Gospel singer Chemphe, who was once a secular R&B artiste has revealed that he has always been a church boy even during his time doing popular music
In an interview on the 3FM Drive with Giovani Caleb, the artist who was once considered Ghana’s answer to R. Kelly, shared insights into his personal and musical journey, revealing a significant shift that took place in his life in 2015.
Born Henry Agyekum the artiste who now goes by the moniker, Israel Chemphe, opened up about his transition to gospel music and his deep-rooted connection to the church.
“I think my switch came in 2015 when I released my song ‘God is Good.’ Actually, I was getting married in 2015, and that’s when I made the decision to switch from R&B to Gospel,” he said.
Reflecting on his upbringing, Chemphe revealed, “I have always been a church boy, I was made a music pastor in 2010, and down the line, I was actually doing church work as a music director.”
However, it was an invitation from God that led Chemphe to delve even deeper into his faith and musical expression.
“There was an invitation by God that made me go deeper than what you see now, and so someone will say there was a calling,” he explained.
According to the ‘Ayeyi’ singer, he placed deeper emphasis on prayer and introspection which led him to the place where everyone considers him as a firebrand for God.
“Praying hard into the invitation is what you see now. For me, I think I found my purpose and I went in for it, and that’s what I’m in now,” Isreal Chemphe stated.
Chemphe who is currently out with his latest project titled “Ayeyi,” is currently a pastor and worships with Empowerment Worship Centre.
Prior to his transition, he had chart-topping tracks like Number One, Why You Dey Treat Am Bad and Left Over, however, he now chooses to showcase his continued commitment to spreading the message of faith, hope, and gratitude through gospel music.