Evangelist Rachael Olagunju is a gospel singer who started singing gospel song over 3 decades ago. In this interview with Happenings, she talks about her career as a singer.
when did you start singing?
It all started in year 1982 at Obaseku High school, where I attended my secondary school down to Ilupeju Baptist Church my first place of worship, and to Christmas Followers Mission at Eruwa, Ibarapa in Oyo state, my home town. I was a member of the choir, one of the lead vocalists, a good singer and a composer of Christian songs, this I continued as I finally moved to Lagos in 1985 and here I am still doing gospel music today.
What was your inspiration?
When I discovered singing as my real talent and God as my major source of inspiration, I was also inspired by some notable artistes like Evang. Bola Aare, pastor Adelanto Joseph (Ayewa), Evang.Dupe Olulana and Evang. Fasoyin (odun nlo sopin) Their songs created something in me that I also can do this for the body of CHRIST and I am here doing it with the help of God Almighty.
Why are you into gospel music?
Smile!!!! Wow as a born again sanctified child of God, I developed my vision of becoming an international gospel singer as a means of propagating the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ through gospel songs, to bring hope to the hopeless and for the edification of the body of Christ and joy to the sorrowful ones, and also it is something I enjoy doing. I really find fulfilment singing for Jesus.
Have you ever thought of going secular?
Laughs!!!! No oh Not at all, I’m purely for gospel music to the glory of God. Coupled with the fact that I started singing in church and I was born again from the onset so there is no need considering secular music.
Do you have a single in the market?
Not at the moment, but I am working on a single and it will be out soon by the special grace of God. So watch out for it and help publicize it when it is out. Thank you in advance.
Do you have any album in the market or working on one ?
Oh yes. There are 2 of my albums in the market still selling, (Ayotide and Ayanmo) and presently I’m working on an album which I believe will be out soonest, hopefully before the end of this year. Be expectant wonderful people. It will surely be a blessing to the body of CHRIST.
Have you performed on stage before?
Oh yes, severally, I have performed on stage. I have even lost count right now. I have done that being the lead singer and also with other artistes. Though, I am believing God to start my yearly programme soon.
Where have you performed?
To the glory of the Lord, I’ve performed in so many occasions and events, I’ve ministered in a lot of churches and gatherings in and out of Lagos, believing God to go international soon by his grace (smiles)
Have you being a backup for any popular singer?
Yes, so many like Evang. Dupe Olulana, Esther Igbekele, Evang Ojo Ade, Evang. Lanre Teriba to mention a but few.
Have you done any collaboration with any singer?
No, but looking forward to collaborate with Esther Igbekele and many other artistes that I can’t mention right now. I am really looking forward to doing that soonest.
Which gospel artiste do you look up to?
Ah! So many gospel artistes like Tope Alabi, Esther Igbekele, Mike Abdul, mid night crew, pastor Joseph A. Adelakun (baba Ayewa), Evang Bola Aare etc
Who are your target audience?
All lovers of gospel music, the body of Christ worldwide and the lost souls.
Where do you aspire to be in next few years?
Hmmm, by the special grace of God I’m aiming high to be one of the topmost and notable gospel singers known all over Nigeria and the world at large.
Are there any challenges so far?
Oh yes! There are so many challenges, especially in the music industry, challenges like finance, venue for rehearsal, equipment and also time for effective rehearsal but with God it all getting better.
What kind of events would you not perform?
Working by the assignment given to me by God, it will not be ideal for me to perform in an ungodly gathering, though my singing gospel music is also aiming at winning souls but what am saying in essence is that I can never perform in the gathering of the ungodly because my singing is to the glory of God.