Nathaniel Bassey is a Christian Worship leader and a Gospel musician born in 1978, in Lagos to a Lagos-based family from Ikot Ofon Ikono in Uyo local government area of Akwa-Ibom state, South-South Nigeria. He was born into a devout Christian home with his father, Mr. Joshua Bassey being a pastor in The Apostolic Church, Bashua Assembly. He is popularly known for his song ‘Onise Iyanu‘ and ‘Olowogbogboro‘
Nathaniel Bassey grew up with a strong passion for music, particularly the Jazz music genre, with the likes of gospel music icon, Dr. Panam Percy Paul inspiring him to give it a trial.
Nathaniel Bassey Early Life
Nathaniel Bassey who hails from Ikot Ofon Ikono in Uyo local government area of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, is the son of a Mr. Joshua Bassey, a minister in the Apostolic Church Bashua Assembly.
He attended the University of Lagos (UNILAG) where he studied Urban and Regional Planning and after spending two years there, he gained admission into the University of London where he studied Politics and International Relations. He also attended music courses in and outside the country including the Middlesex University summer school, UK, where he studied popular music and music business.
Nathaniel Bassey Music Career
Young Nathaniel Bassey had a passion for music and grew up wanting to become a musician who will major on the Jazz music genre with inspiration from the likes of Dr. Panam Percy Paul and many others. He started off his career by playing to the music of Louis Armstrong Miles Davies, Stan Getz and Kirk Whalum, Phil Driscoll, Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker, Hugh Masakela and many others.
The singer also traveled to Lagos where he joined a jazz quartet Spectrum 4 and played alongside some of his childhood friends.
After some years, he was approached by one of the most respected figures in the Jazz circle, the late legend, Steve Rhodes, a Nigerian broadcaster and musician who founded the Steve Rhodes Orchestra in 1970. Steve Rhodes was also Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s manager.
Nathaniel Bassey spent two years with Steve Rhodes after which he left to pursue a solo career which marked the beginning of his professional career.
Few years into the foray of gospel music, Nathaniel Bassey captured the attention of Nigerians and Africans and a section of the world with his unique talent as loved by many top entertainers including Teemac, Peter King, Sotris Papadopoulos, Paul Peteren, Ayo Bankole Jnr, Wole Oni, Cobhams Asuquo, Adlan Cruise and Funsho Ogundipe.
With an advantage of fame and polularity, Nathaniel Bassey held a Christian program called “Hallelujah Challenge” which was an online 30-day midnight prayer and praise session. It was held live across Facebook and Instagram where viewers would have to connect from 12 am to 1 am daily throughout the month of June 2017.
Statistics from Evolve Press revealed 10,000 posts with the hashtag ‘#HallelujahChallenge’ and over 18,000 with the hashtag ‘#Olowogbogboro’ making it the number one trend in Nigeria. Shortly after the challenge, Nathaniel Bassey released the Olowogbogboro single which featured Wale Adenuga
Nathaniel Bassey’s Family
Nathaniel Bassey is married to Serah Bassey and their marriage is blessed with two kids. On his lifestyle, one thing that is important to Nathaniel is worshipping God. He also has a good sense of humor, likes to joke and love to see smiles on peoples faces.
Apart from singing, it would be surprising to many that Nathaniel Bassey has taken part in comedy performances and even hosted wedding ceremonies. He is also a lover of football and a fan of Barcelona FC.
Nathaniel Bassey presently has 5 albums with over 60 Gospel songs. You can find the lyrics to all Nathaniel Bassey’s songs here.
Nathaniel Bassey Fun Facts
1. Nat as he is fondly called, developed a love for both music and the gospel at an early age. According to him, He was inspired when he saw prominent Nigerian gospel music icon, Dr. Panam Percy Paul in a concert several decades ago. Since then, his passion for music has grown and translated into various musical experiences.
2. Interestingly, as time passed, he developed an uncommon interest for jazz music and began listening, imitating and playing the songs of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davies, Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and Kirk Whalum, Phil Driscoll, Hugh Masekela and other jazz luminaries.
3. Nat’s zeal for the jazz stirred him to seek out bands and groups along the jazz lines. He then joined a top jazz quartet in Lagos, Spectrum 4, where he played alongside his childhood friends.
4. Nathaniel Bassey was later approached by one of the most respected figures in the Nigerian jazz and music circle, Elder Steve Rhodes to lead, arguably, the first Jazz Orchestra in the country – THE STEVE RHODES ORCHESTRA. Nat served as the bandleader and lead trumpeter for a period of two years before he chased a solo career
5. His peculiar and unique soulful trumpeting style caught the ears of top entertainers and composers within and outside the country, such as Teemac, Ayo Bankole Jr, Cobhams Asuquo, Wole Oni, Yinka Davies, Adlan Cruise, Funsho Ogundipe, Peter King, Sotiris Papadopoulos, Paul Petersen, The French Cultural centre, American International School, to mention but a few individuals and organizations that sought his musical ingenuity.
6. His journey into gospel music, however, began when he started sensing a deep yearning within that there was more to his music than he thought. This led him into seeking for answers and with the mentorship and guidance of Late Pastor Eskor Mfon, the former Pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church Of God, City Of David Parish, Nat made a transition and a gospel music ministry was born.
7. Nat’s decision to go into gospel music did not go down well with many and attracted fierce criticisms from friends and colleagues who thought it was stupid to abandon what was becoming a thriving mainstream music career to serve exclusively at a local church.
8. Nathaniel Bassey spent two years at the University of Lagos where he did a little bit of Urban and Regional Planning, before gaining admission into the University of London where he studied Politics and International Relations.
9. He has attended music courses in and out of the country including the Middlesex University Summer School UK, where he studied popular music and music business.
10. Nathaniel Bassey, writes, sings and produces his own music and records with diverse groups of musicians.
11. His debut album Elohim was recorded and mixed in Cape Town, South Africa in the year 2008. It has been described as a spiritual and artistic masterpiece with the hit track “Someone’s knocking at the door” a soft-rock tune currently generating so much interest locally and internationally.
12. He is married to Serah Bassey and they are blessed with two kids.