In this inspiring and deeply introspective interview, we had the privilege to engage with Maria Kadima, a remarkable musical talent whose artistry is intricately woven with faith, spirituality, and a profound connection to God. Maria’s journey into the realm of music began at a tender age, nurtured within the confines of her church where her love for melodies and devotion to spirituality converged in a harmonious blend.
Reflecting on her formative years, Maria recounted the early days when her church lacked musicians, propelling her to explore the realms of music and embark on a path that intertwined her love for God with her burgeoning passion for music. From those humble beginnings, Maria’s journey led her to explore the boundless possibilities that music offered, ultimately shaping her identity as a worship leader, songwriter, and musical artist.
Transitioning from Congo to the United States at a young age presented Maria with a blend of challenges and opportunities, embedding in her a unique perspective that she eloquently infuses into her music. Her story of adaptation, combined with her unwavering faith, forms the cornerstone of her musical narratives.
Central to Maria’s musical odyssey is her debut solo venture, “Je Te Desire,” a poignant ballad that beautifully articulates her yearning for a deeper connection with God. Her dedication to her craft is evident in her journey of self-teaching, fueled by determination and guided by online resources. Her perseverance to master the keyboard and create gospel-inspired music stands as a testament to her unwavering commitment to her art.
Maria’s profound commitment to creating music that uplifts, inspires, and comforts is evident in her unwavering reliance on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Her hope is for her music to be a conduit through which the love and comfort of God permeate the lives of all who listen.
As an emissary of faith and a maestro of heartfelt melodies, Maria Kadima articulates her aspiration to resonate with diverse audiences, transcending the confines of belief through her musical narratives. She reveals her hopes for the future, envisioning multilingual projects that echo the depth of her spiritual convictions.
Join us on this insightful journey as Maria Kadima shares her passion, her faith, and her deeply personal connection to music, aiming to leave an indelible mark on the hearts and souls of her audience.
Your journey into music began at a very young age. How did growing up in the church influence your passion for music and your connection to spirituality?
At first, our church had no pianist, or singers to be honest. I discovered the Lord at a young age through my parents and then discovered music. I think the Lord put it in my heart to learn piano, and eventually, my sisters and I began singing. The church was like where we started, and with the Lord, I know he will lead to even greater things.
Moving from Congo to the U.S. must have been a significant transition for you. How has this change impacted your music and the messages you convey through your songs?
I moved to the U.S. at a very young age, so my whole childhood was in America. Since I was very young I adapted to the language easily, but we left some of our family members back in Congo and at times found ourselves alone. However, the Lord has been good to me all my life, so I try to convey that through my music. When Jesus is in the equation, all things work out.
‘Je Te Desire’ is a powerful ballad that beautifully captures your longing to get closer to God. What was the inspiration behind this track and how did the creative process unfold?
Je Te desire was inspired by a Bible verse I love, Acts 2:2-4. I would read that repeatedly and I wanted to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in my life the way the disciples did. Therefore, my longing was to know God more and more and it still is.
You’ve mentioned learning to play the keyboard from YouTube videos in your garage as a child. How has self-teaching and online resources shaped your musical style and approach to creating music?
Learning on YouTube was not an easy process but to me, it was necessary to learn to play. was all about perseverance and determination. Being a Christina and all, I focused on learning gospel songs.
As a worship leader and songwriter, how do you balance conveying your personal spiritual journey through your music while also ensuring it resonates with a broader audience?
Many of my songs are found in the bible because that is where my faith comes from. My walk with Christ also inspires my songs. I want my songs to relate with others, not only Christians but also nonbelievers.
Your YouTube channel has gathered a significant following with numerous singing videos. How has this online platform shaped your connection with your fans and influenced your music career?
I started YouTube for so long, singing and preaching and many of my fans watched me grow up. Therefore, this built a connection with my fans, and like this journey, we went through. Almost all of my fans are Christians so they understand the messages conveyed through the song. I also hope to inspire those who do not know Christ.
‘Je Te Desire’ marks the beginning of your solo music career. What can fans expect from your upcoming projects, and how do you envision your musical journey unfolding in the future?
My fans can expect more songs because God has been so good to me that he keeps inspiring me with new songs and Melodies’. Not only do I make French songs, but also English and Lingala. I know this is my calling and I know the Lord will bless my music career to go forward. It takes patience and perseverance. I hope for a bright future in music.
Your expressive voice and deeply crafted lyrics are standout features in your music. How do you aim to evoke emotions and connect with your audience through your performances and recordings?
When I am writing my lyrics, I pray to the Lord that let it inspire and touch the heart of anybody that listens to them. When I play the Melodies, I pray that the Holy Spirit may reveal to me Melodies’ from his dimension. Before any recording and performance, I leave it all in the hands of God, from the way I will sing, to the people and that the spirit of God to move. Then, I leave it all up to God, and the atmosphere is always different.
Could you share a significant moment or experience in your musical career that has profoundly impacted your perspective as an artist?
It was the day that, I wrote my first song called “Your Heart.” I do not even know how it all started, but I remember I was desperate to know the heart of God. I was always embarrassed to share my lyrics with anyone, but my sister encouraged me and since that day, I am always writing down new songs.
In what ways do you hope your music leaves an impact on listeners, especially those who may be seeking solace or connection through your songs?
In the same way, the Holy Spirit is a comforter, and then I hope my songs can comfort anyone who listens to them. I hope that when people listen to my songs, it gives them strength and courage to want to know Christ and work for Christ.