Omari Kissi Jnr was born on the 3rd of January 1991 to Rev. Fred Omari Kissi and Blessed Omari. Born and raised in church, he fell in love with Gospel music very early and sang in the choir. Being a pastor’s kid, he was taught to play the keyboard for his dad’s church and take up music directing roles.
His primary education came from DeYoungster School, but he changed schools as his family moved to Tantra Hills, and thus attended Junior Secondary School first at Rapid Academy and later African Child School. Afterwards, he attended Pope John Senior High which is where he got saved and realised more strongly his singing talent. He sang shortly with the school’s Mystical Vibes band and then went on to study Economics and Political Science (combined major) at the University of Ghana, Legon.
There also, he met some amazing singers and joined the Family Choir of Campus Christian Fellowship, Legon and the UG Mass choir. His singing gift was honed by singing in the choir on campus and attending lots of concerts for inspiration. He later became a music director of the Family Choir. In 2010, He was invited by Rev Denzel Agyeman Prempeh to join Heartbeat Music. This was great exposure for him, as it opened him up to active music ministry and gave him the opportunity to work with many of the the big names in contemporary gospel including, Danny Nettey, Nii Okai, Ike Nanor and Daughters of Glorious Jesus, among others. In 2015 he linked up with independent label Vision Inspired Music.
Don Moen was his first musical inspiration. He credits a cassette he had of Moen with schooling him in singing and worship.
Music from Westlife, Whitney Houston, Mary Mary, Obaapa Christy, Esther Smith, Daniel Jeddman, Beyonce, Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Cwesi Oteng and Joyous Celebration have also influenced him greatly. He also counts Deitrick Haddon, Karen Clark Sheard and the Clark Sisters, Kim Burrell, Ps Emmitt Jim, Pastor Isaiah, Le’Andria Johnson and Marvin Winans as his some of his vocal inspirations. Omari aims to inspire and help people come to the saving knowledge of Christ through his music. He also wants to create a culture within gospel for more respect to be accorded artistes who minister as their profession.
“Do what is noble even when it hurts.”