With one of the most distinctive musical styles
in the industry, he pushes the boundaries of conventional jazz, expands the
repertoire of Gospel Jazz and Worship, and creates shimmering, modern POP standards.
career, Songwriter/Pianist/Worship Leader/Producer, Barry D. has been celebrated for a
surprisingly wide variety of impressive accomplishments, beginning with his
stunning piano work as an eight year-old child prodigy.
“God put it on my heart to go play the piano for the church
service and gave me the ability to play songs that I had never played before.
It was an overwhelming experience.
From that point, I worked to enhance the gift God had given me.”
Before his 14th birthday, Barry D. had already
written, financed and produced his first demo album.
Discipline and inspiration combined to blow open
the doors for Barry D. to attend Florida’s prestigious New World School for the Arts, and his discipline propelled him to the top of his
class. After making a name for himself in Miami, Barry D. moved half a
continent away to the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was
there that he learned to merge the theoretical with the practical. It was also
a wake-up call for the prodigiously talented young man, because for the first time
he found himself surrounded by a class full of musicians whose innate abilities
equaled his own including Grammy Winner
Roy Hargrove, Lalah Hathaway, Delfeyo Marsalis, Geoff Keezer, Susan Tedeschi, Paula Cole and many others.
The combined diligence
and inspiration that had propelled Barry D. through his younger days molded him
into the quintessential sideman in Boston’s burgeoning jazz and R&B scene.
After graduating, he tackled some of New York’s hottest music halls, who soon
became intimately acquainted with the rising star’s mesmerizing music that
tickled the imagination with elements of light jazz, R&B, pop, rock and
gospel. He shared the stage with such superstars as Phil Collins, Sounds Of
Blackness, Sister Sledge, Mint Condition, Jaci Velasquez, Natalie Grant and
Helen Baylor; recorded with industry giants like R. Kelly, David Foster, Mario
Winans, Linda Eder, Gordon Chambers, Junior Vazquez, and Donna Summer; and wrote songs for such popular recording artists
as gospel legend Marvin Sapp. Major labels pursued him for his scintillating
ability on the piano. Off-Broadway theater companies wanted him for his
cinematic musical sensibilities. Barry was one of the main Keyboard Players for a Cameron Makintosh production called, "Moby Dick". And after an appearance in a national TV
commercial, Barry was courted by one of New York’s hottest talent agency, Abrams Artist,
hoping to represent him.
In addition, his work has
garnered him nominations for The Los Angeles Music Awards, The Independent Music Awards, the GMA Dove Awards, and the Stellar Awards. Barry
is also a past winner in the prestigious Billboard songwriting
contest and a finalist in the distinguished John Lennon songwriting contest. His Songwriting skills earned him a call from the Sidney Olympic Commitee looking to use his song for the 2002 Olympics. Barry’s work has also been featured in numerous publications
and Radio Broadcast around the World.
Never one to stand still, Barry D.’s constant
desire to grow and evolve musically has earned him admiration and recognition—and
kept the critics guessing. So it should come as no surprise that his latest
offering, The Piano Player defies categorization. With its hip sophistication,
soulful swing, exquisite musical phrasing and depth of emotion, The Piano
sounds more like a conversation than a performance.