21 February 2019
JANET Manyowa says she gets her inspiration from US based gospel diva Shingisai Suluma.
Though she has her own unique style of singing and songwriting, similarities between her and Suluma have been drawn.
Manyowa has, however, admitted that her love for Suluma’s music played a role on how she sounds though they are two different musicians with peculiar styles.
“I have heard a lot of people saying that I sound like Suluma.
“I grew up listening to a lot of her music, she inspires me a lot, I guess the similarities stem from there, albeit coincidentally,” said Manyowa.
Besides being inspired by Suluma on home soil, Manyowa says she also borrows a lot from American gospel singers.
“The musicians that motivate me when I listen to them are Shingisai Suluma and two Americans – Tasha Cobbs and Alvin Slaughter,” she said.
Manyowa said growing up in a family with a strong Christian background ushered her into singing gospel music.
“I’m a firm believer in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and coming from a pastoral home, I would lead praise and worship in church from a very young age.
“This is where the passion to sing gospel music was birthed.
“I grew up in Chegutu and Banket. My parents were very instrumental in developing and nurturing the talent they saw in me.
“My husband encouraged me to start a career as a recording artiste and this is where it all began,” she said.
Narrating her musical journey as a recording artistes, she said she first record her first song – Amazing Grace in the year 2014.
From there, she never looked back as she went on to record more popular songs.
Reflecting on her career, she is proud of her success.
“I managed to release the album Grateful and it has been an overwhelming success.
“As you might know, the album launch was sold out three days before it was officially launched and the event was oversubscribed, I thank God for all this.
“I won two awards at the recent Star FM Music Awards for this album,” she said.
Like any other musician, Manyowa has her own aspirations in the music industry
“Our ministry should touch many lives, bring about reformation, soul winning and ultimately reverence for our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Prayer, hard work and team efforts have been the key in this journey.”
As part of her resolutions, Manyowa has promised more to come this year.
“….more visuals, and perhaps new music. Watch the space!!
“On collaborations, we would like to surprise our fans and followers so for now, that’s a closely guarded secret. Do watch the space!!”
To date, she has two albums to her credit namely King of Glory and Grateful.
These two albums carry sing along singles namely Ndomira Pamuri, Zadzisa, Tomutenda Nei, Muchengeti and Nyasha NeNgoni respectively.
Like most gospel artistes, her affairs are being run by her spouse.
“I’m married to Munyaradzi Manyowa who is also my manager. God has blessed us with three children.”
Besides music, Manyowa likes playing tennis and traveling.
For all she has achieved, she also praised her parents for raising her in Christian background.
“My parents took me to music school at a very young age. I just wish I had taken my piano lessons seriously back then,” she said.