DEVIL ALMOST WRECKED MY MUSICAL CAREER---FOLAKE UMOSEN
Folake Umosen, no doubt, is a God-fearing woman. She is a graduate of Chemistry in Lagos State University (LASU). An indigene of Ondo State but Lagos born and bred, she was nee Oladiji before being married to Sylvester Umosen of Akwa-Ibom State. Blessed with the talent of singing and apart from this, she has the call of God upon her life to minister to God and his people.
She came out with her debut album titled the King's Praise in 2004 to be precise. God used this album to bring her to the limelight with the hit track 'KOSOBA BIRE'. This album has blessed many and a lot of testimonies to its credit. Caught up by TOPE OLUKOLE, she revealed the secret of her succeesses in the music industry and other sundry issues. Excerpts:
“I'm not just a singer but also a minister of the gospel, who has been a blessing to mankind in homes, churches, our nation, Nigeria and beyond its shores”, she informed. She recently came up with King's Praise 2, which she said, “Its whole production period took up to two years and four months. It is branded King's Praise 2 because it is a continuation of King's Praise 1,” she continued,”You see, God gave man a commandment that 'let every thing that has breath praise him,” it is not talking to the Christians alone, it is talking to all the people. According to Psalm 148, all other things are commanded to praise the Almighty God.”
Why the King's Praise?
“The King's Praise is from Psalm 47: 6. Read it very well, there is a commandment for everyone to praise the king of the whole earth who is God. God is interested in everybody giving him praise irrespective of religion. Psalm 67: 3 says: 'Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee, then the earth will yield the increase.' God is not saying only the Christians, He is talking about all the people he himself created. He said if we fail to praise him, he will raise up stones to praise him. If you check on other scriptures like Psalm 148, He talks about other things praising him. Therefore, the King's Praise is about the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Our desire is taking the praise of Jesus to the uttermost part of the earth and as we do I believe God will manifest his glory in the midst of the people to save, heal and deliver. It is mandatory that every gospel singer knows whether he is called to sing. You see, God has a place for everybody. You would not say you want to sing because everybody else is singing. The music ministry is a calling, once you are sure, then you go ahead and do what God has called you to do.
There could be challenges, but because God has called you, He will bring his word to pass. So, don't let anything stop you. God is interested in us going towards what he planned for us. My challenges in life could not stop me because I was determined to do what God had called me to do irrespective of other people's opinion.”
“The music industry is growing everyday, but as a musician singing for God, you must have a mindset that you would make it to the top. You must work hard and work with God because He is the only one that can take you to the top. You cannot do it all on your own because you do not know the way to the top. Jesus said in the Book of John that “without me ye can do nothing,” but your absolute trust in the Lord Almighty.
When you put your trust in God you cannot be ashamed. Check what God has in stock for you per time; make sure you are in with him. Just stay focused, stay humble, stay patient because Rome was not built in a day, a lot of us are always in a hurry but God has timing for people and when you are due, you will not be denied. God can test our humility, our patience and other things and make sure we are ripe to handle the work he is putting in our hands before he can hand them over to us.”
“I was in the choir for many years before I was allowed to even handle the microphone to sing to the congregation. That did not stop me from loving God or staying in the choir. When the time came for God to show me to the world, He did it by himself. So, singing is a competitive thing. Make sure you have a good motive and a pure heart to use your singing to bless the world so that God's name can be glorified. Money will come, fame also will; let it not be your focus because it will definitely come. Have the mind to serve.”
“I was actually working on the album, King's Praise 1; going to the studio and all that, I had a terrible accident.
The intention of the devil was to stop me, but, God turned it around for my good. I did not mind and I did not stop lifting his name either.
The accident was terrible, the car was completely wrecked but God kept my life. I did not complain, instead I gave God praise and in the course of worshiping God, he dropped KOSOBA BIRE, and that was it. I told my producer I would like to add the song. Kosoba bire song came as a result of my life experience. Yours may be different from mine, but God is too faithful to fail”, she concluded.