247Gvibes Exclusive Interview With Isabella Melodies
We are honoured to have you Ma on this episode of #LetsMeetYou
I am Adesunloye Busola and I will be your interviewer for this session.
First off, how would you describe Isabella Melodies?
I am a product of God’s grace. A woman who loves God, loves people and loves life. A fallible vessel in the mighty hands of an infallible God. Wife, mother, worship leader, psalmist, songwriter among many other things.
Wao, that’s really lovely. Is there any difference between Isabella Melodies and Isabella Ogo Uzodike?
None at all. I don’t have an altar ego (laughs). Same person, same personality. What you see on stage is what you see off stage.
How was growing up like? and how did it affect your spirituality and music?
I grew up in Nigeria with my mum and my elder sister. Growing up in a one-parent household exposed me to certain negative societal perceptions early in life, which affected my self-esteem as a young lady. On the positive side, I have always loved music. I come from a somewhat musical family (my dad was a choir master, my mum loved music, a lot of my uncles, aunts and cousins are great singers) but I never consciously set out to become a singer. It’s purely a calling for me. Music is the vehicle through which I express my overwhelming love for God. It definitely enhances my spiritual life.
You have been married now for over two decades with four kids, how do you joggle the ministry with family especially the kids?
As always, I can only tell you it’s all by God’s grace. Grace is the unexplainable factor in the mix, however, God has blessed me with an extremely supportive husband. He is selfless, supportive, generous and very understanding. He sacrifices his time, energy and resources into the ministry. His financial investments into the ministry over the years has been nothing short of amazing.
Talking about kids, I did not actually step out into frontline ministry until my last child was six years old, and even then, my ministry engagements were limited to London. At that time, I couldn’t travel out of town as I do now that my children are grown because I had to prioritize and focus on raising my kids. My oldest daughter is now 22 years old and my youngest son is 14 years old in boarding school. This allows me the freedom and flexibility to travel widely now, a luxury I didn’t have when they were younger.
You also have an amazing organisation for women of African descent in the music ministry, can you tell us more about that?
Women of African Origin in Music Ministry (WAOMM) was founded in 2014 to support, encourage, equip and empower female music ministers of African descent in their music ministries. We are currently active in seven countries, USA, Canada, Nigeria, Scotland, UK, Italy and Ireland. We organise seminars, worship events, networking forums, cash prices and other strategic partnerships to support upcoming gospel artists to move their ministries forward.
How long have you been in the music ministry?
I became born again in 1996 in Nigeria and was writing songs for the choir even then. I have always written songs, scripts, stories, poems etc. When we relocated to the UK, I became a worship leader in my home church in 2000. I am still serving in the same church as a pastor. I grew from there and released my first album in 2009.
How many albums do you have presently?
I have released 6 albums and have just completed my 7th and 8th albums. Due for release later this year.
Do you have a particular genre of music you love making?
I don’t really limit myself to genres. I sing whatever style of music I receive. Naturally I am drawn to ballads. Before I became born again, my favourites were Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Maria Carey, Donna Summer, Dolly Parton and the likes. I love soul-stirring songs with deep lyrics. I suppose you could class me as a ‘hopeless’ romantic really! (Laughs). However I sing different styles of music as led by the Holy Spirit.
Your new single titled “Hallel” what inspired it?
I can’t even say it was inspired by anything really. I didn’t plan for it or even expect it. I just received it! We were working on another song in the studio and Hallel just interrupted our studio session (laughs). Literally! We were trying to arrange another song and right in the middle of that song, I just started hearing the melody and SEEING the words HALLEL in the spirit. I have never received a song in this way before. It was just such a divine moment that is so hard to articulate. I honestly feel like I tapped into an overflow of the throne room worship in that moment when I received Hallel.
Apart from the gospel what other things inspire or influence your music?
Bottom line is that my music is inspired and influenced by my love for God! My revelation of Who He is. It flows from my heart, my soul and my spirit through my lyrics. Anyone who consistently listens to my songs will tell you they’re very personal and passionate. My music expresses my love affair with my King. I sing firstly TO Him and then I sing ABOUT Him to tell others of His glorious awesomeness. However, I sometimes write songs from my life experiences, for example, when I’m going through a really challenging time etc.
When you’re not up and about or doing music , how do you relax?
I love reading a lot, working out, travelling to new countries and writing. I read and write a lot. I am not an outdoor, adventurous type at all. I would travel thousands of miles to a beautiful country and then lock myself indoors with a book and a writing pad instead of going sight seeing (hahaha).
Finally can we have a word from you, to your fans,lovers and friends all over?
I am very grateful for the support I have received over the years. I do not take it for granted. I know it is the grace of God at work. Please let’s continue to uphold one another in prayers and continue to seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and after His righteousness. Everything else will have no choice but to fall into place. God bless you all.