Award-Winning Vocalist Terry Barber Calls St. Louis Home
St. Louis vocalist Terry Barber, who recently opened a St. Louis office for his Florida arts foundation, is being considered for six GRAMMY nominations for his 2015 holiday album “Christmas Presence,” a collection of unique renditions of some of the holiday season’s most well-known songs.
The project, produced in collaboration with 17-time Grammy-winning producer Steven Epstein, is now in contention alongside famous musicians like Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, and Barbara Streisand in several categories, such as “Best Traditional Pop Solo Album,” “Producer of the Year, Non-Classical” and “Best Arrangement.”
Known for his stunningly clear, beautiful, full-sounding countertenor voice and for previously winning a GRAMMY with ensemble Chanticleer, Barber’s musical gift is certainly a rare one. A countertenor is a technical term for male vocal artists who can sing comfortably and naturally in a range higher than tenor — a musical space typically reserved for female vocalists — and there are only about 50 countertenors in the world. Barber’s contemporary classical and crossover-classical work is well-known across the globe—and in multiple languages, too. Although his typical repertoire is performed in English, German, Latin, French, and Italian, he has sung in 14 languages to date and has showcased his vocal talents on several world-class stages, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall and others.
Barber has worked with award-winning musicians like Chaka Khan, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper and has been featured on successful major recording labels such as Sony Classical, Warner Teldec, Edition Lilac and Columbia Records. But Barber’s commitment to musical excellence is not limited to his own professional career; his influence and service extend to his community as well.
Barber recently moved to St. Louis to be in the city where his parents met and to open a second office for his Florida foundation. As the creator of the nonprofit organization Artists for a Cause (A4AC), which is based in Palm City, Florida, Barber’s mission is to support visual and performing artists who inspire cultural production and serve their communities. The successful organization has expanded its reach, prompting Barber to open an additional office in St. Louis. Housed in the new .ZACK Arts Incubator space, made possible by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, A4AC’s efforts also include a high school outreach program that offers mentorship and artistic development for countless students in the St. Louis area while encouraging the prioritization of arts education in local K-12 schools. The St. Louis home was unveiled in October, while the official opening is scheduled for January 2017.
The 59th annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast on February 12, 2017.