For some time the endless debate as to whether it’s right for gospel musicians to charge fees for their performance in churches has been a ‘no go area’ and gospel musicians who have boldly stood for charging the fee before performing in churches have been labelled as unholy, forgetting that they also have families to feed.
Many Ghanaians Biblically believe and hold onto the principle that gospel musicians are basically workers of the ‘Vineyard’ headed by Jesus Christ as compared to their counterparts in other music genres.
Gospel musician Uncle Ato has boldly joined the brave gospel musicians who ascribe to fee-paying before honouring church invitations.
The sensational gospel singer shared his thoughts on Kessben TV show “Around Town Entertainment” hosted by KooFante.
Uncle Ato without mincing words clearly stated that the words in the Bible indicated that it’s the sole duty of the hosting church to put things in place to ensure that the invited gospel artist never lack anything during his or her stay. He opined that if the basic need of the artist is not meant then the artist would think twice before honouring such invitation the next time.
Mostly, we forget that some gospel artiste solely depends on their God-given talent to make earns meet and that citing the Bible verse “freely ye have received, freely give” makes life a bit awkward for them. (see Matthew 10:8). “But the following verses say the people you’re visiting must hospitalize you. When gospel musicians are treated well, charging for performance isn’t the best”, he said.
He went on to say that gospel artistes must be highly selective in honouring invites. Not all invitations should be honoured. Using himself as an example, he said, it’s not every invitation I honour. I consider a lot of things before I accept to honour an invite. Venue and arrangement play a role in my acceptance to honour the invitation.
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