Olaide Banks
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Olaide Banks

Houston, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF | AFM

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2017
Solo Christian Rock




"Story of My Life is Staunchly Gospel Centered"

I don’t even have words to describe how awesome this single is. The lyrics, the music….all stellar. Encouraging, uplifting, everything you want a Christian track to be. Those wooed by the blue-eyed gospel stomp of acoustic and organic Pop/R&B musical flavors will experience comforting aural Deja vu barely seconds into “Story of My Life”, the brand new worship song by Olaide Banks. Banks is a talented artist, worship leader, and associate pastor based in Houston, Texas. Committed to achieving social justice through diverse music, sharing the Word of God, and community outreach and education, Banks and his ministry team, The One Worship Movement, are taking the next step toward reaching people across the U.S. with a message of inspiration and hope. The release of Banks’s debut single, “Story of My Life”, marks the first step towards his debut album, “One Worship”, set to release in early 2019.

Olaide Banks

Olaide Banks’ music is staunchly gospel-centered, both musically and lyrically. The recording flows sweetly, built upon mid-tempo acoustic guitar strumming, colored by a steady rhythm section and rich vocal harmonies. Olaide inhabits a soul that has been cleansed.

Much like the Gospel itself, Banks’ message is spiritually revolutionary, yet simple enough for a child to understand. There is a clear distinction between darkness and light, and his personal Christ-centered metamorphosis is undeniable. He does not engage in heavy metaphoric language, knowing that the plain, clear truth of his life suffice.

However, the poetic embellishments Banks may sacrifice in vocabulary, for a clearer understanding of his message, he more than makes up for with passionate singing. At its best, this track transports the listener to a Holy Spirit-driven discussion where its emotional pull is irresistible.

At a time when many contemporary worship songs can easily be mistaken for romantic odes, Olaide Banks’ music is one consistently holy communion. Banks clearly is no stranger to the storms that life can sometimes throw at us.

Although he is a newcomer to the CCM scene, his deep-seated sense of spiritual and personal songwriting will earn him respect within the industry. “Story of My Life” explores how God’s love has covered him from morning to nightfall, and that His promises are true.

Bank’s life story obviously was the backbone for writing the song, and he does a nice job of delivering it with authenticity. His move from being solely a worship leader and an associate pastor, to also pursuing a Christian music career, has resulted in music that is honest, hopeful, raw and emotive.

Full of hope, life, passion and fervent urgency; “Story of My Life” is a must-have for anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian music. He makes it clear in his message that the promised land of the Lord may in fact be nearer than we think. And that our moment of realization, surrender, and acknowledgement that Jesus can wash us clean from all the pain, turmoil and unsaid things, could easily become our own story of our lives. - www.tunedloud.com

"Story of My Life - Worship From The Heart"

Olaide Banks is a talented artist, worship leader, and associate pastor based in Houston, Texas. Committed to achieving social justice through diverse music, sharing the Word of God, and community outreach and education, Banks and his ministry team, The One Worship Movement, are taking the next step toward reaching people across the U.S. with a message of inspiration and hope. The July 6th release of Banks’s debut single, “Story of My Life,” marks the beginning of that new journey. It’s rare these days that you find a Christian artist that will do more than soothe you into a comfortable positivity. Olaide Banks’ music stands out as an example of how encouragement should be delivered through the conveying of truth and reliance on the Lord’s work to carry us in a broken world.

“Story of My Life” isn’t just music for the sake of music, but worship from the heart. There is also an authentic and resonant quality to Bank’s voice that will bring you a little closer to the heart of God. The sheer depth of his voice and passion in his heart are on full display here.

The transition from the bridge to the chorus has a tangible sense of hope pouring out from Bank’s that it might cause the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up. The jangling acoustic guitar motif and Olaide Bank’s booming voice has a more than vague resemblance to the captivating sound of the legendary Darius Rucker from the secular world.

Singing in the first person and using his own personal experiences, “Story of My Life” is a powerful track about finding help, comfort, and strength in Jesus. It is a track that should gain traction quickly. Its instrumentally simple, low verses gently explode into stronger, richer choruses with a catchy melody and easy to learn lyrics.

More important than the sonic sheen is the message. The singer’s bold acclamations are not just mere rhetoric; rather, they come out of a personal testimony, where Banks has had to lay down many of his hurts, questions, failures and disappointments before God.

One of the greatest allures of “Story of My Life,” is the emotional transparency that Olaide Banks puts on display. Banks doesn’t just sing about holiness, you can sense he truly wants to be close to God. The song is testimony of how Jesus can make you shine in our dark world.

Lyrically the song speaks in a straightforward way and the simple rhythmic structure, the beguiling majesty of the strumming acoustic guitar, and Bank’s sure-footed delivery really drive home the message to our hearts.

Olaide Banks is just as passionate or perhaps even more on fire for impacting the lives of other people than he is about enlightening himself, and that’s certainly an admirable place to be. In fact, that sentiment is immediately apparent from the minute you press play on “Story of My Life”. - Jamsphere


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Olaide Banks has been described as “uniquely anointed to usher in the presence of the Holy Spirit in Worship.”

Born and raised on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, Olaide began signing at the age of 6 in choirs and talent showcases.  His distinctive baritone, and the subtle island and African influences in his songs, hint at his origins. Yet the authenticity of his lyrics and musical delivery transcend the boundaries of denomination and nationality.

The Six-foot, three-inch Banks casts an impressive presence in any room he enters.  Still, his subtle smile and soft-spoken humility belie the unbridled passion and sincerity that comes through every time he strides to the microphone, guitar in hand, to minister.

Olaide’s delivery has been compared favorably with Jonathan Butler and Darius Rucker, but he says with a smile, “I think I sound a lot like a younger version of my dad, Bankie Banx, but I’ll take it.”

Banks served in the New Members and Christian Education Ministry at The Church Without Walls for several years prior to accepting his appointment as worship leader with Way of Life Bible Fellowship.

As a founding member and Associate Pastor with Way of Life Bible Fellowship, Banks was passionately involved in homeless ministry and advocacy.  Banks put his ministry passion into action as a practicing attorney advocating on behalf of homeless individuals in Houston’s Greenspoint community.

While Associate Pastor and Worship Leader for seven years, Banks ministered at various Spirit-Filled churches and revivals before developing “The Heart of Worship” program.  The program assists Pastors and Church Elders, across denominations, to breathe the life of the Holy Spirit into fading congregations.

With the release of “One Worship” Banks hopes to unite The Church as Christ described in John 4:24, to worship in spirit and in truth. “One Worship” features top musicians from Houston and the Caribbean supporting the unmistakable vocals of Olaide Banks.

Olaide is married to Donyale Banks and they have one son, Omari.  

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