Bio

Enthusiasts are appealing                                                but fanatics are irresistible.

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 I can’t say enough about Barbara. She has so much charisma and flair, and such impeccable musical taste. She respects what the songs can do and delivers them on their own terms. –Bob, St. Paul

Everything was fantastic, as always! Barbara Meyer is definitely one of the top performers in the cities. Her Billie Holiday rendition is spot on. -ABV patron

Each of Barbara’s musical endeavors is available to YOU! She will provide the  incarnation to suit your needs – a folk/soul connection, something spiritual, a soothing musical backdrop – she will work closely with you to make your event perfect. Scroll down for ideas, then contact her immediately! Just sayin’…

Songstress & Roots Music Woman:

Known for her remarkable ability to take over the stage and capture her audience, Barbara Meyer engulfs the listener in spirals of deep and soulful lyrics. Her own songs weave undertones of her playful humor as well as her intrinsic spirituality, giving her music a timeless relevance. Her extensive background in theatre, coupled with a Master’s degree in opera from the University of Iowa, has honed her vocals into the ultimate tool of expression and communication. She performs regularly throughout the Twin Cities, and is praised for both her live performances and her studio work. Her genre-jumping ability is huge, encompassing jazz, roots rock & reggae, Broadway, gospel, folk, and cabaret, creating a distinctive and electrifying performance every time. And if you’re extra lucky, you’ll catch her hula-hooping shtick…

The ace in the hole beyond music that we have is Barbara and her ability to take over the stage. She sings well, writes cool songs, looks incredible, and has acting experience to top off an impressive musical resume. She does a larger than life presentation, filled with expressiveness and art. She owns the stage, no apologies, no second thoughts, just all out expression. Music is her mission. – Bill, Buffalo

Emergency Personnel: Stan Kipper (drums), Bill Hulett (bass), Park Evans (guitar), Andy Shaffer (saxophone).

Barbara also humbly and joyfully performs with A Salute to the Music of Bob Dylan, a tribute band comprised of stellar Twin Cities’ rockers. Some nice press: http://pioneerproductions.blogspot.com/2014/04/introducing-barbara-meyer-another.html

Cabaret Chanteuse:

Barbara designed and performed, along with her compatriot Phil Mattson (pianist extraordinaire), Down & Up With Love: the Truth From Harold Arlen – a poignant and revealing journey through some of Arlen’s best and least known tunes.

She also works with piano wizard Liz Lupien to actively and frequently re-create their duo, Situation Bamboo. They are currently presenting their delightfully quirky show, Let’s Get Away! It’s a savvy and inspired treasure trove of tunes from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s, all with exotic travel themes.

Jazz Artist:

Barbara headlines several Twin Cities jazz groups as well: the Barbara Meyer Trio – classic and deep track jazz standards;  Imaginary Numbers – a hot jazz quartet; Wild Honey – R&B, gospel, funk, and more; and World Beat Connection – jazz, Dixieland, & gospel.

She sang tunes from Gershwin, Porter, Carmichael, Ellington and others for our 45th wedding anniversary. The Barbara Meyer Trio sang, inspired, and entertained us – we were captivated by her amazing talent and charm. We plan to have her back every year!  – Ken, Roseville

Soloist:

Barbara performs as a soloist at weddings, funerals, church services, etc., and is also an ordained minister. THINK of the possibilities! And contact her.

Barbara holds a Master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Iowa, where she studied opera. Meyer also sang Afro-Cuban Rock as a member of Minneapolis’ seminal ensemble One World. Her musical roots further encompass Broadway show tunes, gospel, and rock & roll.  She has been compared to such vocalists as Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Erykah Badu, and Natalie Merchant, and draws as much critical praise for her live performances as she does for her work in the studio. Bottom line, if you enjoy genuine, home-grown artistry, you will love Barbara Meyer.

Theatrical endeavors (highlights):

Jesus (love) in Godspell on Madeline Island, Wisconsin – the best August week I’ve ever experienced

Flo (a codependent Vaudevillian daughter) in the Minneapolis Fringe Show Mimi’s Last Rehearsal with Theatre Zero

Fraulein Kost (a German prostitute) in Frank Theatre’s Cabaret

Miss Hannigan (a raging orphanage operator) in Lake Harriet Players’ Annie

Snail (a misunderstood mail carrier) in (also) LHP’s A Year with Frog and Toad

Sicinius in Flaneur Productions’ presentation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus

Mary Magdalene (a virgin in love) in LHP’s Jesus Christ Superstar

Musician & Actor in Binky Woods’ Vagina Monologues

Vocalist & Dancer in Shawn McConneloug’s Palace of Dreams

Various characters in Riverside Theatre’s production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Another Planet…

I sometimes think that’s where I started: some deep, distant planet in a faraway galaxy. But then I think that I’d understand more about astrophysics if that were true, so Earth must be my place. My take on music and theatre is Earthy – based on substance and truth and gritty reality. Like mud. But then it moves into the Airy aspects of spreading out, taking on, letting go, and connecting to All. Fire intensifies it, burnishes and refines it to a strong, presentable force. And ultimately, my Water sign keeps it fluid and enveloping. What does that MEAN, you ask? Well, I invite you to come listen to one of my fabulous bands play music for you, or attend a theatre performance for your personal artistic edification. I say all this as not just me, but as the Me that is molded and cradled and nourished by the excellent performers and directors and family and friends (yes – you) who join me at every turn. I am blessed. Shine your light! And remember: love everybody. It’s easier and less painful than any alternative.

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