Sinach

Sinach
Sinach in Johannesburg, 2016
Sinach performing at Mosaiek Theatre in Johannesburg 2016
Background information
Birth nameOsinachi Kalu
Born (1973-03-30) 30 March 1973 (age 48)
OriginAfikpo South, Ebonyi State, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Worship leader
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1994–present
Labels
  • Loveworld
  • SLIC
Websitesinach.org sinachmusic.com

Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu,[1] known professionally as Sinach, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and senior worship leader at Loveworld.[2][3] She is the first singer-songwriter to top the Billboard Christian Songwriter chart for 12 weeks in a row.[4] Her song "Way Maker", bagged three nominations and won the Song of the Year at the 51st GMA Dove Awards, making her the first Nigerian to win the Award.[5]

She has released 9 studio albums with several other hit songs, including "I Know Who I Am", "Great Are You Lord", "Rejoice", "He Did It Again", "Precious Jesus", "The Name of Jesus", "This Is My Season", "Awesome God", "For This", "I Stand Amazed", "Simply Devoted" and "Jesus is Alive".[6][7]

"Way Maker" has also piled up many recognition and awards since it was released in 2015. The visuals for Way Maker is currently the second most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube.[8] In March 2019, it became the third Nigerian video to garnered 100 million views on YouTube behind Davido's "Fall" and Yemi Alade's Johnny".[9] "Way Maker" has been covered by over 60 Christian artists such as Michael W. Smith, Darlene Zschech, Leeland, Bethel Music, and Mandisa and in many languages.[10][11][12] In the first few weeks of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown in 2020, Way Maker was the go to song, as several viral videos in hospitals, parks were made with large numbers of people singing the song.[13] After being on the Christian Copyright Licensing International top 100 chart for several months in 2020, it claimed the No. 1 position in June and has remained till December 2020, making it the most played song in Churches across the United States for 2020.[14][15]

Sinach received a Bethlehem Hall of Faith certificate of commemoration during her visit to Israel in December 2017.[16] In September 2019, Sinach became the first gospel artist from Africa to tour India, headlining concerts with several thousands in attendance.[17] In May 2020, she became the first African artist to top the Billboard Christian Songwriters chart.[18]

Biography

Early life

Sinach hails from Ebonyi State, Eastern Nigeria, and is the second daughter of seven children.[19]

Sinach started singing for family and friends in 1989 as a hobby, while working as a staff and choir member in Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome's Church.[20] She studied physics and graduated from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.[21] She considered relocating from Nigeria after her University education, but was advised against it by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.[22]

Personal life

In 2014, Sinach married Joseph Egbu in her home Church Christ Embassy. On 17 November 2019, at the LIMA Awards Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, announced the arrival of Sinach's first child.[23]

Musical career

As a child, Sinach stated she had dreams, where she saw herself singing to large crowds, but didn't actively pursue anything musically as a career besides joining the choir, and also working as an administrative staff in the Church. Sinach had written many songs before she released her first album, Chapter One in 2008.[24] Her song 'This Is Your Season' won the Song of the Year award in 2008.

Speaking on how she came by her stage name Sinach, she said: "I chose that from my name Osinachi because it is easy to pronounce and catchy".[25]

In 2016, Sinach was the first recipient of the LIMA Songwriter of the Decade Award, recognizing her contribution to gospel music in the previous decade. Her songs were being sung in many countries, [26] translated to many languages, around the world.[27] That same year, she received the African Achievers' Award for Global Excellence.[28] Also that same year, for the second time in a row,[29] she won the Western Africa Artist of the Year by Groove Awards in Kenya, and was listed by YNaija alongside Chris Oyakhilome, Enoch Adeboye as one of the Top 100 Influential Christians in Nigeria.[30]

As a songwriter, Sinach has written over 200 songs and won several awards. Her song 'This Is Your Season' won the Song of the Year award in 2008. One of her most popular songs is 'I Know Who I Am'.[31]

Performance

Sinach has performed and headlined concerts in over 50 countries[32] including Kenya, Dominica, South Africa, United States, Canada, Antigua & Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Grenada, Uganda, Barbados, The British Virgin Islands, Zambia, Saint Maarten, the United Kingdom and India[33]

220px Pastor Robert and Jessica Kayanja welcome Sinach in Uganda for the easter music performance at Rubaga Miracle Center Cathedral In Uganda
Sinach being welcomed in Uganda to perform on 15 April 2014

In one of a recent chat with music journalist Motolani Alake of Pulse Nigeria, Sinach reveals how God arrested her into gospel ministration through Pastor Chris Oyakhilome anointing.[34]

On December 22, 2020, at the third ceremony of African Entertainment Awards USA she won Best Gospel Artist award.[35]

Albums

In February 2021, Sinach announced the release of her 12th Studio album, titled, GREATEST LORD which features several high profiled Gospel artists such as Maranda Curtis, Darlene Zschech, Nathaniel Bassey, Panam Percy Paul, Micah Stampley, Leeland and Jekalyn Carr.[36]

YEAR OF RELEASE ALBUM[37] [38] TYPE OF RECORDING
2007 Chapter One Studio Album
2010 I'm Blessed Studio Album
2011 From Glory to Glory Live
2012 Shout it Loud Live
2013 Sinach at Christmas Studio Album
2014 The Name of Jesus Live
2016 Way Maker Live
2018 There's an Overflow Live
2019 Great God – Live in London Live
2020 Acoustics – Volume 1 Acoustics
2020 Acoustics – Volume 2 Acoustics
2021 Greatest Lord[39] Studio

Awards and nominations

  • 2016 LIMA Songwriter of the Decade Award[26]
  • 2016 Groove Awards Western Africa Artist of the Year[30]
  • 2016 African Achievers' Award for Global Excellence[28]
  • Top 100 Influential Christians in Nigeria.[30]
  • 2019 LIMA Song of the Year[40][41]
  • 2020 Sinach Has Been Named Among Africa's Most Influential Women[42]
  • 2020 Dove Awards Song of the year[43][44]

See also

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