Helen Yawson (née Obadagbonyi, born July 3, 1967) is a Ghanaian contemporary gospel singer, songwriter and pastor.
Helen Yawson is an accomplished Gospel Singer, Author and Worship Leader. She is an associate pastor and Head of the Music Division of KICC Ghana. She is married to Ps. Andy Yawson and they have 2 kids.
|Birth name||Helen Osagiede Obadagbonyi|
|Also known as||Pastor Helen Yawson|
|Born||July 3, 1967
London, United Kingdom
|Genres||Gospel, Urban contemporary gospel|
|Associated acts||Nii Okai, KODA, Joe Beecham, Danny Nettey, “Daughters of Glorious Jesus”, “Eugene Zuta”, Joe Mettle|
Pastor Helen, a product of KICC London, led the Choir there, before relocating to Ghana with her family. She is the Director of VOICEMANIA, a company committed to developing vocal talents through seminars (WORSHIP MASTER CLASS) and personal tuition.
Helen Yawson was born in London in 1967. At the age of five, she went to live in Lagos, Nigeria and returned to London at the age of 19. Her ability to sing was evident from an early age by her powerful and natural confidence in this area.
Shortly after returning to London in 1986, she joined the young Matthew Ashimolowo’s Christian ministry where she responded to the challenge to ‘get serious with God’. In 1988, Helen initially joined the Kingsway Foursquare Church Band; then in 1989, she joined the Church Choir as a lead Singer. For the next 7 years, her powerful and infectious style led the growing group in praise and worship style performances on several visits to Nigeria and Canada, as well as throughout the UK.
Feeling that she was responding to a call to religious vocation, Yawson moved to Accra, Ghana in 2002 where she was ordained a Reverend Minister in the same year by Matthew Ashimolowo. Helen has served since her arrival in Ghana as The Head of the Music and Creative Division and is currently heads the KICC Winning Women Ministries.
Her first solo Album was released in 1998 and the second in 2001. Following that was the highly acclaimed single, “Any Day,” which was released in 2006. In August 2012, she released, “My God and I.” Then came the single “Thirsty” and “Hallelujah.”
Her annual concert dubbed Helen Yawson Live in Concert took off in 2012 in Accra, Ghana and has been a success ever since.
For someone who didn’t hesitate to display her talent as a primary school girl and later as a teenage singer at St Anne’s School in Ibadan, Nigeria, the future couldn’t be brighter and nothing would prove a stumbling block in her desire to perform at the highest level.
She says; “I think I play two roles: worship and inspirational music, but when I write, I go into the role of a worshipper. To me, worship is about what you’re saying, it’s not a style. It can be rock and roll, reggae or fugi. I think it’s not confined to a genre.”
Helen Yawson’s ministry is undoubtedly unique, marked as it is by the heart of a woman who is determined to lead the nations in true, unbridled worship to a God who so deeply desires it.
Helen’s presence and contribution to the choir and music ministry in Kingsway International Christian Centre, (KICC) came at a crucial time when the church was becoming the fastest growing assembly in the whole of the UK. Under the ministry of her Pastor and Teacher, Matthew Ashimolowo, several hundreds of unbelievers came to know Christ. In 1997, Helen’s talents were stretched further when she became Music Coordinator at KICC’s North London satellite church, directing a group of eight talented singers and musicians, and assisting with the coordinating of KICC’s main 100 strong Mass Choir.
During this time, Helen also wrote and recorded her debut album, ‘Blessed and Highly Favoured’, which was released in January 1999. This album increased demand for Helen’s inspirational and anointed music ministry around the UK. In the two years that followed, she was kept busy with appearances at several concerts and conferences around the United Kingdom. A year later, she was promoted to the position of Choir Director. She released her second album, ‘Forever Grateful’ in 2001. In August 2012, she released her current album, My God and I.
Since her coming to Ghana, she has organised and facilitated several music and vocal workshops, worship and lifestyle seminars. She also took part in several concerts and worship events in various parts of Ghana and with various Churches and Christian Organisations In 2006, she released her single album ‘Anyday’. She has also set up Voicemania, a company committed to raising competent and confident musicians as well as speakers to excel in their fields and be able to perform on both local and international platforms. Through this platform she organizes the annual Worship Master Class and The Voice Academy.
Helen Yawson is an encouragement to many as she has overcome inherent shyness and poor self-confidence to become the gem that she is today, with undeniable stage presence and a latent ability to touch lives. Her mentors are Helen Baylor, Shirley Caesar and Babbie Mason. She has over the years shared the stage with gospel greats, the likes of Andraé Crouch, Alvin Slaughter, Ron Kenoly, Jessy Dixon, Mary Mary and Daniel Winans. Helen Yawson’s ministry is undoubtedly unique, marked as it is by the heart of a woman who is determined to lead the nations in true, unbridled worship to a God who so deeply desires it. Her desire is to continue to fuse her natural talent and her profound love for God to minister the gospel of Jesus-Christ to the unsaved, and to inspire believers to live victorious, praise-filled lives. It is her continuous desire to see men and women take their place as true worshippers of God.
|Blessed and Highly Favoured||
|My God and I||
- Only God
- In 1988 she joined the Kingsway Four-Square Band and Singers
- Became a member of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) Choir.
- Performed in Nigeria and Canada with Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo as part of the Praise and Worship team.
- Led vocally on the KICC Choir Albums – 1992 “Set me Free”, 1993 “You’re My Everything” and 1995 “Joy”. Helen wrote songs for two of the three albums – “God is Always There” – Set Me Free and “I Will Never Leave You” – You’re My Everything.
- 1997 Helen became the Music Co-ordinator at KICC’s Tottenham, North London, satellite church.
- Between 1997 and 1998 she embarked on the writing and recording of her debut solo album. In January 1999 she released ‘ Blessed and Highly Favoured’.
- Appointed as the Choir Director for the KICC Mass Choir in January 2000
- In 2001, she released her second album ‘Forever Grateful’
- Helen was the supporting Artiste for Mary Mary at the Queen’s Jubilee Concert, KICC London (2002)
- In 2002, she became the Music Director of KICC Ghana
- Helen has shared the stage with other recognized gospel artists, such as Alvin Slaughter, Jessy Dixon, Ron Kenoly, Andrea Crouch and Daniel Winans.
- She has performed at various conferences, concerts and festivals in Ghana and the UK, including the Cross Rhythms Roots and Branches Festival ‘One Voice’ held at Dudley Castle (UK), The International Gathering of Champions Conference (UK), the annual 24hr Praise and Worship Concert (Ghana), Receive the Worship Concert (Benin) and many more.
- In 2006, she released her Single Album, Anyday
- In 2012, she released a Worship album, My God and I
- In 2012, she also embarked on her first concert Helen Yawson Live In Concert, which resulted in a live DVD recording
- In 2014, she released an album of Hymns, JUST HYMNS
- In 2015, she released her first book on, More Than A Song
For more about her ministry, visit http://www.helenyawsonlive.com