I have been a devout Christian since childhood, thanks to my (maternal and paternal) grandmothers. Both were God-fearing women who taught their children about God. My maternal grandmother Rispah Nabalayo, and my mother Martha Wasike, had a strong influence on my faith, as they both emphasized prayer and church activity.
My best friend’s
mother, Lucy Mukuha “Mama Nyawira” always encouraged me and talked
to me about Salvation. In 1986, while undergoing pre-university basic
training at the National Youth Service, I made a decision to accept Jesus
Christ as my personal savior - I was filled with the Holy Spirit. Since
then, I have continued to pursue a close relationship with the Lord Jesus
Jose later joined the
Kenya Army and was the band leader of the Yellow Waggonner’s. He
is a talented guitarist who specializes in lead guitar, but can also
play several other instruments. Additionally, he has
recorded several hit albums in Kenya.
Although Reuben did not know us then, he graciously agreed to come to Baton Rouge and from that moment on, he became a dear friend.
After he left for Kenya, the Lord's Spirit convinced me to do more in the gospel music ministry. With encouragement from Fulbert and my brother-in-law John Bosco Namwamba - a talented guitarist and well known musician in Kenya - I started singing with a dream of eventually recording an album.
On his return to the U.S. in the summer of 2005, Reuben invited John Bosco and I to sing with his group. It was while driving back to Baton Rouge after a concert in Dallas, that Reuben suggested I record an album.
We successfully recorded the first four songs in our in-home recording studio dubbed Lakeshore Studios. Despite a busy schedule, Reuben was instrumental in writing and arranging most of the songs. He also played keyboard, guitar and sang backup. His dedication was an inspiration to all.
We completed my debut album “Mawazo Ya Tumaini” in December, a testimony to the goodness of God. This goodness was manifest in the the team of talented musicians involved in the recording namely; Dorothy Odera, Lydia Njeri, John Bosco, Reuben, and Fulbert.
With help from Reuben Kigame, I recently released an album titled "Here I Am". Album was recorded in Eldoret, Kenya and featured my sister Florence Wasike Odero.