in the image of THE ORACLE that created the earth and organized its complexities.”
Mike Abdul has made his mark as a songwriter, singer and music producer. He has either written, contributed to or sang in the following hits: Igwe, Kene Jesu, Morire, Atobiju, So Good, So Worthy, Yin Baba, Kabio-o-si, This Fuji Thing, Next Fuji Thing, Surulere, Your Majesty, Durotimi, Jenifa, E Gimme Money, No Evil and eighty other songs.
Mike has worked with several Nigerian based gospel and secular artists and producers including FLO, Wole Oni, Mr Daz, BOUQUI, SheyMan, Rotimi Akinfenwa, Helen Paul, K-solo, Obiwon, Blaque Jersey, Tim Godfrey, Nomoreloss, Dekunle Fuji, SammY-Young, 1stBon, MoniQue, Rooftop MCs, Midnight Crew, Rasqie and several fantastic others, making him the most featured Nigerian based gospel artist ever.
His work with Midnight Crew and other gospel music greats has taken him to many nations, enjoying several enviable platforms, media presence, awards and recognition across borders.
Seye Akinmboni, commonly known as Bantey, is a Nigerian artist, record producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Ibadan, Oyo State. He started playing the piano at the age of 4 and professionally started producing music at 16 yrs. old. He has produced, written for/shared stages with acts such as Gregory Jones, Yolanda Brown (UK), Teemac Iseli, Don Moen, Detrick Haddon, Lagbaja, Adlan Cruz, Lynxxx, Yinka Davies, Robin Hughe Williams. Bantey is also a prestigious member of the American Society of Authors and Publishers(ASCAP). He released his first EP “Redefinition”, in 2014 and followed up with a Christmas single “It’s Christmas”, in 2016.
Efe Lucky & Unrestricted is a ‘MOVEMENT’ created for those who believe Ps. 150:6 “Let everything that has breathe praise the Lord” – There’s no restriction. They have achieved a synthesis of music and message that is electrifying and activating audiences inside and outside of traditional church walls with the release of songs like “Light of the world & Oghenedoh Live recording with Willow Worship at Willow Creek Community Church Chicago, USA 2019.
Avantii Uzor is an award-winning gospel recording and performing artist. She is also a music director and praise, worship leader.
Avantii Uzor has been privileged to work and share the same stage with various leading gospel artists and producers all over the world such as Jonathan Nelson, JJ Harrison, Juanita Bynum, Frank Edwards, Sammie Okposo, Joe Praise, just to mention a few.
Her vision is to be a blessing to her generation through her music.
The Potts & Pans Community Steelband operates through Culture, Arts & Music in Woodstock, IL. PPCS welcomes students of all ages and musical backgrounds and brings aspects of Trinidadian Culture to the northwest suburbs of Chicago. PPCS performs the popular music of Trinidad & Tobago, birthplace of the steelpan, called “Soca” in addition to other world styles. PPCS performs regularly at the Great Lakes Steelpan Festival plus various community festivals and parades. The band is directed by members of Chicago Music Award winner for Best Calypso & Soca Artist, Potts & Pans Steelband.
Denzel Prempeh is a Pastor, Christian Artiste, a Husband to a beautiful wife & Father of 2 wonderful girls and team lead of Heartbeat Ministries Worldwide
MC Attraction is a Nigerian born, American based standup comedian, event producer, event host, and brand strategist. MC Attraction, also known as Emmanuel Osagie, started his standup comedy career professionally in September 2010.
MC Attraction’s brand has experienced a tremendous growth over the years with awards and recognitions tied to his brand. He has continued to soar in comic and entertainment since he discovered his ability to be spontaneous. The talented comedian is known for his unique voice, style and exceptional performance, he is responsibly funny, well represented with clean jokes.
Mc Attraction has featured in several shows with renowned African comedians and hosted multiple concerts, corporate functions, weddings, and private parties to mention a few. He will be producing his first event in the city of Chicago, “LAUGH AND PRAISE; CHICAGO AFRICAN GOSPEL RECOGNITION AWARDS”, which will incorporate live entertainment, comedy, and gospel music.