Anu Omideyi, Choir Director of award-winning The Reapers Choir, released her debut EP, The Worship Must Go On on 7 December.
Up until now Anu has been known for her work with choirs, in particular as manager and lead of the award-winning The Reapers Choir, also finalists of BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year. But the singer-songwriter and choir director is now revealing another closely related passion of hers as worshipping God and has written, recorded live and produced 4 personal songs that chronicle the journey of a worshipper. From elation and adoration during joyful moments to endurance through difficult and painful seasons, the EP is an honest reflection of Anu’s relationship with God, one which she hopes everybody can identify with in one way or another.
The title track, The Worship Must Go On sets the pace for the whole project and was published via video on YouTube on 28 November. Anu hopes to encourage the listener into a place of worship regardless of any circumstances they might be facing. With the knowledge that God is a good father, she shares her enduring love and trust in Him, that come what may, He will see us all through testing times to brighter days. We overcome through our worship! This follows the release earlier this month of the lyric video to the upbeat anthem from the EP Restore the Joy. To her great surprise and joy, Restore the Joy was named as the UK’s foremost gospel radio station Premier Gospel’s track of the week from 3 - 9 December, whilst American gospel music legend Donald Lawrence described Restore the Joy as “a great song” with a “really good and timely message! Awesome work!”.
The producer extraordinaire, Nicky Brown, worked on the project as an associate producer. He says of it, “This is a result of someone whose dedication and love for Christ has birthed, through expectation and hope, something special that everyone needs to hear. By hook or by crook Anu gave everything: body, soul, spirit and finance to make this EP a reality. I’d like you to hear it and for it to be a reality in your life”.
Anu also worked with popular UK based Nigerian gospel recording artist Tunji Dairo, husband and wife gospel duo, The Cokers, and worship leaders Shanelle Sinclair, Camillia Emile to produce the EP.