Singer, Simi: Why I quit gospel music

Nigerian sensational singer, Simisola Kosoko, popularly known by her stage name Simi, has opened up about her decision to quit gospel music.

During her appearance on the interview segment of MTV Base Africa’s programme, Official Naija Top 10, Simi revealed that she switched to secular music due to the challenges she faced in the gospel music industry.

Simi disclosed that during her time as a gospel artist, her typical performance fee ranged from N5,000 to N10,000, with the highest amount she ever received being N70,000.

However, at some point, she had to stop singing gospel music because the earnings were insufficient to cover studio sessions and promotions.

“I actually used to go to a lot of churches to perform. They will pay me like N5k, N10k. Do you know the highest amount of money I actually collected when I was doing gospel [music]? N70,000. And I felt like I had arrived. I still paid a 10 per cent tithe from the money.” She said.

In other news, Simi has revealed that she has never experienced heartbreak in a relationship.

The mother of one made this disclosure during a recent interview with reality star turned on-air personality, Tacha, on Cool FM in Lagos.

According to Simi, who is married to Afrobeats superstar Adekunle Gold, her heartbreak songs are not inspired by personal experiences since she has never gone through heartbreak herself.

On her latest heartbreak song, ‘Stranger,’ Simi jokingly emphasized that perhaps the reason she can create relatable music is because she is a champion for those who are heartbroken.


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