An Exclusive Interview Session With Badejo Popularly known as Jovani.
4wardgospehits: Good Evening Sir and welcome to Stay Woke Session with 4wardGospelhits. Nice meeting you having you on board.
Jovani: Good evening and thank you for having me
Jovani: I am happy to be here and nice to meet you.
4wardgospehits: Alright Mr Badejo popularly known as Jovani kindly tell us and your fans about yourself.
Jovani: My name is Abiodun Olusope Badejo popularly Known as Jovani. I am an indigene of Ogun state. I’m also a graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University where I studied Applied Zoology.
Jovani: I am an independent gospel recording artist and I live in Lagos.
Jovani: I love to read,travel and I play chess.
Sir we have seen your exploits and also your uniqueness in delivery. Kindly tell us how it all started for you in the gospel music ministry.
Jovani: Well,thank you for your kind words. It all started for me in the church where I joined the children’s choir. I have always been fascinated by music maybe because my parents exposed me to different genres of music growing up. My sound is greatly influenced by the different genres of music I listened to growing up. It has always been my desire to do gospel music because I believe in doing music that glorifies God and heals the broken. I had to rebrand myself and my sound when I perceived that gospel music was being repetitive,monotonous and largely ignored by the teeming Nigerian masses. It gives me joy to be used by Almighty God to bless souls all around the world with my songs even in countries that I have never been to.
4wardgospelhits: You know many times people make mention of starting music at an early age of 6(six) and so. But can you tell us how long you have been into the gospel music ministry?
Jovani: I released my debut single called Emi Alaye on the 23rd of April,2014 It was marketed by Dapat Music Company and also sold on MTN music plus and Tecno Boom Player. I ventured into music after I graduated from university and completed NYSC although I have been developing myself in the choir and via personal training. One thing you must know is that there is a BIG difference between singing in your church and releasing a debut album.
Jovani: Singing is a hobby but once you step into a studio to release your song it becomes a business or career.
4wardGospelhits: Hmmmmmm that’s very true.
Jovani: Which means that even if you started singing at the age 6 that doesn’t mean you have started your music career. It only means you’re being groomed or trained for a possible music career or ministry as we like to call in Christian circles.
4wardgospelhits: Absolutely true!
Question Two: What Genre Of Music Do You Do?
Jovani: My music is Eclectic. This means that I borrow from every genre of music. My sounds is influenced by different genres because of the kind of exposure and training I had. I had music teachers in high school and elementary school coupled with personal development and training from church choir. But as a recording artist I always ensure that my album contains Highlife, Afrobeat, Afropop/hiphop tracks. I also do fusion in my album releases.
4wardGospelhits: So far how many album do you have sir?
Jovani: I have been consistent with dropping hit songs back to back by the grace God. I am known for excellence. I have only one album It’s called Emi Alaye. It means “The Living” though I am currently working on my sophomore album.
Question Three: Can you tell us about some challenges you went through to be where you are today?
Jovani: It was really challenging dropping my first album because there was no support from anyone but I thank God that I completed the project and found a marketer for it.
4wardGospelhits: You know most times people don’t see this challenges artistes face it’s just the end result they see and to be serious it’s quite challenging from funding and the host of them.
Jovani: Hmm….I have faced many challenges in the journey to relevance on the gospel music industry. First challenge I faced is lack of money. Money is very important in this life and if you want to create anything of value you will definitely need money to do it. I had very meagre financial resources and no one was willing to sponsor my musical projects. Churches,pastors and most family members totally ignored me.The second challenge is acceptance. When people don’t know you,they don’t reckon with you and when people don’t reckon with you,they don’t give you their platform. I had to be extremely excellent to such an extent that I could not be ignored. I had to be deliberate about being the best. The third challenge is that of relationship. I had no relationship with anybody in the gospel music industry simply because I was unknown back then. The funny thing is that even when I tried to build relationships with popular artists I was shunned and looked down upon. I met Tosin Martins and I called him for advise because at that time I was confused. I knew what I wanted to achieve with my sound but I didn’t know how to go about it. Tosin Martins invited me to his studio at Lekki and he was very nice to me. He listened to my music and took his time to give me advice. I will never forget that day in my life because he sowed a seed in my life without even knowing it. Today,I have relationships with all the major players in the gospel music scene even those outside Nigeria. My life is a testimony in this regard.
I also had to face the challenge of identity because alot of church goers expect a gospel artist to sing in a particular way or dress in a particular way but I had to go back to God. I made up my mind to listen to God and not man because I know that God’s words are final. Only God has the final say about my tomorrow not man.
I had to learn to turn discouraging moments around for my benefit. I have mastered the art of soaring above challenges just like the eagle leveraging the storm to soar. It’s all about perception, if you perceive a situation as a challenge that cannot be surmounted then you will be discouraged and lose focus but if you train your mind to see that when things are not working out as planned you see it as a part of the process and try to turn things around. You don’t see it as a disadvantage but as a part of the process. You have to embrace the pros and the cons so that you can master adversity.
4wardGospelhits: Waw that’s really inspiring. Do you have any project you are currently working on? Or can you tell us something about that too
Jovani: Yes, I am currently working on my sophomore album. I have released three singles that will be a part of these album to global acclaim: That is Asiko, Repete and the present trending single Alayo.
Question Four. You know since ever the release of Alayo is sprung up and had been receiving wide acceptance. What’s the secret sir
Jovani: Hmm…I give all glory to God Almighty for the success of my latest single Alayo. God gave me the inspiration for the song and I wrote it down exactly the way He have me inspiration. The secret of Alayo is SIMPLICITY
Many gospel artists believe that their songs must be complicated with riffs and runs. They go into the studio to record a song just to show that they understand the technicalities of music,they keep forgetting that the most successful musicians in the world didn’t even go to music school.
Alot of emerging gospel artistes miss it in this area. They think a studio recording is a time to show off what they know or what they have learnt forgetting that God must have a hand in what you’re doing or else it will be a complete waste of time. Unless The Lord builds the house,the labourers labour but in vain.
Question Five: What advice can you give to your fans, those who want to be like you and so many others out there
Jovani: OK, my advice is this… Keep being the best, you don’t need anyone’s permission to succeed. You don’t need any mentor’s endorsement to become the best. The only person’s permission you need is yours. The day you convince yourself that you can do it is the day you are liberated. Go for it and let your voice be heard. Be audacious. Add audacity to your potentials. Give expression to your potentials through audacity and watch the world change because of it.
Don’t forget to take everything to God in prayer and believe it is done when you pray.
4wardgospelhits: Honestly it was great having you on this platform sir
Jovani: Thank you…I am honoured.
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