UCHE AGU: UNITING THE GLOBAL CHURCH THROUGH WORSHIP AND MUSIC
Determined to reach millions globally as he’s successfully done in Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean, Uche Agu has infused his musical brand with vibrant sounds of techno, rock, reggae, Latin and traditional gospel sound with the roots of raw African rhythm.
Uche garnered fame in the Africa diaspora as the soloist on the South African musical ensemble Joyous Celebration’s contagiously popular hit “My God is Good”. With well over 3 million views on YouTube since its release in 2009. Since he has captivated audiences as the headline performer for over 70,000 on tour through the African Continent. Uche’s popularity led him to perform for some of the largest congregations and audiences throughout the USA, Caribbean Islands, United Kingdom, Amsterdam, Italy and Germany.
His new album, “The Glory Experience|Live in Houston” reflects a diversity rarely showcased in the African Gospel, American Gospel and the Christian Worship genres. To create a true, organic yet quality sound Uche has pulled from the expertise of world class recording personnel such as Dove, Stellar & Grammy™ Nominated producer, musician and songwriter Clay Bogan III (William McDowell, Israel & New Breed), in-demand vocal arranger and worship artist Daniel Johnson, world-class drummer Chris Coleman (Israel & New Breed, Chaka Khan, Prince), Grammy™ award winning recording engineer Danny Duncan and along with the Grammy™ award winning mix engineer Paul “Salvo” Salveson to create an eclectic gospel mix that blends sounds from all around the world with the roots of African rhythms being the canvas…truly a work of art.
The common thread uniting the assorted sounds of the album is the mission behind each track. Uche brings the hard driving force of praise and worship to anthems such as the new remix of his classic “My God Is Good”, the ever so catchy “The Glory” and “Make God Big.” There’s a Caribbean-Latin fusion on “All Over” and a soft rock motif on “Yahweh”. Tracks like “No Way” balance a little Reggae with a little gospel for a little fun chanson that is a sincere declaration of faith.
Uche also pays homage to his homeland with the beautifully arranged “African Worship Medley”. He leads the audience with classics like “Most High”, “You Are Wonderful” & “Never Let Me Go”. The medley seamlessly flows together as Uche and the audience become one in worship.
Uche’s aggressive mission to connect globally through his music comes by no surprise. He is amongst a new breed of worship leaders that feels God is positioning them to incite revival amongst a new generation of believers through praise and worship. He was born into a family of faith in the eastern part of Nigeria, Onitsha in Anamra State where his parents Isikaku and Lovelyn Agu were pastors.
The energetic child began to preach and sing at the age of 3 as he attempted to minister to his own family members. His father prophesied that the child would become a minister of music and he became one before he finished high school.
After high school Uche moved to Kenya and served in the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nairobi. While on a missions tour in South Africa preaching the gospel with fellow church members, he didn’t realize he would soon return and settle in South Africa where the next phase of his life would unfold. Uche received a Diploma in theology from the World Harvest Theological College and also served as the minister of music in several churches in Africa.
In the midst of fulfilling his calling to spread the gospel, Uche has a burning desire to give back to his community and support the less privileged around the world through his ministry. The Messenja Foundation was birthed during a visit to the town of Klaas Creek, close to Paramaribo, the capital city of Suriname in South America. Uche’s heart was touched in an extraordinary way while visiting small villages where African natives migrated and settled in search of a better life. “It was placed on my heart to plant seeds in those small villages that will grow and spread messages of hope, faith, love and unity through the Foundation” says Uche. The Messenja Foundation will also serve as a showcase platform for hidden talent in music and the arts that often go unnoticed in underprivileged communities. The foundation is expected to be fully operational in 2015.
[Published 23 September 2015]
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