Cindy Sandy has had a wonderful experience, though murky, traversing the world of Gospel music which she says requires thick skin. She has powerful vocals with which, apart from gracing them over the mic, sings with every Sunday in church. She is an ardent born-again member of the praise and worship team at Integrity Church in Eldoret. Just a year ahead of her career, the University of Eldoret student is already putting up a signature in a tune everyone is going to dance to. Sam Oduor interrogates how amazing this turns out to be.
I just watched one of your videos and am impressed to get down on this with you, so what is the inspiration?
Well, ever since I was in highschool, I have been a saved Christian. I chose to sing Gospel because I wanted this Christ, whom I am proud of, to be known to all nations.
Enhe! When did you make a debut into your music career?
That was in March 2020. I did two songs with the help of my producer Charles Otieno from Cortis Records in Eldoret. He did tremendous work, by the way, in helping me record Gharama and Mikononi.
How did you team up with your producer, Charles Otieno, then?
I can say it is God’s working. l approached him in his studio and we struck a deal. He let me audition my vocals, yeah, that is it. And before everything he reminded me to pray before recording.
Finances is a crucial part for recording and producing music, how did you fund your first two songs?
l used to have a desire of recording my own song. I had been with Sei Sisters for a very long time and my love for music had really grown. So l started saving and by last year I had raised sh 12,000, good enough to start me off. My family and friends also supported me a great deal on the finances.
Well, tell me more about Gharama na Mikononi, what are the songs about and did you write them by yourself, and what inspired their production?
Gharama is my own composition, passing a message to the world that you’ll never have something you desire unless you sacrifice. Mikononi kwa Yesu, I am sure you’ve listened to it before from tenzi za rohoni, has really helped me during the Covid-19 pandemic when everything seemed not to work well for everyone in this country, or rather the whole world. That was my daily anthem before going to bed ‘mapenzi yanilinda sina hofu kamwe‘.
I used to tell myself that many people would like to know that Christ’s love is unconditional so I decided to pass it to our generation in a different version. I also wrote that myself.
Wow that is incredible. In total how many songs have you done?
Three singles and several collabos. Very soon I am hitting the airwaves with Emmah Favoured from Kisumu.
Ahahaha just wait for it.
I can’t wait already. What challenges should other rising Gospel artists expect that you have experienced?
Getting a fan base in Gospel is not an easy thing. I appreciate secular artists because they lift each other but with my Gospel counterparts, it is a different thing. When you are in my kind of career, expect people to judge you based on your lifestyle choices. Also getting money out of Gospel music is a challenge.
What’s that unique element of your music one wouldn’t find with any other Gospel artist?
God graces everyone in a unique way. l won’t answer this question because I may not know myself properly. My fans will help me answer.
Your opinion about secular music, is it worth God’s grace?
Remember Gospel artists and secular artists were both created by God. We were all gifted by God in different ways, so l won’t judge if they are losing God’s grace. But it depends with what they want to pass to the world. Moreso, the bible says we all fall short of His glory, so their time will definitely come
Where do we see you by the end of this year?
Very far, just as Jeremiah 33 :1 says, ‘Call unto me’, trusting God for a bigger testimony.
How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected your music career?
Freedom of movement and showcasing talent was barred due to Covid-19 containment measures. Moreso, it did cause financial constraints on my part.
As a gospel artist and worship member in your church, do you sometimes perform your own songs?
Yes I do, it is one way of worshipping God.
What has been the highest and lowest moment of your career?
My highest moment was knowing that God has seen me through my music career though still young but he has always made a way where there seems to be no way. My lowest moment was the notion people have that in being an artist one is automatically rich. For me, it is a journey. At times you’ll find some requesting for financial aid. Also, those musicians who pirate on other’s music are really demoralizing.
Who was your biggest inspiration in your childhood days that really gave a way to your career?
I thank God for my mum, she is my inspiration number one. My CU teacher at Lukhuna Primary Boarding too and the teachers at Topmark Academy who encouraged me to lead in singing on parade are all my inspiration. My CU patron in highschool Mr Solomon whom, together with the leadership of the whole school, chose me as the leader of praise and worship. The list is endless.
If given a chance, which renown Gospel artist would you like to meet and why?
Evelyn wanjiru from Kenya, Sei Sisters (my best friends) and Sisters na Deborah Lukalu from the DRC (my favorite ministers). And my prayer is one day I’ll have to work with them and like them by God’s grace and favor.
When writing your songs, how do you decide on the topic and sound of the song?
Wow, I get a revelation from God. Mostly when I am asleep, the verses will flow, so I wake up and write as it’s been brought to me. Moreso, my daily life occurrences is an inspiration too.
What else do you do apart from singing?
I am a student and a minister of God’s word through music.
Your advice to upcoming gospel artists?
Do what brings glory to God. Above all adhere to humility honesty in every undertakings. If in a position, mentor young upcoming artists. Above all, prayer, prayer, prayer, surpasses all. Let them not lean on human understanding.
Your favorite fruit and your best color?
An apple. Blue and white are my name colors.
Lastly, tell us if you are seeing someone or are you single?
Am single since God’s timing is the best. Note am a student too, hahaha.
Where can your fans find you on social media?
On Facebook, Instagram and YouTube all as Cynthia Wabombah.
Cindy is now underway a collabo with a major musician from Kisumu, which will be blazing before the year ends. She says this year gonna be a different one for her as she pushes through the Kenyan gospel music industry.