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Reimagined: Mercury

by Terry Barber

This reinvention of his biggest hit songs honors legendary artist, Freddie Mercury's love for classical music, and his roots in Africa and India.
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Somebody to Love (feat. Ryan Marquez, Amy Greenhalgh, Ben Kesler, Joe Winters & Carl Nappa)
5:10 $1.29
2. Love of My Life (feat. Amy Greenhalgh, Joe Winters & Alina Kiryayeva)
3:35 $1.29
3. You're My Best Friend (feat. Ryan Marquez, Amy Greenhalgh, Ben Kesler, Joe Winters & Carl Nappa)
3:14 $1.29
4. Killer Queen (feat. Alina Kiryayeva, Amy Greenhalgh & Carl Nappa)
3:02 $1.29
5. Radio Ga Ga (feat. Justin Bartoo, Carl Nappa & Joe Winters)
4:11 $1.29
6. Bohemian Rhapsody (feat. Alina Kiryayeva, Amy Greenhalgh & Joe Winters)
6:00 $1.29
7. We Are the Champions (feat. Alina Kiryayeva, Amy Greenhalgh & Joe Winters)
3:01 $1.29
8. The Great Pretender
3:26 $1.29
9. I'm Going Slightly Mad (feat. Justin Bartoo, Carl Nappa & Joe Winters)
4:18 $1.29
10. Who Wants to Live Forever (feat. Alina Kiryayeva, Amy Greenhalgh & Joe Winters)
4:04 $1.29
11. The Show Must Go On (feat. Justin Bartoo & Carl Nappa)
4:26 $1.29
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Album Notes
Drawing on my fascination with, and extensive research on, rock legend Freddie Mercury, I created the live “Mercury” tour in 2019. In the tour, the audience relives the songs that made Freddie famous and also gets to know him as a person through his life story and actual quotes.

In this concept recording, it is my intention not only to unabashedly deliver this art with the flamboyance and bravado that it requires, but also to include African or Indian elements (Freddie was born in Zanzibar and attended boarding school in Panchgani, India) when it enhances the musical landscape.

For example, in our versions of “Radio Ga Ga” and “The Show Must Go On,” one can hear use of Oud, Sitar, and additional nonwestern instruments. Also, we added a drum pattern to “Bohemian Rhapsody” based on “Dunumba” which is heard in Guinea as a ceremonial display of strength, bravery, and courage. With courage and strength, Freddie faced discrimination because of his race and sexuality. Freddie’s friends have even suggested that the song is an apology to his mother as he came to grips with his identity, killing his former self.

As a musical innovator and lover of classical music, Freddie combined classical and rock in his own way, pioneering the crossover classical genre. Co-producers, Carl Nappa (The Hit Factory, NYC) and I have taken many of the songs in a more classical direction. Our hope is that Freddie would be proud of this reinvention of his work.

Terry Barber, Countertenor
Mmus Historically Informed Performance
Trinity College of Music London UK
Copyright 2019 rEvolv Music

Internationally acclaimed countertenor, Terry Barber, is equally at home on the concert, opera, and musical theater stage, and in the recording studio. Past member of the Grammy winning group, Chanticleer, he has been a soloist at many of the best venues around the world, from the Metropolitan Opera to Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall. He can be heard on recordings with a variety of artists from Madonna to the London Philharmonic, and his most recent solo album was considered for 6 Grammy nominations.

Terry Barber began his education as a double major in engineering and music at Northwestern University we he completed the musical theater program and a music technology certificate. He received his Master degree in historically informed performance degree and a postgraduate certificate with distinction from Trinity College of Music, London. Barber has also completed at certificate course in nonprofit management from Duke University.

Barber is founder of Artists For A Cause Inc., a nonprofit which supports artists who serve community needs.

I’d like to dedicate this recording to the late Jack Starr, an entertainment industry entrepreneur whose intention it was to co-produce the “Mercury” tour with me. Jack was a great partner and friend, and I think of him every time I perform this incredible music.

Terry Barber, Vocals
Alina Kiryayeva, Piano
Amy Greenhalgh, Strings, Electric Violin, Bass
Joe Winters, Drums & Percussion
Ryan Marquez, Keyboards
Carl Nappa, Electric Bass, Additional Percussion
Justin Bartoo, Additional Production
Ben Kesler, Guitar
Carl Nappa Engineering
Terry Barber, Additional Engineering
John Rogliano, Digital Editing
Dreya Rises Assistant Engineer

Arrangements by Terry Barber, Carl Nappa, and Amy Greenhalgh
Produced by Terry Barber & Carl Nappa
Ben Kesler Mastering



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