Meet Fabian Uche Shalom, the fourteen years old gospel musician from Anambra who has changed lives through preaching Gods love and abundant grace on his people using music as a tool. In an interview with News Echo Correspondent, Uchenna Ezeadigwe, Awka, she gives insights on her journey so far.
Tell us about yourself?
I was born in Lagos, grew up there for some years before I relocated with my parents to Awka. Currently I am in senior secondary 2 and here I am doing God’s plan for my life.
Tell us how you developed that feat about singing music that impacts on human lives?
I sing gospel music and it all started when I was 9 years, in 2017. I developed love for singing mostly gospel music because then I figured out that I have a voice and it was given to me by God. Then I found out I had a voice to sing, so I could sing at school, at home. Music really took part of me and I started building myself through the support of my parents.
Tell us about your music and the particular one that interests you most?
I have done eight music, they are, I Depend on you Lord, God of Wonder, Christ in me, Chimaluobim, Let there be open Heaven, Everything turning around, Chioma, and Future generation. But my best track is God of Wonder. I composed it, I chose God of wonder, becuase I keep on wondering during my tender age wonders of the world. I learn from church the marvelous things God almighty created and I sang to reflect what God continues to do in our lives. Singing has really impacted on my life.
What are your interests apart from your academics?
I like reading novels, listening to news, music, doing my rehearsal. My dream profession is being a lawyer and so I will have to pursue my career towards that but that cannot stop me from music because it’s a gift and I will always use it to the glory of God.
Why did you choose gospel music out of any other?
I chose gospel music because God gave me the gift and I have to sing to glorify Him. It’s a way to thank God Almighty for his wonderful blessings to humanity.
How has been your support from your parents like and your siblings?
Yes, my parents have been very supportive since I started singing. Mum would always assist me where I find them difficult. Also, my dad and my younger ones becuase they are the first point of contact and they are always there for me. I want to use this opportunity to appreciate my parents for standing by me and encouragement given me. I only ask that God continues to bless them. To my siblings, I love you all.
What is your plan for your music?
Nothing less than the thought of God for me. I will keep singing to the glory of God and let the music inspire people out there and be a blessing to people.
What do you plan for yourself?
I rely on Gods plan in my life. let Him have His way. Although education becomes one of my priorities now.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I see my God taking me to the higher ground where I would render more service to humanity.
What are the challenges you are facing during the course of your music career?
No there is no challenge for now. I am happy, though I could only count on many times I use the instruments at home but my school and church have as well being of help in terms of that.
What message do you have for your audience?
My advice to fellow talented individuals is that if you have a gift do not play with it. Try and utilize it. God has a purpose for bestowing in us special kind of talents. So, its important that we keep online with his directions in our life. For the lovers of my music, If you listen to my music because it’s not just ordinary music, it will surely make a change in you. Its impactful and its going to help your life. Once again I thank you all.
What inspires you?
Basically the word of God. I feel encouraged through the word of God, the word of God has been a source of my strength and joy. I have realized that my future lies in the word of God. It has really shaped my life. Every time the word of God sings in my heart.