Barry Shapiro is a successful and talented singer/songwriter who performs throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. Although his sound has been influenced by Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce and Bob Dylan, there is no denying his unique style.
Barry composes original folk ballads as well as memorable, rhythmic songs captured on two acclaimed albums, with a new one on the way. He has performed on television and radio, won music competitions, and is currently performing at world famous venues around the United States. New York City’s The Bitter End and The Back Fence, Chicago’s Elbo Room, Colorado’s Boulder Theatre and Seattle’s Highliner Pub.
In addition to Barry’s solo work, he tours with a dynamic new project called, Barry Shapiro and the Beacon Street Band. Fans have been following their every musical step.
First, what separates Barry from other musicians of his genre is his warm voice. It conveys curiosity, high energy and joy which takes his audience’s breath away as it gets elevated by a rhythmic guitar and soulful harmonica. Secondly, his audience demography spans young vibrant children to reflective older adults; both of whom can’t stop moving their feet to his music.
To Barry, Music is… “An important way to create positive changes in the world through a sound that transcends language, culture and philosophy and which brings people of all kinds together.” Barry’s vision “is to create beautiful songs with universal appeal, which inspires individuals to unleash their own creativity.”
Barry supports Karis Community, an extraordinary treatment centre which helps adults with mental illness recover from the devastating impact of their symptoms. A portion of the proceeds from his sale of CD’s and the income from his performances is donated to this cause which affects one percent of adults around the world.
More About Barry Shapiro
Barry Craig Shapiro, or Benumin Chaim in Hebrew, was born Wednesday 4:30pm on October 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York. He was brought proudly into the world by Bogush Szapachnick (pronounced shop-atch-nick) and Eileen Shapiro.
Bogush, his father, whose name morphed from Bogush Szapachnick to Boris Szapachnick to Bob Shapiro as he simmered in America’s ethnic melting pot, was born on February 7, 1937 in Warsaw, Poland as World War II was brewing. He was the only child of Louis and Sadie Shapiro, not because they wanted only one child, but because war prevented the free and natural growth of their family. In 1940, as the Germans began knocking on the doors of Jewish families in Poland, the course of both his father’s life, and ultimately Barry’s, would be changed forever.
Barry’s mother was born on November 7, 1941; like her own, grew up in Brooklyn, New York playing the piano beautifully, modestly unaware of her level of talent. Instead she focused on reproducing the magnificence of Chopin, Gershwin, and Mozart with the discipline of a Yeshiva student, while boys played stoopball outside her window.
It was from his father that he was given permission to pursue the life he was meant to live. It was from his mother that he felt the power of music and the role it would ultimately play in his life.
After Barry graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a graduate degree in Counselling, he moved out west to Colorado and got busy living the musical life he was destined to create.
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