Gospel And CCM Artists Share Father's Day Thoughts And Wishes


Jun 12, 2013
Jaci Velasquez and Dottie Peoples

With Father's Day around the corner, Christian and Gospel artists Percy Bady, David M. Edwards, Dottie Peoples, Bryan Popin, and Jaci Velasquez share thoughts, stories, traditions and warm wishes celebrating dads. Check out a few of their favorite memories, and happy Father's Day to all dads!


Do you have a specific Father's Day tradition?

Well since my siblings and I are all over the place, including my dad who now resides in Mississippi, we all get a time that we can talk at the same time to my dad via phone. It's a time of fun and memories.

Do you have a Father's Day quote about someone special, or about the day in general?

I commend my dad for showing 5 boys (his sons) how to first love God, treat women with respect & provide for your family. He is the ultimate example of sacrifice and compassion. Father, Husband, Pastor, and Friend!

Percy EP


Do you have a Father's Day quote about someone special, or about the day in general?

Becoming a father is one of the greatest joys in life...it is also one of the greatest lessons. I thought I understood God before becoming a dad but I can honestly say being a father has taught me so much about how God sees us. I also thought I understood love before becoming a dad but I can honestly say I did not fully comprehend the depth of love. Our capacity for love and to give love increases exponentially when we become parents. And now when I think of those timeless words: "For God so loved this world that He gave His only begotten Son." I understand. On this day I want to say, "Happy Father's Day" to our Heavenly Father for...mistakes and all...His love for us does not change.


What's the best Father's Day gift you've ever given?

Mom and Dad have a property in Selma, AL out in the country where you have to pass the cows to get there. One year I sent a contractor out to renovate the house. They added a master suite, master bath, and den. I fully furnished the rooms. They say that I built them their own hotel suite.

Do you have a father's day quote about someone special, or about the day in general?

I found a card with this quote on it, and it is my favorite Father's Day quote:

"Father's day is a day for men who have made a lasting impact on someone's life. It's a day for good men who are living life the right way and making a difference. It's a day for men like you."

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Do you have a specific Father's Day tradition?

On Father's Day, you can most always find me wrestlin' with the little ones, playin' b-ball with my Bella, and eating together as a family at home. Basically, chillin' and havin' some fun too.

Do you have a Father's Day quote about someone special, or about the day in general?

Something I always keep close in my heart: Anyone can be a Father, but it takes a real man to be a Dad. #youcanmakeit


What's the best Father's Day gift you've ever given?

One of the most special things I have ever been able to do for my dad is pick out a truck for him one year. This father's day though, my dad invited me to record and release a duet of "Unforgettable" with him. I'm not sure that can be topped!

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Do you have a father's day quote about someone special, or about the day in general?

Dads are a vital part of the family. They teach their little girls what to look for in a man and they teach their sons how to be the man that she is looking for.

ABOUT PERCY BADY: 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. Bady currently serves as Creative Arts Director for New Life Covenant in Chicago and spearheads A&R for Maranatha! Gospel.

For more information on Percy Bady, visit www.maranathamusic.com/artist/percy-bady.

ABOUT DAVID M. EDWARDS: His new CD Heart Full of Soul dropped May 21 on Maranatha! Gospel. David is the creative director for the International Center for Worship at Regent University and has lead panels at the Gospel Heritage Conference this year.

For more information on David M. Edwards, visit www.davidmedwards.com.

ABOUT DOTTIE PEOPLES: Dottie Peoples is a three-time Grammy®-Award nominee and the winner of numerous Stellar, Dove, Soul Train, NAACP, and GMWA awards. Known for her classic hits, "On Time God," "Testify" and "Do It!," she stays busy on the road with electrifying performances at churches and concert halls all over the country. Known as the gospel "Pattie Labelle" during her live concerts, her reputation for warmth and compassion precedes her, as she routinely embraces fans with the love and sincerity of a close friend. Born one of 10 children, and growing up in Ohio, Dottie's mission and principle focus remain intact; her ministry is people. Dottie has been featured in hit stage plays "God Don't Like Ugly" and "A Fool For Love," and in feature films, "Dirty Laundry" and "Kudzu Christmas." She has been the National Spokesperson for The American Heart Association/The Ambassador for The Power To End Strokes and a National Spokesperson for Speaking of Women's Health.

For more information on Dottie Peoples, visit www.dottiepeoples.com.

ABOUT BRYAN POPIN: A native of Middletown, NJ, Popin began paying piano by ear when he was 11 years old. Popin studied with such noted teachers as Julliard's Dr. Sammuel Mammel and Rutgers University's Dr. Joseph Accurso. Early in his career, the legendary Stevie Wonder nicknamed him "Little Boy Wonder" and he's continued to impress with his songwriting skills and vocal prowess. He has collaborated with R&B legend Chaka Khan and highly respected worship leader Martha Munizzi. He has opened for Israel Houghton, Deitrick Haddon, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp and American Idol alum Danny Gokey. At the height of their popularity, 'NSYNC recorded one of his tunes on their multi-platinum album Celebrity. You Can Make It is available in October and is Popin's first national release in partnership with eOne Worship.

For more information on Bryan Popin, visit www.bryanpopin.com.

ABOUT JACI VELASQUEZ: With over 250,000 combined followers on Facebook and Twitter, Velasquez proves to be a seasoned artist who brings nearly two decades of experience to her latest venture. She has won seven Dove Awards, including New Artist of the Year in 1997 and two consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year titles. She has scored hits on both Billboard's Christian music charts and Latin charts. In addition to releasing her latest music project entitled "Diamond," Velasquez released a Spanish lullaby album for Fisher Price last fall and has starred in five new films over the past six months. Currently, Velasquez is heard by more that 1.5 million listeners on a daily basis as the morning show co-host on 94 FM The Fish, is in the process of writing a new book, leads worship in Houston, Texas once per month, and is finishing the filming of three new independent faith-based films. However, of the many hats that she wears, her favorite roles are being a wife to husband Nic Gonzales, lead singer of Salvador, and mother to their two sweet sons, Zealand and Soren.

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