Grammy ®, Dove and BMI Award-winner, Percy Bady releases "Kingdom Inspirations Early Edition EP" on Feb. 5. The EP marks his first solo project in partnership with Maranatha! Gospel, and it will be available at digital retailers including iTunes.
"My initial thought was make music that would be encouraging and inspiring to people," Bady says of his debut disc for Maranatha! Music, where he serves a dual role as both artist and executive spearheading A&R for the Gospel division as the director of Maranatha! Gospel. "I had a lot of things that happened during the making of the EP and the full length CD which comes out later in the year."
Kingdom Inspirations "Early Edition EP" includes the Gospel radio single "I Won't Give Up," featuring Canton Jones. The single speaks about strength and resilience during difficult times. Other songs on the EP include "Painful But Necessary," which captures a snapshot of challenges Bady faced during the writing process for the album, "Still," and "Don't Stop Praising Him."
"There are certain songs that wouldn't even have been birthed without the experiences that I had," explained Bady. "All of it kind of contributed to where I was mentally, spiritually, emotionally and financially. I needed to have that connection directly to those experiences for those songs to be birthed."
In Nashville during Stellar Awards week, Bady performs during the Urban Soul Café Access Granted Midnight Praise Party at the Cannery Ballroom on January 17 and co-hosts the Friday Night Live event at B.B. Kings on Jan. 18. In February, Bady will be a guest speaker at the Gospel Heritage Conference in Atlanta.
Bady, a talented musician, writer, arranger, artist, and producer, is undoubtedly one of the most well-known and well-respected names in Gospel and R&B music. His talent is coupled with prolific songwriting ability and is responsible for timeless #1 albums and hit singles effortlessly spanning genres in the secular and Christian arenas for over three decades.
His body of work has garnered 26 Gold and Platinum albums. Bady has worked with notable names such as Smokie Norful, Kirk Franklin, Donald Lawrence, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child), Dionne Warwick, Michael McDonald, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Whitney Houston, Ronald Isley, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Reverend Milton Brunson, The Thompson Community Singers, and R. Kelly.