Benjamin William Hastings and Blessing Offor on Praise: ‘Sometimes the Only Way Through it is a Hallelujah’
By Lindsay Williams
Nigerian-born Blessing Offor immigrated to the United States with his uncle when he was six. With their son suffering from congenital glaucoma, Offor’s parents thought his best chance of medical treatment awaited in America. Despite doctors’ best efforts, Offor was completely blind in both eyes by age 10. The disability forced the eternal optimist to maximize his other gifts — namely his soulful voice and his penchant for crafting songs on piano.
After a few years in New York City and a stint on Season 7 of “The Voice,” Blessing found a sense of belonging within Nashville’s vibrant songwriting community. Writing with lyricists from a variety of genres, ranging from country and Gospel to pop and soul, the singer eventually met Chris Tomlin, who signed him to his label imprint and officially introduced him to the world on 2020’s “Chris Tomlin & Friends.” Since then, Offor has become an in-demand collaborator, with guest appearances on notable tracks by TobyMac (“The Goodness”) and Benjamin William Hastings (“That’s The Thing About Praise”), among others. Additionally, in 2023, Offor released his 16-track full-length debut, “My Tribe,” which features his Dove Award-winning hit, “Brighter Days.”