Barbie H.

by Barbara
(Peterborough, Ontario Canada)

Born and raised in the West end of Toronto, Barbara Phylis Berger was the third of four siblings. Always too shy to play to an audience she would play quietly in her room, writing songs, sharing them with a few close friends.

Her inspiration were the melodic sounds of John Denver and his personal writings of people he'd met and places he'd been, guiding her to write from the heart all while dreaming for the day she could sit at the foot of the Rockies and sing. James Taylor and Gordon Lightfoot were also a big part of her life as was Janis Joplin, but Barb says "that's another story." Upon moving to Peterborough in the early 90's Barbara got involved with the local University Radio Station where she has co-hosted the Good'n Country Show on Trent Radio 92.7fm for over 18 years, every Saturday morning from 8am to noon, thus the beginning of her love for true country music began (never forgetting her folk roots). Barb also hosts a 50's show once a month called Deja Vu.

Early in 2004, Barbara started a new life on her own and began writing again. After 20 years away from playing/singing, her first CD entitled "Never Say Never" was released in November 2004 with 5 originals. Her 2nd CD called I Never Stopped Missing you, was released in August 2006 with the title track being a song written for her late father. Another song entitled "Angels Without Wings" was written for her mother. "Every song is a piece of my life, a piece of my heart" says Barb.

Barbara has performed at places such as the Maple Leaf Jamboree, Moose Lodge, Lindsay, Warsaw Legion, the Norwood Fair with the Mundell Family, The Trillium Country Jamboree in Hastings, Buckhorn Legion, Millbrooke Legion, Keene Lion's Club, Cobourg Legion, Cathy's Cafe Whitby, Mustang Sally's Restaurant, Cinnamon Gardens and the White House Bar & Tavern in Peterborough and various fundraisers at the Trentwinds International Centre in Peterborough. She can be seen performing with such bands as Just Plain Country, Kountry Klassics, Rebound, Corey Lake Ramblers and Nightshift whenever the opportunity arises.

She is proud to say that one of the songs she wrote "Never Say Never" received honorable mention in the Songwriters of Canada Contest, 2005 and in 2007 was showcased in Peterborough Promotions along side of her peers.

"I wouldn't change any part of my life right now, it's what I've always wanted to do and I'm loving every minute of it."

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