It was the 17th of May 1992 and a sickness was sweeping through Accra, Ghana taking the lives of many infants. The two nervous parents doted on their newborn child, hoping they would be spared as they had already for years struggled to conceive. As the days and weeks went by they realized their healthy child was truly a blessing and the origin of the name BLESSED (Blessed Samuel JoeAndah) was sealed.
As this blessed child grew older, his father’s ministries took the family on a geographic and spiritual journey, moving from Zambia, Melbourne, Canberra ultimately to Sydney…and while his living situations were constantly fluid, music was always his steady companion…spending every Sunday in church where he taught himself to play drums and guitar. BLESSED was a shy kid, choosing to spend time with his music and no different than other outcasts in different parts of the world, found solace in punk rock, skateboarding and rap music.
Early on, people noticed….and a rap project BLESSED was involved in was signed to Sony Australia, but quickly the restrictions and limitations of the music didn’t satisfy the sparks of Basquiat and Hendrix and Kanye exploding in his head. He left the deal and built a studio in Sydney over the course of a year with a with a collective of artists, producers and songwriters, where he immediately began work on the project that is “Love Letters” EP.