International renowned gospel singer, Sonnie Badu, has extensively schooled a fan who commented on a Facebook Live video he'd been making wondering why gospel singers charge for their shows.
Many Ghanaians have voiced their opinions concerning the perceived commercializing of gospel music, and churches in general.
Some have commented stating that since gospel musicians are doing God's work, they really shouldn't be charging an entrance fee anyway since sharing the Word ought to be their ultimate goal.
It turns out that a fan watching the video thought gospel concerts should be free, that Sonnie Badu didn't read his bible well,and chose to share this with Sonnie. This prompted an extensive lecture on the realities of what gospel artists go through to get their music to the public.
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"Please explain your comment to me. So they are to minister for free?" asked Sonnie Badu, visibly hurt by the fan's comment.
"You have your work you’re doing. That worship leader that went to the studio to pay his own money to record a song to bless you- which part in the Bible is it?"
In the video, Sonnie then goes on to elaborate that many gospel artist "carry" great songs but have no one to help them. Sonnie says that many people talk about gospel singers don't have to be paid, and it's the work of God.
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Sonnie expresses that if he could walk into a Bible shop and buy a bible for free, that even that couldn't happen even though he has both his pastoral, and ministerial license.
"This bible is not for free. I wish i could could to the sound engineer of the recording studio and tell them, 'please, give me all these songs, do all these tracks for me for free, I beg you,'" says Sonnie, adding that this is just not the case.
Sonnie goes on to say that he wished even the churches they gave artist were free, but that even the church charges for the services. He then recounts about how much he had to pay for a studio, but that he was almost kicked out of a studio just for going over his time slot a little.
The well known artist also highlights that as opposed to secular artist who tend to get funding from alcoholic beverage companies, gospel singers have a much harder time getting sponsorship deals.
Check out Sonnie's video in full below:
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