Gospel diva Piesie Esther has expressed her frustrations about some of the misconceptions people have towards gospel artists especially the female ones.
Speaking to Evans Nana Yaw Quaye (Shaker) on THE BOX entertainment show on Green 88.5 Fm, the gospel artist spoke on a wide range of issues concerning the gospel industry.
When she was asked by the host whether gospel music should be considered as a call to do God’s work or as a business, she explained that, it is primarily God’s work but since they gain from it, it could be considered as their business as well. She refuted the allegation being made by a section of the society that they charge exorbitant fees before they come to perform at programmes, suggesting that their charges are nowhere near the GHc 10,000, GHc 20,000 and other huge sums they hear secular artists charge. She said they are hardly given GHc 5,000 for their performances especially when it comes to church programs.
Piesie Esther agreed with the view held by many Ghanaians that a gospel musician’s apparel should reflect the teachings of Christianity. She explained that even though they can wear good and expensive clothing, it should not be one that will lead others into temptation.
When the host, pushed to find out if such lavish lifestyle doesn’t portray them as not modest as Jesus Christ was known to have been, she retorted that the fact that they are gospel musicians does not mean they should be poor. Christians are royals and they cannot be trekking whiles slaves ride on horses, she concluded.
Listen to the full interview below
By: Evans Quaye