Barry Michael Biography
Last updated: 07/06/2011
Barry Michael began his love of music and performing at a young age, singing on a Saturday morning show in Atlanta alongside his father. This was the mere beginning of what would eventually become a successful and promising musical career.
After a small stint exploring the world of comedy, Barry began to realize how comfortable he was on stage entertaining people. Barry recognized that entertaining people on a comedic level was not so different from entertaining people on a musical level. This led Barry enrolling in the Atlanta Broadcast Institute. After graduating in 1997, Barry joined Atlanta’s BBS Television Station, giving him the opportunity to write, produce, act, and sing on his very own sports show.
Barry’s newfound experience in performing and confidence with stage presence led him back into music. As front man for the Christian band “Altaration”, Barry was given the opportunity to write and perform his own music. This experience proved to be a great way for Barry to show case his talents. “Altaration” produced two CDs, with the second being a great success. One of the tracks in particular, “Undeniably You”, was featured in the film “The Forbidden Truth”.
Barry’s involvement in “Altaration” dramatically raised his popularity in the Atlanta area creating the opportunity for him to meet Richard Chatham, the Executive Producer of Stockbridge Records. Impressed by Barry’s talent and charm, Richard quickly signed Barry to Stockbridge Records. Appointments were immediately made for Barry to train with top industry vocal coach, Jan Smith. In January of 2009 Stockbridge Records proudly released Barry’s debut album Ripped Blue Jeans & ATV’s.
Shortly after signing with Stockbridge Records, Barry was approached by a group of Houston-area WW II veterans to write a song to gain support of their honor flight fundraiser. Barry’s single Heroes and Angels was later premiered at the WWII Veterans fundraiser, which quickly gained national recognition. In August 2010 Barry teamed up with Health Net, Inc. to honor and support service members, Veterans, and their families. A key focus of the Health Net/Barry Michael partnership is to increase awareness and encourage use of behavioral health services, including reintegration support and family counseling. The Health Net/Barry Michael joint message is simple: “You are not alone. If you need help, please call us for support.”
Barry is currently presenting his “Heroes and Angels Tour” exclusively sponsored by Health Net Federal Services. The nation-wide tour includes performances at national conventions, military bases, government ceremonies, private events, and radio and TV shows.