‘For Your Glory’ by Sayotheartist out now

“This song is different and I wanted you, dear reader, to see it differently too. So, I asked my older sister, Oluwaseun Olowo-Ake, Writer/Editor, storytoculture.com to write about it, because she has a way with
words. Enjoy”

I was on a video call with Sayo in early September when she sent me this song to listen to. We were
having our usual conversations about being Christians in varying secular art spaces, our defensiveness of said spaces coming through, when she sent me the song, prefacing the listening experience I was about to have with, “it’s the song of my dreams.” High praise.

I hung up so that I could fully immerse myself in this ‘song of dreams,’ and after hearing it, I can say that
Sayo couldn’t have described it better. It is the song of her dreams.Sayo’s taste in music is a little different than that of our other sister, Sola, and I. While we all hop around
different genres, Sayo frequents the discography of the likes of Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, The Teskey
Brothers and Leon Bridges, adding that to her love for Afrobeats- because we are Nigerian. So, when I
heard this Afro-soul song with the drums and guitar at the intro; and the vocals and cascading
harmonies in the background; and the trumpets (!) I went, “of course she makes a song like this,” but
also, “that’s my sister. What?!”

I called her back with my hand over my mouth because I was mind-blown and, after some hyping up, we
went off into another conversation, one I think is reflected in this song. ‘For Your Glory’ is a song about complete surrender. “Everything I have will be for Your purposes, everything I own will be [for Your purposes],” are some of the first lines Sayo sings before she goes on to repeat, “Lord I give my heart.” With this song, she is inviting God to reign over everything: her talents, her interests, her work, her relationships. She is doing something I think is more meaningful where redemption is concerned. Instead of having the box that says, “Sunday/God Interests” and the one that reads, “Others,” she’s brought them all together and put them under God, trusting that He is good and can be trusted with everything. But it is also in doing that, I think, that we truly see God as ‘Redeemer’: that is, that He takes people/things back and makes them holy. Sayo highlights this with the Yoruba line, “ibi ti mo ti ri Jesu dada”“here, I have seen Jesus clearly.”

Also, I have to shout out Producer, Féz ! This man put his whole foot into the production, and OL
Creative, for the crisp engineering. Soothing. Heavenly. Soulful.