PJay Edmund Releases Debut Gospel Album “Damage Control”
PJay Edmund is a gifted singer/songwriter spreading the gospel from Bowie, MD. As an inspirational gospel artist, PJay strives to create music that communicates God’s message. PJay’s brand new album “Damage Control” opens with the title track and a clip of Pjay Edmund’s father, Bishop PJ Edmund Sr, teaching about how we often encounter hitches that divert our focus from God as we journey through life and the result that leaves us feeling lost and without purpose. “Damage Control”, is the blueprint of how Pjay conquered all to get back into the arms of God. It promises to be inspiring, lyrically rich, and meaningful. “Jesus Saves” ft. Echelon Knoxx throws a contemporary R&B jam into the mix. Still delivering inspiring lyrics, Pjay Edmund showcases his truth through this powerful and refreshing track. Echelon Knoxx delivers quick, uplifting bars that further spread the overall sentiment and add a hip-hop flair.
“Humbly” slows down the pace of the album but quickly intensifies into an explosive dancehall vibe during the hook. The music builds up brilliantly here, the voice remains calm and collected, to begin with, loving and grateful, and meanwhile – the marching drum, the strings, flickers of guitar and hints of a vocal choir in the distance – the rising intensity is gorgeous. “Wbyn” makes for a really unique piece that reminds you of the underlying sentiments and purpose of the project. As it progresses, the rising energy is overwhelming, PJay loses himself in the moment entirely, and that’s inspiring to witness. This is the kind of song that comes across as having had so much thought and effort put into it’s making, that it would be almost impossible not to listen intently, and to truly get soaked up by the sound.
Next up is “See You” and from the moment the music begins, the softness of the guitar is so close and personal it feels as if right there in the room with you, which is already a huge statement for the high quality of production involved. The first thing you notice and feel as you listen is the sheer level of emotion coming through. The lead vocal has a wonderful combination of tenderness and depth, so the words are almost whispered, but with real meaning. A huge amount of focus and dedication is consistently clear. The ideas seem to span much further than the lines in the song allow, and that’s a gorgeous effect.
Regardless of personal beliefs and preferences, the way “The Moment (See You Reprise)” has been written, performed, and produced, is so beautifully flawless, that listening blesses you with a few moments of peace, reflection thought, calmness, and openness. The effect is powerful, and overall as a song, it’s very powerful. “Great Things” introduces a completely new sound the “Damage Control” album. That melody and these words are easy to connect with and involve yourself in, which is a huge calling card in terms of effective songwriting. The gospel-RnB vibe is also one that’s likely to bring a touch of nostalgia for many listeners. “Great Things” is a beautiful track, high caliber performances and production give it the absolute strength and worth to be heard by many. “You’ve Been” brings the album to a conclusion and the emotion that comes forward through the music is incredible. PJay Edmund’s performance as the track builds up towards its climax is just perfect. There’s nothing out of place, there is no need for overwhelming effects or additional sounds, there is nothing flashy, no sign of anyone trying too hard to impress, there is just this music, and these performances, that do everything that needs to be done.
“You’ve Been” has been presented in such a way that it just washes over you as you listen. Relaxing you, reminding you of life, the world, feelings, and individual thoughts. It’s a very powerful song, brilliantly polished, sounding meaningful from start to finish. The leading melody repeats just enough times to get into your mind. You become familiar with it very quickly, but it doesn’t get tiresome. You remember it, you find yourself singing it, and you want to listen again and again. “Damage Control” is a sublime and powerful album creatively and emotionally crafted yet professionally presented every step of the way. Musically impressive regardless of genre or theme, yet inherently designed to express a clear connection to a higher power – a belief in something bigger. Well worth a listen at volume!
Listen to “Damage Control” here and read more with PJay Edmund in our exclusive interview below!
Hey PJay Edmund, welcome back! We're completely captivated by your new album “Damage Control”, you have such a strong and warming presence throughout your tracks. Can you tell us more about your intentions when you first began to curate your recent album?
Initially, I had a bunch of songs I wanted to record. After putting all of the music together I realized it began to form a storyline. Though it was unintentional at the start it turned out to be a great thing.
How long have you been making music, and what are your main aspirations right now as an artist?
I’ve been making music for over 20 years. But professionally about 7 years. My main aspirations right now are to inspire people all Around the world to try Jesus. He is literally the best thing that has happened to me.
You seem to be an artist that puts more thought into his lyrics than most. What can you tell us about the lyrical depth within “Wbyn”?
Wow! WBYN was one of those songs I had written over 10 years ago. I was really having a hard time during this time of my life. I just referred back to the Bible and saw a lot of people went through some hard times. But GOD was and has always been faithful. It caused me to reflect and realize whatever I’m facing that there is nothing too hard for God.
Since you’ve been making music for several years, how would you compare some of the earlier material you’ve written to your newest release “Damage Control”?
I believe my earlier material was a bit immature. I was a lot younger and had not experienced a lot of the world. For this project, my outlook and view on life have changed and God is more real to me then he has ever been!
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