Precious Ebubechukwu Joseph, popularly known as Mr. Pej, is a Nigerian contemporary Christian singer, songwriter, worship & praise leader and recording artiste currently based in Lagos Nigeria. He has served in the Christian ministry for years and still serves as a singer and instrumentalist. In this interview with Odinaka Anudu, the young talented songwriter says he wants to turn the world upside down through his Gospel songs.
Tell us about your brand of music, and why did you choose that?
I do contemporary Gospel music because it brings me fulfilment in Christ Jesus. The bible says in Habakkuk 2v14, “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Therefore, I want to spread the word of God all around the world through my music. I have come to understand that the Gospel in Romans 1:16 is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who accepts and believes in it. Hence, I’m not ashamed of singing this Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Most songs are meant to create social change or correct social misconceptions. What do your songs intend to achieve?
My songs are strictly for edification and exaltation to the body of Christ. My mandate is to snatch every unbeliever who hears my song from eternal condemnation. I want them to encounter Jesus Christ whenever they listen to my songs and in turn give their hearts to Him as their personal Lord and Saviour.
Why did you choose music as a career?
I chose to do music because I love music. I cannot stay a day without music. So, for me, it is more like ‘In the morning music, afternoon music and night time music.’ Music is life, so I try to sing everywhere. That is why I do not joke with the choir anywhere I find myself.
When did you start and where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
I started recording my personal songs in 2018, but I discovered my part with music as a young boy, though I did not really have any push or direction as of that time. I started playing the drums at age 14 or so, but the amazing thing is that at some point in my life God sent me to wilderness just like He did with Moses. It was during my stay in the wilderness that I became fully aware that God wanted me to do music through constant dedication to Him. Ten years from now, I see myself winning more souls for Jesus through my music globally, because He has sent me around the world with the news of His saving power and eternal plan for all mankind. According to Psalm 67v2, nothing else matters.
Who is your role model, and why did you choose this person?
First, the Holy Spirit is my Inspiration. Wow, my role model? Well, I have a lot of people I listen to that have really impacted me, but I’m just going to mention a few of them because of the indelible impact their music ministry made on my life. First is Sinach, because of her impactful lyrics and faith proclamations in her songs. She is always in accord with the Spirit, coming out with those prophetic songs that are in line with believers’ present hour reality. I learnt writing impactful lyrics from her. Second is Groove master Frank Edwards, because of his consistency and production skills. I mean Frank Edwards can release song every single day if he is asked to do so. He just keeps them coming. Third is Joe Praize, because of his fire power, energy and honesty. All thanks to Pastor Chris Oyakhilome for raising us well. I also like Pastor Nathaniel Bassey, Tim Godfrey, Sammie Okposo, and many others. They are all powerful ministers.
How original are your songs?
My songs are 100 percent original, no copyright. Most times, I do not even write them, I just wake up singing them from sleep. So, you can imagine that. It is one gift I really thank God for. Though right now I do not have many recorded songs, before the end of the year we should have our album ready.
What do you need to move up your music career?
Holy Spirit + money + skills + putting in works + good music + good attitude. With all these I can take my world with my music.