Note: For Bar's most current bio, please view her "Electronic
Press Kit" linked above.
Bar Scott Bio
“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 recorded six CDs of original material and three of cover songs. 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.
Bar has received many outstanding notations including
Songwriter’s Top 5 CDs of the Year for Parachute in 2007; one of Top 5 CDs
chosen by Chuck Eliot of WXPN Radio Philadelphia for Parachute.
For more information on Bar, and for her most current bio, please click
on the link at the top of this page for her electronic Press Kit, which is updated
Recent 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
- 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
- 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
- Falcon Ridge Music Festival, Showcase Artist, 2006
- CD101.9 FM Emerging Artist Series, New York City, Summer 2006
- Clearwater Revival, Main Stage Artist,
Croton-on-the-Hudson, NY 2004, 2006
- Kent State University "Democracy & Arts Symposium", May 2005
- United Nations' International Youth Conference, 2004
- New Year's Eve Peace Concert, St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York City, 2003
- 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, NY
- Headliner "Voices of Inspiration" with Phoebe Snow & Beth
Nielsen-Chapman, The Beacon Theater, New York City, 2002
- 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, as an ASCAP Showcase Artist
- Philadelphia Music Conference Showcase Artist
Other Artists who Have Covered Bar's Songs
Movies that have featured Bar's Music
- Untitled 2009, a documentary for incoming patients to the esophageal cancer clinic in Los Angeles.
Song used: Instrumental version of "Sarah"
- The Red Queen 2009, Song used: "Oh God"
- Solitude 2009, a short film produced by Marcia Woolley. Song used: "Tree"
- Love is the Reason 2008,
Documentary Film about living with cancer.
Filmmakers: Joy Hausman and Toby Carey. Songs used: "Love is the Reason", "World on Fire", "Tree", and "Parachute" (Bronze Remi Award winner at the 42nd annual Houston International Film and Video Festival.
- The Journal, Filmmaker: Thupton Nyima. Song used: "Parachute"
Reviews of Recent Albums
A Little Dream
by Robert Burke Warren
for Chronogram Magazine
...With material that calls for a set of pipes able to convey a wide
array of emotions—often over the course of a single tune—Scott excels and
surprises; she can drip desire mixed with fear in the classic “You Better
Go Now,” burn with self-loathing crossed with grim satisfaction in “Good
Morning Heartache,” and brim with fulfillment laced with mournful
resignation in “I Wish I Didn’t Love You So.”
...It is not hard to imagine any one of the creators of these
masterpieces calling Scott on a rotary phone and giving her first crack at
DIY Top 12 Picks: March/April 2007
Independant Music Editor for Performing Songwriter
by Mare Wakefield
...The record floats gracefully through the atmosphere, enveloping
listeners with a silken touch and a life-supporting strength.
...Scott’s ethereal voice invites listeners on a soulful, inspirational
journey, while the stark piano accompaniment lets her lyrics shine….
...Parachute will set you down in a place you’ve never been before; trust
us when we tell you to take the dive.
by Mike Jurkovic
for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
reprinted in Chronogram Magazine
...Evoking a much more compelling Sarah McLachlan and the iconic Joni
Mitchell (rich, organic melodies and vocal harmonies), Scott's sixth disc
weaves a sumptuous musical tapestry, each song even more beautiful than
...Scott's piano based songs become meditations on the fragile threads we
consistently strain at getting from one end of the day to the next and the
small beauties and great loves we miss while on that constricted, linear
...Pin-pointing favorite tracks on Parachute is like shredding a whole cloth,
but for those of you with short attention spans, start with the opening
title track, then try the exquisite Sarah. Then program Come to Me, World
on Fire and Oh God. Then be kind to yourself and let the disc play full.
You'll hear what I mean. ….
by Angie Chaney
Vision Music Group, Nashville
Root Music Report
"I loved this CD. Bar Scott and Parachute would be the perfect CD to enjoy
after a long stressful day, and then simply float on the easy listening
melodies, touching lyrics and beautiful voice. Once I heard this CD I was
an instant fan of Bar Scott."
[Bar recently received this assessment of "Parachute" from another
songwriter who happens to be a fan. Thanks Charlie Lang!]
"Parachute" wins in Multiple Categories
||Best Vocal Performance
- Best New Song
- Most Interesting Allegory
- Most Contemporary Theme
- Bittersweet Song Of The Year
- Kudos for Lyrical Melody
- Emotional Cathartic Minor
and Major Constellations
- Most Sensual and Engaging Voice
- Most Innovative Vocal Performance
...One of the "Judges"
- Bronze Remi Award winner at the 42nd annual Houston International Film and Video Festival. For a
film called "Love is the Reason", which features Bar's music. (2009)
Artist in Residence Ulster County Community College (2004)
ASCAP Special Awards Winner annually since 1997
WKZE Radio Top Ten Regional Release Sweets for the Soul (2002)
Chosen by WKZE to join Ian Anderson in concert at
Tarrytown Music Hall, NY (2002)