Ray Charles heard Barbara Levy Daniels sing when she was only 12 years old. He’d been asked by the President of ABC Paramount Records to listen in as she auditioned for a label deal. Charles said, “Sign her right away”, and they did.
Over the next few years, Barbara Lyons (as she called herself then) traveled back and forth from her family home in Buffalo to New York City where she performed and recorded singles written by Carole King and arranged by Dick Wess (“Mack the Knife”) among other Brill Building luminaries. She also recorded a children’s album for Chubby Jackson, Woody Herman’s bass player.
After taking a break from performing, Barbara celebrated her return with the release of her CD titled “They’re Writing Songs Of Love”. That was followed by her second album, titled “Peel Me a Grape”. Both records received rave reviews.
She performs regularly again, having graced stages as nearby as NY State and as distant as Cuba and Vietnam.
Barbara has studied with music giants such as Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Janet Planet, and Nancy Kelly, producer of her latest CD, “Love Lost and Found”.