Bar Scott

Bar Scott

 Woodstock, New York, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

"Her voice is the kind you hear in a dream...her honesty is shocking...her songs contain an essential core that she offers you in a crystal glass...magic." ....Mark Morganstern, owner of the Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale, NY

Biography


“What struck me about Bar Scott’s music is the power of her voice. It just lights up the soul and chases away the crud that’s been building up in there for years.” (Jon Pope – The Ripple Effect).

Bar Scott has inspired listeners with the strength of her voice and the immediacy of her songs for over fifteen years. At every show, she digs deep within herself to sing and then takes her audience with her. On stage, it’s clear that there’s no other place in the world she’d rather be. Comfortable alone at the piano, guitar or singing a capella in a great hall, Bar also loves to perform with background vocalists, a bassist or other accompaniment. With six CDs of original songs, and three of covers including songs from the American Songbook under her belt, Bar moves comfortably from one style to the next.

She’s performed at The Beacon Theater, The Cathedral at St John the Divine, The Clearwater and Falcon Ridge Musical Festivals, Terrytown Town Music Hall, the Kimmel Center and Philadelphia Cathedral, and many medium and smaller venues around the northeast. In the studio, she’s worked with, among others, bassist Tony Levin, drummer Jerry Marotta, classical guitarist Fred Hand, arranger and keyboardist David Sancious and the string quartet known as Ethel.

“Bar Scott is without a doubt one of the great voices on the earth,” according to Jim Croce’s producer Tommy West. And Judy Whitfield, a Woodstock presenter, said, “Bar Scott creates Beauty,” which is exactly what she has always hoped to do.

She has performed live with many musicians including Ian Anderson, Phoebe Snow, Beth Nielsen-Chapman, Mindy Jostyn, Happy and Artie Traum, John Sebastian and the Refugees. She has been an ASCAP Special Awards winner for eleven consecutive years.

Bar also owns Lucy Max Productions in Woodstock, New York. In the studio she wears many hats including writer, producer, performing artist, assistant engineer, and meal-provider. She arranges and performs almost all of the harmony vocals on her studio recordings, which have become a trademark of her sound.

Bar is also well known for her support of multiple causes, which she does through benefit concerts. Beneficiaries include Ronald MacDonald House in Albany, NY, Hope's Fund, Kodi's Kids, AHA - Artists Helping Artists, Pennypack Trust, Woodstock Land Conservancy, and many other local, environmental and social agencies that help those in need.

NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES:

Bard College, Olin Hall with Tom Chapin to Benefit Hudson Valley Hospice, 2009, 2008, 2007

Byrdcliffe Theater, Gala Concert for the Woodstock Fringe, August 2009

Woodstock Memoir Festival, Featured autobiographical songwriter, and featured reader from her forthcoming memoir. February 2009. (Invited back for 2010)

Tinker Street Theater, Woodstock, NY 2009

Sellerville Theater, Christmas Reunion Concert with Annie Haslam, Sellersville, PA December 2008

Woodstock Fringe Theater Festival, Woodstock, NY, 3 performances, August 2008

Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY, 2007, 2008

Maverick Hall with Fred Hand, Woodstock, NY 2008

Benefit Concert for Hope's Fund with The Refugees, Saugerties, NY 2008

New Year's Eve Peace Concert, St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York City, 2007, 2003

The Woodstock Guild's Kleinert James Visiting Artist. Women in Music Series. 2007

Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale, NY, 2007

Bearsville Theater, Bearsville, NY, 2007 (with Joy Askew and Jill Stevenson)

Woodstock Cycle, Commission for original composition called "Big Picture". World Premiere, October, 2007 Woodstock, NY

Spiegeltent, Bard College, 2007

Women and Power Conference, NYC 2006. Final performer to close the conference.

Kimmel Center, Philadelphia - in celebration of the 5th year of the Kimmel Center, 2006

Two-River Theater, Red Bank, NJ - Headliner - Benefit Concert for Love, Inc., 2006

Mitchell Performing Arts Center, Huntingdon Valley, PA, 2006

CD101.9 FM Emerging Artist Series, New York City, Summer 2006

Falcon Ridge Music Festival, Showcase Artist, Summer 2006

Clearwater Revival, Main Stage Artist, Croton-on-the-Hudson, NY
2004, 2006

Kent State University "Democracy and Arts Symposium", May 2005

United Nations' International Youth Conference, 2004

Guest Artist with Ars Choralis & The Hudson Valley Youth Chorale,
Winter 2003

Demo singer for Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings, "The Return of the King", 2003

Featured songwriter at the Byrdcliff Barn Theater celebrating "100 Years of Great Songwriters" from Woodstock, New York

Headliner "Voices of Inspiration" with Phoebe Snow and Beth Neilson Chapman, The Beacon Theater, New York City, 2003

Woodstock Playhouse, Benefit Concert for Ronald McDonald House, in Albany, NY, 2003

Special guest of Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull at Tarrytown Music Hall
Nyack, NY 2003

The Theatre of the Living Arts opening for Annie Haslam lead singer of Renaissance, Philadelphia, PA

Fez, New York City

Lyrics

Parachute

Written By: Bar Scott

August 19, 2005

Here’s where I’m gonna be
There’s where you’re gonna be
Parachute

If you were here with me
I wouldn’t need to go home

Up above the air is filled with perfect sky
Clouds of pink and blue and some as pure as white

There’s where I’m gonna be
Will you be there for me?
Parachute

Here, in the center of the great unknown
Here where the seeds of life have always grown
It’s hard to be alone

Here’s where I’m gonna be
Here’s where I’d rather be
Here with you

If it could only be
I’d like for you to come home

Up above the air is filled with perfect sky
Clouds of pink and blue and some as pure as white

Here, in the center of the great unknown
Here where the seed of life in me has grown
I like to be alone

Come on now parachute pull the shoot hold on tight pull the shoot
just come on now hold on tight pull the shoot just pull the shoot
don’t be afraid to parachute back to me

Here, in the center of the great unknown
Here I am, I am

©Bar Scott 2005 ASCAP

Everyday People

Written By: Sly Stone

© Sly Stone Published by Warner Chappell

Some times I’m right and I can be wrong
My own beliefs are in my song
The butcher, the banker, the drummer and them
Makes no difference what group I’m in
I am Everyday People
There is a blue one who can’t accept the green one
for living with the fat one
whose trying to be the skinny one
Different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on and scoobeedoobeedoobee
Oh Sha Sha
We gotta live together

I am no better and neither are you
We are the same whatever we do
You love me you hate me you know me and then
You can’t figure out the bag I’m in
I am everyday people
There is a long hair that doesn’t like the short hair
for being such a rich one
that will not help the poor one
Different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on and scoobeedoobeedoobee
Oh Sha Sha
We gotta live together

There is a yellow one that won’t accept the black one
that won’t accept the red one that won’t accept the white one

Different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on and scoobeedoobeedoobee
Oh Sha Sha

We’ve got to live together
I am everyday people

Love is the Reason

Written By: Bar Scott

Love Is The Reason
© Bar Scott 2000, 2002 Published by Lucy Max Publishing ASCAP 2000

I have caught my emotions right down under my skin
Come, my love, lie out in the open and Ill let you in
I’ll try

I’ll find all the bruises, I’ll touch every scar,
I will make no excuses, I’ll feed you grapes and seeds
and love, love

Love is the reason I love this life, Love

If I started to show you I just may never stop
When I try to free my emotions, I feed you grapes and seeds
And love, love

You and I believe in the other side of love
The other side of love
All we really need for the other side
is love, love

Love is the reason I love this life, Love
Love is the reason I love this life, Love
Love is, Love is,
I love, Love

If I turn to you, I might run away, turn around, then run back again,
Oh, Love, love,

Heaven

Written By: Bar Scott

Heaven
© Bar Scott 2000, 2002 Published by Lucy Max Publishing ASCAP 2000

Years ago I remember holding hands
Running around and falling down
In circles then, the sun was shining everywhere
I remember my hand in your hand
And then I find that I remember holding you
In the grass in the meadow
And here I am, I’m on my knees

Looking to heaven so far away
Searching for my way

In love with you
The sun was shining down on my
I remember just lying there
The sky was turning like a movie screen
Where the clouds roll in fast
And here I am I’m on my knees again

Looking for heaven, far, far away
So far that I can’t find my way

When I am here
Roses are red, a violet’s blue
When I’m in love with you
When I am here
Ashes to ashes
We all fall down
And we get up again
We all get up

I’m walking all the way to heaven
Heaven here I come
I’m almost all the way to heaven
Heaven turned away

Why am I here?
Where roses are red and black
And no violet’s blue when I’m in love with you
Why am I here?
Ashes to ashes
We all fall down
And we get up again
We all get up

Oh Willy, Love is All

Written By: Bar Scott

Oh Willy, Love is All
© Bar Scott 1992 Published by Lucy Max Publishing ASCAP 1992

You run away from everything
You fun too far
Wonder if you know what you’re missin’
wonder if you see

I don’t know how the world is turning
I don’t know why
Turn the outside into the middle
Turn the inside out

Oh Willy,
There’s nothin’ like time to remind you
Oh Willy,
Love is all

Don’t run away from everything
Don’t run so far
If nothing’ seems to fit when you’re tryin’
Nothin’ seems to fit

Oh Willy,
Nothin’ like time to remind you
Oh Willy,
Love is all

Set the World on Fire

Written By: Bar Scott

Set the World on Fire
© Bar Scott 2005 Published by Lucy Max Publishing ASCAP 2005

From somewhere so far away the wind blew and found its way to me
and then it found you
It circled and spun you ‘round it lifted you off the ground
I knew that you could feel the wind
pull you higher over mountains to the clouds and through the valley
Your eyes lit up the sky
Set the world on fire

One by one and two by two we loved you and danced with you
in love with you
You held on you took my hand you turned me and spun me ‘round
‘til I was sure to feel the wind
feel the wind
Pull me higher over mountains to the clouds and through the valley
Your eyes lit up the sky
Set the world on fire

Pull me higher over mountains to the clouds and through the valley
Your eyes lit up the sky
Set the world on fire

Two little eyes light up the sky
Set the world on fire

Lie down and be with me forever I’ll be with you and feel the wind

Sarah

Written By: Bar Scott

Sarah
© Bar Scott 2006 Published by Lucy Max Publishing, ASCAP 2006

Sarah, Sarah, Where are you, Sarah?

Sarah, try and find me ‘cause I’m hiding
far away with a girl who had started to find
secrets that somebody else had to hide
I always thought that I could fly then
Pain and everything

Sarah
When I love I feel love, Sarah

Lie with the lions and the lions will lie
Their dark eyes must hide what’s beyond them
I hide with the hiders you hide with the lies
If we hide with the hiders and lies
never calling “Ally, Ally, Come In!”
we’ll never know if I can fly with pain and everything

Sarah, find me soon

Sarah, Sarah,
Where are you, Sarah?
When I love I know love, Sarah

Grace

Written By: Bar Scott

Grace
© Bar Scott 1992,1995, 2002 Published by Lucy Max Publishing ASCAP 1992

Thank the world for giving me
All the reasons that I have to sing
Amen . amen, amen

Discography


RECORDINGS AND OTHER WORKS . . .

BAR SCOTT has recorded over 50 original songs in her 20 year career. This catalog of music is available for licensing from Lucy Max Publishing.

Please call (845)679-1087.

You can hear samples from all of Bar’s CDs at her website: www.barscott.com

Bar’s Original Recordings:

Parachute (2006)
Sweets for the Soul (2002)
Grapes and Seeds (2000)
Confession (1995)
Silence is Broken (1992)
Different Shoes (1987)

Other Recordings:

A Little Dream, a collection of standards (2007)
Liturgy, a collection of hymns (2003)
Great Christmas Songs to Sing Along With (1999)
Great Songs to Sing Along With (1993)

Publications: Children’s Coloring Book and accompanying music

Set List


Bar performs her own material almost exclusively - with the occassional cover (eg: Everyday People, Sly Stone; Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell; Cry Me a River, standard). Her concerts are generally 2 sets each 45 minutes with a 10 minute intermission. Bar generally plays in venues that have an acoustic piano, but she has an 88 key electric piano, which despite its weight, she would rather bring than not play at all! Her set lists change depending on the venue, but the songs she is always asked to play include: Heaven, Write me a Love Letter, Parachute, More, Everyday People, His Mother's Legacy. Hard core Bar fans have widely varying tastes when it comes to her songs, so she is very open to playing whatever her fans request. Her knowledge of cover tunes is shallow indeed, so please don't ask! She has the very great good fortune to have a deep enough repertoire of her own songs that people like, that her audiences tend to go home rather full. By far the thing audiences like the best abo