The Kenyan gospel scene has experienced a revival after 5 long years of what can only be described as a drought.
There was a time in the mid-noughties and on into the mid-2010s that the Kenyan gospel scene was the most action-packed playground in the entertainment scene.
They had the best events, and the best talents so it goes without saying that they also had the best songs -so much so that even corporate sponsors sat up and took note.
There was a time when every jingle was either composed by a gospel music producer or companies simply paid gospel artists to use their music as the company anthems.
Then for some reason, when we got to around 2015, the gospel scene seemed to dry out. It was rocked by scandals and a shocking general mental block that stopped a lot of the previously high-flying talents from releasing new hit songs.
While that situation has persisted into the 2020s, we are seeing a glimpse of the revival of popular gospel songs and an influx of talents back at it again and things are looking hopeful once again for the gospel scene.
That raises the question as to which 3 talents are currently the kings (and queens) of gospel? And that is who we are here today to crown. The best gospel acts by our not so humble estimation are:
#1. Noel Nderitu
Reknown for his acoustic sounds, melodious vocals, and great harmonization, he makes the cut because he has introduced a very unique sound to the Kenyan gospel bandwagon, a sound that is not only refreshing but one that he has owned entirely: Afro-soul gospel.
And 2021 was indeed a great year for him as he got to travel the world on tour and perform in countries such as Germany, Australia, New Zealand and he even released an album titled City On A Hill.
#2. Size 8
Starting out as a secular singer, Size 8 quickly found the light after a traumatic breakup and since then has not looked back. She has been a rather consistent source of gospel hits and has gone on to embrace the ministry beyond just singing praise and worship songs to taking to the pulpit.
Her marriage to DJ Mo was rocked when his philandering was uncovered but since then, the couple have renewed their commitment to each other and things look better than ever.
#3. Eunice Njeri
Think of her as the pearl of Kenyan gospel. She has been tried and tested by the industry and still stands the test of time to deliver some of the most critically acclaimed Kikuyu and Swahili gospel songs in Kenya.
Adding to her mystique is her grass to grace story of how she grew up in a poverty-stricken Nanyuki family as the second of 8 children.
She is such a part of a lot of gospel fans’ lives that when news of her divorce from her husband rent the airwaves, a lot of them were left in anguish. The couple has however not signed the divorce papers.