Nathaniel Bassey is a famous songwriter, Gospel artist, youth pastor, and trumpeter in Nigeria. If you are a Nigerian, then you must have heard Imela, Olowogbogboro, Onise Iyanu; these are popular hit songs by Nathaniel Bassey. There is so much to know about Nathaniel Bassey. Make sure you read till the end to find out.
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Nathaniel Bassey Early life and Biography
|Full name:||Nathaniel Bassey|
|Date of birth:||27th of August 1978|
|Place of birth:||Lagos State|
|Parents:||Mr and Mrs. Joshua Bassey|
Nathaniel Bassey (fondly called Nat) was born in Lagos, though he hails from Ikot Ofon Ikono, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria into a Christian home. He was born on the 27th of August 1978, to Mr and Mrs Bassey. His father, Mr Joshua Bassey was a Pastor of the Apostolic Church, Bashua Assembly. Nathaniel Bassey was exposed to music at a young age by attending church. He constantly listened to Dr Panan Percy Paul who inspired his love for music.
Nathaniel Bassey had his primary and secondary education in Lagos, Nigeria. Also, he had part of his undergraduate studies at the University of Lagos (Unilag), where he studied Urban and Regional Planning for 2years before he gained admission to study Politics and International Relations at the University of London. This, he had to relocate to London to complete his tertiary education.
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Nathaniel Bassey Music Career
Nathaniel Bassey always loved listening to instrumentalists; he learned and perfected his skills in playing the trumpet. He somehow fell in love with the Jazz music genre and aspired to be a successful Jazz music artist. He began listening, imitating, and playing the songs of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davies, Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Kirk Whalum, Phil Driscoll, Hugh Masekela, and other jazz luminaries.
He began attending shows and parties to demonstrate his Jazz skills. Seeking a Jazz group, Nathaniel Bassey joined a top jazz quartet in Lagos, Spectrum 4, where he played alongside his childhood friends. He soon got a big breakthrough in his Jazz music career quest when he was invited by Elder Steve Rhodes to lead, arguably, the first Jazz Orchestra in the country – THE STEVE RHODES ORCHESTRA. Nathaniel Bassey served as band leader and lead trumpeter for a period of two years before continuing with his music career.
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Nathaniel Bassey’s extraordinary talent to play the trumpet soon started attracting the top music artists and International organizations who wanted him to play the trumpet with/for them. The likes of Teemac, Ayo Bankole Jr, Cobhams Asuquo, Wole Oni, Yinka Davies, Adlan Cruise, Funsho Ogundipe, Peter King, Sotiris Papadopoulos, Paul Petersen, The French Cultural centre, American International School, to mention but a few individuals and organizations were amongst those fascinated by his unique trumpeting skills.
He would have continued in his Jazz music career, but Nathaniel Bassey suddenly began to have a deep yearning within him more than the ordinary. Here, he sensed that his musical talents were beyond just him, but a tool to worship, honour and bring men to God. This began a new level of born again experience for Nathaniel Bassey; and with the mentorship and guidance of Late Pastor Eskor Mfon, the former Pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church Of God, City Of David Parish, Nathaniel Bassey made a transition and a gospel music ministry was born. Though he was ridiculed by friends and some family for his change of music career path, Nathaniel Bassey decided to follow the call within him.
Nathaniel Bassey took formal training to hone his musical talent. He has attended music courses in and out of the country including the Middlesex University Summer School UK, where he studied popular music and music business.
Nathaniel Bassey Songs
Here are the albums by Nathaniel Bassey;
- Someone’s at The Door – 2010
- Son of God and Imela – 2014
- This God Is Too Good – 2016
- Revival Flames – 2017
- Jesus: The Resurrection and the Life – 2018
Nathaniel Bassey Awards And Nominations
- City People Music Award for Gospel Artiste of the Year – 2017
- Best Gospel Artist at the Africa Muzik Magazine Awards & Music Festival Awards (AFRIMMA) – 2017
- Jesus the Resurrection and Life was nominated for Album of Excellence at the African Gospel Music Awards (AGMMA) – 2019
- Artist of the Year nominee by the Crystal Gospel Awards – 2019
Nathaniel Bassey Hallelujah Challenge
In June 2017, Nathaniel Bassey started the Hallelujah Challenge which is an online 30-day midnight prayer and praise session. The live Gospel concert was streamed on Facebook and Instagram; thousands of people both from Nigeria and beyond followed the praise concert with various testimonials of miracles and healings. As of Friday 16th June, CNN reported that about 68,000 people joined the Instagram live stream, while over 50,000 joined the Facebook live stream.
Statistics from Evolve Press revealed 10,000 posts with the hashtag ‘#HallelujahChallenge’ and over 18,000 with the hashtag ‘#Olowogbogboro’ making it the number one trend in Nigeria.
Nathaniel Bassey Family
Nathaniel Bassey is happily married to Sarah Bassey and they are blessed with two children- a boy and a girl.
Nathaniel Bassey is also a Youth Pastor and music director in the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Nathaniel Bassey’s Net worth
As of 2021, the estimated net worth of Nathaniel Bassey is about $870,000. He makes his money from advertisements, shows, and church performances, as well as album downloads and sales.
Nathaniel Bassey House
Nathaniel Bassey is not fond of showing off his properties online. However, during the lockdown, we got a better view of a part of his house where he held the Hallelujah Challenge. Obviously, he lives in a good house with his beautiful family.
Nathaniel Bassey cars
Nathaniel Bassey once survived a car accident in his Mercedes Benz car; after which he took to social media to thank God. Being a gospel artist, Nathaniel Bassey doesn’t seem to have a rich taste in exotic cars.
Nathaniel Bassey has indeed been a blessing to many lives through his songs and especially the Hallelujah Challenge. Considering his wealth, he sure lives a quiet and comfortable life.