Rising star Siphelele Miya wants to touch people’s souls through his music. His debut single 'Umuhle Jesu' drops this Friday, February 1, on iTunes and all digital platforms.
The 21-year-old, contemporary gospel artist hails from the hills of Shakaville in KwaDukuza in KZN. Miya discovered his passion for music at the age of 12 while singing in a church choir. At the peak of his teenage years, he co-founded an acapella group called, 'Amanxusa', which also was a well-received music group in his home town.
Miya, who has shared stage with some of Mzansi's gosepl stars Thina Zungu; Dumi Mkokstad; Mkhululi Bhebhe; Londiwe Ka Masondo and Ntokozo Mbambo chatted to IOL about his musical journey.
You are 21-years-old, you could have chosen any genre, hip hop, RnB, Afro Soul but you did you choose contemporary gospel, why?
I grew up in a God-fearing home where church on Sundays was standard. I fell in love with the music, it resonated with me, and I knew from an early age that this is what I was born to do. I sing from a real and deep place, I pray that my voice brings healing to the listener. We all need a bit of that, and this is my assignment.