Winner of Tv3’s Mentor 3 music reality show, Erico has said he will completely give up on doing gospel music and revealed that he will at any point in his next life venture into Highlife music.
According to Erico, he has lots of problems with heads of churches who almost always refuse to pay him after rendering their services citing that most of his colleague gospel artistes suffer the same fate in the hands of several men of God because they say their talents are gift from God, so they should minister for free.
He also stated that a lot goes into making music and there is a need for them to be paid and recounted that he should have listened to Mark Okraku when he told him to do secular music instead.
“The challenges we (gospel artistes) go through is numerous but most people think everything is well smoothly. We are invited to perform at churches and other corporate events yet we treated as if our talent is for free. Most Pastors don’t pay us when we perform at their events. I remember how one man of God refused to pay me after performing at his church and I had to walk from Nungua to my house at North Kaneshie.”
“For me, when I’m reborn to this earth I’ll not venture into gospel music, I’ll choose highlife instead because most stakeholders in the gospel industry are so so wicked, they don’t support artistes.”
“At times the money given to you is so humiliating that it can’t take care of your team’s transport back to their destination.”
“After I was crowned winner of Tv3’s Mentor 3, Mark Okraku Mantey told me in plain language that I should rather do Highlife because that is what suits me but I thought that because gospel has been my background from day one, I can’t do away with that genre but I’ve now realized Okraku’s advise was true. In my next life, I’ll rather choose Highlife over gospel.” Erico sadly told Kojo Preko Dankwa, host of Kasapa Entertainment on Kasapa FM.