Everton Mlalazi is something of a trailblazer.
He has evolved to be a household name for avid gospel music lovers.
His deep voice has won the hearts of many and changed the lives of the downtrodden.
Whilst it’s every musician’s wish to be unique with their art and sound, Mlalazi appears to have mastered the ability to do things differently.
The devoted Seventh-Day Adventist is on a mission to change the gospel industry since his debut album ‘In His Presence’ Volume 1 in 2020.
But what really makes the rising gospel artist different?
He spoke to Tateguru Tv and shared secrets to excellence.
The 40-year-old musician said the same amount of work put in when doing work must double when doing God’s work.
“Throughout the Bible, we are constantly being called to excellence, being excellent at what we do will point back to our work.
“God requires a high level of excellence in our music productions, stage work and outfits,” he told Tateguru TV.
To him, the passion for the gospel and church was never an overnight thing – it started early in life to be the perfectionist he is today.
His father has been influential in his career and could well be credited for who he is today.
‘’I started singing when I was 5 years.
“My father taught me how to sing in church, he would make me join different choirs to gain confidence and experience. We would perform at church as a family.
“Seeing my father perform in church, in front of the mirror and around the house, I would often quiz myself as to why performed alone when no one else was in the house besides us.
“With my dad as my inspiration, I became interested in the passion he had which made me say to myself that this is what I wanted to do,” he explained.
Midway through his pursuit of gospel music, Mlalazi had to compromise his passion for music due to financial constraints.
Despite being a career-oriented individual, he was not deterred from pursuing his first love of music.
In 2014, Mlalazi served as a founder and director of The Vine Music Ministry guiding the group in producing two albums; Musandipfure in 2018 and The Great Physician in 2022.
After 6 years of singing with The Vine, Mlalazi decided to peruse a solo career and currently, he has two albums on his sleeves.
The award-winning gospel artist, husband and father of two, who hails from humble beginnings in Bulawayo has managed to solidify his presence as a leading gospel artist in Zimbabwe.
Asked what sets his sound apart from other artists, he said he has a distinctive quality that distinguishes him from other gospel artists.
“As a worshipper, I make music from my heart and whenever I write a song, I always pray to God that all music I make brings a message of hope and encouragement”
Throughout his musical journey, Mlalazi has managed to give the Zimbabwean gospel a break into regional and international platforms.
“By God’s grace, I believe my collaborations and sharing the stage with prominent artists have made Zimbabwean music break into the regional and international platforms.’, he said.
“Zimbabwean music is loved in South Africa, Zambia, Kenya and also in Nigeria which was a huge void that has not been fully maximized to its potential”
Mlalazi has shared the stage with Travis Greene, Minister GUC, Sinach, JudiKay and ago Vincent and Benjamin Dube, Ntokozo Mbambo Mbatha, Mahalia, and Mabongi all accomplished SA artists.
“My music is my journey and I want to take people through my journey with me,” added Mlalazi.