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INTERVIEW With St. Greg

St. Greg

St. Greg was born Greg Chisom Ofoma to a family of six (6) to late Elder & late Pastor Gabriel Obi Ofoma.

At the age of eight (8), St. Greg led his local church choir to the National Choir Competition among all the churches in his denomination, where they finished as the 1st Runner Up in the competition.

In his secondary school days, St. Greg with his three (3) elder brothers formed a musical group, the renowned NEW WAVES (dready boys), and in 1991 released their debut album titled “Yardstick”. The New Waves were launched into the Music hall of fame in Nigeria & beyond, with sales of over two (2) million copies. Being the Lead Singer of the group, St. Greg, who was then known as Greg Thompson became a face that everybody looked out for.

Shortly after the release, the Dready Boys suffered some personal setbacks. First, the three members of the group became orphans, which included St. Greg. The fourth member of the group, who is their cousin, lost his dad.

Thereafter, the recording company, Average Records, became so insensitive and left them with little or nothing to show for their success. So after three (3) successive albums with the company, both parties parted ways. Though, through court settlement that lasted for over 11 years, which affected the group emotionally and sociologically. But before the favorable judgment in court, the group came together again in 2003 & recorded an 8-track album which was not sold in the market due to the on-going legal battle at that time. The group finally lost all interest in music, some went back to school while others went into business.

The group became “born again” and in the year 2004, St. Greg graduated from the University of Ilorin as the best Linguistic student that year. He then joined the labour market & today runs a young Brand Marketing Company, U360 Network.

In 2006, St. Greg recorded & shot the visuals of an 8-track gospel album “Psalm 23” but this was not released into the market for some personal reasons. And in the year 2008, he started recording this gospel album “Virtues” with renowned Producer/Gospel Rock Singer, Iyke Onka, which was finally released in the month of June 2013 with trended mostly in the Nigeria music market, in March 2018, He recorded and release a single titled, East Wing. St Greg is back with another Christian hit that will be talked about and for a long time to come. He is also set to release the video of the said single titled SPIRIT AND LIFE.

INTERVIEW:

Q: Thank you for taking the time for this interview for TMN. Let’s start at the beginning with your music career. For first-time readers finding out about you via this interview will want to know how you came about with your musical journey…..
A. I became a professional musician almost three decades now, precisely 1991 when as a group – THE NEW WAVES (dready boys) we released our contemporary debut album titled YARDSTICK which sold over two million hard copies across Nigeria and West Africa. Followed up shortly with other three albums before we finally broke up the contract through legal means due to the insincerity of the record label.
After graduation from the University of I’ll run in 2004, I released my first gospel album in 2015 followed up with a couple of singles up to today that am set to release another single titled SPIRIT & LIFE (This Thing That Hits You)

Q: What are some of the highlights of your musical career which also lead you to this point in time?
A. First releasing an album that sold over 2million copies from Africa. It really made me believe that anything is possible with music.
Another high point was when I gave my heart to Christ that was truly the beginning of a new decent journey. But the highest point is my coming in contact with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, God has really used him to give me a new mindset that has come to now reflect in my music and lyrics.

Q: What are some of the obstacles you face while being on the road?
A. Even after my first album sold over million copies and my songs were everywhere, it did not immediately convert to cash. I still walked the streets penniless or as Nigerian’s would say, “Without a kobo in my bank account”, All boldness & confidence died in me. I moved to that state of despondency for over a decade… Then coming back to music in another era where all you did before does not count for now and I have to start over again and fight to stay relevant; the ability to remain focus and consistent, knowing from within, you can break even. It was really challenging but thankfully, God is ever faithful!

Q: Who are some of your inspirations?
A. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, Buchi, Nigeria’s gospel reggae icon and of course my colleagues, the New Waves

Q: Social Media: Do you feel it truly reflects an Artists talent?
A. To an extent yes, though Live Performance does that the more

Q: Who gave you your first opportunity in music?
A. I would have said Average Record Label but what they gave, they took. So the first and best opportunity I have in this new era is given to me by the Loveworld Music & Arts Ministry (LMAM)

Final question: I have been asked many times: where do you see yourself in 5 -10 years’ time? I personally feel that isn’t a fair question because it is so general-based. So let me ask you this: What are the new things you would like to try with your career or even lifestyle that you haven’t experienced yet or would like to do differently and why?
A. My songs literally changing lives everywhere, not just spiritually only but physically: like listening to my songs in your room & the sickness or an ailment or any area of concern suddenly receiving a solution. Ministering live & people literally seeing positives happen to them sir to the “aura” my music carries

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