Percy Bady Review -

Percy Bady Bio * Percy's Lyrics * Percy Bady Albums


MISSION STATEMENT: GOD: Life With You - Everything... Life Without You - Nothing.

"I think we're in a time where we need to minister to the church; but also go beyond those walls. I want to minister to all of God's children. I would hope someone who didn't know the Lord would pick up this album and be drawn in by it to where they realize there's more going on than what's on the surface, and they want to dig deeper and move in a direction they may never have moved in before. I want it to be convicting...but convicting with love and hope. What's old becomes new, and what's new becomes old, but God's message ---and His love---never changes." - Percy Bady

THE PERCY BADY EXPERIENCE.........................

Concerning this first solo Gospel music CD, which is considered both traditional and contemporary, Percy says, " This is not so much me trying to start a career as an artist as it is simply having something to say and my own way of saying it. My whole concept was to make a classy album that was part nostalgia and yet still very much today. I come from a more traditional background, but my exposure over the years has been so broad that I wanted to make sure this album encompassed everything that I like, as well as things that I knew would move other people. I didn't want to omit anybody. I didn't want it to be all one thing or another. I want people to feel that by the time they finish listening to it, they've been on an experience."

Being totally responsible for his own project was challenging but fulfilling as he took on dual roles of artist / producer, an experience that he felt blessed by the Lord in doing, which always happens in following the Lord into ministry projects that He has planned specifically for us. Again inspired, empowered by the Holy Spirit, Percy brilliantly put together 10 of his own songs to bring Percy's message of outreach and hope, that we have in Jesus Christ, no matter what is going on in our lives. "The Percy Bady Experience is about so many things. It's about laughter, it's about joy, it's about pain, it's about tears, it's about love, it's about how good God is despite sometimes how bad we are. And I'm just blessed to have this opportunity to share this with you...this is my experience." - Percy Bady

This reviewer has found that the songs on this CD are the perfect remedy for a tough day, moments of discouragement, the anguish of having to make tough choices, other forms of stress and strife encountered in our lives, and trials that bring one down, burdening the heart and soul. Percy has put together a classic collection of a wide variety of his gospel songs that are unique and special in their own right, which all point to the hope, joy, comfort, strength we have in Jesus Christ, making this a CD a MUST in anyone's Christian music collection. The songs transcend genre barriers, and will uplift, comfort, and inspire people of all generations and musical tastes.

Percy Bady ends his CD in a unique way. At the end of the CD, Percy Bady has also included Accompaniment Tracks of three songs, to make the Percy Bady Experience complete and real so people can get involved in the music themselves through singing the songs for church, some special event. Also, people will have the chance to record their own vocals on three songs during an upcoming contest to be sponsored by GOSPO Centric Records. This extension of the Percy Bady experience includes the musical instrumentation and back-up vocals in these songs, I'LL KEEP HOLDING ON, GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, and UM GOOD.

CD Dedication: "God, Your love is so amazing! Thank you for using me even when I didn't understand the path You had me on. May I never forget to honor You in all I write, sing, play and produce. God, Life With You EVERYTHING..... Life Without You.....NOTHING." - Percy Bady.

SONGS on THE PERCY BADY EXPERIENCE: The Experience is Love....The Experience is Everlasting..................

Note: (I found that I couldn't choose the favorite song of mine on this CD, but instead have a group of favorite songs, rated * * * +)

. * * * + MEDLEY: SONGS THAT BROUGHT US THROUGH - Words and Music, Piano / Rhodes by Percy Bady

A favorite of this reviewer. The CD starts off on a strong uplifting note, with this perfect, well put together medley of songs, which offer encouragement and comfort for discouraging moments in our faith walk in ministry, hard choices, painful trials, and senseless losses. These are songs which remind us of the Lord's promises and the fact that we are not alone in our challenges we experience in our every day lives.

Percy comments, "These are songs that so many people have told me meant a great deal to them over the years, and that they would love to hear me actually do myself. I think people hear them and it's a reminder of where they were when they first heard this music, and where they are now. Sometimes it's hard to know where you are if you don't stop and remember where you've come from."

* * * + A) THERE IS HOPE - Words and Music by Percy Bady - Vocals by Percy Bady.

The horn accents in the beginning of the song grab one's attention, then the composition quiets down to a very pretty acoustical guitar and piano introduction with broken chords and counter melody to support the main melody. Light strings join the piano and guitar which all softly support the main vocals with chords and counter melody until chorus. Dynamics swell, with entrance of choir, light percussion.

A lovely contemporary/ traditional Gospel hymn, with expressive vocals, that reminds us that the Lord is in control, and that He sees and hears and knows all and has a plan which is unstoppable by any evil man can devise. Our personal ministry is to go where He leads us, trust and obey His will and depend on Him in all things, as we in our own calling spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Scriptural References: (2nd Cor. 12:9, Psalm 46:1, Phil. 4:6,7)

Lyrical Sample:

1) Now we ask this question. Is there any hope for the world in its condition. We're at the end of the rope. It seems that all of our efforts to restore the world of love, have fallen short of measure and only God above can change the world change the world.

Chorus: Yes, there's hope for the world. An answer for the world, not need to worry or doubt, (It will work out). No need to give up our hope, for as sure as there is God..... Segues into...

* * + B) LORD I BELIEVE - Words and Music, keyboards by Percy Bady, - Vocals by Darius Brooks

A melodious prayer hymn, which is an affirmation of faith on what the Lord has promised us. Flowing melody, lyrics, and vocals nicely supported by piano, keyboards, and strings, some very nice acoustical guitar support.

Related Scriptural References: (Galations 3:11, Ephesians 6:16, Hebrews 10:13, Hebrews 11:6, 2 Chr.20:20)

Lyrical Sample:

I am standing on the promises of Jesus, and I believe He will do just what He said. And now there's no more doubt and disbelief that keeps causing my faith to decrease all the more.

Chorus: Lord I believe. Lord I believe, I believe that all things are possible, Lord I believe.

* * * C) CAN'T LOOK BACK NOW - Words, Music, and keyboards by Percy Bady Vocals by Yvette Williams (Mrs. Tonex)

A wonderful combination of piano, keyboards, and acoustic guitar accents and counter melody, strings, organ accents. Nice dynamic build to chorus, when backup vocals come in, offering find support to strong, expressive vocals, which are dynamically effective, bringing to life the expressive emotion of the lyrics.

Scriptural References: (Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 27:1, Hebrews 10:13)

Lyrical Samples:

1) Even though sometimes I don't understand, still I must hold to His hand. In the midst of it all I'll stand strong. I'll stand tall cause I can't forget how.

Chorus: You brought me, You taught me. You keep me and never left me. Said I know I've make mistakes in my life but I can't look back now.

* * * D) LOVE SAID NOT SO - Words and Music by Percy Bady - Vocals by BeBe Winans & Shaundra Dixon

Another favorite of this reviewer. A positive, heart-felt testimony to the guiding and fortifying force of God's Love. Expressive Piano and keyboards offer fine support to lovely melody and heart-felt vocals by BeBe Winans & Shaundra Dixon.

Scriptural References: (Romans 8:26, 8:35-38, Psalm 27:1)

Lyrical Sample:

1) Life was bitter to the core there was nothing to live for until Love came. Even second times around, happiness could not be found, until Love came. Life was bitter to the core, there was nothing to live for until Love came. Even second times around, happiness could not be found until Love came.

Bridge: I was left all alone (heart was breaking), Fault was my own (soul was aching) Tears covered me (weeping thru the whole night) And I need some relief (joy comes in the morning) I've been searching for (many years now) The keys to life's door (need to know how) Brought to my knees, (Savior can you help me).

Chorus: Left to believe, His love told me love said not so. Even with the odds against me, Love showed me. Love said not so, keep on holding on. Love showed me love said no, Love told me don't let go, Love showed me Love said not so.

* * + THE HOLY GHOST - Words and Music by Percy Bady - Vocals by Leanne Faine.

A great, energetic traditional Gospel praise song of celebration guaranteed to lift your spirits and may even get one dancing around the room! When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit. We then have the indwelling Holy Spirit to guide us, strengthen us, lead us through anything we are experiencing, because the Lord is ever faithful and has given us a councilor in the form of the Holy Spirit.

Leanne Faine brings the song to life with her spirit-filled vocals, in the fine tradition of Gospel church music, backed up by a fine choir. Supportive music accompaniment cooks, offering strong support to Leanne's energetic, heart-felt vocals. Scriptural References: (John 14:17-18, 1 John 1: 7, 9)

Lyrical Samples:

1) It was early, one morning, just about the break of day, when Jesus came in the room and touched me, Washed these old sins away. I got happy. I started shouting, I found no time for doubting, I tell you that I felt... Chorus: Nothing but the Holy Ghost, But the Holy Ghost (vamp) The Holy Ghost , Moving down in my soul. Moving (4x) The Holy Ghost.

* * * IT WAS LOVE - Words and Music by Percy Bady & DJ Rogers, Keyboards & programming by Percy Bady - Vocals by Ray Bady, DJ Rogers, and Dawkins & Dawkins.

Song is described as being "irresistibly catchy pop/R&B." Perky percussion programing, and subtle music composition are perfectly blended, offering strong support for the heart-felt, uplifting lyrics and vocals. Nice use of keyboards and strings, offer various counter melodies and chord support. Ray Bady's opening sweet vocals in the first stanza start the song off on the right foot. All vocal solos were well-done, bring the spirit of the song to life.

Scriptural References: (Ephesians 2:7-8, & 3:17-18, I John 4:19, Hebrews 13:5-6)

Lyrical Samples:

1) Now it was Love, that woke me up early this morning. It was Love that started me on my way (Lord have mercy y'all). It was Love that put more than a menu on my table (talk on, talk on). It was Love that let me see another day. OOOH Chorus: It was nothing that I done, (that I done), To deserve such a love like this (I wish, I wish). I wish the world would come to know (I wish, I wish). I wish the Lord He loves us so (Love). I thank You for Your (Love). Grateful for Your (Love) (Grateful) (Love). How I need Your (Love) Love (Love). I understand we were made to (Love) (Love). Teaches us how to (Love, Love Love).

2) It was Love, that kept me from hurt, harm, and danger. And it was Love that kept me when I lost my way. It was Love that lifted me when nothing else would do (do ooh). It was sho'nuff Love that covered me when I was going thru (When I was going through).

Chorus 2: Who was there when your back (back was against the wall)? Love (Love) It was Love Love (Love) Love (Love) Who was there when all haters said you'll never stand tall? Who was there when you felt down and out? Love (Love) It was Love Love (Love) Love (Love). And gave you strength to make it. Now you can dance and shout.

* * * + YOU OUGHTA BEEN THERE - Words and Music by Percy Bady & Warren Campbell. Lead vocals by Percy Bady and Teddy Campbell, The Soul Seekers.

Another favorite of this reviewer. A Gospel praise song that really cooks with a syncopated rhythm / melody brought to life in a big way by a sharp horn/sax section, driving percussion, funky guitar work and inspired vocals full of joy of the Lord, Gospel style, describing a born again conversion, after accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and asking Him into his heart

. Percy comments, "It's got that classic, funky groove happening with Gospel quartet influenced vocals. I think it's something that's both new and old. It's contemporary, but I also feel a need to get back to songs that people can hear, and sing along with, and really hang onto."

Scriptural References: (Romans 10:13, Proverb 3:5-6, 1 Peter 1:3, Col. 2:6)

Lyrical Samples:

Chorus: You oughta been there, when Jesus saved my soul. You oughta been there, when Jesus made me whole. You oughta been there, when Jesus washed me clean. You oughta been there, when the Holy Ghost fell on me.

1) Listen, it was one Friday evening, when I met the Lord. Gave Him my heart, and I made Him my choice. It was the best thing that could've happened to me. Once I was blind but right now I see. Chorus.

2) He snatched me out of the muck and miry clay. That ain't all He's done for me. He washed my sins away. Placed my feet on straight street. Now I'm walkin' right. It was King Jesus that made a difference in my life. Chorus.

VAMP: You oughta been there. When I went down, when I came up. You oughta been there. Oh you oughta been there. You oughta been there.

* * * GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - Words and Music, Piano and Vocals by Percy Bady. Strings by Larry Gold & The Studio.

A solemn, beautiful song, carried by flowing piano accompaniment and strings, with heart-felt vocals sure to comfort those who have lost someone who has gone home to be with the Lord. (John 14:2). Percy drew on the experiences of his own loss of his mother and his brother George, to create this song, which is close to his heart.

Percy comments, "I think of soldiers dying in Iraq. I think of my own mother's passing, and then also the death of my own brother, who we lost at a very young age. There are times when I can almost hear my Mom still calling my name, or if I close my eyes I can still see her face, and my brother's face. And I know that if I feel that way, there are other people who'll hear this song and feel the same way about someone very, very special in their own lives whom they've lost."

Lyrical Samples:

1) Not a day goes by, I don't wonder why. You had to go away. Still remember that day. Every now and then, Wonder how and when We'll ever meet again. We'll ever touch again.

Chorus: But until then you're gone but not forgotten. I can still hear your voice. Calling out my name I know. You're gone, but not forgotten. I can still see your face, and that time can't erase.

2).You're always in my heart, yes you are. We'll never be apart though it seems the distance is so far away. I will remember you. DA DA DA DA DA DA.

* * * + FREE - Words and Music, keyboards and programming by Percy Bady. Lead vocals by Dorinda Clark-Cole & Ted Winn.

Another favorite of this reviewer. A praise song whose composition and vocals build dynamically throughout the song, which has the listener soaring spiritually by the end. Percy has created a catchy, infectious melody peppered with lively dotted eighth note rhythm, brought to life by Interesting musical composition featuring acoustic guitar, electric bass, keyboards, strings. Lyrics, melody are carried by smooth, bright solos and fine harmony duet work between two talented artists, Winn and Cole, supported by the full choir sound during chorus, hook and Bridge sections.

Scriptural References: (Romans 8:1-5, 1 Peter 4:11, Phillippians 1:6, 2:15 & 4:13, 1 Cor. 1:8)

Lyrical Samples:

1) (Ted Winn, vocalist) - There will be problems that I know I have to face. Even though I'm walking upright, doesn't mean things won't get uptight. There will be choices that I know I have to make. Ever since I gave my life up, Trouble always seems to show up. Still I am determined and I know that I'm not alone. God is with me and I'm singing my song.

Chorus: Now that I'm free, I know his love now is covering me. Through many dangers, seen and unseen, Gave up the world, life is sweet, joy is full and complete now that I'm free.

2) (Donna Clark-Cole) There will be times when I feel the need to quit, just because I've the hook up, doesn't mean thing won't get shook up. There will be changes, I know nothing stays the same. Even though I am redeemed, it don't mean there won't be pain.

Hook: I am determined and faith looks up to Thee. You've brought me this far, and I know You'll never leave.

Bridge: No more (condemnation), Total (liberation). Now that He lives inside of me, I can do all things Thru Christ that strengthens me.

* * * UM GOOD - Words and Music & Keyboards by Percy Bady. Lead Vocals by Marvin Sapp, Pastor Daryl Hine, and Apostle Donald Alford.

A more traditional, soulful Gospel praise and worship song that encourages the listener with a strong statement of faith which implores us to stand firm in the Lord, even through rough waters, disasters, remembering all the love, support, and blessings that the Lord has already given us. We can hold onto the promises and character of our Lord, trusting Him to see us through anything.

Scriptural References: (Psalm 103:1-3, 2nd Peter 1:3, 1 Cor. 6:13, 2nd Cor. 1: 24, Ephesians 6:14)

Lyrical Samples:

1) If I never own a mansion, way out on a hill. If I never see riches, Lord I'll serve You still. If I lose all my possessions and my health begins to fail. I'll still say Lord that You've been good .

2) If I wake up on tomorrow and find my loved ones gone. If I look to see my friends are few, Lord I'll just keep holding on. If I call and there's no answer in the midst of my despair. I can still say Lord that You've been good.

Chorus: You've been good (good, um good). Long as I live, I'll testify that You've been good, (Lord, You've been good). You've been good, (Lord, You've been good). Um um um good. So glad to say Lord You've been good.

* * + KEEP ON DREAMING - Words and Music / Keyboards & Rhodes by Percy Bady. Lead Vocals by Jasmine Garcia. Background vocals: New Direction.

A nice melody carried by a pleasing combination of piano, keyboards, guitars, with the first verse and chorus sung sweetly by Jasmine Garcia, a little angel with a lot of talent. The New Direction ensemble sing in nice harmony the 2nd verse and chorus, singing the part of the child's positive, encouraging parent/ adult, answering / supporting the child's positive attitude about dreaming, making goals for herself.

This song is a charming reminder to all, both adults /parents and children that the first step in serving the Lord is discovering a person's gifts, interests and abilities that the Lord has blessed them with. These first building blocks are discovered in childhood. An important task for the adults in children's lives is to encourage children to develop, appreciate their own gifts, and have dreams for their lives in the future based on their strengths that they are blessed with. Encouraging children to persevere toward their goals is a positive force to keep children on the right path which will lead to serving the Lord, who will step in to guide them, open doors, put encouraging people in their path and empower them for His service.

Scriptural References: (1Cor. 12: 4-11, Phil. 1:6, 2:15, Ephes. 4:15 & 29, 32)

Lyrical Samples:

1) Maybe a teacher, a doctor or lawyer, or a preacher, I don't know, I don't know. I like singing and oh I like dancing, I like reading So many things so many things.

Chorus: I'll keep on dreaming, dreamin', I believe I can be, anything I see. I'll keep on dreamin', dreamin', I can do anything, I can be anything, keep on dreamin', I'll keep on dreamin'.

2) Just remember to never give up, keep believing, Faith will see you thru. Hold your head high and aim for the sky. You can make it, you can reach your goal.

* * * + I'LL KEEP HOLDING ON - Words and Music by Percy Bady, lead vocals by Percy Bady, Darius Brooks and Paul Garcia

Another favorite of this reviewer. Soulful, heart-felt contemporary gospel hymn encouraging listener's to keep holding onto their faith, to persevere to fight the good fight, to run the good race to the end, to meet the goals given by the Lord for your life in His service, as Paul tells the early Christians, in Phil. 3:13,14.

Great melody is perfect vehicle for the lyrical message, sung so beautifully by Percy Bady, Darius Brooks and Paul Garcia.

Related Scripture References: (Isaiah 40:31 & 41:10, Phil. 3:13-14, Matt. 6:25-31, Phil. 4:13 & 4:6-7)

Lyrical Samples:

1). I can't give up now. I've come much too far. After all is said and done, I'll overcome, ooh. I still believe (I still believe) That I can achieve, Every dream and every goal. Somehow I know, I know.

Bridge: Through every situation, Through every test, Through every trial that I face, I'll do my best.

Chorus: I'll keep holding on, Keep singing my song, My faith will keep me strong. (I'll keep holding on) I'll keep standing tall, Keep giving my all, No matter what the call, I'll keep holding on.

2). I'll hold my head up high, And reach for the sky, oh yes I will. I'll keep pressing --pressing on. My time will come, (my time will come)

Hook: I shall I will I know I can, Live out my dream, fulfilled God's plan for my life. Chorus

* * * + HOLD UP THE LIGHT - Words and Music by Percy Bady, CeCe Winans, and Tyrone Thompson (Papa San). Vocals by Percy Bady, Big Jim Wright, and Papa San.

A favorite of this reviewer. Two versions are offered on this CD; an old school mix and an urban remix (PAJAM), both enjoyable and stirring to listen to, as they bring home the message that Christianity is an active faith, requiring us to not only live it, showing God's love, but to stand up for what is right against injustice, human suffering at the hands of others and evil in this world.

The mixing of lively contemporary Gospel / RB with Jamaican Dancehall Gospel, (Papa San's contribution), is very well done, and a great way to end The Percy Bady Experience, with a call to stand up for what is right, both as a nation, America and as an individual during our every day lives, allowing ourselves to be a light to the world, following Jesus.

Scriptural References: (James 1:15, 22 & 2:8, 14-17, Isaiah 61:8, Psalm11:7)

Lyrical Samples:

Chorus: Hold up the light, Save the world from darkness. Hold up the light. Won't you please, America?

1) It's time for all of us, who claim in God we trust, To take a stand. Let our voice be heard, Across the nation, to every man. If we are the light. It's time for all of us to fight for what is right. We must work while it is day, oh yeh, before the fall of night. Bridge: Voices crying, young people dying, Lost, nowhere to run. So, I'm asking, takes sacrificing, Time for us to come and...........Chorus:

2) There's no time for delayin', Can you see? Too many people are dying, without ever being made free. Look at the trouble in the world today. Time to walk into the light, gotta lead the way.

3) Papa San - sharp, verbal rap-singing, Jamaican style. Calls us to "Keep it burn'in!" (As the words to Papa San's part in the song weren't given on the song sheet, his part of the song will be a nice surprise when you listen to this song for yourselves. - Check out the review for his own album also found in our review section, to get an idea about what Jamaican Dancehall music is like and find an example of his lyrics).

Reviewed by: Julie Carr -