Singer-Songwriter BARBARA MARKAY has studied piano since she was a child.At the precocious age of ten she won a scholarship to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music where she graduated from the college division as a composer and pianist. She has worked with some of the top names in the industry, ranging from Quincy Jones, Martin Scorcese, & Michael Jackson (in the production of the “Bad” video) to Eric Clapton, Carly Simon and George Duke, and doing musical arrangements for the Saturday Night Live Band. She has performed with Bruce Willis, singing back up with his blues band, The Accelerators. In 1996 she was honored by being chosen as the music director for the annual Christmas play in Puttaparthi, India for Sathya Sai Baba. Barbara is influenced by the likes of Angelique Kidjo, Peter Gabriel, Robert Johnson, Celia Cruz, Caetano Veloso, Irakere, and Reverend Milt Brunson and the Mississippi Mass Choir.
Barbara first started out on a college tour with her group in England.She came back to the U.S. and performed in her original musical comedy review called “Little Lulu” in Miami Beach for a season before returning to New York City.There, she opened her new show at the famous Half Note Club on 52nd Street.In the 80’s she had a hit record called “It’s Allright” put out by WEA International in Holland for the European , Asian and South American market.It became #17 on the Billboard pop charts.The next year she had another hit in France called“ I Don’t Wanna be a Zombie” put out by the Musicdisc France Label.It became #2 on the French dance charts.
Reviews: Barbara Markay - "Change To Come"
On her previous CD, "Change To Come", singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Barbara Markay creates an album which combines artistry, craftsmanship and inspiration. In addition to writing, arranging and producing all the songs on this album, Barbara also sings, and plays all the synthesizers. Joining her in this mix is an ensemble of superbly talented musicians, including the well known Jeff Mironov on guitars, the awesome Tom Malone on all horns, and the extraordinary percussionist , Gumby Ortiz. "Women’s rights, independence, unconditional love & guardian angels...Markay has a true talent and this album is a shining showcase with her great radio-ready voice...and top notch self-written pop songs--a winner!" Jennifer Derby - Heartsong Review"
It’s hard not to be impressed with what a success "Change To Come" is...(Barbara) has top-flight musicians who really shine on funky workouts like "Nobody" and "Strange Fortune"...Markay pulls it all together with guts and flair -a fine album" Steve Roeser - Note 4 Note
Written, Produced and Arranged by Barbara Markay Keyboards: Barbara Markay Guitars: Jeff Mirinov Guitar: George Wadeneus ("Change To Come" and "Woman of Light") Additional Guitars on "Man From the Stars": Jack Morer Lead Vocals: Barbara Markay Background vocals: Julie Eigenberg, Joseph Armillas, & Barbara Markay Background vocals on "Nobody", "Baby Sunshine", "I AM The River" & "Fallen Angel": Dennis and Sharon Collins, Dianne Garisto, Julie Eigenberg ("Nobody"), Joseph Armillas & Barbara Markay Solo on "I Am the River": Dennis Collins Solo on "Boogooyaga": Joseph Armillas Background Vocals on "Change To Come" & "Woman Of Light": Elaine Casswell, Meredith Strull & Barbara Markay Synthesizers and Drums: Barbara Markay Percussion and Congas: Gumbi Ortiz Bass Guitar: Wayne Petswater Horns on "Boogooyaga" performed & arranged: Tom Malone (trumpet, trombone & tenor sax) Tenor sax on "Nobody" & "Babay Sunshine": Chris Mostert Recording and Mix Engineer: Joseph Armillas Additional Engineer on "Baby Sunshine", "Nobody", "I Am The River", "Boogooyaga", "Man From the Stars", & "Strange Fortune": Hidecki Sunada & Julio Pena Photography: Veretta Lead Vocals produced by Joseph Armillas Recorded at Pinwheel Studios, New York City Released 1994