Sinach #1 in the US for 7 consecutive weeks
2020 seems to be Sinach’s year. The Nigerian gospel singer started the year with receiving a gold plague from YouTube for reaching one million subscribers on the video platform. She made history with the plague, as she was the first Nigerian gospel artist ever to be awarded such a prize.
And it does not stop there… It seems like Sinach is walking on a path of success this year, as she is now also topping the charts in the United States.
For the past seven weeks, Sinach, with the civil name Osinachi Okoro-Joseph, has been number one on Billboard’s Christian Songwriters chart, beating the superstar Kanye West.
Sinach also makes it to the history books with this achievement, as she is the first African and the first black person to top the list.
The Billboard charts account for the online and physical sales, radio play and online streaming of songs released in the United States.
“Way Maker” leads the way
It is believed that Sinach’s “Way Maker” is responsible for a lot of her success on the chart.
“In short, Sinach has accumulated the most points out of any other Christian market songwriter for the past seven weeks. My analysis is that the large number of recorded versions of the song ‘Way Maker’ is adding up to this accomplishment and acknowledgment. The other songwriters on this list have dozens of different songs recorded by other artists that are comprising their ‘points total,’” says Les Moir, A&R Ambassador at Integrity Music Europe.
“Way Maker” was released in the end of 2015 and is Sinach’s biggest hit internationally. The song has close to 150 million views on YouTube and almost 7 million plays on Spotify.
Since its release, several other Christian artists have covered “Way Maker,” and their streams and plays benefit Sinach on the chart because she wrote the song.
Among the contributing artists are Michael W. Smith, Leeland and Maranda Curtis.
Anniversary concert moved
Sinach started singing a little more than 30 years ago when she worked at and was a choir member in Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Christ Embassy.
Later, she became a Christ Embassy worship leader and released her first album, “Chapter One” in 2008.
Since then, Sinach has released eight additional albums and won several awards, including two LIMA awards.
The gospel artist’s 30 years in the music industry was supposed to be celebrated with a concert called “Sinach Live in Concert 30 Years Celebration of Worship” on March 20th.
The show was scheduled to take place at the Convention Center, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria, but it has been moved due to the Coronavirus.
Instead, fans will be able to celebrate Sinach’s 30th anniversary with her on October 18th, which is the new date of the concert.
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