Barbara’s performing career began in the club scene of her hometown, St. Louis, Mo. In 1983 her growing interest in songwriting took her to Nashville and the move proved to be a good one when Lorrie Morgan hit the charts with Barbara’s song “I Guess You Had To Be There.” She has hosted the Open Mic at Nashville’s world-famous Bluebird Café since it began and has seen many newcomers go on to have successful careers including Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley and David Wilcox.
Today she has become one of Nashville’s most respected songwriting teachers, meeting one-on- one with students, getting them heard by industry pros at her Play for Publisher workshops and traveling the country presenting seminars and sharing her music. Her keen ear for talent is well known on Music Row and many writers owe their first publishing deals to introductions she made for them, including Brent Anderson who she met at the Frank Brown festival. She continues to flourish as a writer and performer and has released two of her own CDs, “Possibilities” and the 6 song EP “Drive.”
You can find out more about her at www.barbaracloyd.com.