A native Southern Californian, Temitope’s music evokes the call to unconditionally love others, as he was taught by his immigrant parents, Tolu (Nigeria) and Bunmi (England). Encouraged from an early age to use his unique passions to love others in the name of Jesus, Temitope, who goes by the nickname “Tobi,” began playing guitar and piano at his local church, eventually leading him to begin multiple bands with friends. He soon realized the power that music has to unify diverse and unlikely people, and throughout college, sought to further refine the message that he is compelled to share.
After graduating from Biola University, Tobi moved to Dallas, Texas, where he completed a graduate degree through Drexel University and worked at Southwest Airlines in their corporate communications department. He continued writing songs, and leading worship all the while. Later, he was given the opportunity to lead worship full time back in San Diego, California. Worshipping with the congregation at his local church, and others in the surrounding area, rekindled his passion for writing worship songs, leading Tobi to pursue God’s calling in his life with more fervor than ever before.
Temitope released his first EP in early 2019, ọkan, and soon found himself invited to move his young family to Hume Lake Christian Camps, where he ministered to 9,000 campers over nine weeks. The album is expressive of Tobi’s desire to unite nations under the banner of Jesus. He even pays tribute to his ethnic heritage in “Mercy Song (Iwọ Imọlẹ),” where listeners are lead to sing in Yorùbá, his father’s native Nigerian language.
Since the release of ọkan, Temitope has moved to Boise, Idaho with his wife, Jordan, and their kids. His time is split as the Creative Director at Calvary Boise, where he also leads worship, and leading at various churches, retreats, camps and events both in and out of the United States. He works hard to write a new song every day and plans to release his second EP in 2020.