FAQs (frequently asked questions) about Judy's background, music, relationships ... and hair!
1. Where do you come from?
2. What is it like in Barbados?
3. When did you start singing?
4. When did you start writing songs?
5. How do you write a song? Lyrics first, or music?
6. How did you meet your musicians?
7. How do you describe your music?
8. How can I hear your music?
9. Where do you give concerts?
10. Are you married, and do you have children?
11. How is it living in Germany?
12. Do you believe in God?
13. How can I become a Christian?
14. How do you do your hair?
15. Another Question?
1. Where do you come from?
I was born in London, England. When I was three we moved to Barbados. That's where my parents are from. That's where I was brought up and went to school. At nineteen I returned to London to study Psychology. I've been living in Germany since 1997, but do travel quite a bit. So where do I come from? Well, you tell me ... O.K. - of course really I feel like a "Bajan". Barbados is a quite small country (270.000 inhabitants in the Caribbean); but very beautiful. [top]
It's just what you think in terms of the weather. It is hot and sunny. (more than 3000 hours of sun per year!) OK, there is a hurricane season, but it is still hot. Average 28ƒC. At night if it falls to 17ƒC, people reach for their sweaters. (Actually you never really talk about the weather because it will be hot and sunny anyway!). True: Barbados is a small country (430 square kilometers) but it also has got 97 km of coast. The flag with two blue and a yellow stripe symbolize sea, sky and golden sand. The broken trident in it stands for independence. And yes, Barbados is a very indeAnd yes, Barbados is exactly that with it's own government, Prime Minister, it's own currency (roughly 2 Barbados dollars to 1 US-Dollar for a long time now; so very stable!) and of course it's own airport (even the Concord used to land there. It's great to swim, dive and surf there. There's also a lot of music and a lot of churches. And people are really relaxed and friendly. My mother still lives there. So if you go for a visit in Barbados you should go and say hi :-) ... (My Mom makes the best flying fish you can imagine!) [top]
I sang in my church choir in Barbados from the time I was 9 years old. It was an Anglican Church choir (Holy Trinity Church) so not very lively music. I was also involved in various chorales and groups. At 17 I began playing the guitar and writing songs and singing them as a hobby. I spent some time at a camp in Florida (Dayspring) and had the chance to try out some stuff there. They were so kind, they even applauded my earliest attempts at writing. [top]
I started writing at 17. Actually when we had a school play once a teacher asked if anyone could play guitar. I said I could; but I couldn't. So within a few days I had to borrow a guitar and learn to play so it wouldn't be too embarrassing at the school play. So I now had an instrument. Maybe even more important was that I became a Christian at that age. I really felt that God loved me a lot and I loved him too. So it felt quite natural to write love songs for him. That's what my first songs were mainly about I guess. The very first one that I wrote was this one (a bit embarrassing but also quite funny). So here you go:
Where's the peace
There's something lacking in this world
It's not hard to see
Don't need great perception
To find out what we need
Just look around you
Check out what's going on
It won't be long before you start to wonder
Where all the peace has gone
Where's the peace, where's it gone
It left us many miles behind when we made the atom bomb
And it goes even further when we do our brother wrong
Now all the people, the men, the women, the children
Everybody's asking: Where's the peace? Where's it gone?
There are other verses but I won't put you through it... Ok, I joke about it now, but I am very grateful really. You have to start somewhere. So for all you budding songwriters out there - you know, you who've got something bubbling away in you, get writing! Start where you are and keep going!!! Some of the newer songs you can see under lyrics [top]
Lyrics first, or music? I don't have a formula, and I've had songs come to me in various ways. However for me, I mostly get the tune first, or maybe I get a few lyrics and tune spontaneously together. Can happen in the shower, walking down the street, or while I am sleeping. Usually the lyrics are what I work on the most. And that can take anything from a few minutes to many days. Some songs from the initial idea till the finished song have taken years. Of course with many pauses. [top]
I met some in England and some in Germany. Some I met at my church in London, others through other musician friends. If you really want to do music that touches others, best is, that it really comes from your heart rather than it just being a technical exercise. And things like that are best to share with people that mean something to you. So it's great to know that the people in my band are friends too. If you want to meet them, come to a concert or click here. [top]
That's always a hard question. People normally ask this before they hear our music I guess. So maybe you wanna listen and decide for yourself. Because it's not one style, but very mixed. Anyway the main influence are from Rock, Pop and Reggae. In some stuff you'll also hear some more Caribbean and African elements. So basically all the worlds I've come from or lived in for a while and the music which I heard there have become a part of my music. [top]
Well, ears do help. But seriously: Have a listen to a couple of samples or take a quick look at us "Live" on Myspace (www.myspace.com/judybailey) " . Of course you can also get one of the CDs or come to a concert. We have many concerts every year; right now mostly in Germany. Just check under the dates. If nothing is there maybe you wanna organise a concert and we'll come to you: Write us an email and let's talk. [top]
Basically everywhere we are invited to. So far we've been at all kinds of festivals and youthevents. We've been in Cafes, Clubs and Camps. We've been at Adult Conferences, Church Conferences, Women's Conferences. We've been on TV, Radio and Live Satellite Broadcasts. We've been in Churches and Barracks and in City Halls. Most of the things we do right now are in Germany. . But we've also been in Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and in July 2008 in Australia. ... [top]
I am married (since 1997) to Patrick (he's from Germany and a member of the band as well). It is great to work together. We feel we are a good team and and try our best to support each other. Patrick is also often travelling and busy giving seminars, speaking, emceeing and preaching. We try to travel together as much as we can. Apart from that Patrick does youthwork and writes books and text in this area. We have three children: Levi was born in 2004, Noah 2007 and Jacob 2009. [top]
I truly enjoy living in Germany. Somehow the move over was not as difficult as you might imagine. I had already made some friends here, and I had been in Germany so many times before moving, that it was really not a problem. And in case you wonder: I've personally not experienced more racism here than anywhere else I've been. The biggest thing was the language, but most people, (especially younger people) can speak some English anyway. And since I've been here I've learned ... (Not always easy. e.g. a simple word like "the" in German, can be "der", "die", "das", "den", "dem", "des", depending on the noun and context ...) Sometimes people also asked where would I live if I had the choice? Well, I do have the choice, and I choose to live in Germany. For now it feels right for us to be here. Although I like the sun, I am not one to live somewhere only because of the weather. [top]
I do. And I believe that
knowing Him and searching to know Him better is the most important
thing in life. My aim is for my purpose and meaning to be in Him.
If you want to read more about Judy's story with God, check this!
That's a pretty personal question. But people ask me this again and again. I truly do not have a recipe or formula. I really believe it's such a relationship thing with God. I think it's about talking and listening to him and living with him. Not passively, but very actively. About baring your heart to Him and being honest about all that is going on in your life. About reading his letter to us and living by what it says. About saying sorry and asking for forgiveness when we do things that that we should not. About acknowledging that He is God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and we are not. About talking through your plans with Him and listening to His opinion. About hanging in there when we don't hear his voice. About sharing joy and sadness. About accepting His love to us and loving Him back. About living as if we are loved. About passing it on to others. About living that out and doing what we can to change what needs changing. About trusting and believing that He's not going anywhere even when we feel alone and it seems He is no where to be found. Because often when we least expect Him, He's suddenly there… [top]
I have my hair in "locks". For me it is a hairstyle - a way of wearing my hair - and has nothing to do with being a Rasta. That's why many people in England for example who wear this or a similar style refer to them as "locks" rather than "dreadlocks". There are different ways to do this, but this is what I did. I'm smiling as I write this, but so many peo ple have asked me the details, that I guess you really are interested. OK then, here we go: I gathered some hair together and twisted it and curled it til it was like this (see photo). Everybody thought I'd cut my hair, because it looked so short. Then after a couple months I undid it but it hadn't set yet. So I curled it again. Anyway, in the end it took about 11 months to set. Now it's in locks (matted together in 131 bundles; I just counted them for you). If I want a new hairstyle again, I have to cut all off . [top]