When I last wrote about the power of gospel music, I noticed that many gospel musicians got their song lyrics through personal experience, especially through hardship and hardship.
For example, Cecilia Marfo sings: “The day I was in distress, I bent my knees before my God, and I cried out to him to come to my aid – and he did; my prayers were not in vain, nor my fast.
Award-winning gospel artist Diana Hamilton, who points out that she is a “work in progress” – because God is still working on her – also testifies that the test she endured has become her testimony. For others, their mess has become their message.
One need only read the Psalms, which are poetic songs, to understand the reality that life’s challenges give rise to divine music.
A current example is the story of gospel musician Lady Ophelia, whose songs are full of gratitude to God for his favour.
Lady Ophelia’s new music video, M’aseda Nnwom, currently streaming on mainstream and social media platforms, carries a rather sad background story.
A young woman selling sachet water on a busy street runs dangerously past high-speed vehicles to serve a customer who needs water for her child.
In her haste, the hawker puts on a plastic bottle and falls painfully on the tarmac, pouring out her sachets of water.
Still on the ground, the peddler retrieves the only remaining sachet, wipes it on her dirty dress and hands it to the customer.
Instead of being grateful, the customer grabs the sachet and smashes it over the hawker’s head, squirting water into her face and into her dress.
Having lost her goods and receiving no payment, the peddler gets up with her empty container, looks around sadly, and walks away with tears in her eyes.
In the video, the peddler is seen leaning against a dilapidated building in a deplorable suburb, looking sad and dejected.
This episode of the music video, says gospel artist Lady Ophelia, is just a small fact of her life. Other experiences include difficult times of scarcity and frustrations.
To make ends meet while growing up in Kwahu and Accra, she did odd jobs, including street peddling and living off life’s most basic necessities.
This, essentially, is the story of Mrs. Ophelia Akua Dedaa, known in gospel music circles as Lady Ophelia, whose M’aseda Nnwom (my song of gratitude) premiered on March 1 this year on all digital music platforms.
According to Ophélie, her appeal to gospel music dates back to her elementary and secondary school days when she sang at school as a soloist.
While studying at Abuakwa State College (teacher training) and afterwards, she continued to sing in churches and at Christian functions, as well as preaching on buses.
All the while, Ophelia, who is the songwriter and composer of her songs, had a vision to produce her music for wider distribution.
But between the vision and its fulfillment lies a yawning chasm full of pitfalls and endless waiting. For 10 years she kept hope alive, waiting, praying and wanting help to show up!
“It was a test of faith and endurance while waiting for God’s best moment,” Ophelia says. “Waiting without knowing what awaited us was slippery and full of temptations.”
Elaborating, she reveals, “I turned down juicy offers that would have meant compromising my Christian standing and ruining the message of my gospel songs.”
After a decade, however, his vision has come true. The expected help came when, following a musical performance at the Kaneshie Presbyterian Church in Accra, God touched the heart of someone who, without even knowing her, helped produce her debut album: Ayeyie Awie ( It’s already good) in 2018.
Apparently, Ophelia realized, it was one thing to produce a song and another thing to promote it. After the launch of her debut album, she embarked on the difficult journey of promotion.
“And it wasn’t easy at all!” she admits.
Not giving up, Ophelia released her single, M’aseda Nnwom, on March 1 via social media platforms. It is the main song of her second album that she is about to launch.
One blogger describes the song as “a fun and uplifting melody of praise and worship that draws you into the presence of God with gratitude.”
High-ranking sound engineer for all his songs, Shadrack Lawson (Shaa), adds value to his music.
Ophelia said with tears in her eyes, “This is my song of gratitude to God for leading me out of a deep tunnel towards the fulfillment of my music ministry.”
Having now joined the management of the prestigious Media Excel Productions, Lady Ophelia looks forward to more professional marketing and promotion of her music – with gratitude to God.