Barb Elyett

Barb Elyett

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Blend half a cup of “soft rock,” with a quarter cup of “intelligent pop,” sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of black gospel and you’ve got the music of Barb Elyett!

Biography

“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be." - Abraham Maslow

This statement so perfectly describes the heart and desire of Contemporary Christian songwriter and singing prowess, Barb Elyett.

Passionate would be an understatement when it comes to Barb's love for music. Her voice is nothing less than dynamic and drips with compassion as she delivers songs that grab the attention of listeners. To see Barb perform is to experience her grassroots, child-like love for music that effortlessly exemplifies Maslow's statement " a musician must make music if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself."

Following the lead of artists like Loreena McKennitt, Barb established her own record label, Aleta Records, on which she recently released her debut CD, The Simple Side. Working with award-winning producer and engineer, Bill Buckingham (Carolyn Arends, Rita MacNeil), at The Palace Studios in Vancouver, BC, Barb has truly taken her talent to the next level.

10 out of the 11 songs on the album were written by Barb and the 11th song is a chilling self-arranged rendition of The Lord's Prayer that can truly blow your socks off! Track #5 "Come To Me," based on Matt 11:28, is a touching performance of Jesus' call to "come" that recently was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Billboard World Song Contest and other songs on the album like "Thorns and Fragrant Roses" and "The Simple Side" are currently receiving international airplay and accolades.

Combining Barb's unique ability for introspective, thought provoking lyrics, transcendent piano-based melodies and stirring vocals that contain the conviction of a preacher, Barb's album The Simple Side is sure to be timeless and undoubtedly a mainstay in CD players for years to come.

The title and theme of the album, The Simple Side, arose out of Barb's own desire to get back to the simplicity of knowing who she truly was at her core and expressing that. The more she searched, the more Barb started recognizing a oneness in her quest that pointed to God as the ultimate source of simplicity. Each song on the album therefore contains a scriptural "key" that opens a door to the "simple" or God-side of life. To know where she was and where she is now is to understand why Barb is often quoted as saying "no music...no life."

Throughout her journey, Barb performed on numerous occasions by invitation at Christian conferences and events and was a soloist for the Vancouver Outreach Community Soul Gospel Choir in which she performed at the historic Orpheum Theatre and St. Peter's Cathedral in Vancouver, BC as well as many churches in and around the Vancouver area.

After serving as musical director at her church for four years, she was invited to be a lead vocalist for the Ninth Hour Band. She continued to make regular appearances with them for two years. Barb also had the privilege of sharing the stage with Celine Dion at GM Place on her North American tour as well as gracing the independent movie scene with a riveting performance of Sweet Heart of Jesus in the movie Bad Money. She has also shared the stage with Michael Bublé and her vocal talent has been used extensively by the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Vancouver Jingle Industry.

"In every adversity there is a seed of equal or greater benefit." For me, the benefit of going through my own personal set of challenges was that it has put a desire in me to communicate hope and a better way to live to others that may have had a rough start in life. It is a joy to see how what I have learned from my experience is impacting others in a positive way."

Lyrics

Thorns and Fragrant Roses

Written By: Barb Elyett, Bill Buckingham

You and me walking together all these years and
You stuck with me, saw all I could be, and
Never gave up on me
And though the hurt in me it cut you and made you bleed
You still gave me water, cared for the hidden flower in me, now

You've turned those thorns into fragrant roses
Found a beauty in me that was never there before 'cuz
You've turned those thorns into fragrant roses
Made me into so much more

Always there, taking my hand, making a way
Through the hardest days, cheering me on, saying
We can do anything
And the silent victories you won with me everyday, now
How they make a beautiful bouquet 'cuz..chorus

Where would I be without you?
How could I live without you?
I don't want to know, wouldn't want to know
Where I'd be without you

Now you never stop giving me love, bringing me sun
To shine upon everything you've done
To grow this garden you've begun
And ever here you'll be bringing on blossoms
One by one, ever showing me, that I have overcome 'cuz.chorus

Where would I be without you?
How could I live without you?
I don't want to know, wouldn't want to know
Where I'd be without you..chorus

Come To Me

Written By: Barb Elyett

"Come to me, all ye that labor, and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." - Matt 11:28

I've been waiting for you and
I've seen the hurt and frustration you've been through
The tears you cried, the fears you hide,
The crumbled castles on your pride
Just close a door and say no more and
Leave your troubled mind behind

Come to me, I will give you rest
Come to me, I will give you peace
Come to me, I will be the strength that you need
Come to me, I will give you rest

I am right here for you
I want to see you through everything you do
I want to give you so much more than you can give yourself
Just put aside your trying, your tired hands and emptiness ..chorus

I am the light
That dispels the dark
And how I want to have you
To hold you and show you how much I love you

Come to me, I will give you rest
Come to me, I will give you peace

Come to me, I'll be your rest and
I'll be your peace and
I'll be your strength; I'll be your hope,
I'll be everything you need, oh come
I'll be your peace, oh
Come, come to me,
Come, if you come to me

The Simple Side

Written By: Barb Elyett, Bill Buckingham

I never knew life could be so smooth and easy
So peaceful and calm, steady walking along
Without a care in the world, wearing no more faces
No worries or doubts, and no easy outs 'cuz
God has simplified, my complicated life
And just hearing him say I'm okay gives me faith that I can stay on

The simple side of life, where who I am is okay
Simple side of life, take your complicated ways
Simple side of life, trusting everyday
The simple side of life is where I wanna stay

Don't try to turn me around, try to bring me down
Try to mix up my head, make me somebody else 'cuz
I was already there, shared a home with confusion
And living was tough, but his love was enough
To make a lighter load, help me find the road
He just carried away all the pain, gave me faith that I can stay on.chorus

Tell me over and over again, everywhere, every moment, every hour
Just who I am in you, 'cuz when I know the truth, it keeps me on

The simple side of life
Wanna stay on the simple side
The simple side of life ...chorus

It's simple, simple, it's simple
It's simple, simple, God meant it to be
Simple, simple, it's simple,
Simple, simple, simple

Amazed

Written By: Barb Elyett

I stand in wonder when I look at you
Amazed and star-struck by all you do
I want to be with you all my life
And spend each moment in your precious sight
And love you, and hold you,
Be lost in you, that's forever what I want to do

A single gentle touch, a simple word or two
They wrap me like a ring 'round your finger and you
I want to live in the magic of who you are
And feel like I could fly higher than the stars
And love you, and hold you,
Be lost in you, that's forever what I want to do 'cuz

I can't live without you in my life and
You are the cure for this aching need inside

I want to love you, and hold you,
Be lost in you, that's forever what I want to do

I stand in wonder when I look at you
Amazed and star-struck by all you do

Only You Know

Written By: Barb Elyett, Bill Buckingham

I wrote this song during the last few weeks of Barb Heuvelman's life, a family friend in her early 40's, who valiantly battled cancer for six years. Her faith, even until the end, was an inspiration.

My days are coming to a close
I can tell by the feeling in my bones
When will I take my last breath?
When will I see you face to face?
Only you know, only you know
Where will these winds blow; only you know

Is it fair to feel so much pain?
I wish that someone could explain
Why this is how the story sometimes goes
And why the miracles I hoped for didn't show, but
Only you know, only you know,
Where will these winds blow; only you know

How I've battled burning questions in my mind
How I've cried alone praying for more time
How I've tried to understand what I can't seem to comprehend
How I've learned to trust when human reason ends

So here I am in an unavoidable surrender
And what can I say but that your ways are higher than mine and
Even if I have to force these words through
Tears running down my face and
Fears trying to break my faith but
I know there's a special kind of grace
When I say that only you know
Where will these winds blow; only you know

Home

Written By: Barb Elyett, Bill Buckingham

Seems I've spent a lifetime searching for a place to call my own

The perfect bed to lay my head, a peace I'd never known
But every place just felt empty somehow
I didn't know I was looking for something I already had 'cuz

Home is wherever you are,
Home is wherever my heart is
Home is wherever you are,
Home is wherever my heart is
And my heart is with you

It's not the four walls around me or the roof above my head
It's not the name of the town, the population, the scenery painted there
It's not the weather, the place on the map
It's not the name of the street or the address no ...chorus

I can be a million miles around the globe
But I don't worry no more, 'cuz I know, oh I know
You are with me wherever I go
And you are every comfort of home ...chorus

I'm home, I'm home

Discography

The Simple Side

Set List

Barb's typical set list includes all or most of the songs from her new album, The Simple Side:

The Simple Side
Thorns and Fragrant Roses
Home
Falling Forward
Come To Me
Abandoned Nets
Only You Know
Amazed
The Jewel
Beautiful
The Lord's Prayer

Barb's sets run a maximum of 90 minutes or anything less than that.

Regular cover songs include:

Foot-stomping gospel ex: O Happy Day, I Go to the Rock
Can't Live A Day - Avalon
Alabaster Box - CeCe Winans
El Shaddai - Amy Grant
People Get Ready - Eva Cassidy
This Little Light of Mine
Traditional hymns arranged by Barb ex: Seek Ye First, Holy Holy Holy, Amazing Grace