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Kris Grant: Redefining Nigerian Gospel and Nollywood Soundtracks

Kris Grant, born Nwokocha Mac-Grant Ifeanyi, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer. Primarily recording in English, Pidgin English and Igbo, Kris’ discography uniquely blends Afrobeats and contemporary Gospel.

Kris Grant.
Kris Grant.

The 2018 single, ‘Everything’ marked Grant’s arrival into the scene. His heartfelt expressions of agape love have culminated in two extended plays: 2021’s Ablaze and 2023’s Shepherd. He has collaborated with other Nigerian Gospel artistes such as Chynaydhu, Nonso Uduma and most recently, Okey Sokay. Grant’s collaborations have earned him media features within and beyond Africa.

His recent Shepherd EP, a joint project with Maikon West, has gained acceptance and charted in multiple countries. It peaked at #151, #55, #44, #37 and #9 on Apple Music’s Christian and Gospel Album charts in Zambia, Netherlands, Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi respectively. It also peaked at #93 and #87 in the overall Album Chart on Apple Music in Uganda and Malawi respectively. He has performed and shared the stage with notable Gospel artistes like Ada Ehi Moses, Judikay, Esther Benyogo, Bukola Bekes and Enkay Ogboruche.

Kris Grant.

As a testament to his artistic range, Kris Grant has contributed to the official soundtracks of some major Nollywood releases. Notably, he worked with Nigerian film composer Tolu Obanro to co-write and perform ‘Gbas Gbos’, the lead soundtrack to the Funke Akindele-directed 2022 film, Battle On Bukka Street. He also wrote and performed a soundtrack on the Jade Osiberu-directed Brotherhood, released in 2022. Battle On Bukka Street became the highest grossing Nollywood film of 2022, and presently the second-highest grossing Nollywood film. On the other hand, Brotherhood was the second-highest grossing Nollywood film of 2022, and presently the seventh-highest grossing Nollywood film of all time.

Furthermore, Kris Grant has worked with Niyi Akimolayan’s Anthill Studios, writing and performing ‘Ego’ and ‘Spinning Money’, soundtracks for the comedy film, Prophetess. This film notably over-throned major Nollywood features, Godzilla vs. Kong and Mortal Kombat, in cinemas in April 2021. Ultimately, Prophetess finished as the third-highest grossing Nollywood film of 2021, and the 20th-highest grossing Nollywood film of all time.

Kris Grant also co-wrote and performed ‘Gallant’, a soundtrack on the Nollywood movie, The Man For The Job, released in April 2021. Presently, it stands as the tenth most-seen movie on Amazon Prime Video in Nigeria.

 'All In All Pt. 2' Cover art.
‘All In All Pt. 2’ Cover art.

With his most recent single, ‘All In All Pt. 2’, which features gospel music heavyweight Okey Sokay, Kris Grant is definitely a special talent to look out for in 2024.

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