Her name is Badiyah Barnes, a Philadelphia native 26 years of age and newly signed with Holy Child Gospel, for her Debut Album release "THE MESSIAH". As a little girl, Badiyah grew up sitting in band rehearsals with artists such as Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and The Delfonics as her father rehearsed for Tours. In 1999 at the age of 19, she was offered an R& B recording deal from Jive Records, in which at such a tender age she declined. In the summer of 2002 Badiyah sung for the wedding of Frank Tucker & Leslie George (sister to Eddie George of the Dallas Cowboys) for TLC‘s (The Learning Channel) “A Wedding Story”. Which resulted in her singing for the wedding of Tamara Johnson formally known as "Taj" of the R&B group SWV (Sisters With Voices) and Eddie George at the Rockleigh Country Club in Pearl Harbor, New York sharing the stage with R & B recording artist Mario. She has also shared the stage with Gospel Recording Artists Hezekiah Walker, B.B Jay, Benita Farmer, Jeff Murrell, Joy Unlimited Gospel Choir, Paul Owens, and Chorale. Badiyah has performed at many music venues and churches throughout the local and Tri-State areas, such as Warm Daddy's and The Cleft Club. She has also ministered with several local groups such as Tony Moore & Christian Girl, John Murray & Worship, Steve Middleton & Unity Praise, Larry Graham & Friends, Andre Harris & Anointed Move and Damon Harris Productions. Her calling to become a gospel recording artist became apparent to her like never before during an in-store performance at CLC Bookstore in 2003. Although Badiyah wasn’t at the forefront of these ministries she gave 100% of her time and gift knowing that all things must be done to the Glory of God.
Badiyah is something special. From the first song I heard, I knew this was no ordinary contemporary Gospel album. From the wonderful vocals to the depth of the songwriting, it’s obvious that Badiyah’s music is not only filled with a great passion for music but a true love for The Lord. This wonderful music truly touched my soul. Listen. I’m sure you’ll feel the same........Phil Nicolo Chair - Producer & Engineer Wing of Philadelphia Recording Academy.