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Spotlight on Patrick Barr

Patrick Barr wants what a lot of people want — to be famous.

Barr, 19, is a local musician who was the star in Mineral Area College Little Theatre Guild’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in November. He was active in North County’s jazz band and choir, and then Mineral Area College’s jazz band and choirs.

Right now, he’s taking a break from any college plans. He’s working on a five-track demo CD with Blue Creek called, “Maybe St. Louis.” He hopes it will be released in late September or October.

He’s also working on an independent label. He plans to have videos and music on YouTube, iTunes, Amazon and hopefully Pandora.

The goal after the release of the demo is to get his name out there in any way he can.

Barr’s music is mostly R&B but he’s got one song on the CD that is rock and another song with a reggae feel.

He sings, writes his own music and plays the piano.

Over the past few years, he’s played at Bauhaus Kaffee, The Vault, Thousand Oaks and Vance Vineyards. He hasn’t had many gigs recently because he’s working on music for this CD and planning a move to St. Louis, where he hopes there will be more opportunities.

He loves to write music. He loves the bright lights and the stage. With the support and critiques of his musically inclined family members, Barr has confidence in his talents.

“I think I’m pretty good,” said Barr, a 2011 graduate of North County. “ And we are going to find out if other people feel the same way.”

He wants to let other people enjoy his music and hopes it leads to his goal of touring and making a name for himself. 

He can’t imagine his life without music. When he was 12, he made a Christian CD of 12 songs. When he was 16, he wrote his first love song.

There are some days - pretty much every day - he just has to get his hands on some piano keys. If he feels angry or down, he likes to play and sing his heart out.

“I don’t know what I’d do without music,” he said. “I’d be a totally different person ... It’s my passion. It’s my life.

Barr has several musical influences.

“I started out in jazz and jazz will always be a real passion of mine,” he said.

He admires Frank Sinatra.

“He was such a cool guy,” Barr said. “He had it all - the voice and everyone loved him.”

He also admires John Legend because he has so much soul in his music.

And Drake because he lyrics are real. Barr finds his music inspirational, especially his beats. He said the music has so many layers.

“Music isn’t just what you hear; it’s about what you feel,” he said.

Besides pursuing his own music and perhaps trying to get in the acting scene, Barr would like to eventually produce music for other people and help people out the way his producer has helped him out.

If things don’t work out, he knows there “college will always be there.”

You can find Barr on Facebook and Twitter.

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