14 October 2011

For this month's PowerFM Presents Project, all lights were on Mac Elvis, a 24-year-old budding gospel artist in Uganda as he launched his music album at Watoto Church Central.

The concert, aimed at promoting upcoming gospel music artists was like no other as fans were treated to top-notch hip-hop, RnB, dancehall and reggae music.

Popular for hits like "Mufiirako" and "Church Boy", his fans know him as Mac Elvis, a stage name he adopted during bible study training in high school.

Elvis lost his parents at the age of 6. Through Watoto Church's ministry to orphaned and vulnerable children, Elvis was supported with his education. After completing high school, Elvis went into studio in the hopes that his dream to make music will become a reality. Since then, he has released hits that are topping gospel charts in Uganda.

Elvis's big brother, Ivan, who was one of the children in the first Watoto Children's Choir in 1994 passed away a few years ago. Elvis attributes the tone and feel of his music as representative of the hope that he has found in God and His people despite personal suffering.

"If I were to change anything about my life, I wouldn't change a thing. It's what I experienced in the past that has moulded me into who I am today. It's been God's grace, love and care that has carried me through."

In addition to stage performance, Elvis is also a producer, and that is where he spends most of his time; creating beats, writing songs and lots of other musical activities so as to grow into a versatile gospel artist. He hopes to join Bible College or pursue a degree in sound engineering; whichever comes first.

Since 1994, Watoto Child Care Ministries has been able to rescue and raise over 2,400 children. Over 50 of these children have grown into independent adults contributing to the development of their country.

Sponsors and partners around the world make it possible for the dreams of these boys and girls to become a reality. Go to www.watoto.com/eleventhousand




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