dion 5Barbara Barrett is a singer/songwriter

100_2116Along with generous vocal range, Barbara Barrett‘s song styling is supported by early music training. Starting with piano at a young age, she progressed to music theory and flute, finally finding her love of vocals at the age of thirteen.

Yearly solo competition, choral and small ensemble work, and a brief stint in band, lead to pursuing and receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.

After graduation, she traveled with The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and The Blossom Festival Chorus, including performances at Carnegie Hall, and in Chautauqua, New York.

She then began her study of classic jazz, ultimately including blues, soul, and R&B, as well as gospel and reggae. In February of 2012, she had her Las Vegas debut performance at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel in the A-List’s Pre-Valentine’s Day Fashion and Jazz Show.

Venues in northeast Ohio have over the years have been both public and private including nationally known and respected Nighttown Cleveland and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During her frequent trips to New York City, she has been well received on the stages of Smoke.

Barbara Barrett @ Phil the Fire 2012

 Also at Cleopatra’s Needle in Manhattan, and the Zebra Room of the Lennox Lounge in Harlem before it’s closing, singing repertoire sung by legendary jazz divas such as Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, for which she received personal kudos from Lou Donaldson, Art Blakey’s saxophone player.

Dion 16sbWith the closing of many of the Cleveland area’s classic jazz clubs, being a versatile vocal artist who has a passion for singing, Barbara has successfully expanded her repertoire to covers of well-known artists such as Jill Scott, Ledisi, Chaka Khan, Frankie Beverly and Maze, and others, as well as her own original material.

When the historic Karamu House presented Scott Joplin‘s opera “Treemonisha“, Barbara was given the lead role of Monisha, for which she won an Actor’s Guild Award for Best Female Vocalist. Dance and costuming complete her theater experiences.

And still enjoying the mood and rhythms of reggae and world music, One World Tribe, world music band out of Erie, PA, is her newest affiliation, singing background vocals. Barbara’s second CD, “Dawning“, which is her first collection of her own original jazzy, soulful, world-music type material, was released in 2012.

Barbara Barrett Dawning

100_1705Dawning” was written during a major transitional time in her life, moving from married to divorced status, and beginning the process of moving from being a full-time RN, to making full-time vocal artistry work.

Her 1st CD “Joyous!” is an historical tribute to African American sacred music including spirituals, familiar hymns, West African chants, and contemporary gospel, all with fresh, creative arrangements.

A creative, melodic, versatile, and meticulous vocal artist, Barbara Barrett is in the words of the late jazz master Duke Ellington, “Beyond Category”.

Barbara Barrett & Beyond Category @ Kings and Queens, CLE OH