Crowned winner of Tv3’s Mentor 3 music reality show, Erico has said he will completely give up on doing gospel music in his next life. According to Erico, he has lots of problems with heads of churches who almost always refuse to pay him after rendering their services.
He says most people are of the belief that their gift is from God forgetting that a lot goes into making music and there is a need for them to be paid. According to him, he should have listened to Mark Okraku when he told him to do secular music instead.
“The challenges we (gospel artistes) go through is numerous but most people think everything is well smoothly. We are invited to perform at churches and other corporate events yet we treated as if our talent is for free. Most Pastors don’t pay us when we perform at their events. I remember how one man of God refused to pay me after performing at his church and I had to walk from Nungua to my house at North Kaneshie.
In an interview with Kojo Preko Dankwa, host of Kasapa Entertainment on Kasapa FM, Erico who launched his fifth (5th) album titled ‘M’ayanwu’ which literary means ‘Close shave’ last year, April 30, 2017 vowed never to do gospel music in his next life although his wish is like building castles in the air.
“For me, when I’m reborn to this earth I’ll not venture into gospel music, I’ll choose Highlife instead because most stakeholders in the gospel industry are so so wicked, they don’t support artists. At times the money given to you is so humiliating that it can’t take care of your team’s transport back to their destination.
“After I was crowned winner of Tv3’s Mentor 3, Mark Okraku Mantey told me in plain language that I should rather do Highlife because that is what suits me but I thought that because gospel has been my background from day one, I can’t do away with that genre but I’ve now realized Okraku’s advise was true. In my next life, I’ll rather choose Highlife over the gospel.”
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Erico joined the gospel trio (Ampong, Isaac and Cee) after being crowned the ultimate winner of TV3’s Mentor 3. Erico prior to participating in TV3’s Music Talent hunt was already a singer, who moved from church to church to minister to people, and that his participation in Mentor was just an opportunity that uncovered him.