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Gospel artist and songwriter, Kholeka Sopotela-Nseme also known as Kholy Brown is proof that you can successfully pursue a good career while not neglecting your spiritual calling.

The psalmist, who is a medical scientist, specialising in genetics is successfully carving a space for herself as in the gospel music scene. Kholy, who holds a BSC Honours in Genetics from Wits University worked in the United Kingdom as a medical scientist for a few years before coming back to South Africa. Although she knew she wanted to pursue a singing career, her love for the medical profession tore her between her two careers. 

The 44-year-recently released a single she wrote and aptly called “I am the first not the last”. The uplifting track is changing lives with the assuring lyrics. It all started in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape for the married mother of two. She traces her musical origins from a Methodist Church Sunday School choir growing up. Kholy later sharpened her singing skills as a vocalist after joining the Students’ Christian Organisation (SCO) in high school.  

The academic top achiever later enrolled for medical science at the then University of Transkei. While studying there, Kholy never fully gave up the pursuit of her love of music and ministry. She joined the university’s SCO and used her gift to minister to others. That is where she honed her skills and fulfilled her spirit, becoming proficient at her craft. 

Recounting her journey into the world of music, Kholy says it was a calling that she could not resist and so he had no choice but to answer it.

“For me, this is a ministry and not entertainment. I want to change hearts and lives through my music,’’ she says.

Commenting on what inspired her single, Kholy says: “I am the first not the last” was birthed out of the revelation she received that she matters to God.  The single conveys transparency, authenticity and vulnerability while her vocal prowess commands attention. It comes at a time that the country is in dire need of God’s intervention.

Kholy, who draws inspiration from musicians including Travis Green, Tasha Cobbs  Ntokozo Mbambo and Benjamin plans to release a full album later this year.
“The year 2020 was a difficult year for many people, and many are still recovering from it. I believe the album will bring so much comfort to many and will also bring some spiritual nourishing,” she says.