The Priscilla Bailey Interview: From Birmingham to Brazil

Brazil is a great country and a rising economic force that as attracted the attention of the world media over the last few years. Host’s for the Olympics, Football FIFA World cup and a major political scandal, it would seem that she has opened her country, heart and soul to the world.

Priscilla Bailey is an ambitious British Gospel artist, who hopes one day to perform in the South American country that boasts one of the fastest growing economies and rapidly moving Christian music markets on the globe. Bailey, who has recently released an EP entitled I Believe in Love, explains why she has a desire to take her music to the home of the rain forest;

‘My aspirations is to perform in Brazil. It is a special place for me and I have visited twice and always felt at home. I find the people welcoming and friendly. Brazilian DJ’s like my music and have sent messages of encouragement’.

Priscilla is created out of a St Kitts and Nevis and Jamaican parental heritage. The assortment of genes deep within her DNA probably account for her eclectic mix of Gospel music tastes incorporating pop, neo soul, funk and hip hop. Radio stations in Africa, America and Europe are taking a liking to the Bailey sound, particularly Uganda, Angola and Mexico.

When asked about her influences, she reaches for the stars without hesitation;

‘I am inspired by Janet Jackson, Mary J Blige, Kirk Franklin and Kierra Sheard’

The speech and language graduate is a great communicator, which can be detected when you analyse and listen to her clear sonic messages which are wrapped inside an infectious and catchy groove, part of her Daisy record label ethos. Her EP is forged around a live show, a vibe that you can experience in South London’s Sunday Night Alternative on the 25th of September at the Jam Circus in Crofton Park.

Although Priscilla Bailey has recently appeared on the British Gospel radar with her own EP and recent video release (Make the best of it featuring Juliette Farrell), she has in fact carried out stealth operations by providing backing vocals and song writing ammunition for the 2015 MOBO nominated group Chos3n ( Album: We Are Chos3n). This is no coincidence as they share the same label and talented production crew at Daisy Records in Birmingham. What is the subject matter of her latest single?

‘Forging ahead with God’s plans for our lives in spite of adversity. It is inspired by Jeremiah 29 v 5-12′, says Bailey.

An ocean of talent seems to have simmered and distilled into a lovable personality who has a reputation for working like a warrior in the recording studios. Such a work ethic will no doubt see the emergence of an album in the near future. In the mean time a busy schedule and timeline takes in festivals, radio interviews, and a myriad live events.

The release of her debut EP coincided with a MOBO artist feature last May. Collaboration with UMA winners, airplay on Brazilian radio and a music video that has struck a YouTube chord means that Priscilla Bailey is primed and prepared for the invasion and tour of Brazil, should the promoters come calling.

Her battle cry will no doubt be…..Make the best of it.

Priscilla Bailey and her music can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and CDBaby.


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