Award winning gospel artist, Rev. Lenny Akpadie has revealed that leaders of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) promised him a four wheel drive vehicle in the run up to the 2008 elections after converting his hit song, “Most High God” into a campaign song for the party.
According to him, all efforts to get the said promise fulfilled prove futile and rather taken to the cleaners when the party eventually assumed office in 2009.
Emphasizing that money was not a motivator in his decision to remix his breakthrough song for late Prof. Evans Atta Mills, he said fulfillment of the agreed price could have been a consolation following the woes that accompanied his action.
“There was a chase and in the euphoria of my popularity, I felt like I was contributing to Ghana. The party [NDC] used all channels available to get me convinced. My management was for it. I didn’t charge for the song. Because the party was in opposition, they had barely little to offer but the agreement was that should they win power, I would be given a 4×4. I know for a fact that my song aided them to win the elections but the agreement was never honored because of a protest I made after the song was released. They took offence at the expense of my ministry.
“I am not a member of any political party. I was just carried away. It was a wrong decision. I realized I had made the biggest mistake after the song was released. I take responsibility for it because I have paid dearly”, he stated.
He made these revelations in an exclusive interview on the Christian Entertainment Review Show with Odelia Ntiamoah on Sunny FM last Saturday.
Rev. Lenny Akpadie took the country by storm when he released “Most High God” barely ten years ago. The song received massive airplay and transcended beyond the borders of the country. It won him the artist of the year and the popular song of the year in the 9th edition of the Ghana Music Awards. He became the first artist in the gospel fraternity to grab the popular song of the year award.
Nonetheless, the song faded prematurely when a rendition of it sought to favor one side of the political divide. The politicization of the song got the artist crucified by disappointed fans especially members of the opposing political parties.
Rev Akpadie further stated that after facing torrid criticisms from colleague Pastors, sympathizers and enthusiasts, he called for the song to be repealed but ended in failure due to the Party’s strict adherence to the song.
He admitted that his decision, which earned him political enemies, was to blame for his dormancy as he got detached from his teeming fans who he added, were the pillars behind his growing ministry.
Touching on issues affecting the music industry, he expressed disappointment in the performance of the current officials of the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO). He says although previous administrators of the organization were castigated for underperforming, he believes the erstwhile performed better after weighing their outputs.
“At the time I joined GHAMRO, I earned a little above GHC 600 from royalties. There was a loud cry about that administration and now, I get as high as GHC 300. The one that was so called being mismanaged did way better than now. By the ratings, my song should earn me more than that.” he lamented.
As part of the healing process, Rev. Akpadie says he has resolved to desist from anything that has the potential to get him politically inclined and rather focus on reconciling with his cherished fans.
The reconstruction has seen him release his 8th album dubbed, “double for trouble.” The title of the song, he said, was inspired by his belief to earn double against the trouble that begrudged his music career.