Sinach Named Top Song Writer, 12 Weeks In A Row
Integrity Music is proud to announce that Nigerian songwriter / artist Sinach is the best Christian songwriter in the industry. The news, ranked # 1 for twelve weeks in a row, comes from Billboard’s weekly charts that list the week’s top songwriters and producers.
Sinach, whose full name is Osinachi Okoro, is the only woman to take this first place. She is the songwriter of over 200 songs, most recently the world famous worship anthem “Way Maker”.
From “sung in churches around the world to numerous versions recorded by many of today’s top artists,” Way Maker ” has had a truly unprecedented global impact. More than 60 recording artists have recorded their own versions of the song, including Leeland, Michael W. Smith – whose version on the radio went to No. 1, Mandisa, Bethel, Passion (with Kristian Stanfill, Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes), Miranda Curtis, The American Idol candidates Genevieve Linkowski and David Archuletta and most recently Revere with Darlene Zschech and William McDowell.
At the time of going to press, Sinach’s music video “Way Maker” had more than 151 million views, while Leeland’s version had more than 67 million streams and the video had more than 27 million views. “Way Maker” was also adopted as a modern worship standard within the global church that climbs into the top four on CCLI’s US map.
Way Maker has also become an anthem during the COVID-19 pandemic in recent weeks. Numerous hospitals have played the song from their rooftops to the parking lots, taking a moment to pray for those affected by the virus and to honor those who work tirelessly to fight this pandemic. And just this weekend, the song was sung by thousands who took to the streets during a protest march in Minneapolis, MN, in honor of George Floyd, and to fight racism.
“For years we have longed for songs from other nations to have a significant impact on the global church,” said Jonathan Brown, president of Integrity Music. Way Maker has achieved more than our wildest dreams. It is a great pleasure for us to celebrate the achievement of this powerful artist. Well done, Sinach! “
A new version of “Way Maker” is now available from Revere and was done by William McDowell and Darlene Zschech. They recently shared, “We sang it and we heard it in different versions, but the best kept secret about ‘Way Maker’ is that it was born in Nigeria. Our hope with the Revere version is that it helps you gently to steer the church away from a production culture in which the focus can erroneously become a love of worship, an awesome culture where the focus is clearly and firmly on love for Christ. “
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