Judy still recalls those early pioneering years with pleasure. Her career continued to rise and in Judy was asked by a Christian youth organisation to perform at a rally at the Royal Albert Hall being led by Billy Graham. Apparently it was unusual for him to speak to the musicians and we chatted for a while and he said how much he liked my music.
Gradually though, things began to change and over a period of time Judy became disillusioned with the music scene and what she saw as people jumping on the bandwagon. One time together saw us do more secular work and spend a lot of time in pubs and clubs using a mixture of songs, both Christian and secular.
Communicating to non-Christians is however one of the closest things to Judy's heart. I felt as if they were saying that Christian musicians couldn't compete with their secular counterparts.
The time eventually came when she had to make a few important decisions in her life. I also wanted to have children and decided that I had to make a choice between that or continuing with a career that I was no longer enjoying.
It may have been a lack of ambition on my part but I chose to leave the music scene. Being a Christian "superstar" couldn't have been easy either.
It was also very difficult to be in a settled Christian fellowship so that's why it was nice when I visited Spring Harvest a few years ago and no-one recognised me! It was quite humbling to be on the other side.
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It should also be pointed out that, though Richard 's conviction shines through every song, he rarely allows his lyrics to pontificate on the one hand or flap fatuously in the breeze on the other. Indeed, Rockspell has a rocking edge that rivals any of his better-known albums. Nevertheless, fans and sales figures effortlessly line it up alongside those other sacred collections that Richard has released over the years, and Rockspell remains recommended only to listeners who absolutely have to experience every album he has ever made.
Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. By 'failures', I mean the thing that happens when you send recordings to people and they don't even acknowledge receiving them. You wait for the phone call and as time goes by and it doesn't come you begin to think that it's pointless bothering. Perhaps disappointment is a better word.
It's tough. And it's a scenario that countless artists are familiar with. Anyway, my pastor prayed for me, as did others. I wrote the words of the song "Switched On" but struggled to get the tune. This is the point at which I might have given up before but on this occasion I kept going and suddenly this joyous tune came to me in about two minutes flat! I continued to write children's songs which the church enjoyed singing and at one stage the church leadership said to me "We think you should make an album of these songs and we will pay for it.
I felt it was "God's project" from the start. Paul Field did a fantastic job on the production and my church has some really gifted children that we used on the recording. So it was a team effort. Actually I'm beginning to think that we need to do some heavy investing in our children and grandchildren to arm them for what in the future is going to be a much rougher ride than anything we Christians have had to face in this country in recent times.
Tony: Being such an accomplished singer, how come you didn't sing the songs on 'Switched On'? Judy: I'm not an accomplished singer any more. I can sing, but my range is not that of the children and anyway I think that it wouldn't be appropriate to have a woman of my great age on a kid's album! Jonathan Reavell has been a worship leader at our church Purley Baptist and has a voice like an angel! He's also very servant-hearted and self-effacing. I wanted him to have this opportunity.
I do make a brief guest appearance whistling on "From The Top". Judy: ICC have picked up on the distribution of the album and we are all delighted that some of the songs are being used at Spring Harvest. We are having a conversation about doing another album or three!
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