M E E T B A R R Y S O U T H G A T E
Here is METY’s latest feature artist, singer-songwriter Barry Southgate. When we received his submission, we loved it instantly! His delivery, passionate vocals and melodies drew us in. Previously, Barry has opened for artists such as: Brian McKnight, Eric Benet, Joe and K-Ci & JoJo and on the featured song below entitled, “You,” Southgate successfully channels music icon Michael Jackson and we just can’t get enough of the track! His debut solo EP, Epitome, a fusion of pop & soul is now available for purchase via iTunes.
For Southgate, music has been an obvious life course since childhood. Having grown up around music (his father and two younger brothers all play guitar and sing, while his mother recorded a gospel album with her church choir years ago), he has always been driven by a passion for touching lives through the stories that are already alive in the melodies he hears. But his journey has been anything but ordinary and predictable.
A South African native, Barry Southgate moved with his family to New Zealand in his teen years before venturing on his own to Sydney, Australia, with the singing/dancing group, Jireh, in 2003.
With the group, Southgate performed at the annual Parachute Festival (the largest Gospel music festival in the southern hemisphere) for two consecutive years, and barely wrapped a seventeen-date New Zealand tour before the group disbanded, turning down a record deal. The group’s split was a positive one, allowing its members to better pursue their individual goals, and Southgate wasted no time in doing so.
Shortly thereafter, Barry Southgate became widely known as a finalist on the second season of Australian Idol. His dynamic voice and striking good looks (Southgate is of African, German, Indonesian and English decent, and has modeled extensively) made him a clear favorite among judges and fans, alike. He was chosen as the only non Wildcard contestant to perform at the show’s grand finale at the Sydney Opera House, televised and viewed by millions. Press play!
YOU from the Epitome EP
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