The thrill of gaining nominations for the first time in any music awards scheme has sent singer, Daniel Agyin, also known as Goldmann, over the moon and he is brimming with expectation of walking away with a trophy, at least.
Goldmann’s ‘Ayeyindwom’ track won him nominations in the Male Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year categories at the upcoming 2nd National Gospel Music Awards (NGMA) being organised by Royal Akofena Entertainment. The awards ceremony is scheduled for December 22 in Kumasi.
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In the Male Vocalist of the Year category, Goldmann is up against Joe Mettle, Nacee, Ernest Opoku, Akesse Brempong and Kobby Isaac.
He is vying for the Songwriter of the Year trophy with Hannah Marfo, Joe Mettle, Piesie Esther, Faffa and Akesse Brempong.
“I was surprised and happy at the same time when the nominations list came out and my name was in there. To me, it was an indication that attention was being paid to my work and that brought on a good feeling,” Goldmann pointed out.
He is contending with some heavyweight names in his categories but says it is an open race any of them could win. Being nominated alone, he contends, makes one a winner and is ready to congratulate and jubilate with whoever wins, if he does not.
“Winning will give me the impetus to do more. Awards are like endorsements so once I get that endorsement, I’ll jump and be happy. My ultimate goal in doing Gospel music, however, is to touch people and make them come to Christ”.
Goldmann, who is also the Deputy Director for Gospel Music at the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), said he was impressed with the variety of approaches contemporary Gospel musicians are bringing to the game.
He, however, felt it was necessary for them to get familiar with modern techniques of marketing to enable them reach wider audiences.
Awards are available in 22 categories at the NGMA. These include Best Gospel album, New Artiste, Hip Hop Song, Best Praise Song, Best Traditional Gospel Song, Best Gospel Video, Best African Gospel Song and Best Collaboration.
Voting for nominees started on November 2 and ends on December 14.