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Barbara Markay

BARBARA has studied piano since she was a child. At the precocious age of ten she won a scholarship to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music where she graduated from the college division as a composer and pianist. She has worked with some of the top names in the industry, ranging from Quincy Jones, Martin Scorcese, & Michael Jackson (in the production of the “Bad” video) to Eric Clapton, Carly Simon and George Duke, and doing musical arrangements for the Saturday Night Live Band. She has performed with Bruce Willis, singing back up with his blues band, The Accelerators.

Barbara first started her pop career on a college tour with her group in England. Markay continued to write humorously-risqué material for her next group, Little Lulu and The Humpers. Their show, a rock musical revue, was sold out for two shows each night for two months in Miami Beach, Florida. The revue relocated to New York City and played at the famous Half Note Club.

In the 80’s she had a hit record called “It’s Allrite” put out by WEA International in Holland for the European , Asian and South American market. It became #16 on the Billboard pop charts. The next year she had another hit in France called
“ I Don’t Wanna be a Zombie” put out by the Musicdisc France Label. It became #2 on the French dance charts.

At 17, Barbara spent the summer touring southern Italy as a violinist with the American Festival Orchestra and playing piano with their chamber music group.
After graduation Barbara formed The Girl Scouts, a group of women singers featuring five-part harmony and singing Markay’s pop songs. At a performance at Rykers Island Women’s Prison, tunes like "Vibrator Blues" and "Women in Jail" incited inmates to rush the stage and guards to draw weapons, although a full scale riot was narrowly avoided.

Markay began recording original pop music with salsa-dance influences. Performing under her own name with her own band, she toured Europe extensively which led to a record deal with WEA International. The label released the single "It’s Allrite" which went to #16 on Billboard magazine’s European pop charts (the song also was released in Asia and South America). The next year she had another hit in France on the Musicdisc label with "I Don’t Want To Be A Zombie" which went to #2 on the dance charts in that country.
She was one of the very first people to form her own record label, My Thing Music, and record, produce and release her own record, and have a hit. “It’s Allrite” first became a hit in the U.S. in the dance clubs, where, at the time, if the D.J. liked the song, they would play it based on requests and popular demand. It climbed to #1 on all the dance charts within a couple of weeks, and stayed there for the next 5 months, and the 12” disc was sold in record stores all over the U.S. Eventually she got a call from WEA International in Holland who wanted to more fully release the song worldwide, and the rest is history!

"After I returned to New York City, I met my first meditation teacher and it completely changed the personal and musical path I was on." Barbara recorded her first album, CHANGE TO COME. The music was pop-oriented, but the lyrics, on songs such as “Change to come”, "Woman of Light", “Hands of the Artist” and "Wake Up and Live," were beginning to show the spiritual evolution she was going through. She also started listening to Ravi Shankar and gospel groups such as Reverend Milt Brunson and the Mississippi Mass Choir. In addition, Barbara worked as an assistant to Leon Pendarvis (a well-known arranger for acts such as Eric Clapton, Whitney Houston and George Duke) which included programming synthesizers and other studio work. Pendarvis wrote additional music at the beginning and end of the Michael Jackson video for "Bad," produced by Quincy Jones and directed by Martin Scorcese, and Markay did synth programming on the project as well as on Carly Simon’s COMING AROUND AGAIN album.

Markay then moved to Los Angeles where she performed with Bruce Willis, singing backup with his blues group The Accelerators. She also wrote, recorded and released her second album, the world-pop-Latin-jazz HEART LIKE A SONG. "I was listening to a lot of Buena Vista Social Club, Los Van Van and Sidestepper at the time." The album continued to explore spiritual themes with songs such as "All Is One." In addition, Barbara co-wrote, co-produced and performed on the recording CANCIONES ROMANTICAS by Joseph Lecuona, part of a legendary Cuban musical family (his mother Margarita Lecuona, whom Joseph performed with, was a famous singer-songwriter who wrote the song “Babalu” performed by Desi Arnaz on the I Love Lucy Show, and his great uncle Ernesto Lecuona who composed the classic "Malaguena".

For two years Markay was invited to sing "The Great Invocation" at a gathering at Mount Shasta celebrating the Tibetan Wesak Festival. She put this new age prayer to her original music and recorded it as a single.

Regarding her SHAMBHALA DANCE album, Markay says, "My intent was to create music that would give the listener a boost in the direction of higher consciousness."
SHAMBHALA DANCE went to #3 on the national NEW AGE REPORTER charts. The seven songs – ranging in length from seven to nine-and-a-half-minutes – were written, arranged and produced by Markay, who also plays keyboards and sings on the three vocal tracks. She is joined by Alberto de Almar (Alicia Keys, Keiko Matsui, Doug Cameron) on flamenco and electric guitars, Eric Gorfain (Grant Lee Phillips, Lisa Lynne, Lowen & Navarro) on violin, Tim May (Stan Getz, Les McCann, Michael Feinstein, Lionel Ritchie, Sarah Brightman) on electric guitar, Joseph Lecuona (Jon Anderson, Judy Collins) on vocals, among others.
Markay brings a wealth of musical experience to the project. She graduated from prestigious Juilliard College, had salsa dance hits in Europe, wrote and performed a musical comedy revue in Miami Beach and New York City, sang backup with Bruce Willis and his blues band, wrote arrangements for the Saturday Night Live Band, did synthesizer programming on a Carly Simon album and the Michael Jackson "Bad" video, and composed music for India’s revered spiritual teacher Sathya Sai Baba.

Barbara’s latest release is “Our House”, a funk, R&B based single which she wrote, arranged, produced and performs.

Music & Lyrics by Barbara Markay

This is Our House
The one we built together
Our House
Lets make it last forever
Our House
Lets put it back together
Our House
Lets make it last forever

verse 1:
It's hard to see the basement
When you're way up on the roof
And the people in the garden
Who are searching for the truth

When everyone's together
Nobody can agree
There's some termites in the woodwork
And if they could only see

verse 2:
There's someone from the guest room
Who wants something to eat
People living in the kitchen
Send him back out to the street

Kids playing in the back yard
Tearing up the plants, oh oh
Gonna turn it to a sandbox
Where nothin' will every grow

There's a blindman in the attic
Telling everyone what to do
And I can hear him yelling
But I can't see his point of view

He's telling everybody
He's got the right of way
Well some people will listen
To what anybody say (Chorus)

c & p 1990 barbara markay (ASCAP)
My Thing Music Publishing (ASCAP)
Music & Lyrics by Barbara Markay
Performed, produced & arranged by Barbara Markay