She may not have an enchanting voice but that didn’t deter gospel artiste, Janet El-Aschkar, from ministering to people through music.
Her debut album, Purely Divine Volume I, which she released in 2011 didn’t get her the much needed attention she desired but she is hopeful that her current album would grant her that wish.
The new album, Purely Divine Volume 2, has 12 songs. We Will Lift You High, Wisdom Is Not For Sale, Yen Wura Yesu ne Asomdwe and The Sovereign Lord is my Strength are some of the songs on the album.
All the songs were recorded and mixed at Bessa Simon’s Dibess Studios on the Spintex Road.
Music has always been used as a tool for development as well as preaches the gospel and Janet aptly puts that in a meaningful way as she addresses both social and spiritual issues on the album.
On We Will Lift You High which features Shasha Marley, the duo sings the praises of the different appellations of God. Shasha Marley is featured again on another piece on the album, Baby Jesus, The King, which has a reggae tune.
A chorister since childhood, Janet told Showbiz last week that even though she had lived in the UK for many years, she has always harboured that dream to pursue her ministry back home in Ghana.
“I compose my songs based on the circumstances around my personal life. They are always inspired by the Holy Spirit,” she stated.
Currently serving as Chairperson for the Passion for Needy, a non-governmental organisation of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) where she worships, Miss El-Aschkar said that she is not into music for financial gains.
“Proceeds from my album and Ministry have been used for charity work and I hope to continue in that stead” she added.