2002 – 2005
It is without doubt that Muyiwa and Riversongz are currently the UK’s most prized Gospel asset. Since their debut in 2002 Muyiwa & Riversongz have with a unique blend of traditional gospel, world music, pop sensibilities and contemporary worship carved a niche and breathed life into what some critics had thought was dry barren land when referring to support for Gospel music in the UK. However, four albums, impressive sales figures, regular appearances at premier gospel events and on television serve as evidence of their exceptional appeal. Ministering with likes of Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Donnie Mcklurin, Mary Mary they prove they are credible and worthy to stand shoulder to shoulder with their US counterparts.
The group’s debut album ‘Restoration’ was recorded live in 2002 and featured songs written by Emma Award Winning Eddie Martin as well as the lead in Riversongz and TV / radio personality; Muyiwa Olarewaju. Such has been the impact of the album that featured songs like ‘Our God Is Good’, ‘Your Loving Kindness’, ‘Restoration’ and ‘We Want To See You’ have been embraced by people across the UK, Europe and Africa, and incorporated into their worship services.
2005 – 2007
Muyiwa and Riversongz sophomore project; live album and DVD entitled ‘Declaring His Power’ were released in November 2005. The 12 new songs were brought to life by a 6-piece band; 40-voice choir & 8 backing singers. Declaring His Power, the first instalment of what has come to be known as the ‘Declaration series’ was the premier release from Kingsway’s new label ‘One Voice’. The album went on to be the top selling album for Wesley Owen UK, Number 1 album on Cross Rhythm Direct, top 3 best seller Kingsway Music. Songs from the album ‘Alleluia Eh’ and ‘Imela’ were nominated for the prestigious Oasis award. The album has so far exceeded the sales of ‘Restoration’.
Songs from the ‘Declaring His Power’ DVD are still regularly played on Christian cable TV stations in the UK and Africa. Local BBC Radio Stations and BBC Radio 2 have also supported the project with significant airplay.
Muyiwa & Riversongz took their success to the next level when they recorded their third live album and DVD ‘Declaring His Love’ in October 2007 at the renowned Ocean music venue in London with over 2000 people in attendance. The CD & DVD were released in March 2008 followed by a sold-out 10 city UK tour in 2008. The CD held the #1 position for 5 months on HMV’s Jazz & Blues & Gospel Charts.
2008 – 2010
Muyiwa and Riversongz have taken their anointed and infections songs to a number of high profile UK events including Easter People; Soul in the City – a major urban regeneration outreach in London; Megafest – with Bishop TD Jakes The Festival of Life, a bi annual prayer gathering that has an attendance of over 20,000 people, RCCG’s Holy Ghost Convention with over 2 million people in attendance, the experience a marathon music event held in Nigeria and were the first ever ‘International Act’ to be invited to perform on the prestigious BET Celebration Of Gospel TV Show. In 2010 they headlined a sold-out concert at world renowned music venue Indigo2 which featured amongst others Kym Mazelle and MOBO award winning Jazz musician Yolanda Brown.
Muyiwa can be heard on the only commercial Christian radio station in the UK Premier Radio, where he presents their flagship ‘Gospel tonight’ and ‘Worship Tonight’ programmes winning the Oasis Award Best Presenter Category, also wining the Best Radio show & Best Contribution to Gospel Music categories at the 2009 Gospel Music Award He also presents ‘Sounds Of Africa’ on Lufthansa Airlines, which in 2008 carried 57 million passengers. In 2010 he debuted as the host of CBN’s flagship magazine programme Turning Point International with a total potential viewing audience of over 71,000,000 people across four continents!
The fourth offering from the ensemble, with collectively over 30 years experience in the music industry, promises not to disappoint and they stand poised for greater world-wide success. ‘Declaring his Name’ sees the outfit breakaway from in-house producers and Live sound. They have teamed up with Kevin Bond (Marvin Sapp, Bishop TD Jakes, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McKlurkin) and have a number of features from international artists lined up. Stand out tracks include “King of kings, God of glory (This We Know)”, “Glory to God in the Highest”, “I Love you lord” and “My Heritage”.
Muyiwa and Riversongz dynamic ministry, humble attitude and tenacious work ethic have enabled them make an indelible print UK and as the journey continues with the next album about to released watch them go stratospheric.