Yes Yes Y’all so my very first interview on the blog is with a multi award winning, sensational, dynamic and passionate gospel singer and her name is…… Onos Ariyo (applause) yeahhhh!!!
1) Let’s go back to how it all started for you, When did you start your music career and who are the people that influenced and inspired you?
Onos – Singing for me started at a very tender age way back in delta state where I’m originally from . Been singing in youth choir in church and also in school fellowship even in my university days so I can practically say that singing started for me at age 8, but I recorded my very first single ” DANCE ” 2009 so the music journey as a career actually kicked off from then and I’ve been at it none stop from 2009 till date my first album dropped in 2010 and the sophomore album is dropping this year by God’s grace .
My inspirations have been firstly God , He has been my driving force also the passion for music has also inspired me to keep dreaming and living my dreams , My pastors have been strong influence over my ministry , music wise I grew up listening to the likes of Mary Mary , Fred harmmond, Lauren hill , Yolanda Adams etc their sound kinda influenced me in different ways. I’ve grown over the years and I think at this moment I building a strong ONOS sound.
2) What are the challenges you encounter as a gospel artist and how do you overcome them?
Onos – As an artist generally it is not easy to make music in Nigeria and get it distributed through the appropriate channels like the way it is done abroad a lot of structures are still not yet in place so what we have here is the artist doing the work of a distributor, promoter, marketer etc. when the artist is just meant to concentrate on making music and also being a gospel artist in this environment you will have to work extra hard to get your music out there.
Things can get a lot better if we had more people investing in promoting our music but the good news is the system is not the way it use to be like 5yrs ago there are different means you can now promote your music as an artist using the social media platform.
3) How has gospel music as a ministry been able to win souls to Christ?
Onos – Hmmmmm I believe the reason for “gospel music ” is to share the good news of Christ I strongly believe a lot of my colleagues and myself are doing that with our songs.
4) You are a prolific soul vocalist How do you get inspired to write your songs and how do you train and maintain your vocal quality?
Onos – I read, I get ideas , get inspired from the different things I and people generally go through in life. The different challenges that life throws at you and you overcome through the mercies and grace of God is enough to give you a song to sing that is how i write my songs and also I sing regularly and when the voice is tired I rest the voice take a break from the activity and just chill that is how I maintain my vocal quality.
5) You just released the highly anticipated video for your single Everything has changed, what inspired you to write that song and what’s the message??
Onos – The message of the song is very clear by just listening to the song it is a prophetic sound and it is meant to take the listeners to their next level in very stage or phase of their lives.
My friend who produced the song Wilson Joel created a sample beat and chorus for the song and sent it to me he asked me what I thouht about it, I listened to it and was like yeah it sounds I like what I can jump on so I got into the studio and just sang like I was feeling it and was just speaking into my life because the truth about singing is if you can feel it deeply inside you then someone is surely going to feel it as well and there we have it “everything has changed ” came to life.
Watch the video here
6) What is it about onos that your fans don’t know about you?
Onos – Hmmmmm *thinking* a lot of them definitely don’t know that I love to window shop …. Just sha dey waka round the store dey look cloth plus baby tinz join … LOL!!
7) You are married and have been blessed with a beautiful bouncing baby girl, what advice would you give to singles about marriage?
Onos – Marriage is a beautiful thing that comes with favour from God and there are some doors that will just open to you because of the blessings that comes with being married and it is also good to know that you have a covering over your life as a woman.
And you know most times when I’m asked to give advice to the single folks I smile because a lot of them really don’t want to be single, a lot of them want to settle down so what I will normally say is that be prayerful, be real and true to yourself,cut your coat according to ur cloth …lol, you can’t get a perfect man or woman because you are not perfect yourself, love yourself a lot because no one can look you like you look you, enter a relationship for the right reasons , and don’t forget you can’t change any man or woman only God can so don’t marry him/her thinking that he will change because he/she just might not!
8) How do you prepare yourself before you minister on stage?
Onos -I pray a lot before the day , I try to have a good idea of where I’m going to minister and what they might likely want to listen to or hear, I do my regular rehearsal but I don’t stick to what I rehearse if I get to the place and the atmosphere is different I flow with the atmosphere and just allow God take the lead .
9) After the video release of your song everything has changed, what’s next and what should your fans be expecting from you in 2014?
Onos – *Rubbing hands* a lot is in the pipeline a lot of goodies cooking I actually shot two 2 videos I just released one which is “everything has changed ” and because of the great reviews the video is getting i’m actually still looking for the right time to put out the 2nd one ***anyways make we dey look am** lol
My sophomore album which has “everything has changed in it is dropping this year by God’s special grace because it is 4 years already since after I dropped the first album and I think it is about time. I’m very excited about this new album because I know a lot of people are going to love it I’ve not titled the album yet but one thing I know about it is that people will hear a “NEW SOUND” and a “NEW ME”.
And many more things to come following the release of the album …. Watch this space!!!
10) How would you encourage young christians out there who feel discouraged and peer pressured to backslide in their walk with God?
Onos – I like them to always remember that it pays to serve God. Don’t let anybody fool you, the world has got nothing to offer you stay true to yourself don’t allow what your friend is doing and what he is not doing affect you or didn’t the bible say that you are the salt of the earth , the light of the world….. Life and death are in the power of your tongue so speak upon yourself and decree what you want to see happen in your life and don’t allow peer pressure distract you from all the good things God has in store for you.
11) Which foreign gospel artist(s) would you love to collaborate with?
Onos – Quite a number of them Le’andrea Johnson, Jessica reedy ,Mary Mary and the list goes on and on.
12) What’s your advice to upcoming gospel artists, who are still struggling to make it due to financial limitations and lack of support?
Onos – If this is what you are called to do and you are certain about it then you have to give it your all knowing fully well that the ride is not going to be smooth all the way but if you keep at it and keep working the gift it will definitely make room for you and you will stand amongst kings and queens.
I didn’t have financial support when I started, neither did i have money all I had was the gift, so don’t worry it is all part of the learning and growing process you will come out of it with smiles on your face.
Thank You Onos for granting this interview, You are truly a rare gem, a voice of the future and a great inspiration to the younger generation. I wish you greater heights,success in your musical career and in all your endeavours. I will be following you as you make progress in your musical career keep soaring higher. God Bless You.
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Interview by Warepamor Sammy
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