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MERCY CHINWO BIOGRAPHY, PERSONAL LIFE AND CAREER

MERCY CHINWO BIOGRAPHY, PERSONAL LIFE AND CAREER

Mercy Chinwo-Blessed is a Nigerian worship leader, songwriter, recording and performing artiste. Most renowned for her powerful vocals and riveting stage presence, she is one of the most prominent Nigerian musicians of her generation. Her interest in music goes back decades, as she had been involved before age 10; but her career came alive after the epic success of her single, ‘Excess Love,’ in 2018. That song, and the album that followed, ‘The Cross, My Gaze,’ would catapult Chinwo into nationwide acclaim and cross-border recognition.

‘The Cross My Gaze’ was such a groundbreaking debut album that many songs off it have retained airplay, while remaining mainstays in churches and on private playlists across the globe to this day.

Her next album, ‘Satisfied,’ enjoyed even more success, cementing her place amongst the most-inspirational, most-sought artistes in Nigeria — and not just in the gospel music category. Pulse, Nigeria’s foremost digital media company ranked her top five amongst the best music performers in the country, attesting to her crossover appeal beyond gospel music circles.

Famous for her love of colourful berets, Mercy Chinwo-Blessed has performed on the biggest stages such as The Experience, Night Of Worship [NOW], RCCG’s annual Marathon Praise, and Dunamis Int’l Christian Center, to name a few. There have been outstanding collaborations with artistes like Moses Bliss, JJ Hairston, Banky W, and the iconic Chioma Jesus. She has also been credited with national and international awards such as Africa Gospel Awards Festival 2019 [Song of The Year: ‘Excess Love’] and Galaxy Music Awards 2019 [Gospel Artiste of The Year], among others.

In 2022, she and Pastor Blessed Uzochikwa of the Westbrook Church, Lagos, tied the knot in a beautiful, love-filled ceremony.

Born 5 September 1991 (age 32)
Genres contemporary gospel, Igbo worship, Gospel, Igbo Christian music
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 2017–present
Labels EeZee Conceptz Global (Former), GNTNATION UNIVERSAL MUSIC
Spouse(s)
Blessed Uzochikwa

(m. 2022)

Website www.mercychinwo.com

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Mercy Nnenda Chinwo popularly known as Mercy Chinwo (born 5 September 1991) is a Nigerian gospel musician, singer, actress and songwriter. She was signed to EeZee Conceptz in 2017. In 2018, she released the single “Excess Love”.

Early life and education

Mercy Nnenda Chinwo was born on 5 September 1991, in Rivers State, southern Nigeria. Mercy Chinwo gained recognition through her participation in the Nigerian music talent show, “Nigerian Idol.” She was a contestant on the second season of the show in 2012 and emerged as the winner, which significantly boosted her career in the music industry. Her victory on Nigerian Idol provided a platform for her to launch her music career, particularly in the gospel music genre. Several years after, she was signed to EeZee Conceptz in 2017 where she made releases of several successful gospel songs and albums, becoming a prominent figure in the Nigerian gospel music scene. She got her first school leaving certificate at the Goodwill International School and her secondary school education at Paradise International School. She is an alumna of the International Business Management Institute (IBMI) where she bagged a degree in Human Resources Management. She started singing at age 6 in her church children’s choir.

Personal life

She got married on 13 August 2022 in Port Harcourt to Pastor Blessed Uzochikwa; they live in Lagos, Nigeria.  In 2023, they had their first child together.

 

Career and philanthropy

Chinwo’s single ‘Excess Love’ was released in 2018. Chinwo released her first single, “Testimony” in 2015, and “Igwe”. Two years later, she was signed to a gospel record label named EeZee Conceptz led by EeZee Tee.

Chinwo is a gospel music minister. Since breaking into the gospel scene, she has been featured on a number of gospel music projects, working with the likes of J.J Harrison, Nathaniel Bassey, Chioma Jesus, Banky W, Joe Praiz, Samsung, Moses Bliss, Dunsin Oyekan, Judikay, Preye Odede and a host of others.

In 2023, she alongside her husband began the MercyisBlessed Foundation, an NGO focused on donations to the less privileged as well as youth development.

MERCY CHINWO BIOGRAPHY, PERSONAL LIFE AND CAREER

Achievements

  • In 2018, Chinwo was awarded the Best Gospel Artiste at the Climax Awards 2018.
  • In 2019, at the maiden edition of the Africa Gospel Awards Festival (AGAFEST 2019), Chinwo was named winner in the categories Africa Gospel New Artiste of the Year, Africa Gospel Female Artiste of the Year, and Africa Gospel Song of the Year (Excess Love).
  • In 2020, Chinwo emerges as the Gospel Artiste of the year at the AFRIMMA Award
  • Africa Gospel Music of the year, CLIMA Africa Award 2022 

Discography

Albums

  • The Cross My Gaze (2018)
  • Satisfied (2020)
  • Overwhelming Victory (2024)

EPs

  • Elevated (2023)

Singles

  • Testimony (2015)
  • Confidence (2023)
  • Igwe (2016)
  • Excess Love (2018)
  • Omekanaya (2018)
  • No More Pain (2018)
  • Chinedum (2018)
  • Power Belongs to Jesus (2019)
  • Äkamdinelu (2019)
  • Oh Jesus! (2019)
  • Obinasom (2020)
  • Kosi (2020)
  • Tasted Of Your Power (2020)
  • Na You Dey Reign (2020)
  • Yahweh (2021)
  • Yahweh (2022)
  • Onememma (2020)
  • Wonder (2023)
  • You Do This One (2023)

MERCY CHINWO BIOGRAPHY, PERSONAL LIFE AND CAREER

Filmography

List of television and film credits
Year Title Role
2013 House of gold Lucia

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