By Kennedy Nyavaya
United-Kingdom-based gospel songstress Jennie Maneni-Mayer (pictured) is ecstatic after being nominated in the Best Breakthrough Female Minister category at this year’s edition of the Maranatha Awards USA.
The awards are held annually to “honour and acknowledge authentic biblical worship music and exceptional individuals from around the globe”.
Themed Season of Restoration, this year’s awards will be hosted on August 28 in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States.
Maneni-Mayer described the nomination as a major leap in her career that has been marked by steady achievements ever since she went solo close to a decade ago.
“I am really grateful and happy for this recognition. “The nomination on its own is an honour and very encouraging for someone who has always worked hard to produce impactful gospel music.
“This is a sign that my work is reaching the diverse audiences I have always intended to reach,” she said.
Earlier this year, the married mother of one bagged the Zimbabwe Community News award for Best Afro-pop Song, adding to a growing cabinet of gongs.
“As a gospel musician, it is not much about recognition or material acquisition, but we mainly make music to achieve the great commission of turning souls to Christ although achievements are also a reminder and encouragement for the work we do,” said Maneni-Mayer, adding that she is currently in the studio working on more music.
Having survived Covid-19 earlier this year, the My Testimony singer is mainly turning her focus towards penning music that will help world citizens weather the storm during the global pandemic era.
“The world as it is at the moment needs hope in different aspects and I really hope to use music to ensure that in times when life seems unbearable, people can know where to get some hope based on my music,” she said.