Joe Oscar Mettle, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year 2017, told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that the gospel music industry in Ghana has matured.
He said, “The genre is better now than before and I think comparing to back in the day, it’s really come far because in this world we live in where everything is falling apart, you need the kind of help and peace and joy. Sometimes you don’t know God is all we need until he is all we have,”
Joe Mettle also indicated that his win at the VGMA as Artiste of the Year was a good herald for the gospel music industry during the interview.
“It means for me that anything is possible. It may not be played in the night clubs or the other places but there is a church; there are people that are always encouraged by these songs. It serves a different purpose from what the Afro beat or the hip hop will do, but it still has an influence. It may get you dancing, it may get you grooving but what we do has been sort of over looked for a while but we’re glad that it’s been recognised now,” Joe Mettle said.
According to Joe Mettle he intends blessing people, touching lives and changing attitudes with his music. He said he wants people to also be encouraged to do what they think are too difficult for them to do.
His victory on the 8th April, 2017 as the VGMA Artist of the year has brought glory to the Ghana Gospel Music Industry.