Olaide Banks makes the best of life as an artist, worship leader, and pastor. Back in 2011, the Houston, Texas-based singer/songwriter accepted the latter position and has kept true to his form seven years onward. A testament to his success, Banks’ ministry, One Worship, has a national and international presence, with branches established in the United States, Caribbean, and Africa. Regarding the efficacy of worship, he states, “Worship is not just a temporary escape from the world around us. “[It] is one of the gifts that God has given us to break down the walls that stand between His people, and their God-given destiny.” Indeed, Banks continues to follow this path with boundless tenacity.
His latest single, “Story of My Life,” centers on keeping such tenacity alive and burning. The song’s main melody is of a tender acoustic register, with sparse notes of accentuation throughout. Banks’ soulful vocal tonality complements the melody’s brightness, and blends well within the context of the instrumentation. The song’s message rings wholly poignant, Banks striving toward a sliver of hope through scars and especial spiritual doubt. Its warm harmonies in the chorus work to bring that message full-circle, adding a layer of rawness that can be fully understood, regardless of one’s level of faith.