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Entertainment of Saturday, 30 August 2014

Source: The Popular

I walked on foot to record my music - Joyce Blessing

After the release of her third album, Joyce Blessing is currently a popular name in the country as far as gospel music is concerned.

The high octave singer’s ‘Monko moakyi’ song has enjoyed massive radio airplays as well as television viewership in recent times, which eventually won her an award at 2014 Ghana music awards.

However, nothing has been asked as to how the inspirational singer has gone through life before reaching her current status, and this was what she revealed during an exclusive interview with The Popular.

Speaking to The Popular last weekend, the award winning artiste enumerated her harrowing journey to success that would help inspire some of the up and coming musicians in the country.

The former student of Peter’s Educational Center and Atimatim JSS in Kumasi told our reporter that, after releasing her two previous albums which all failed to shine, her life took a plunge.

Joyce Blessing said her career took a very difficult turn, and had it not been God’s inspiration she would have said goodbye to gospel music.

The mother of one boy said, "I released ‘Obi Ntu Nyame fo’ in 2007 but it had a very bad promotion likewise my ‘Promise and Fail’ album in 2012. I felt very sad and thought of abandoning my gospel ministration, but I could not surrender.

I realised that was my calling so no matter what the challenge, I could not turn back to my career. Before that, I had been walking on foot to music engineers in turns for recording, and that raised my pain."

She noted that her determination to succeed at all costs propelled her to the current position in the gospel industry.

Joyce Blessing disclosed that because she had no money to pay for her recordings, she was not given the attention needed by the engineers. She revealed that, popular artistes who have money to pay for their recordings were allowed instead.

Joyce said she felt very sad for the situation, looking at the pain she had to return home on foot without making recording of her a single stanza.

The singer who has backed the likes of Ernest Opoku, Jewel Ackah and Mary Ghansah for years confessed being a victim of a broken home, which adversely humbled her fortunes.

As brilliant as she was in school, Joyce had her dreams in education cut short because her mother could not cater for her and other four siblings all by herself.

She affirmed to The Popular that she was not perturbed by her background, but ensured to proof a point in life.

She said this, ‘I want everybody to know that no matter your background, God has plans for you. God does not care about your family or education background. My life is a testimony that must inspire everyone."

The musician who had worked with three producers apart along the line was full of praise to her husband sound engineer popularly call DavJoy for the commitment towards her current project.

She also commended Kumasi based sound engineer, Geroge Forest, for also adding bits to the current programme.

Joyce Blessing disclosed that she was working on her fourth album, which would be released later in the year or early next year.