US-based Ghanaian gospel artist Sarah Sings encouraged ministry artists and their audiences to be receptive to the opinions of others.
Sarah said gospel artists have their own styles and the majority of Ghanaian audiences have a preference for a particular type of music.
According to her, both parties need to make space to accept new things and also meet some of the demands.
“Some of the criticisms that I often hear are that people back home want to hear more Twi songs. They want to hear the kind of gospel that we’ve all been used to from days gone by. But a lot of the young gospel artists coming in are doing more contemporary songs.
We all have our own style of singing and sometimes we get a lot of criticism towards them. But I think we all have to be open to change. It’s still the gospel. But young people all have different talents and I think we should embrace them because we all love contemporary gospel music. So if it comes from us, it should be well received,” she said.
speaking on Day Break Hitz by Hitz FM On Friday, Sarah Sings noted that it’s imperative that gospel artists don’t box despite a particular style.
She told the host, KMJ, since God wants to reach a wider audience with diverse backgrounds, artists should follow the divine inspiration they receive.
“God wants you to reach different people, so whatever song he gives you or what he offers you, you have to follow that flow. So it’s tricky, but I will say that we all have to stay true to who we are and the message we carry.
‘Sarah Sings’ believes that whatever the form or style of the music, the message conveyed will not be distorted.
“People gravitate towards a certain type of music and the world is big, so there are people who will receive and can understand the message that you convey in your music and your style,” she added.
‘Sarah Sings’, born Sarah Owusu-Asante, is an American singer who grew up in Accra.
Sarah comes from a family of musicians and acquired most of her initial training from her parents and musical directors. At 8, she started singing with her parents and became a powerful soloist at 13.
She has been a lead singer, choir leader and worship leader in many groups including the “Family Choir” (KNUST), KNUST Mass Choir, Gospel Light Mass Choir and many more.
She is international worship leader at Life Chapel International, USA. Sarah has ministered at services and conventions throughout the United States and the Caribbean with her pastor and mentor, Prophet Richard Owusu.