Most of them had spoken about starting their musical journey from the church choir or from a tiny group in church while some others like Simi started off their journey as a gospel singer before delving into the secular.
Lack of support from the religious settings, condemnation from the aged religious leader, and lack of quality artiste management have often been some of the reasons why these artistes had to settle for the secular.
However, in recent times, there have been few cross-overs both in the international and local scenes of artistes declaring their intention to take a switch away from the secular.
The likes of Rev Chris Okotie, Ebenezer Obey, Felix Liberty, Obiora Obiwon, Banky W and many others have at a time or the other done the secular music winning several awards and churching out classic tones but had to quit the secular due to personal reasons and convictions.
Simi has been a church girl from the start.
The singer made her debut into the mainstream with her Samklef produced hit single “Ara Ile” off her debut album titled “Ogaju” in 2008 which was generally acceptable until she switched in 2014 with the release of “Tiff” giving her the recognition.
The 33-year-old songwriter and audio mixing engineer whose lyrics are heavenly and voice is celestial has had several hit singles and won numerous awards as a secular artiste.
If there is anyone to be suspected to quit the secular tomorrow, Simi will be one of the first guesses.
2. Wande Coal
He is definitely one of the best vocalists in the country.
The veteran singer and former MoHits Records artiste is one of the artists with pure vocals from the church.
His falsetto and runs have been described as one of the best in the country.
Wande Coal had started from his local church and with his vocals, it is most certainly this will be useful in church some days.
3. Adekunle Gold
Even while he was among the YBNL crew that had Lil Kesh and Olamide, Adekunle Gold maintained his decency which can often be felt in all of the lyrics of her song.
His transformation over the years has been appealing and his songs such as “Ire” and “There Is A God” had church vibes and religious flows.
He became a member of his church’s junior choir during his teenage years and went on to write his first song at the age of 15.
He has also performed in some churches alongside the RCCG choir and at several religious events.
It won’t be too surprising if he announces his decision to quit the secular tomorrow.
The 28-year-old RnB singer and songwriter and a former first runner-up at Airtel’s The Voice Show has been outstanding in recent times with hit singles and an album that distinct and proved his uniqueness among other singers.
The “Beautiful People” crooner’s background can be traced back to church and this is reflected in his vocals and his songs.
In one of his interviews with Punch, he said “I was a chorister in Covenant University for about two months but I used to see some of the people that sang on the stage also at secular events.
Although my belief in Jesus Christ is unquestionable, I did not see myself being a chorister or living a double life.
I just made my choice on the type of songs that I wanted to be singing and stuck by it”.
If there is one person we can suggest will quit the secular tomorrow, Chike is definitely one of them.
5. Johnny Drille
part from having started out in church at a very young age with his siblings.
His social media platforms and his short studio sessions have seen the singer do some church music that has been well accepted.
He has ministered in several church platforms, one of them being his ministration of Papa at The Elevation Church last year.
If there is anyone to be considered for the church, then Johnny Drille could be one of them.