Thanks for checking out my website.  I am hoping to do more social distancing outdoor concerts when the snow melts.  Been practicing and enjoying playing some new tunes.


So glad I was able to do a few "social distancing" concerts this year.  I've also been doing some live stream mini concerts on Facebook. 

So blessed to have such supportive family and friends:) 



  So blessed that so many friends and family have come out to support my music.  I've been writing more and keep learning new tunes to share with you.  

 Please check my gig schedule for new performances.   

Hope to see you all soon!

Sept 2017

 What a great year performing around Berkley, MI.  So nice to be able to walk to my gigs and have the pleasure of friends and family stop by to take  listen.  

I also have a great opportunity to perform at the walkthebeat festival on Oct, 21st, 2017 at Albion College.   

Hope to see you all soon!

Feb 2017

I am fully recovered from spinal surgery and ready to gig again!!  Check out the Gigs page for upcoming performances:)

March 2016

Greetings everyone, finally updates have been made to my website. Sorry for being gone for so long. I was getting a hang of this motherhood thingy, working full time and scheduling an occasional performance.

Got some new tunes in my back pocket....A Michael Jackson Tribute tune titled, "One Glove", some songs inspired by my little guy PJ, "You are the best thing", and "Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes".

Finalized a tune about forgiveness...haven't named it yet but it is one of those serious ones that keeps you thinking...........

April 2008

It has been a wonderful 6 months since our first son, PJ was born. I know I should have more to write but we are still quite sleep deprived. I'm just excited that I updated the website with a new picture and my 2 new May gigs. Thanks for alway supporting me:)

Mar 2007

I did get my wish from January for the snow to fall and boy did it get cold. Brrrrr

Just after a rather large snow storm, I had the pleasure of performing at a new venue in Hamtramck, CAFE 1923. It is a great room and I hope to play there again soon. I am also very excited for an April gig at Memphis Smoke for the Motor City Music Foundation. I will have the pleasure of sharing the stage with 9 other acoustic acts. Hope to see you soon:)

Jan 2007

Happy New Year!!!! I'm looking foward to a new year filled with inspiration and music. I am also hoping for some snow. It is very strange around these parts without that white stuff on the ground. Plus we bought a snow blower 2 years ago and have only used it once.. te he he he

Fall 2006

November was especially exciting with my 5th consecutive Lamb's Songwriter Retreat in Northern Michigan. I was able to see one of my favorite songwriters and performers, Edie Carey. Her voice is that of a angel and her new album is fabulous.

Our Song Anon group also had the pleasure of performing at the Trinity House Theatre. It was a fabulous evening of talented songwriters. The wonderful and talented, Judy Insley joined me during my set. It was a blast.

Getting ready for the Holidays and the New Year.

Summer 2006

Oh my goodness, how time flies. Can't believe the summer is coming to an end. I have been busy with outdoor festivals, including my 1st performance at Arts, Beats and Eats. I have also been inspired to write some new tunes as well as putting one of my Grandfather's poems to music.

Fall is just around the corner and my favorite season of the year.

May 2006

Great news:)

Thanks to my talented filmmaker husband, Steve Oatley, the music video, "She is Not Alone", has been nominated for a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Music Video, Limited Budget.
I was also featured in the Royal Oak Daily Tribune.

Click here to read Page 1
Click here to read Page 2

We had 2,900 listeners at my first internet radio broadcast on A3 radio. It was a blast and I plan to perform again on October 1st.

Apr 2006

Happy Spring!

My music videos are now available
for viewing.

To view Barb's Music Videos click here then go to Video

I've got some new tunes in the works. Come out to my live shows so you can take listen. Springtime is in the air, the time change has occurred and the tulips have sprouted.

Feb 2006

Getting excited for my first live internet radio show broadcast on April 23rd, 6pm at www.a3radio.com. More gigs for May have been added.

Dec 2005

Wow! I cannot believe that the year is almost over. Thank you to everyone who has supported my music in 2005.

I thought I would leave you with my annual Holiday Poem.


Two thousand five was a very exciting year
Celebrating 5 years of marriage with our favorite homemade beer

The winter season was filled with snow and more skiing
The new knee worked great, seemed like a miracle healing

Matron of honor duties for my sister’s wedding in May
Kept the springtime busy in anticipation for her special day

A film Steve worked on called “One” was released
To audiences around the nation sending messages of peace

I celebrated 5 years with my company in June
Accepted another new position and will move again soon

A miracle times two, twin nieces born into this world
Congrats to my little brother and his wife for their precious little girls

A new house was built especially for our cars
A barn raising party, singing and playing under the stars

Wow! I almost forget about my new CD, “Listen to the way”
Thank you for all of your support, it truly made my day

Summer weekends were filled with dearest friend’s weddings
Both were such beautiful brides in midwestern settings

The year was very special, thanks to family and friends
They fill my heart with love & inspire the words I send

May this New Year be filled with your dreams and wishes
From Michigan with love, many hugs and kisses

Happiest of New Years, Barb & Steve

Nov 2005

I was able to attend another great Songwriter Retreat in November. Of course it is always helpful to go Up North for a weekend getaway. This year my good friend, Kristin joined me and we had a superb time. The talent at the retreat was outstanding! It was so inspiring.

Sep 2005

September seemed to just fly by!

CD is now available at CDbaby.com and should be available at Amazon.com in October.

Listen to the way was the song chosen for the Oasis CD Sampler/XM Satelitte Radio Play. Let me know if you hear it.

My husband and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary!

Aug 2005

CD Release was fabulous! Sales are booming. See music for details on how to get your copy of "Listen to the Way"

July 2005

CDs are being shipped! Release Party is being planned!!! Tentative Date is Thursday, Aug 11th at 8pm

May 2005

We are in the process of mastering the CD. The cover art is complete and everything should be shipped to the Duplication company by the end of the Month. Super exciting!!!!

March 2005

7 of the 10 Songs from the new CD "Listen to the Way" have been mixed down.

Thanks to my husband, Steve Oatley, the photography for the cover is complete.

January 2005

All songs recorded for the new CD "Listen to the Way" at Das Doll House with producer, Kristin von Bernthal.

November 2004

Another great weekend of songwriting at Lamb's 10th annual Songwriter Retreat! First time hearing Edie Carey and it will not be the last. Her voice moved and inspired me.

June 2004

Barb headed to Nashville for a performance at The Sutler. It was fabulous fun!

February 2004

Barb is currently in the studio recording her 2nd CD! Get ready for some great new tunes!

December 2003

Download 2 songs from Barbs Album "Two." Check out the music page.

March 2003

Two new shows - check the gig section!

May 2002

Barbara Barrett"s "Two" Breaks Top Ten

Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan

Local Singer/Songwriter Barbara Barrett"s song "Two" wows judges and finishes in the Top Ten in a demo review contest sponsored by The Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy on May 9, 2002.

Five judges, including (Howard Hertz- Entertainment
Lawyer, Michael Rand-Ashley Talent Int'l, Rick
Smith-Wild Justice Management, Aimee
Spencer-FreqMedia, BJ Hammerstein- Real Detroit
Weekly, Ann Delisi WDVD ), reviewed the Top Ten Demo's
of more than 60 entries from all genres of music live
at the Double Olive restaurant in Grosse Pointe Park,

"Two," from the album of the same name, is now being
considered Barrett"s break-out song and according to
fans has "definite radio potential." The balance of
the album has been described as "music for the
heartful soul" and provided a therapeutic closure for
Barrett"s self-described quarter-life crisis in her

After taking a hiatus from performing - to buy a house
along with husband Steve - Barrett plans to begin
songwriting again. When asked if any good music could
come from all the positives in her life-loving
husband, strong friendships and a new house, she
responded, "It"s all good, except the house buying
process. . . It nearly put me back in therapy, maybe
I"ll write a song about that."

August 26

She's back in the game with 2 new shows! more info in the gig section.

January 28
Barb's  music video for "Two" is complete and will be debuted at the Grand Cafe on Feburary 12th! Check the Gigs section for more info.
A clip of the video will eventually make its way on to this site, so keep your eye out. 

October 7
A bunch of new gigs!


June 9
New Gig in Chelsea added to the gigs section...
A review of Barb's CD  "Two" has been added to the Press section of the site. 

June 8
I added a new gig for Birmingham Border's in the gigs section. 
Barb has been heard on 89X! Congratulations Barb!

April 20
Barb will be writing another note, check soon for it in the Contacts section...
If you didn't get your copy of the CD it will be available at Harmony House!
Listen for Barb on the Planet 96.3 on Sundays from 9am-11am!

March 23
New dates in the Gigs section, including some brand new locations...
Barb has written a note to the readers...check out the contacts section. (and sign the guest book while your there!)
The Eccentric Newspaper (Birmingham/Bloomfield Edition) featured photos from the CD Release Party. I will post them once i get my hands on 'em. :)

February 15
I've added new dates to the Gigs section.
The Lone Star Cafe in Birmingham will be finished remodeling in March and Barb will be back there:)
Barb is in the process of scheduling some Border's Gigs, so look for 'em:) 

February 10
Three sounds clips are now available in the music section!

February 3
The CD is available for purchase! Check out the Music section for the details...
More photos have been added to the Gallery from Barb's Coyote Club gig on the 29th! (image map form!)
The Bio page was reorganized a little bit, and i added a new picture to it..

January 27
Plans for the CD release party are finalized! Go to the Gigs section for more info. 

January 19
The new CD "Two" is printed and on it's way- they should be available at all of Barb's upcoming gigs!
Arrangements are being made for the CD release party. Check back for more info!
I've added the biography to the bio section of the site :)