Gloria Owendi Muliro is a beloved, award-winning Kenyan gospel singer-songwriter. She debuted in 2005 when she released her first studio album titled Omwami Aletsa (The Lord Is Coming). Gloria has since released many songs since; she has five albums to her name. Gloria has received great recognition has won several awards and nominations in Kenya and Africa.
Muliro’s life’s journey is that of fortitude. Being born and raised under abject poverty, and a life of struggle after death robbed her of her mother very early in life, there was almost no hope for a better tomorrow, but “Thanks to God for my sister Janet, who got saved after Mum’s burial, and introduced me to faith, without her knowledge. At the age of 9, I could kneel beside Janet, and repeat her prayers. I slowly learned how to pray, and began telling God, that when I grow up, I want to be known” says Muliro. I struggled through School since I was frequently sent home for lack of school fees. Due to financial constraints she was unable to finish paying her tuition and as a result her high school refused to release her high school diploma at graduation. She was faced with a task to hustle to clear the balance, thus landing her first job as a house girl, earning Kshs 1,300.
Muliro loved music right from a tender age. Having been born in a musical family, she drew a lot of inspiration from her mum, and her siblings. They sang together in Sunday school she also sang in her school choir. “Every December, my sisters and I participated in Church Choir singing mainly Christmas carols and on Christmas day we would compete with other groups”. She says. Even then, Muliro hadn’t realized that she had a ministry in her. It wasn’t until 2001 that she responded to the call of God, and began music as a career.
It wasn’t an easy start since she was gripped by fear and very low self-esteem, which affected the sound of her voice, and she almost gave up singing, as she sounded horrible. “At that time I learnt how to tell it to God as it is and as I gave Him all my fears and struggles, He granted me the strength and Grace” says Muliro. “I also drew a lot of inspiration from established artists, among them the late Angela Chibalonza, the Iconic Gospel legend”. She adds. Muliro joined the worship team of Maranatha Faith Assemblies, where she was introduced to live band music.
Apart from Music and Praise and Worship activities, Gloria is involved in philanthropic work and many other initiatives Msaidizi Africa foundation.