Mike Aremu vision
Gig Seeker Pro

Mike Aremu vision

Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Band Jazz World


This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos



"I heal with my music – Mike Aremu, ace sexophonist"

I heal with my music – Mike Aremu, ace sexophonist
Friday, July 14, 2006

Mike Aremu
Pix:Sun Nwes Publishing

More Showtime Stories

Mike Adeyemi Aremu, popularly known as Mike Aremu, is a notable Nigerian singer and saxophonist. The humble musician who hails from Ogbomoso in Oyo State, started music at the age of four and has over the years honed his skills to become a songwriter, composer and instrumentalist.

Recently, Aremu went on tour of the United Kingdom where he performed at different concerts in addition to having a stint at a wedding ceremony. He also entertained guests during a convention hosted by the London-based House on the Rock Mission.

While on the performance tour, Aremu equally put finishing touches to his new album, entitled: Unveiled aside seizing the opportunity to complete his new photo album.

Aremu recalled that his lovely mother, Mrs. Janet Aremu, 74, brought him into music through the church choir. He also remembered how his elder sister used to play trumpet in the choir, while they were young. Today, the multi-talented artiste believes God has deposited in him a divine gift through music. He is, therefore, grateful to God for his progress since the release of his first album Oluwaseun, which became an instant hit.

While speaking on his new album, Aremu explained how and why he left Kennis Music for Ojez.

How I started
I started playing music as a chorister at the then Cherubim and Seraphim, Minna, Niger State. Then, we had a tradition whereby we play music, using the local percussions unlike what obtains nowadays. I enjoy playing the drums then but the trumpet has actually been my major instrument for a very long time. I first started with the keyboard and the guitar, later, I trained as a saxophone in 1992 and mastered it but I became a full professional in 1995.

God is my inspiration. I see music as my ministry and not as a business. I use my music to heal the broken heart and give hope to the hopeless and I am contented with the blessing that goes with the music. Recently, I was touched at a concert at Washington DC when a medical doctor walked up to me to commend my music and to appreciate God blessings in his life. He said, " whenever I want to undergo an operation, I play your music because there is so much blessings and faith in it with great spiritual power, I feel the presence of God in the theatre room" I was moved to tears knowing that the lord has being using my music to touch the lives of the sick. And it was my first concert ever outside Nigeria, I was really encouraged by his words and all that the Lord is using me to do in the lives of people.

Journey so far
In 1999, I decided to take music more professionally because music has been my hobby and I find joy in playing instrumentals. I signed a recording deal with Kennis Music being the frontline recording label then in the country to help boost my music as well as bring out the best in me. After my first and second albums, which were released under Kennis music, I released the latest album entitled: Unveiled under my own label, Mike Aremu Vision. The album contains 10 tracks including Bona, Dance 4 Joy, Jehovah, Ose, Halleluyah, Wonder, You Are The One (Iwo ni mo fe) and Unveiled, which is the track’s title. It was released under my label but now, I have re-unveiled it with Ojez recording company.

Why I left Kennis
I left Kennis after my contract expired though I never thought of signing another recording deal with the company. Though we never had any form of dispute before I left, l just decided to move on with my life because I believed in myself and having God on my side, I had the conviction in my heart that I will definitely make it. I have always put God first in all I do in life especially as it concerns my music. So, whatever level I attain in life is traceable to the glory of God upon my life. The statement the label made on some previous publications about some artistes they dropped has nothing to do with me because I had already left the company after my deal expired.

I appreciate God for His mercies in my life and I will always live to appreciate Kennis for all their supports in the past for promoting my music.

Impact of the first album
I feel great being an artiste most especially a gospel artiste because the more I grow the more Lord inspires me. I will say that my first album really made a great impact on my person because it brought out the real Mike Aremu. Though I play inspirational music and it is more spiritual because it has a lot of messages on healing and giving the hopeless hope.

Kind of music
My music is gospel oriented, I play Jazz though Jazz it is not well recognized in the country but I appreciate the fact that Nigerians are beginning to appreciate Jazz especially the gospel form of it. I’m a saxophone player basically and a great composer. I enjoy playing the saxophone because its what makes me outstanding among other artistes. I appreciate my kind of music for its uniqueness and for the fact that everybody can’t play the same music.

I use my music to deliver excellence to Nigerians most especially to those who are downtrodden, assuring them that with God their tears could be turned to joy. He has done it in my life, and he can also do it in other people’s lives too.

My major challenge before releasing my first album was that, I feared that my kind of music wouldn’t be accepted in the market because it was new then but I thank God for all his mercies that after releasing the album, it sold and people appreciated it and anywhere I go I get recognition. For my love for culture and tradition when I thought of shooting my video, I chose the village location to boost African culture and tradition and as well used our local fabrics of Aso Oke . I must say that I’m glad that people appreciate the video because I got a lot of commendation for the video and I appreciate all my fans for all their love.

New project
My new album is entitled, Unveiled, which has about 10 tracks. We are at the moment promoting two of the tracks Oluwaseun and Dance 4 Joy. Though, I have played it in London and the crowd appreciated it, I also know that back here in my country, people will also appreciate it because Nigerians love gospel music and I’m happy the way we worship God in Nigeria. I have other tracks like Do Wonder and Haleluyah in which I featured Yinka Davies and Segun Obey. I also featured Soji Israel in the track and Unveiled. I’m still planning on the video because I want to take my time to shoot the video to enable me get the best that will be appealing and different from others.

Record label
My new project entitled: Unveiled was originally released last October under my label Mike Aremu Vision but as an artiste, it is quite challenging to run it alone. Sometime you find out that the artiste, who is supposed to be managed, is at the same time doing the work of the manager. In the kind of music I play, I don’t entertain distraction because it involves a lot of concentration and dedication to compose the music and sound.

Attraction to your new label
Though, I have heard of the recording label for a long time before I signed on with Kennis music, I never knew the man behind the mask called Ojez until I unveiled the mask. Though after I signed off with Kennis I decided to use my own label but I later discovered that I needed a label for promotion and that was when I went for Ojez. I chose the label because I feel all the artistes under label had no regrets and so far, we’ve had a good working relationship.

Eradication of piracy
One way we can eradicate piracy in Nigeria is by organising seminars on piracy to educate people who are patronizing pirated copies in the market instead of the original copies. The recording companies have a major role to play in the issue of piracy if they could stand out and be more aggressive with the marketing strategies to meet the artistes demand of the album produced.

I love hanging out with my friends, going to the movies, or going for swimming though I’m not a very good swimmer but I enjoy it.

Playing on stage as an instrumentalist
I’m naturally a show person, I love entertainment a lot. Singing on stage is something I find pleasant to do because that is what makes me a real artiste. Sometimes, I don’t sing while on stage- my instrumentals speak for me and I enjoy dancing when on stage.

I was born in Nigeria and I appreciate my country so much though the economy is bad but I’m happy being a Nigerian. Though I have been away for sometime in the UK, I still have my base in Nigeria. The fact that my wife lives in London doesn’t necessarily mean I have relocated to London. I go on vocation and sometimes when I have concerts or have to visit my lovely wife. I must appreciate my Pastor Paul Adefarasin of House on the Rock for his prayers and support and Captain Jide George of Strong Tower Mission for all their encouragement and love.

Role model
Elton John and a Cameroonian Jazz player, Richard Polar though the latter sings in his language but his music is well accepted in the world as one of the best jazz singers.

Advice to Nigeria artistes
They should keep their head straight and try to put excellence in all they do in life. They have to put God first in all they do in life. They must not lose focus to attain any level they want in their musical career, and they have to stay away from drugs and have the fear of God in their heart.

- The Sun News

"Mike Aremu ”Unveiled”"

Mike Aremu ”Unveiled”

Mike Aremu Vision

One of ’s best celebrated instrumentalists Mike Aremu, a solo Jazz saxophonist, unleashes probably his most striking project yet.

What’s impressive is that in terms of sales (over a million units alone in his native West Africa) Mike has all the qualities to make him a world class act. The ultra-smooth intro “Boma” starts in a conventional Jazz-toned manner and allows for the surprise musical mix to impact the listener greatly. Mike may have his music embedded in the Jazz route but he draws heavily from West African rhythms like on the lead single “Oluwaseun” and on that tune you have a touch of the West Indies (Reggae) thrown in for good measure. Then there’s the fiesta-flavoured “Unveiled” where it’s like he pays homage to the amalgamation of world beats starting off in true Salsa style but soon taps into the infectious upbeat percussive beats of West Africa – vivid and dripping in amazing imagination.

Then to straddle another market, he takes it to the full-on Retro-Jazz vibes on “Dance 4 Joy” where the melodic soft-tinged vocals give it that real throw-back groove. Again going down a similar vain is “Wonder” where he chooses to feature lead vocalist Yinka Davies who scats and harmonises her way through this delightful dinner Jazz number. What sounds like an introduction to the “Lion King” quickly comes into its own riding a Funk-Jazz groove and Mike showing his true skills as a musician playing Sax notes against the bubbling bass line.

With acts like Kirk Whalum and Allen & Allen towing the line the Gospel Jazz/Saxophone scene, Mike brings in a distinct dimension with his world beat compositions and Yuroba-influenced choruses. Truly, a new international star is born.

DJ El Niño © November 2005


Articles in this group
The hype man of Gospel's back!
The hype man of Gospel’s back! People prepare yourselves for Kirk Franklin's 11th album,
The Gospel Revue Online - Jan 08
This month music from Da Truth ft Tye Tribbett and Joshua’s troop as well as a word of encouragement from Chevelle Franklyn.

Various Artists - Gotta Have Gospel! Worship
The ‘Gotta Have Gospel! Worship’ CD track listing reads like a who’s who of Gospel music. From Kirk Franklin to Israel and New Breed via J Moss and Tye

Harry George and the 230Band - Show Us Your Glory
The 230Band are Kensington Temple’s resident worship team, who finally decided to release their debut album of original and classic songs

Tayme’ Tee - So Good
Tayme’ Tee’s debut album ‘So Good’ is one collection of original songs that’s worthy of note. Written and produced by the emerging musician and choir director

Jonathan Butler - Brand New Day
Jonathan Butler’s second full Gospel album ‘Brand New Day’ is as accomplished as his career. Born in South Africa the youngest of 12 children,

Sherwin Gardner - Elevation
Trinidad/Tobago's leading ambassador for Gospel music returns with what could very well be his breakthrough project as far as the US market is concerned.

Sinead O’Connor - Theology
Irish singer Sinead O’Connor, whose intense, bald-headed face and teary rendition of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ was a world-wide hit, returns with ‘Theology’, a double-CD released on

June Rochelle - Changing Places
‘Changing Places’ is an RnB album packed with fourteen songs... a nice enough compilation of uplifting songs of faith, like ‘For All The Love’ ...

J.Moss - V2
James L. Moss a.k.a J.Moss, has stamped an identity as one of the most highly sought after production maestros in Urban Gospel Music. With His signature silky multilayered vocal effect sound,

The Clarke Sisters- Live- One Last Time
This is Gospel Royalty at its best and with an illustrious career and legacy spanning six decades since the days of Dr Matty Moss-Clarke, this 17-track album

RAWSRVNT - In Rare Form
Stilled Mired in controversy Christian Rap/Gospel Hip Hop has evolved since its early days of cheesy lyrics and uninventive beats. Spin forward to 2007 and you have RAWSRVNT presenting

KJ.52 - The Year Book
This potentially could be my shortest review: Its Hot, so go buy it! KJ.52 is one of those rare impressatios that have successfully delivered Hip Hop with a credible persona,

Four Kornerz Album - Soulectric
Four Kornerz kept us waiting for three years, but now that it’s finally arrived their debut album ‘Soulectric’ confirms that the best things are worth waiting for.

Four Kornerz – Gonna Make It
The Four Kornerz brothers are back, and this time they’re serious! “Gonna Make It”, the first single from their forthcoming album “Soulectric”,

Say Amen Somebody - DVD / CD
If you were to track the history of Gospel music back to its inception, all roads will lead to Thomas A. Dorsey. Known as the Father of Gospel music,

7 Sons of Soul - Witness
‘Witness’ from 7 Sons of Soul should be a great album. Coming from the renowned Verity Records stable and featuring smooth vocals from six God-assured men

Shirley Caesar - I Know the Truth
Shirley Caesar is a seasoned professional, and ‘I Know The Truth' is the latest addition to her body of work spanning four decades.

Ashley Cleveland - Before the Daylight's Shot
Guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Ashley Cleveland’s seventh album ‘Before the Daylight’s Shot’ is a gritty rock compilation that’s full of soul.

Blush UK - Ear Candy
Creating a change in any group’s line up always holds an element of risk but Blush UK’s reduction to a three girl selection

DJ Yemi's Gospel Mix
UK Urban Gospel Mix demands to be played at high volume. The first compilation from mixing connoisseur DJ Yemi is a bumper mix of 30 tracks from artists including

Ben Tankard - Let's Get Quiet
Accomplished Jazz Pianist Ben Tankard’s latest offering ‘Let’s Get Quiet: The Smooth Jazz Experience’ is a suave selection

Relient K – Five Score + Seven Years Ago
Neophytes to Reliant K could be forgiven for mistaking this for one of Kellogg’s brands. Unlike the latter, Reliant K is not recommended as part of a healthy daily diet.

Bishop John Francis + the Ruach Choir– Welcome In This Place
‘Welcome In This Place’ is an inspiring collection of original and familiar songs, topped with light preaching and compelling ad-libs from Bishop Francis

Songs of Comfort- Nathan Curtis and Friends
Nathan Curtis’ voice can be heard throughout “Songs of Comfort” issuing prompts and words of encouragement a la Kirk Franklin.

Various Artists – Night Owl 3
Despite the CD Packaging faux pas of a bland cover artwork, Syntax Record’s Night Owl 3 is nevertheless an enjoyable mix of holy Hip Hop

Toby Mac – Portable Sounds
Rightly or wrongly, Toby Mac seems to have become the UB40 of holy hip hop. Both acts have a deep, lifelong love of their genres of choice

Cheri Keaggy – Because He First Loved Us
‘Because He First Loved Us’ soothes the soul by gently filling any room with warmth. Cheri Keaggy’s seventh offering since 2001, is truly seventh heaven.

Christafari – To the Foundation
It’s been a while since Mark Mohr and his merry band of sanctified roots riddims ambassadors troubled us with an album.

Rebecca St James – Alive in Florida Live album
Grammy award winner Rebecca St James, the Australian-born princess of Christian pop rock is back with her second live album, aLIVE in Florida.

Group 1 Crew – Group 1 Crew
If you like your hip hop acts more on the Bohemian tip – and able to sing as well as they can rap – Group 1 Crew will be right up your street.

Various Artists – Inspired by the film Amazing Grace
This album isn’t a soundtrack album in the strictest sense – hence the “songs inspired by the film” sub-title.

El Don Mi y El Sace – Exitos
Adyan Velez (aka DJ El Sacerdote, or just Sace) was born in Puerto Rico but now lives in Florida. As a producer, he’s worked with several of Latin...

Juanita Bynum + Jonathan Butler – Gospel Goes Classical
Once again the barriers to experimenting never cease to amaze, Juanita Bynum and Jonathan Butler feature on “Gospel goes Classical”, featuring a gospel band, an orchestra,

The Stefanos Foundation – Anchor in This Storm
Given the prominence of Nigerian churches and ministers over here, it’s easy to forget that in some parts of that country, Christians face heavy persecution.

dc Talk – Jesus Freak
Actually, “Jesus Freak” was originally released 12 years ago. But let’s not nitpick and just use this opportunity to enjoy a classic album once more, okay?

thebandwithnoname – Dying to Be There
It’s the third album from the Innervation Trust’s formidable band of urban musicianaries.

Alex Campos – El Sonido del Silencio
Alex was obviously aiming to win the “Most Inappropriately Named Album in Music History” award when he named this album.

Various – WOW Gospel 2007
The handbook for Gospel compilations, WOW Gospel gets the 2007 installment out.

Kelly Price – This Is Who I Am
OK, bit of late one to review but this phenomenal album is only just being made available in the UK and the wait’s been worth it.

Robert Randolph + The Family Band – Color Blind
Undoubtedly one of key Christian music releases of recent months, Robert Randolph puts faith back into Christian culture that it’s not all about the cloned-sound syndrome.

Commission – It’s Up 2 U
London duo Commission at long last feed the streets with their massive hit “Up 2 U”.

PAJAM – Presents Sing To The Lord
The thought of PAJAM’s Urban production making over a selection of Church favourites and go either one of two ways

Soul P – The Premiere
There’s one reason why this album will do well, it’s Hip Hop with a great commercial slant.

Various – Not In My Family
A concept album to raise awareness on the HIV/Aids epidemic, “Not In Family” calls for contemplation, healing and prayer.

Priscilla Jones – Prophecy
UK Gospel gets its first major release for 2007 and what a cracker! Priscilla Jones pulls out every vocal gymnastic routine and production to create a masterpiece-in-the-making.

Various – Acoustic Gospel Volume One
Various – Acoustic Gospel Volume One Rockhill Music Released mid-December 2006, Rockhill Entertainment put together a project in aid of two key UK charities – Save The Children and Oxfam.

Yolanda Adams – The Essential Yolanda Adams
One of the most successful artists in Contemporary Gospel music is honoured in this double CD of her greatest hits.

GRITS - Redemption
Probably one of the hardest working Christian Hip Hop duos around (to the point where I’ve lost track which number release this is), GRITS are back.

Miss Christina – Souldier (Hold On)
Miss Christina, a French-speaking Belgian, steps up with her debut maxi-single project featuring a combination of French and English Gospel Urban tunes.

The Blessed Man – Community Project
There could be no other fitting title than “Community Project” for The Blessed Man’s fifth release.

Canton Jones – The Password: Access Granted
Canton Jones goes for a UK re-release of his 2005 album release “Access Granted” via a new distribution deal through Authentic Media.

Ken - Restoration
Ken is first out the block for independent releases on the UK Gospel circuit.

Regina M Williams – Feel The Spirit
Regina M Williams combines her vocal poweress with renowned producer and Sounds of Blackness founder Gary Hines on an album that celebrates the traditional roots of Gospel.

Men of Standard – Surrounded
The trio are back with an upgraded look and sound thanks primarily to Warryn ‘Baby Dubb’ Campbell’s creative production touch.

Various – Yow 4
Just when you thought the other islands were snapping at Jamaica’s heels when it came to Gospel Dancehall/Reggae, Yow 4

Various – Gotta Have Gospel Gold
In reaching in excess of 500,000 combined unit sales in the Gotta Have Gospel series, this third version is bestowed with the ‘Gold’ in its title.

Deitrick Haddon – 7 Days
With both sides of the industry, Gospel and mainstream, hailing Deitrick’s latest release as a masterpiece he has good reason to be looking slick on the cover of his new album.

Various – Gospel Act III
Gospel Act III gets the Christmas season going with a distinct French flavour as record label Battery Sound creates original and cover material.

Peter Daley – Apart from Life
Peter Daley’s primary gifting is as phenomenal pianist and on this debut solo release he’s very much at helm of production and arranging.

Kirk Franklin – Songs For The Storm Vol. 1
You could see this as a ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation which would be too obvious for someone like Kirk Franklin.

Vizion – Merciful God/Never Too Late
Vizion is a UK based Hip Hop artist who not only writes but also produces his own music.

Smokie Norful – Life Changing
He may be a relatively small guy but Smokie packs a mean punch on his new album.

Various – Hip Hope Hits 2007
Gotee’s dedicated Hip Hop compilation gets its latest chapter pressed and ready to keep heads nodding.

Coko – Grateful
Former SWV front lady, Cheryl ‘Coko’ Clemons, has another go at a solo album and this time it’s Gospel affair.

Micah Stampley – A Fresh Wind
Album number two for Micah and he’s every bit the A-list Gospel artist he deserves to be.

Mary Mary – A Mary Mary Christmas
Everyone’s favourite Gospel duo Mary Mary gear up for the Christmas season with this debut seasonal effort.

Koen Duncan – Bring Down
lready having topped GospelReggae.com’s Top 30 download chart with his debut single “Bring Down”, Trinidad & Tobago’s Koen Duncan steps forth

Fred Hammond – Free To Worship
Freddie, if I dare call him that, is back with a new studio album commemorating his 25th anniversary as a recording artist.

Sean Slaughter + Mona J. – Just Add Water
Here we have a concept album from Sean Slaughter, son of Gospel recording artist Alvin Slaughter.

Jean Marc Reyno – Un Chant De Victoire
Jean Marc is a rising star in the French Gospel market and this debut album of his, signs and seals the buzz that he is a voice to take note of.

Watchman – Like Neva B4
Probably of the longest standing UK Gospel Dancehall artists, Watchman is experiencing a new phase in his career by signing to OTR Records

DJ Morphiziz – Best of the Submissions Vol. 3
Beatmart have the right formula here: run a competition to get Hip Hop artists to submit their unreleased tracks, the best ones get picked, cleaned up and mixed

Vickie Winans – Woman To Woman
Vickie Winans is a living institute in US Gospel music and just to affirm that she goes and records a double album of 30 songs.

Stephen Hurd – My Destiny
With a recent visit to the UK, to great reviews I might add, Stephen Hurd releases his second Integrity album and it’s a moving experience indeed.

Various – Soul Worship
We’ve had techno, rave, R+B and Garage amongst various genres used in the past to remake popular Praise + Worship songs.

Valerie Boyd – Victory
An artist that perhaps is not so well-known in these shores, yet Valerie’s husky depth-laced vocals will come as a pleasant discovery to the new listener.

PAJAM Presents 21:03 – Twenty One O Three
PAJAM unroll out their latest creation, an all boy trio group straddling that commercial Pop/R+B market.

Cross Movement – Greatest Hits Vol. 1
The term ‘movement’ couldn’t be more aptly applied when it comes to the Cross Movement. The US Hip Hop crew has been the firm foundation

Platinum Souls Presents – Undeniable Mixtape Series
Hip Hop male/female duo Platinum Souls (PS) have been extremely busy of late with appearances and picking up “Best Hip Hop Video”

V3 - V3
The girl group scene in Gospel has been a bit thin on the ground so EMI Gospel’s latest creation, V3, is set to grab the opening and run.

Todd Edwards – Odyssey
House and Garage fans the world-over will lap up this brand new Todd Edwards release like their life depends on it.

Jason Mighty - Can’t Walk This Life Alone
At long last we get to see the melodic Jason Mighty bring forth a solo album reflecting his repertoire as one of Jamaica’s

The 29th Chapter – Underdogz
The four London-based Hip Hop heads have steadily been working the UK circuit over the last few years and this latest movement sees a deal with

Phil Keaggy – Roundabout
One for all the live music followers and for those that just like to chill to an album without words, this is the latest masterpiece from

Various – Militant For Christ
Caribbean Gospel music on the international scene has long been dominated by the likes of Jamaica, Trinidad + Tobago and the Bahamas.

Noel Robinson + Nu Image – Garment of Praise
A veteran in terms of a musical career spanning to the early days of British Gospel, Noel Robinson is an internationally respected Praise + Worship artist

T.G.B.T.G. Ent presents PDK N BOO LAING - Passionate
It has been a while since the UK Gospel scene has produced a raw street album and looks like T.G.B.T.G. will end that drought.

Various – OTR Sampler
Samplers are a great way of promoting a roster of artists from any particular label and here, OTR Records bunch together a selection

Gilbert Thera + NuSound – Forever
Mainland Europe often perceives the UK as the centre for Gospel activity after the States yet there are some real gems to be discovered

Various – Praise Him UK Reggae Gospel Vol. 1
London based independent label, 3rd Dimension Recordings gives a much-needed platform to the UK Gospel Reggae crooners on this volume

Sean Simmonds - True Story
If you follow the US Gospel scene closely, you may remember Sean Simmonds' involvement as one of the lead singers of the hit group Chapter 5. . .

Stacie Orrico – Beautiful Awakening
Leaving her teen years behind her, Stacie steps into young adulthood with a new spring in her musical repertoire where

Avalanchee- Hard 2 The Core
The Bahamas continues to be a hotbed of Gospel Reggae/Dancehall talent and this new release comes courtesy of the Lion of Judah sound system camp.

Niyoki – My Everything
The US independent music scene continues to thrive and with this additional debut from Niyoki, she is its latest shining star.

Olivier – Nouveau Depart
Making his debut UK appearance at last month’s Oasis Award, Olivier Cheuwa is hot on the heels promoting his debut album “Nouveau Depart”

The Mohabir Sisters – Feel The Power
Gospel music has this untapped wealth of creating some brilliant family groups and the UK is no exception.

Various – Return Of The Overcomers Soundtrack
It’s a movie Star Wars theme with the packaging for this compilation to compliment this year’s Youth Alive conference

GreenJade – Gunz Down
GreenJade release an anti-violence single which let’s face it is a hot topic in today’s society.

Kierra Kiki Sheard – This Is Me (Special Edition)
You can safely say that this has to be one of the most anticipated releases for 2006, the third album

Roger + Sam Grandison – Live In London
The UK has had the amazing talent of producing some slammin’ independent Praise & Worship projects (EG. IDMC and Brian Martin).

KJ-52 - Remixed
US rapper KJ-52 throws in some of his best loved tracks and mixes it all up with some newer remixes and guest features.

Michelle Bonilla - Phenomenal
Michelle Bonilla is an artist who some may have come across via the previous Rock Soul Compilation appearance and

Ayiesha Woods – Introducing Ayiesha Woods
Representing the island of Bermuda, Ayeisha Woods makes her international debut on a bed of Pop/Rock beats.

Ekklesia – Get To Know You
Ekklesia kick their 2006 campaign firmly into place with this nifty five-track radio single paving the way for the debut album due out

New Direction – Send The Praise
Album number four for the New Direction choir and they continue to build upon the foundation set when they

Redefined – Redefined
Repackaged from Saltmine Ministries, Holly and D:NO come together to debut as UK Gospel’s newest Hip Hop duo.

Various - Double Trouble
His Majesty’s Sound System (HMSS) is London’s best known Gospel Reggae sound rig and the scene is set to be influenced some more

Virtue - Testimony
Virtue get a makeover and move under the production guidance of the Jerkins’ hit-making machine. The result. . .

Donald Lawrence + The Tri-City Singers - Finalé (Limited Col
The curtain falls after over 15 years for the dynamic US choir outfit The Tri-City Singers headed by Donald Lawrence

Pettidee - Thug Love
With a more established platform for his new album (not to mention a mouth full of ‘iced-out teeth’), Pettidee brings his brand

Lyric Sings - Brand New Day
And yet another contender for the Mary Mary crown, in steps Lyric Sings. Released on an independent label

Hillsong London - Jesus Is
The UK branch of the explosive Australian Church brand “Hillsong” puts out its second live recording this time done at the Dominion

Troy Miller - 40 Days
Sophistication is the order of the day on this brilliant debut from drummer/composer extraordinaire Troy Miller

The Singletons - Better Than That
Back for round two is Fred Hammond’s protégé’s The Singletons and I guess with such a well-renowned name producing you

Yussuf - I Want To Know
This debut EP comes from Yussuf who is a member of Worship team at West London’s Ealing Christian Centre

Alan Charles - Strength Ah Mi Life
Jamaican UK based Spoken Word artist Alan Charles teams up with top Trinidadian producer Sherwin Gardner for his second album

Siani - Siani Unplugged
Widely seen as the UKs front female trio, Siani release their live album recorded last year at Deptford's Albany Theatre

Dirty South duo GRITS put together some of their biggest tunes on this greatest hits-style album

SOL - Sons Of Light
Fresh on the UK scene is this all-male trio Sons Of Light (SOL) and a very consistent debut it is

Fresh Digress - Fresh Digress
Last year we had the likes of Pee Wee Collins and Bobby Bishop place Beatmart on the map

Ann Nesby - In The Spirit
There are not many singers out there that have had such a colourful and varied career as Ann Nesby

Various - The Worship Album
The striking charcoal-finish to this new worship album helps it stand out well

Various - Caribbean Gospel Book Two
VP Records looks set to further develop their Gospel catalogue with the second instalment of the compilation series

Claudette Schlitter - Your Goodness
A brand new UK Gospel release and perhaps not an artist that immediately springs out

Breakroom - Beautiful Universe
Independent Hip Hop can be hit and miss a lot of the time and here Breakroom bring more of a hit than a miss

Various - The New Sound Of Gospel
At long last the UK sees a conscious effort push to create a compilation specifically tailored for the European market

Various - WOW Gospel 2006
The release that hands down outstrips any other Gospel compilation (in terms of sales) returns with its latest instalment

Martha Munizzi - No Limits (Live)
Martha is on a serious roll at the moment and by taking the brave step to record a double live CD album

Papa San - Real + Personal
So, the album that was delayed over five months finally hits stores and Papa San is in a pure party mood

Various - Praise Life Beyond Vol. 1
Looking to tap into the ‘Urban’ market is this blazing new release featuring a cross section of artists from the US Gospel scene

Dee Jones - Thank You
The power of Nigerian culture continues to spread its influence in the UK Gospel music scene and Dee Jones’ debut album

Karen Clark Sheard - It's Not Over
Miss Karen Clark Sheard, as she is affectionately known in the industry, returns with her fourth album and boy is she on fire.

PBC - Con Sabor Y Flava
One of the more recent movers in the Christian Reggaeton scene, PBC (Paid By Christ) comes extremely strong on his latest release.

ZOEgirl – With All Of My Heart, The Greatest Hits
Poptastic US girl trio ZOEgirl set another milestone in the music career with their Greatest Hits album chronicling the various

Bishop Eddie Long Presents Total Praise Choir - A New Beginn
One of America’s recognised ‘mega-Church’ Pastors, Bishop Eddie Long, gets his Church choir into full-swing.

Dimitri – Natural High
From the UK, the band Dimitri comes up trumps from the grassroots music scene on this unsuspecting release

P.O.D. - Testify
West Coast Nu-Metal quartet P.O.D. (Payable On Death) mean serious business with their brand new release.

Lisa McClendon – Live From The House Of Blues
The leading lady of the Neo-Soul Gospel movement presents us with her live album from the world-renowned House of Blues

Nu Life - Nu Life
When press releases use the term ‘long-awaited album’; here, this indeed has been the case with every literal sense of the phrase.

Ivo And Malin - Holy One KT Sounds Worship
Kensington Temple (KT) is one of London’s leading Churches with a combined membership going into thousands

Various - Riddim Invasion 5
Gospel Reggae sound system from the Bahamas return with their popular Dancehall series

Kevin Max – The Imposter
Success is strange thing and Kevin is no stranger to it having been part of the

The Royalpriesthood - Built To Last
It would seem that three is better than one for south London rappers Royal Priesthood

Various - Worship Africa Vol 3
Here we get a collection of songs that have the African sales pitch but to be honest, I’d get more of an ‘African’ experience walking down Peckham High Street

Various -Reggaeton Baptism Lion of Zion
Lion of Zion have long established strong branding with their ‘Baptism’ compilations

James Bowman III - Experience: My PerspectiveJB3 Music
An album that can easily get looked over from the relatively unknown name but if, like me

Adlan Cruz - The Pianoforte Collection
Celebrated Puerto Rican pianist Adlan Cruz has a long classical history that soon merge into

MDD - Modern Day David
As a producer Lawrence Williams aka MDD has worked on various projects including Alexander O'Neal, Groove Theory

LZ-7 - Ruckus
Lindz West was one of the whacky characters from the now-defunct UK Christian Pop band The Tribe

Double Portion - Redeemed Beats – The Mixtape Vol 1
Newly formed UK label Set Apart Records, founded by DJ Yemi, has street culture in full view

Marvia Providence - Thank You
At long last we get the much awaited follow-up to Marvia’s hit, and surprise, debut hit “Shabach”

Dixie-Ann Hunte - Righteous Change
With the dawning of a new carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago, up pops a brilliant three-track

Sam Moore - Splendid Isolation
Having been the word on many lips throughout 2005, brummie singer Sam Moore at long last

Various - Chillout Christmas
With the latter end of the year seeing a heightened release of Christmas albums, they can all

Various - Kingdom Advancement
First we had Virtuous Records bring out a compilation earlier on the year

Muyiwa + Riversongz - Declaring His Power One Voice
From the UK’s popular Praise and Worship singer and radio personality (Premier Radio), comes the follow-up to

Israel Houghton + New Breed - Alive In South Africa
It seems like this man can not set a foot wrong. Being one of the most influential Praise and Worship leaders of

Martha Munizzi - When He Came
US female Worship leader of the moment, Martha Munizzi gets well into the festive season on

Hillsong - Hillsong Ultimate Worship
The Aussie Church music machine keeps things rolling over the Christmas period with his

Byron Cage - An Invitation To Worship
The ‘Prince of Praise’ as he is known in the industry returns with a simply entitled album beckoning people into a

Lil Pito - Distinto Y Diferente Arroyo Dist.
The latest album from US artist Lil Pito offers up a very strong Reggaeton project indeed.

Salvador - Que Tan Lejos Está El Cielo Word / Curb Records
Salvador has built up an amazing reputation for giving some of the best live shows on the Christian music scene.

Khristian - This Year
This maybe a debut solo project from Khristian but of late he has been busy fulfilling

Marcos Witt - Dios Es Bueno
Marcos Witt is the ‘Michael W Smith’ of the Latin Praise & Worship/Pop world and here he

DJ Maj - BoogiRoot
Probably one of the very few ‘celebrity’ Hip Hop deejays in Gospel music, DJ Maj continues to leave

Various - The Best Gospel Album In The World…Ever!
A very bold statement to brand any project and here Virgin/EMI decide to bring their “Best…Ever” series

Various - GreenJade +…The Nu Jerusalem Project Vol. 1
One of the more longer-standing UK Hip Hop crews (ten years plus), south Londoners GreenJade have been spreading

Kyrstal Meyers - Krystal Meyers
Essential Records brings forth a complete gem of an artist and project with this debut release by teenager Krystal Meyers.

S.O.E. - Chase The Dream
One half of the Hip Hop duo Set Free, S.O.E. comes with his solo project and it’s a jammed with

Paula - One Step Away Kingdom Music
In terms of industry experience, Paula’s CV reads as follows: worked with Mica Paris, Chaka Khan and

Spring Hill Worship - Songs From The Bennett House Spring Hi
This album arrived in the office with the sticker ‘Authentic Worship Guaranteed’ which basically means if you

Kay Bakre - Mercy K. Bakre Music
London-based soloist Kay Bakre steps in for a first taste of the UK Gospel industry with this neatly

Vicki Yohe - Hes’ Been Faithful Pure Springs Gospel / EMI Go
Giving Martha Munizzi a run for her money in the ‘white-singer-does-Gospel’ department

Various - Gotta Have Gospel 3 Integrity Gospel / Gospo Centr
Round three in the “Gotta Have Gospel” series with its double disc delight showcasing

Dependance - One Life Alliance Music
Since The Tribe disbanded there has been a gap left in the UK Christian Pop market and Dependance look like

Various - Turn It Up Volume 1 Flow Masters Records
Trinidad’s carnival season may be over for 2005 but if this compilation from Sherwin Gardner’s

Marvin Sapp - Be Exalted Verity
Here we have an album that hits the mark big time in bold and catchy Gospel production.

Dwayne Tryumf - Ghetto Scripture Tryumf Recording Corporatio
A name that is much respected on the UK Gospel scene both as a producer and artists, Dwayne Tryumf throws out

Charles + Taylor - Charles + Taylor Integrity Gospel
Much build up has surrounded the release of this debut project by teenage brother/sister duo Charles

Joann Rosario - Now More Than Ever…Worship Verity / Zomba
Fred Hammond’s protégé singer burst onto the scene with her much-spoken about debut

Kierra ‘Kiki’ Sheard - Just Until EMI Gospel
For a teenager Kierra seems to be taking a leaf out of her mum’s (Karen Clark Sheard) book as hard working

Canton Jones - Love Jones Holy Hip Hop Music
Having been bubbling on the Urban Gospel scene over the last few years, focus is placed on this new release

Sounds of Blackness - Unity SLR Records
The mighty Sounds of Blackness (SOB) hit the music scene once more with what it seems going back to their roots in

- The Gospel Revue Online

"The Experience ::: BRACE YOURSELF !"

Pastor, author, artist, entrepreneur, philanthropist... international influence, Bishop Thomas Dexter Jakes began his ministry in 1979 with a congregation of ten people, when he founded the Greater Emmanuel Temple of Faith in West Virginia. Today, Bishop Jakes’ church in Dallas, “The Potter’s House” is one of America’s fastest growing mega-churches from which hope and restoration have reached millions around the world. Multiracial and nondenominational, the Potter's House has 50-plus active outreach ministries, more than 30,000 members, and a full-time staff of 300.

Being a man of wide influence, Bishop Jakes has visited the White House in meetings with both Presidents Bush and Clinton—and shared spiritual guidance with President Rawlings of Ghana and President Obasanjo of Nigeria. He was a guest of the King of Jordan, King Abdullah; the President of Trinidad, George Maxwell Richards, and in January 2005, the president of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri K. Museveni, and his wife, Janet Museveni.


Born of preacher parents, Tye learned to make music at an early age. In 1996, he founded the G.A (Greater Anointing) gospel choir which at first, consisted of his friends whose hearts were simply set on making great music. The group won first place in the national gospel choir awards competition that same year. They have since performed with many of the finest artistes in gospel including Yolanda Adams, Hezekiah Walker, Mary Mary, Kim Burrel, John P Kee and Bobby Jones. Tye describes his sound as “earth, wind & fire meet Christ.”


Kurt is described as a man who is gifted and anointed in all things musical. Since 1991, he has composed, arranged and released many gospel albums. Starting his own record label, Gospo Centric in 1992, the energetic musical director led his group through several albums of contemporary music. Kurt has been an active promoter of the acts of his record label, including such industry heavy hitters like Trin-i-tee 5:7. Gospel Gangstas, and Kirk Franklin and the family. He has a global mission to reach every nation, tongue and people through his latest release – One Church.


As a songwriter, Don has written over 100 songs; as a worship leader, he has led worship on every continent but Antartica. And as a producer and business man, he has recorded numerous albums. He serves as the President of integrity Music and vice president /creative director for integrity Media. As an artist, he has sold over five million units.

In 2002, he was presented with the Ray DeVries Church Ministry award by his peers. He also received a Dove Award for his work on the musical “God with us”. Despite his many creative pursuits, family (his wife Laura and their five children) is his first priority.


Armed with a warm spirit, an abundant faith, a pure heart and the desire for everyone she comes in contact with to have the same experience, CeCe’s abundant gifts also serve as the platform for her purpose beyond the music. The six-time Grammy award winner is a visionary humanitarian with sharp business acumen.

Married twenty-one years with a daughter and son in college, ages eighteen and twenty (respectively), CeCe the wife and mother has managed to balance her personal and professional lives with relative ease. With a supportive, loving spouse (their last name not coincidentally, Love) and having her priorities in order, CeCe is clear about her foundation; God is at the center, everything else revolves around him, and that works in her favour. Being encouraged and inspired by life, CeCe Winans is very clear on her agenda. “Good always conquers evil,” she acknowledges, “we just have to create those outlets.”


Israel Houghton is considered a forerunner and architect of cross-cultural worship. He has written hundreds of songs for the church worldwide and is an award winning producer and arranger. Israel is the Founder and President of New Breed Music which is a worship movement that crosses all cultural, generational, and denominational boundaries. He also serves as worship leader at Lakewood Church in Houston with Pastor Joel Osteen.

However; simply put Israel says, “I am a husband to Meleasa, a father to Mariah, Israel II, and Milan Lily, and a Friend of God.”


Lionel Petersen has been leading and teaching worship in churches across South Africa since 1984. Prior to that he enjoyed a successful secular music career, but getting to record Rejoice Africa was something of a dream-come-true for Lionel. Bringing together over 5000 worshipers of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, Rejoice Africa exudes a spirit of unity and reconciliation filled with the indigenous sounds of South African music, live from Johannesburg.


For almost three decades, Pastor Marvin Winans has led the Winans family to spear-head a musical revolution in the world of contemporary Gospel, R&B and Pop music. With their incomparable vocals, positive lyrics, unforgettable memories and impeccable production, a musical window opened up that let in the likes of Kirk Franklin, Commissioned, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Sounds of Blackness and beyond.

Pastor Winans is a six-time Grammy award winner, a world class song-writer, vocalist and entertainer who is recognized, respected and accepted in the Mainstream, CBA, Gospel and General markets. He is the founder and Senior Pastor of Perfecting Church in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan– a church with membership of over 4,500 members


An Author, Motivator and Conference speaker, Paul Adefarasin is well known for his clear message of hope, healing and empowerment. He is widely regarded as a visionary leader and a bridge builder. His ability to transcend Race, Tribe and Creed with his unique approach to ministry has seen to the forging of many strategic relationships between the church and secular communities in Africa. He has a burning passion to see the rehabilitation of his generation, his nation and his continent. He is the founder and Senior Pastor of the vibrant multi-ethnic House On The Rock congregation, with over 7,000 worshippers in attendance on Sunday mornings. He is also the Founder and President of the Rock Foundation; a charity based organization committed to social reformation, education, provision of healthcare and relief work for the downtrodden and underprivileged in Nigeria and West Africa.


Asu first discovered his musical inclination in his primary school days, although he did not explore the gift until much later in life. His ‘hiplife’ style of music which is a combination of highlife and hip-hop explores a lot of traditional elements to give a unique flavour. The award-wining gospel singer is passionate about using his music to change the image of notoriety which is usually ascribed to the Niger Delta Region. Asu’s “back to base” albums are still rocking the air waves.


Mike Aremu is an innovative Saxophone composer whose ability to draw from traditional Nigerian sounds to create a sound that represents both creative-passion and his culture has distinguished and set him apart. Mike has received industry recognition with the TOMA and AMEN awards where he received Best Instrumental album of the year and Best Gospel Music Video of the year. He was also nominated twice at the Kora Awards (Africa’s best known and recognised mainstream music awards ceremony) in 2003.


Muyiwa has been described as an exceptional singer/songwriter/radio presenter. Since he burst onto the Christian music scene in 2002 with his debut album 'Restoration', featuring Riversongz, he has been inspiring worshippers across the UK to 'bless the Lord'. Mixing the soul of black music, with rock, pop, soul and r'n'b to create an intoxicating and awe inspiring sound, his album that featured songs like 'Our God Is Good', 'Your Loving Kindness', 'Restoration' and 'We Want To See You' has been embraced by churches across the UK, Europe and Nigeria, and incorporated into their worship services. He can be heard on Premier Radio, where he presents their flagship 'Gospel Tonight' and ‘Worship Tonight' programmes, He also presents ‘Sounds Of Africa’ on Luthansa Airlines.

- The Experience


Released: 2005

1 Boma - Intro
2 Boma
3 Unveiled
4 Oluwaseun
5 Dance 4 Joy
6 Jehovah
7 Ose
8 Halleyah
9 Wonder
10 You are the One (Iwo Ni Mo Fe)

Released: 2002

1 Fuji Jazz
2 Fuji Jazz (Instrumental)
3 No Shaking (Kosofo)
4 Prayer (feat. Aboyewa & Gbenga Owoeye)
5 Kilo o le se (feat. Paul I.K. Dairo)
6 Great I am
7 MoreLove (feat. Agboola Shadare)
8 Odi Onye Di Kagi
9 I go worship my God
10 Thankful (Medley)
a. Olorun mo wa dupe
b. Baba ose

Released: 1999

1 Dance
2 Worship Medley
3 Sheke Sheke
4 Oluwa Ku ise
5 I wil lift up Jesus
6 Baba Ye
7 Your Life (feat. Kenny St. Ogungbe)
8 Hallowed be thy Name (Feat. Gbenga Owoeye-ise & Segun Obe)



Mike Aremu can easily be seen as one of the front runners of world-class Saxophone players but what sets this distinguished musician apart is ability to draw from traditional Nigerian sounds to create a sound that represents both creative-passion and his culture.

Growing up in the state of Niger, Nigeria (West Africa), his musical interest started from the age of eight where in Church each child was encouraged in playing a musical instrument. Starting with drums, by the age of ten he had also mastered the keyboard, guitar and bass. However it was the trumpet that became his main focus and remained so until 1992. During that year he had his first encounter playing an alto Saxophone at Revival Assembly Church, Lagos. Previously Mike had never thought of adding the Saxophone to his repertoire of instruments and had only seen it being played from a distance.

From there with some basic lessons and determination by 1995 he decided to make the full transition and concentrate solely on the Saxophone. The following year, he joined House on the Rock’s music team playing alongside the likes of Sammie Okposo, Agboola Shadare, Abiodun Akhigbe, Victor James, Gbenga Owoeye Wise and others. At about this time, Mike was also playing with the Compassion band of the Strong Tower Mission. As his confidence grew so did his reputation as a charismatic musician. This resulted in a stream of appearances at such venues in Nigeria as Pintos, The Green Lion, Club Towers, K’s Place and Mega Plaza’s Dome. Demand for his talent came in thick and fast with Mike completing session work for Onyeka Onwenu, Ras Kimono, King Wasiu, Ayinde Marshal, Kingsley Ike and Olufunmi to mention a few.

The next step in Mike’s career was signing a record deal with Kennis Music Label, Nigeria’s largest record label, through which he released two chart-topping albums “Dance” (1999) and “No Shaking” (2002) shifting a combined total of more than 1.5 million copies. He has also recorded two songs for the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in the United States.

Nowadays Mike spends a considerable amount of time travelling and performing at venues across the world. To date he has played alongside notable international artists like Kirk Franklin, Marvin Winans, Ron Kenoly, Mary Mary and Adlan Cruz. He appeared at the John F Kennedy Centre, Washington DC’s main concert arena. He has also made considerable progress in Europe, in particular the UK where he has performed in two of London’s principle music venues – The Barbican and Ocean as part of the annual Awesome Praise concerts. He has also played at Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), the UK’s largest Pentecostal Church and many of the branches of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) – one of the world’s largest chains of Nigerian-based Church networks.

Industry recognition has also been bestowed on this innovative Saxophone composer where he adds TOMA Awards (Today’s Gospel Music Awards) and AMEN Awards on his list of gongs received – Best Instrumental Album of the Year and Best Gospel Music Video of the Year. He was also nominated twice at the KORA Award’s in 2003 which is Africa’s best known and recognised mainstream music awards ceremony. JCI's TOYP (Ten Outstanding Young People) - Best self-developed personality.

Mike’s much anticipated new album “Unveiled” was released first to the Pan-African market October 2005. The project is a reflection of Mike’s musical outlook with a distinct international appeal. You’ll find Latin influences, Makossa, Blues, Soukus all laid on a strong West African foundation. The first radio single out off the new album is “Oluwaseun” combining infectious West African percussion and Middle Eastern flavours with pulsating Ragga-style rhythms.

Mike Aremu has begun to firmly establish himself on the international music scene. With extensive touring planned along with the new project, all this ensures that Mike will not only be a worthy ambassador of Nigeria but represent quality, innovative and above all God-inspired music.

For more information,
please call/e-mail
T. +234 8055677549
E: jeffhonfor@yahoo.com