Since arriving on the Singer/Songwriter pop scene with his personal approach to composition - evident in his song “Low and Going Down” - Barry Goold has flourished into an accomplished performer with a gift for melody and content delivered with positive intentions and a high level of integrity. Over the years, Goold has written over a thousand songs and has built contacts with music supervisors who regularly ask him to write songs to submit to film and TV projects. Several songs were written for such projects as Stuart Little 2, Undercover Brother and Desperate Housewives.
Influenced heavily by giants like Elton John, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, Bruce Hornsby, James Taylor, and Carole King, Barry generally considers himself a throwback to 1970’s singer/songwriters who have used intelligent lyrics and tinges of spirituality and rhythm to express their ideas and experiences.
Barry Goold was born in a small town in New Brunswick, Canada, and is the son of a United Church of Canada minister. His family moved every couple of years, but he spent most of his childhood in the suburbs of Montreal. While pursuing a Bachelor’s degree from Montreal’s Concordia University in Music Composition and Theory, Barry recorded several songs under the guidance of Ben Kaye (now co-manager of Celine Dion), which were released in Canada. He toured Europe as a member of a professional Baroque vocal ensemble, taught elementary school music and wrote singing telegrams, all while performing in jazz, folk and pop clubs. Daily Variety mentioned his score for the Canadian film Eva: Guerillera as one of the film’s highlights.
Barry eventually moved to Toronto, where he played shows and focused on perfecting his craft as a songsmith. He later moved to New York where he continued composing music and found his voice by blending personal experiences into a mosaic of magical hooks that inspire people to feel good about who they really are. After a visit to a songwriting conference in Nashville, Barry decided to move to that city and joined the creative community there, working several jobs in the Nashville music industry including working at the famous Bluebird Cafe with owner Amy Kurland. Barry finally found his way to his dream destination of Los Angeles where he currently resides.
Once the decision to record a project of his own was made, Barry found himself creatively inspired which resulted in the songs on the CD Knockin’ On Another Door. The tunes were produced with A-list Nashville session musicians and award-winning producer Wayne Haun.
Barry’s CD offers a new twist on a classic approach to songwriting. The songs on the new album are polished, radio-ready and available for purchasing at iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon and other retailers.
“For many years I wrote songs that I thought other people wanted because of a specific request,” he says. “So for this project I decided to write songs that I felt passionate about, and were a complete expression of who I am and what I believe. That’s what led me to write every song on the CD, and consider it as an extension of myself as an artist and, even more appropriately, as an openly gay artist. It’s who I am.”
Fortunately for music fans, Barry has persevered over the many challenges he’s experienced as a crossover-gay songwriter and Knockin’ On Another Door is literally doing more than just “knockin,’” it’s ringing bells and receiving the attention of industry representatives and media from all over the world.