Known in Beach Music circles as the keyboardist/vocalist/producer of 3 of it's most enduring groups, The Catalinas, The Entertainers and The Embers, Johnny Barker is now offering his services as a solo performer. In addition to performing with the Legends of Beach and operating his studio...Barker Productions, where much of the "sound of beach music" originates, Johnny is also very proficient in jazz and solo piano, perfect for background dinner music. (weddings & rehearsal dinners)
Any fan of Carolina Beach Music knows the song, that Johnny wrote and produced in 1975, the trend setting "Summertime's Callin' Me" , originally recorded by The Catalinas. According to BMI, it is still played regularly on radio stations, internet streams and iPods around the world and was listed in Rolling Stone magazine as the number 6 most popular Beach Music song ever. It was the first of it's kind and is credited for being partially responsible for the new direction of "Carolina Beach Music" that followed. Among numerous other awards, Johnny was presented with the "Lifetime Achievment Award" at the Carolina Beach Music Awards in 2003. His vocal rendition/arrangement of "Summerwind", originally recorded by Frank Sinatra, was one of the top ten most popular Beach Music songs of 2007 according to 94.9, The Surf in Myrtle Beach. Thru the years he has appeared in shows with The Temptations, The Four Tops, Sonny & Cher, Little Anthony & the Imperials, The Tams, Chairmen of the Board, The Shirelles, The Marveletts, Herman's Hermits, Lee Dorsey, Wilson Picket, Rufus Thomas, James Brown, Barry White, Bobby Hebb, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, Martha Reeves, Sugarloaf, Dionne Warwick, The Muppets Orchestra, Bobby Vinton, Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Walker, The Guess Who, The North Carolina Symphony, etc,. etc.
Hiring Johnny Barker brings 45+ years of musical professional to your event. No surprises (except good ones)
Myrtle Beach, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Durham, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Winston Salem, Charlotte, Wilmington,Myrtle Beach, Charleston,SC, Richmond, Va Beach, Hickory, Statesville.
If you are looking for a larger group, The Johnny Barker Project is a 7 piece variety band perfect for all age groups at weddings. JBP has a separate gigmasters.com account.
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New Year's Eve Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
I Love Beach MusicThe Embers
Summertimes Calliin MeThe Catalinas
Ms GraceThe Tymes
More Than a Number in my Little Red BookThe Drifters
Sixty Minute ManBilly Ward & the Dominoes
It's AlrightJJ Jackson
Lipstick TracesBenny Spellman
Emperor of my Baby's HeartPaul Craver
Don't Let the Geeen Grass Fool YaWilson Picket
Too Late to Turn Back NowThe Cornelius Bros & Sister Rose
Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Oscar Petersen, Chicago, Tower of Power, Rhythm & Blues, Count Basie,Motown,Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls, Maceo Parker,The Embers, The Catalinas, The Drifters,Earth Wind and Fire
in Weldon, NC
"Mr. Barker, was wonderful. Our dinner could not have been ant better. I do not think we could have picked a better person for the event!!!! Thanks again"
- Bracy B.
New Year's Eve Party
in Raleigh, NC
"John is someone I would call on again. He arrived promptly, dressed perfectly and was very much a gentleman and very good natured. We hired him to play our piano for our New Year's Eve party and he impressed everyone with his talent and knowledge of so many pieces.
John made our party special and memorable!"
- Joanne M.
in Holly Springs, NC
"Dear Johnny Barker,
We saw the smiles! Everyone is still talking about the event. An awesome walk in for all. We especially wish to thank you for working with us to compliment the style of music needed for our Christmas Holiday Event. Time went by so quickly, we were amazed how everyone was having such a great time wanting to dance more. Your smooth singing and usage of DJ songs for the young and old made the event. Thanks LB
- Lilly B.
in Raleigh, NC
"John was absolutely amazing - professional and very talented! We look very forward to having him play again for future parties!!"
- Mary H.
in Clayton, NC
"John was very enjoyable during our holiday event. Thank you!"
- Kimberly R.
in Pinehurst, NC
Thanks so much for playing at our wedding reception. Everyone commented on how wonderful you were and LOVED the music. It was exactly what I wanted. I will recommend you to all my friends. Thanks for making my day very special.
Angel & Ed."
In addition to Wake Forest, Johnny Barker will also travel to Rolesville, Youngsville, Raleigh, Northside, Franklinton, Creedmoor, Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon, Louisburg, Kittrell, Butner, Durham, Cary, Stem, Garner, Morrisville, Middlesex, Spring Hope, Stovall
and many other locations in and around the Wake Forest area.
was rated an average of 5.0 stars out of
6 GigMasters clients.
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