Out of persistent struggles comes a chain breaker.
Yemi Alafifuni is excited to officially release his new single, “Chains Fall”. Inspired by his struggles of being tied down with constant shame and lack, Yemi found a solution that works in the name of Jesus. He wants his listeners to know that walking with God holds much strength and there’s real power in the name and person of Jesus. Combining acoustic pop & contemporary gospel, Yemi is determined to go the full length with this story of breakthrough.
Ever since becoming a Christian, Yemi has tried to live a godly life, but struggled with a life of rejection, low self-esteem and constant need to belong. He thought that he had to perform or act in a certain way to earn approval from people around him and with God. Yemi said; “The more I try to live up to my faith, the more I failed. The need to be accepted by anyone was great and so was the cares of life”. With this came an unhealthy habit of self-centeredness, fear of the unknown, loneliness, guilt, unforgiveness, filth addiction and a lifestyle of debt. The irony was Yemi had the answer within him to break the chains all along, but never used it until now.
The truth is every time Yemi fell short, God never left. Yemi said;
“God kept saying but I have given you victory over this. When I thought I was strong, I would fall again & again to the point where I gave up and thought myself a hypocritical Christian. And yet He never left me! God promised and held on until I received the fullness of that victory. He is still here to catch and help me today”.
This is the true inspiration behind this song, but it didn’t start as most songs do.
The Bus-Stop Song:
It was a cold weekday morning, Yemi woke up longing to worship and to write a hook to complete an already written song called “Behold the Lamb”. (Newsflash: This song will be released in March 2021).
On his way to work and at a bus stop, Yemi began to hum a tune and within minutes the hook (Every chain fall) was received – the perfect puzzle to the other song or so he thought. During music production, it became clear that the hook was a completely new song of its own. This was how the song ‘Chains Fall’ started.
Writing the rest of the song was challenging but he was inspired by a verse from the bible; Nahum 1:13: So now, I will break his yoke bar from upon you, and I will tear off your shackles.”
Yemi shared this bible verse, the story (above) and the written lyrics at the time with his producer. And in collaboration with other seasoned writers, they completed the song. Of the song Yemi says:
This song embodies my journey to freedom in Christ, Nahum 1:13 and the interpretation of three other writers. This song carries our solution to breaking any addiction, fear due to rejection, bondage and anything that may constitute chains in our lives. As it is very frustrating waiting for a late bus in winter conditions, we all need to be fed up with the chains binding us daily and seek true deliverance that can only be found in Jesus. Tell your struggles it’s the last bus stop, call the name and see the chains fall!Download Now
The song had to be recorded at All Nations Worship Assembly Church Auditorium in Chicago – USA just as the COVID-19 lockdown came into effect and studios in the area cancelled on us.
Produced by multi-award-winning producer Vaughan Phoenix (who has produced for known names in the gospel music front including Tasha Cobbs Leonard, William Murphy & Koryn Hawthorne) – https://www.allmusic.com/artist/vaughan-phoenix-mn0003058951
Mastered by the legendary Herb Powers Jr. – https://www.allmusic.com/artist/herb-powers-mn0001044568/credits
Watch Out: A music video for Chains Fall will be released in November 2020 with a live version of the song planned during Yemi’s next LIVE concerts – You can track concert dates on Songkick – https://www.songkick.com/artists/9757529-yemi-alafifuni
It is Yemi’s plan to tour local and certain countries like USA, Nigeria & Canada by the grace of God but this is on review due to the current pandemic climate and will be announced in due course.
About Yemi Alafifuni:
Yemi Alafifuni is a Gospel recording artist based in the UK. Hailing from Nigeria, this British singer / songwriter combines stunning melodies with infectious grooves and great beats, to create a catchy, yet direct and edgy sound.
He has a really distinctive approach to his vision, and he is all about creating gospel music that is empowering, catchy and engaging; sharing a very positive and meaningful message with his listeners.
Yemi released his debut album on 1st February 2019 called ‘Father’ and has since seen the move of God in countless ways. Yemi continues to follow his passion for God expressed via music. Yemi’s desire is to see the nations worship in Spirit and in Truth.
He has often been compared to artists including Bebe Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Alvin Slaughter, and Luther Vandross.
Keep up with Yemi on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and on his website.
Don’t miss out on his blend of contemporary gospel!
Yemi’s last album, “Father”, is a great example of his sonic vision, marking a unique step forward for this artist and this new song takes the experience even further.
Yemi’s sound is becoming increasingly more defined, one release at a time. With his music, Yemi can truly connect with the audience, as well as share a powerful message of hope through his lyrics.
Chains Fall is “top notch”. It’s just pure vocals delivering a stern / authoritative gospel.
Chains Fall is a mix of two musical worlds, its pop but gospel to the full. It’s American yet British. Great sound. Beyond the sound, we see this played in churches a lot.
Chains Fall is lyrically strong.
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