Osinachi Joseph (née Kalu), known popularly as Sinach, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and senior worship leader at Loveworld. She has released several gospel hit songs, including “Way Maker”, “I Know Who I Am”, “Great Are You Lord”, “Rejoice”, “He Did It Again”, “Precious Jesus”, “The Name of Jesus”, “This Is My Season”, “Awesome God”, “For This”, “I Stand Amazed”, “Simply Devoted” and “Jesus is Alive”. Sinach received a Bethlehem Hall of Faith certificate of commemoration during her visit to Israel in December 2017.
Background and Education
Sinach hails from Ebonyi State, Eastern part of Nigeria. She’s the second daughter of seven children. She studied Physics and graduated from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. At a point in her life, she thought of relocating from Nigeria after her University education, but was advised against it by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.
Music Career Progress
Speaking on how she came by her stage name Sinach, she said: “I chose that from my name Osinachi because it is easy to pronounce and catchy”. Sinach started singing for family and friends in 1989 as a hobby, while working as a staff and choir member in Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Church.
In March 2019, the visuals for “Way Maker” became the third Nigerian video to garnered 100 million views on YouTube behind Davido’s “Fall” and Yemi Alade ‘s Johnny”. “Way Maker” has been covered by multiple Christian artists such as Michael W. Smith, Darlene Zschech, Leeland, Bethel Music, and Mandisa. In September 2019, Sinach became the first gospel artist from Africa to tour India, headlining concerts with several thousands in attendance.
In May 2020, she became the first African artist to top the Billboard Christian Songwriters chart.
In 2014, Sinach married Mr. Joseph Egbu in her home Church Christ Embassy. On 17 November 2019 at the LIMA Awards Pastor Chris Oyakhilome announced the arrival of Sinach’s first child, five years after her marriage.
How She Started
As a child, Sinach stated she had dreams, where she saw herself singing to large crowds, but didn’t actively pursue anything musically as a career besides joining the choir, and also working as an administrative staff in the Church. Sinach had written many songs before she released her first album, Chapter One in 2008. Her song ‘This Is Your Season’ won the Song of the Year award in 2008.
In 2016, Sinach was the first recipient of the LIMA Songwriter of the Decade Award, recognizing her contribution to gospel music in the previous decade. Her songs were being sung in many countries, translated to many languages, around the world. That same year, she received the African Achievers’ Award for Global Excellence. Also that same year, for the second time in a row, she won the Western Africa Artist Of The Year by Groove Awards in Kenya, and was listed by YNaija alongside Chris Oyakhilome, Enoch Adeboye as one of the Top 100 Influential Christians in Nigeria.
As a songwriter, Sinach has written over 200 songs and won several awards. Her song ‘This Is Your Season’ won the Song of the Year award in 2008. One of her most popular songs is ‘I Know Who I Am’.
Sinach has performed and headlined concerts in over 50 countries including Kenya, Dominica, South Africa, United States, Canada, Antigua & Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Grenada, Uganda, Barbados, The British Virgin Islands, Zambia, Saint Maarten, the United Kingdom and India
2008: Chapter One
2010: I’m Blessed
2012: Shout it Loud
2012: From Glory to Glory
2013: Sinach at Christmas
2014: Sinach Live in Concert – The Name of Jesus
2016: Waymaker – Live
2018: There’s an Overflow
2019: Great God (Live in London)
2016 LIMA Songwriter of the Decade Award
2016 Groove Awards Western Africa Artist Of The Year
2016 African Achievers’ Award for Global Excellence
Top 100 Influential Christians in Nigeria.
2019 LIMA Song of the Year
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