The gospel music scene in Ghana has witnessed many players, some of whom will have the honour to be recognized at a special award ceremony for gospel music legends come February 27, at the Accra International Conference Centre. Among these celebrated gospel artistes is a lady whose songs are reputed to touch the soul of listeners. She is Amy Newman.
Formerly called Amy Brew, this sensational music diva was born to Mr. Kwesi Brew of Essikado and Miss Dinah Appah in the year 1960. She started her elementary education at the Essikado Catholic Girls School where her music talents quickly came to the fore.
She was selected to represent the school anytime there was a music function, while she would sing to entertain the teachers and the entire school when the opportunity presented itself. Amy was therefore loved so much by her teachers and colleagues.
She continued exhibiting her musical talent in Essikado Catholic Church choir and was chosen to sing to welcome the Bishops at one of the annual Bishop’s conferences held in the Western Region when she was just 10 years old. In 1979, she got married to Rev. Kwesi Newman.
They are blessed with eight children, four girls and four boys. She started her charismatic songs with Rev. Charlie Sam and produced six albums. She was a member of Holyfire Revival Ministries’ Compassion Aflame Choir and was the lead vocal during that time.
She then went solo and came out with her first and second albums in quick succession, titled "God of Mercy" and "I Am Coming Lord" respectively, all with Rev Charlie Sam in 1989. Later, she came out with "Oye W’adom", which included the hit song 'Lord Prepare Me', bringing her into the limelight in 1994.
In 1998 she came out with two albums "Nyira Nka Wo Dzen", containing the hit song 'Atseasefo' and 'Jesus Is Coming'. Other albums include "Okamafo" (2001) and "M’gyei Nyira Mu" in 2004.
In 2006 she came out with 2 albums entitled "Wongya Me O" and "Nyame Wo Hon Yedzin" to celebrate her 20 years of her ministry.
Being the first gospel singer in the Western Region to receive an ACRAG Award, Amy believes she was able to reach this far by the grace of God. She also received an award at both the 1st Western Regional Gospel and Skyy Awards Shows.
In August 2000, Amy Newman was selected and crowned as 1st Western Regional Gospel Queen at a program organized by Hackman Promotions in conjunction with MUSIGA; this was based on her Evangelism through music and as a female pioneer in gospel music.
Amy has achieved a lot in the gospel music ministry and some of her achievements are as follows: Nominated for Best Vocal Performance, Ghana Music Awards (2003), Certificate of honour for commitment, dedication, love and selfless contribution towards growth of gospel music in Ghana (2003), among others. She performed the national anthem at the nation’s 50th anniversary in March 2007 and was a proud recipient of a Grand Medal from the Ghana government the same year.
A product of Takoradi Polytechnic, Amy Newman is a caterer by profession and enjoys spending time in kitchen.
Other gospel artistes billed to be honoured on the day include Tagoe sisters, Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Bernice Offei among others.
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