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There’s something about the look on his face when he plays one of the guitars he is so in love with, and the way his eyes are lit from inside says it all.  This man is living his dream.  He’s been all about his music since he was 6, but it was only 12 years ago that he said yes to the dream.  As in wholeheartedly – with a commitment as long and as clear as any whole note he ever sang.

Barry Cloyd is a singer, song-writer, multi-instrumentalist, historian, and theatrical performer. He tours the world with his guitar and his voice, primarily as a solo artist. Ireland. Baja. New Orleans. Peoria. Chicago. Gilman. England, Wales, and the Caribbean. And everywhere he goes, he gathers more fans. Barry also fronts a duo called “Clones”, and a band named “Celtricity”, a jam band/fusion group that weaves together the genres of Folk, Celtic, Blues, Roots, World and Barry’s original music. He also co-founded a touring theatre company which creates and produces original musical theatre based on the history of the Prairie and Great Lakes States with friend, Brian “Fox” Ellis, of Prairie Folklore Theatre. 

His style is unique and all his own.  It’s a blend of the blues he loves so much, with genres of Folk, Celtic, Original and Roots music. Barry admits to being open to influence, especially of those who came before.  “I try not to copy people, and I try always to be true to what’s coming from inside.” One important influence is Dan Fogelberg. “We used to double date in high school,” he quipped. “Dan was a brilliant singer and songwriter.” Barry was one of the forces behind creating the annual Dan Fogelberg Tribute Concert and returns each year to be a part of it.  He loves to sing. He loves to play. And he really loves to compose. Most of the material in his performances is his own. “I love music with a past and I love to combine genres of music, like tribal based music, with a heartbeat that drives it all.”  

When he performs, it’s quite obvious he’s in another world. And yet, he connects with his audience with a fun, easy banter back and forth - no matter where in the world he is. “This is where I am the happiest. On a stage. Singing and playing my music for people, trying to give enough to make them happy. Live performance is the ultimate musical experience – for the artist and audience both.” Make no mistake, this is hard work. 

Barry’s mastery of music and of his many stringed instruments is remarkable and has taken decades of practice. He’s kind, he’s humble, and seems not to have ever met a stranger, and I suppose it is really these qualities that invite his audiences in. Well, and the music! His voice is at once soulful and joyful, his songs are his own

and he gives them with a rare kind of confident abandon. He does make his audiences happy. Barry’s lifelong love affair with music began at age 6, when he had his first guitar lesson. “I wrote my first song when I was 9. My Mother was a musician and she had it copyrighted for me.” He laughs with a catch in his throat, “My Mom taught me how to sing harmony standing at the kitchen sink while we were doing dishes. Every day, we’d stand at that sink and sing.” Barry’s come a long way since the days of singing at the kitchen sink. He records in Nashville, in the company of some of the all time greats in the music industry.

The Carter brothers (as in Johnny Cash’s in-laws), members of Amy Grant’s, Stephen Stills’ and Emmy Lou Harris’ bands.  Barry's latest CD, Spirit Dance, is an all original CD featuring 11 of his newer songs. The title and cover are taken from a painting he did after his own “vision quest”, the Native American spiritual journey.  Spirit Dance can be purchased through CDBaby.com and ITunes, as well as two of his earlier CD’s, Rainmaker’s Garden and The Wind and The Water.  He’s currently working on his 10th CD. Perhaps as exciting for a guy who loves guitars, Barry recently signed a contract with Recording King Guitars as their endorser.  Barry was at the mid-point in his life before he finally said yes to his dream of playing music full time.  “I worked my back-up plan for 32 years. You know, the day job that turned into a career. I kept my hand in music and theatre, but I was living the life everyone else expected me to live. But you know, in my heart, I was always wishing I could have a life doing what I love.” It was 2000, the year of the NewMillennium, when Barry’s entire life changed. “All at once, my life fell apart. My career in sales and marketing ended. My marriage ended. I lost everything but myself and my daughter. I realized that I had been living a life of quiet desperation for years and that life had made me sad. Really sad. And I was tired of being sad. It was then that I knew it was time for me to finally be all me, no matter what or how long it took. I desperately wanted to create a new life for myself doing exactly what I love. So I took a leap. And here I am doing what I love and getting paid to do it!” 

Looking back, Barry said he sees clearly that once he made a commitment to creating a life he wanted, doing what he loves, the doors weren’t difficult to open. “There were more than a few ‘hungry years’ in the beginning, there’s no roadmap for this life! With the help and encouragement of loving friends, I began to believe in myself. Not as in my ego, as in this is my goal and I am not quitting. As in I can do this. I jumped and I’ve never looked back.”  He went on to say, “The commitment thing is huge, it is the driving force. I really believe that until a person commits, no matter how old you are, you are in many ways, still a child.  The really great thing is, once you do, you get to create exactly the life you want.” Want to know more? Follow Barry on Facebook (BarryCloyd) and visit his website, www.barrycloyd.com. Within the next few months, you’ll also be able to hear Barry’s Chicago Acoustic Underground Podcast at either ITunes or www.chicagoacoustic.net. This is yet another new gig that could just escalate Barry’s career beyond his wildest dreams. 

It takes time (years) and practice to be good at anything. Barry Cloyd is very good at what he does.  Singing, playing and composing music is what Barry was born to do; it’s what he’s supposed to do.  Like the sun is supposed to shine. 

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