When you think about Gospel Acts and the MOBO awards, performing artists such as Guvna B, Jahaziel, Triple O and Lurine Cato come to mind. However, a church choir has broken the mould this year by winning the prestigious MOBO Best Gospel Act 2014 award. Living Faith Connection Choir staved off strong competition from Kristyna Myles, Anastasia Baker, Noel Robinson and J Vessel to take their position as one of the few if not only church choirs to ever win a MOBO award.
Living Faith Connections Choir is from the Redeemed Church of God parish Living Faith Connections Church based in Barking, London. The church Music Director Evans Ogboi, a trained music producer and sound engineer, has been working with the choir for the last 3 years and has been critical to the vision of Pastorate for the choir to release an album. As a result, ‘Beyond the Norm’ featuring the popular single of the same title was released in March 2013. It is this single that has really brought this church choir to the forefront of the UK Gospel Scene and to ultimately win the MOBO Best Gospel Act 2014.
When asked about the choir’s initial MOBO nomination, Evans said “A couple of weeks after participating in the BBC Gospel Choir of the Year 2014 competition, I got a call from Muyiwa Olarewaju who was like “Guess what? You guys have been nominated for the MOBO’s!” It came out of the blue for us. We were all so excited. We actually didn’t believe it. Then we just thought let’s see what can do and play our part in what God is orchestrating. We are grateful what God is doing. It’s such a testimony.”
It was Mel B who announced that Living Faith Connection Choir had won the Gospel category. Evans was joined by his pastor to receive the award. He expressed during our interview with him that the presence of his Pastor at the award ceremony really boosted the faith of the team.
As with previous MOBO winners, the award is likely to raise the profile of the choir nationally and even internally as well as open further doors of opportunity. Evans said; “Winning the awards has really encouraged and given us a huge boost to keep doing what we are doing. Our church Pastorate have been talking about working on the next phase of how we can start to share this Gospel to a wider audience outside of London. We want to start to go round the UK and beyond, sharing the Gospel through our music. For us it is outreach. “
In case you missed it, here is the moment Living Faith Connection Choir were announced as MOBO Best Gospel Act 2014:
The Vinejuice would like to congratulate Living Faith Gospel Choir for their win and prays that God will continue to use them to spread the good news of Jesus Christ through their music in arenas they never expected. Well done!