Mr Paul Addae,known in the gospel music industry as Bra Paul has cautioned gospel musicians against Men of God who refuse to offer adequate rewards in return for their services in churches.
This trend, which Bra Paul call spiritualizing attitude,has been a major contributor to the decline of gospel music in the country.
He said that gospel musicians, like other musicians, invest substantially in their work but are often not paid enough for their sweat because they are perceived to be working for God and therefore need no material rewards in return.
Speaking to the punch newspaper last Saturday, Bra Paul who seemed quite worried by this trend claimed that most event organisers capitalise on this perception and often deny gospel artistes what is due them. We need to stand for what is due us. he said.
I am not saying that the quest for money should be the focus of gospel musicians in the country but just as other musicians go to the studio to pay money to record their songs, pay for production of quality videos, pay for publicity and promotion, so do gospel artistes.
It is therefore unfair for the gospel musician to be told when he should be enjoying the fruits of his labour that he is working for God and that God will provide.
He said such situations occur regularly at church events where church leaders expect gospel musicians to perform and only receive God bless you in the end because the artistes are working for the Kingdom of God.
The GYINA PINTIN hit maker, added that he doesn’t want to be misunderstood but just as money should not be the focus of a gospel artiste, they should also appreciate that he needs money to run show business which is different from the ministry.
To Buttress his argument, Bra Paul who is promoting his new album said those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple,and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar.
He wonders why pastors want their service to be free but they (pastors)take offering from their congregation.
In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. So if pastors are paid for doing their work, why shouldn’t gospel artistes also be paid for ministering at a church?.
Beyond money, Bra Paul urged gospel musicians to take ministering the word of God seriously and make that a priority. He said that winning awards are fine but that should not be made a priority as is becoming the tendency among some gospel artistes these days.
I am not saying that it is bad to win an award but that should not be the focus. An award should be a surplus for one’s hard work and not the priority.
He said that he is currently promoting his new album on radio and TV and is soon to reach market.
Born Paul Addae, the man who has come to be identified with several gospel songs is currently promoting his new album with seven tracks.
He is a native of Sefwi Tanoso in the western region. Moved to Accra in 1991 and started as a highlife artist with Kwabena Kwabena.Paco as he was called in the secular music got married in 2016.