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Barry Michael

Barry Michael
Location:
Melbourne., Victoria,, Australia
Postal code:
3000
Genre:
Pop, Alternative, Rock
Label name:
Barry Michael
Members:
Barry Michael
Influences:
paul kelly, Beatles,

Bio

Barry Michael started playing guitar at twelve years of age. He grew up listening to Fats Waller, County swing and Top 40 pop music. In 1980 he took off to see the world. For three years he travelled around America and Europe before ending up in London, where he met two brothers who played in The Incredible Kidda Band, a post punk rock band.
Barry immersed himself in the London music scene and started writing songs, playing live with their band, and doing solo spots in pubs and clubs. In 1986 he returned to Australia and performed on the national TV show Hey Its Saturday, on the Red Faces segment. He won on the night and was called back to perform on the show. He soon signed to EMI Records Australia and released two singles. His song I Dont Understand Where I Fit In was a top 40 hit nationally and top 10 in Victoria.
What starts quickly often ends just as quick. After 6 months, Barry found himself without a record deal but a wealth of experience and a bag full of songs.
Barry started travelling again and returned to Australia and released his first 6 Track EP in 1995. An album called The First Time followed in 1999. Playing on TV shows like Hey Hey & Tonight Live With Steve Vizard and countless live radio performances taught Barry a great deal.
Rave reviews followed with Mark Demetrius (Rolling Stone Magazine) saying
Barry doesnt fit into any stylistic pigeonhole; Hes simply a superb singer-songwriter who can probably compose hook lines in his sleep. Like Loudon Wainwright III, he proves hes no dork precisely by writing about dorkishness, loneliness and inadequacy. Not Think Of You is a slow painful blues worthy of Billy Holiday, thats saying something
In 2002 he teamed up with Paul Hester (Crowded House) who played on, and produced, Barrys second album entitled Im On Fire. More gigs, rave reviews & community Radio airplay followed. Barrys third album entitled I Am Your Sky was released in 2012.
Barry would also love to write for, and with other artists. All my song are available on www.barrymichael.bandcamp.com if you like them. thanks for your interest. BM