Willy Paul: I ditched gospel music after battling depression

Willy Paul
Willy Paul. [Photo: Courtesy]

For years now, it has not been clear why Willy Paul left the gospel industry which is what gave him a set in Kenya’s music industry.

He finally opened up saying there was a lot of frustration with the gospel industry.

“Reasons as to why I left. Hate from my fellow artists and Djs, luck of airplay (claiming my content wasn’t Godly back then) ubaguzi na mapendeleo.. I was the top artist but these evil people couldn’t see that. Or they just chose to ignore the reality! This people broke my heart!” he posted on Instagram.

Willy Paul says all this sank him into depression for months. Life became unbearable for him and bills piled up yet the music was his only source of income.

“They hurt me so bad, I was depressed 4 (sic) months I kept crying in silence every single day and night.

Can you imagine I had the biggest songs na hawa watu wakanichorea hivo tu.

He says he is not perfect but the treatment he got from the gospel industry was terrible and dehumanizing.

Willy Paul chose secular music because it accommodated him mentally and financially adding that he was tired of hypocrisy in the gospel industry.

“I chose the other side which is where I am today, n that’s what has kept me alive and stable. Plus I just wanted 2b real with myself and not lie to God! God cannot be fooled so I took a chill pill na sai niko hapa. Same same people that didn’t want me there were the first to reach out!!!”