When The Gospel Music Association announced the nominees for the 51st annual GMA Dove Music Awards, Nigerian gospel singer Sinach could find herself nominated for three awards; Song of the Year, Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year and Worship Recorded Song of the Year.
Her hit “Way Maker” from 2015 is the reason for all the nominations. Sinach has written and released the song herself, but it is Priscilla Bueno’s Spanish version of the track which is nominated for the Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year.
In the category Worship Recorded Song of the Year, it is Leeland’s version of it that is nominated, but Sinach is still listed as the writer of both Priscilla Bueno and Leeland’s versions.
The GMA Dove Awards will air on October 30th.
More than 155 million views
“Way Maker” has brought Sinach a lot of success throughout the years.
The song has more than 155 million views on YouTube, and earlier this year, the hit made Sinach top Billboard’s Christian Songwriters chart for 10 weeks straight.
This made her the first African to do so.
The Billboard charts account for the online and physical sales, radio play and online streaming of songs released in the United States.
Comfort song of the pandemic
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has also cast its light on “Way Maker.” In March, doctors and nurses from the Cartersville hospital in Georgia, the US, for instance, got up on the hospital’s roof and sang “Way Maker” to cheer people up.
“It is surreal. It is amazing. I do not even know how to describe it, but it is such a wonderful thought to know that what God gave you in your room can become a comfort to so many people all over the world. It is like a dream come true. It is like, ‘oh, is this really happening?’” Sinach said to CNN Africa.
The CNN journalist went on to call “Way Maker” the “comfort song of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The tune made headlines again in June, when Black Lives Matter protestors sang the song during a demonstration in Milwaukee.
30 years in the business
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. She has also risen to fame across Africa, in the UK and the US.
Furthermore, Sinach is frequently taking part in Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s sermons on tv called “Your LoveWorld with Pastor Chris,” where the Pastor is known for working miracles.
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