With an extraordinarily broad vocal range and natural fluency in many musical styles, countertenor Terry Barber has been featured on some of the world’s most storied stages and has worked with many of the music industry’s most prestigious figures.
A voting member of the Grammy Awards, and on the advisory committee for Nelly’s X’treme Recording Institute, his voice has appeared on every major record label, with Grammy-winning artists like Chanticleer, Madonna, Jewel, Chaka Khan, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Smith, and many more. Whether performing classical or popular favorites, he “breathes new life into everything he sings” and crafts what the Los Angeles Times calls “performances of great vitality and verve.”
Terry’s most recent recording project, Christmas Presence, was released in late 2015. It was produced by seventeen-time Grammy-winning “classical producer of the year” Steven Epstein (who produced albums for Wynton Marsalis, Placido Domingo, Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma, and Idina Menzel) and includes the hit duet, “Christmas Once More,” featuring opera star Denyce Graves.
In recent years, the focus of Terry’s career has been more than 150 international solo tour performances. The first and only countertenor ever to be booked in the “Live on Stage” network, Terry was a favorite with almost 50 bookings throughout the USA in the 2013-14 season.
His current programs include, “The Many Voices of Terry Barber”; an entertaining exploration through light musical theater, classical, and popular works, “Around the World in 80 Minutes”; unique arrangements by Emmy and Grammy-winning composers of the world’s favorite melodies in 10 languages (with songs like Danny Boy, Besame Mucho, La Vie En Rose, Bridge Over Troubled Water) “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” – with hits from ten of his most beloved shows, and “The Christmas Presence”, a holiday program of classics, classical, and popular favorites.
Terry’s solo tours began with, “A Sacred Journey”, a history of western sacred music in song. Offering Gregorian chant, sacred favorites from major composers and ending with a spiritual and modern recognizable songs, the tour has had over 50 performances throughout the USA and raised thousands of dollars for community improvement programs. Mr. Barber’s tours were selected by the Department of Culture, and approved by the Senate, to represent the state of Florida for their touring roster.
“A musical experience; entertaining beyond what we imagined “classical” could be, and yet informative and inspiring. His use of voice challenges what we thought possible and every performance is delivered as a piece of theater. He took our audience by the hand and helped them to connect with the art, resulting in laughs, tears, and a real connection with this genuine artist we can’t wait to invite back. His concert was among our all-time favorites”.