It all started in Barbados. At an early age Judy Bailey exchanged the traditionally overcast skies of her birth town London for a life under the Caribbean sun. At 8 years old she begins to sing in the choir of Holy Trinity Anglican Church. At seventeen she teaches herself to play the guitar and writes her first songs.
Her productions received awards early on and prepared the way for her to produce her third album with reggae legend Eddy Grant ("Gimme Hope Joanna", "Electric Avenue" ...). At the same time she completes eight years of studies and graduates as a psychologist from the University of London. More albums follow (now there are eleven), recorded in Nashville, London and Germany. Again and again she collaborates with guest musicians from the Söhne Mannheims or artists from the Caribbean, Croatia, South Africa, Pakistan and Palestine.
With a distinctive blend of Judy's Caribbean roots and her skill in contemporary songwriting, she creates a music that touches and inspires thousands of people worldwide. Time and again she writes songs for major events and special occasions: e.g. "Show me Lord", "Klüger" or "Jesus in my house", which find their way into many church songbooks. "Spirit of Freedom" stands alongside "Waka Waka" on the official World Cup CD. But also 38 pieces from the Anglican liturgy (which has been familiar to her since childhood) Judy sets to new music and publishes it afresh.
Her concerts have a wonderful atmosphere which transcends borders, awakens hope and releases joy. In her songs Judy combines the experiences and sounds of her journey, appearances in more than 30 countries, the heights and crises of her eventful life. She's not one to count, but has certainly long exceeded the “1000th concert” mark with performances all over Europe and every now and then also in America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Judy is a world musician and world citizen. She has played her songs in front of millionaires, ministers and presidents. She sang for Pope Francis and three million people in Rio, as well as for the homeless, prisoners and for refugees. As an ambassador for the international relief organisation World Vision, she fights for awareness and support, especially for people in Africa. She last visited her sponsored child Moses and several projects in Burundi in 2015.
In Germany, her adopted home, where she, among other things, campaigns for refugees, the artist enjoys great popularity after many years of performances all over the country. In addition to concerts with her fantastic band, she also loves to play "unplugged" on smaller stages and in churches. She gives workshops and also tells of her life-journey in song-and-story-nights with her husband Patrick Depuhl with whom she has three sons. Because life, she is convinced, writes the best songs.
Judy Bailey is a woman who loves people and lives music – full of sunshine, faith and rhythm. Judy is wonderful melodies combined with a relaxed idea of ??world music. Judy is a powerful voice that goes to the heart and is happy to linger there for a while – if you let it…
If you want to read more about Judy's story with God, check this!
Answers to the most frequently asked questions torward Judy about all kinds of stuff are here!
If you'd like to read about more personal stuff concerning Judy's background, her parents and family go here!
Insight to Judy's thoughts and feelings are of course found in many of her songs - so surf to all the lyrics of all the albums here!