Gospel music sensation Obaapa Christy has advocated for gospel musicians to be compensated for their performances, stressing that, like their secular counterparts, they pay alot for production.
Obaapa Christy noted that gospel artistes, similar to secular musicians, bear costs during the production process.
She emphasized that relying solely on "God bless you" is not sufficient to cover the expenses incurred during production and the day-to-day running of events.
During an interview, Obaapa Christy expressed the need for gospel artistes to be paid for their services, whether performing at a church or any other venue.
She pointed out that studio fees, expenses for backup singers, and other associated costs do not come free, and artistes cannot sustain their careers if they offer their services for free.
“We pay bills and other expenses, so yes, we need to get paid for our services be it at a church or wherever.
“Studio fees, backup singers, among others do not come free. We pay for them, so how can we continue to fulfill our obligations if we offer our services for free?” Obaapa Christy questioned.
She acknowledged the challenging times, noting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are in hard times and people are going through a lot. After COVID-19, a lot has changed and most people are not having it easy at all,” she said.
Obaapa Christy, who celebrated her 20th anniversary in the gospel music industry with a concert last year, has made contributions to the genre with a repertoire of impactful songs.