Top Flight North Coast Vocalists Barbara Barrett & John Morton live on Nighttown Stage!
Featuring: Barbara Barrett-vocals, John Morton-vocals, Ed Ridley-piano, Aidan Plank-acoustic bass, & Elijah Gilmore-drums.
Presented in Association with Quad City Productions.
Along with generous vocal range, Barbara Barrett's song styling is supported by early training in music theory, flute, piano, and voice. Starting with piano at a young age, she progressed to and continued with music theory, and flute, finally finding her love of vocals at the age of thirteen. Barbara went all the way to receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, from the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music. After graduation, her love for European classical music afforded her success with The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and The Blossom Festival Chorus, including performances at Carnegie Hall, and in Chautauqua, New York.
When Karamu House presented Scott Joplin's opera "Treemonisha", Barbara was given the lead role of Monisha, and won the 2000-2001 Actor's Guild Award for Best Female Vocalist. As a solo artist over the last several years, she has focused mainly on jazz standards, but has included generous portions of blues, soul, gospel, and R&B, which gives her renditions of the standards, fresh creativity without compromising the classic nature of the songs.
John Morton has been one of the most dynamic in-demand vocalists in Northeast Ohio ever since he played his first professional gig nearly 40 years ago. His warm husky baritone is immediately recognizable to musicians and audiences alike. Rich and round, full of life, subtle when necessary, aggressive at the drop of a drumstick, his voice has been polished and matured through thousands of performances.
He began singing in his father’s gospel choir when he was just five years old. The same neighborhood produced the ever popular vocalist James Ingram, who was a childhood friend. That gospel upbringing, that fervent style that only church singing can inspire has stayed with him ever since. That was his training ground.
After a long and storied apprenticeship in Ohio John left for California. While out West John sang with Montuno St., a widely renowned California Salsa band. He also associated with the Yellowjackets, the Pete Escavedo Orchestra, and Tower of Power. He polished his voice some more strengthened it and became ‘the man’ in front of the band.
Since returning to Northeast Ohio to be with family John has been extremely busy. His incredible talent has been highly in demand.