She burst onto the gospel scene in 2004 and almost immediately became a household name as if her coming had been awaited or anticipated; the album was “Adamfo Papa” which received massive airplay and became the choice of many gospel lovers. It received numerous nominations from a number of award programmes and won her the Discovery of the year. It was a dream beginning to come true and it had not come easy in any way.
The first album was released after very turbulent, stormy and several unsuccessful experiences. “Our situation was abnormal” she recounts. After marriage, we struggled and suffered; there were days we could not afford a meal, though we were both employed. It was very difficult but we had God through it all and so we held unto him and he has been with us every step of the way. Every thing we are and whatever we have achieved is to God’s credit. We don’t do anything special to be able to do what we are known for but all we know is that God called us into a ministry and He keeps carrying us through.
We have known humiliation and embarrassment in life and that is why our songs minister to people who are down-trodden and discouraged because it was out of those that God gave us messages and lessons to declare to the world and so we identify with the songs; she narrated.
In 2007, Ohemaa Mercy released “Edin Jesus”, which was also very popular and followed it up with “Wob3y3 K3se” in 2009 and in 2011, her fourth album – Prophecy.
These works have decorated her with many accolades and awards including Gospel Artist of the Year, Gospel Album of the year and Album of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards. She was honoured with a grand medal by Ghana’s President John Agyekum Kufour for her contribution to gospel music; nominated for Africa Gospel Music Awards and several international awards.
Speaking on the new album titled “His Word” with the hit song “wofiri mu” which had over 13,000 views on YouTube within twenty days, she says the whole recording was influenced by God.
“We had planned on songs we wanted to record and selected the engineers to work on some particular songs, but anytime we began to record, a different message filled my heart, and so we had to abandon what we brought and record what God was impressing upon us; especially “wofiri mu”.
The 12-track album composed and arranged by Ohemaa Mercy with contribution from Morris D’Voice, Dan Bassy, George Forest and Francis Osei has songs like Biribi besi, Unbreakable, Menka mano nto mu and You fight for me. It features Cwesi Oteng of God dey bless me fame; Reggae artist, Shasha Marley and Mr Osei of the University of Ghana, school of performing arts. The Album is produced by Atlantic Productions and already being distributed by Big Ben Music Productions.
Ohemaa Mercy revealed that a percentage of the proceeds from this Album will be channeled to support the Prisons Service – give the Prisons headquarters a facelift, renovate the juvenile prison or borstal home and get skills training equipment for them. She described with passion the ugly state of the prisons and the inhumane condition of its inmates. She requested for public support to alleviate the sufferings of the inmates and their wardens.
In 10 years, “His Word” has brought us this far.