B i o g r a p h y
Born in Huntsville and raised in Lacey's Spring, AL, Barry Kay, the son of Gene and Bonnie Kay, is a freelance musician/music teacher now living in Union City, NJ.
Barry went to Cotaco Elementary & Junior High Schools & Brewer High School. He graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a B.A. in Music Performance (classical guitar emphasis) and then worked at Noah's Ark Retreat Center in Panama City Beach, Taylor Memorial UMC (United Methodist Church) in Birmingham, and King's Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati. He taught private guitar lessons at both of his alma maters (BSC and Wallace State). In 1989 he moved to Nashville, made many demo cassettes of his songs, which he pitched to producers & A&R reps while working at a group home for the mentally ill in Franklin, TN. He began working at Nature's Classroom environmental/experiential education camp for kids in Mentone, AL in the early '90s. In 1994 he recorded his first CD album "Eternity Beyond the Song", released in 1995 - the same year he married Sharon Johnson. Together they moved to San Antonio for another youth ministry job at Colonial Hills UMC. In '98 they became parents to Tully Kay and moved to Valley Head, Alabama the same year. In 2001 they moved to Athens, AL where Barry served as music director @ Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Madison until 2012. After serving as music & worship leader throughout North Alabama, Barry moved to Queens NY and helped with the music ministries of Graffiti Fellowship Church in Coney Island (Brooklyn), Beach Church (Rockaway Beach, Queens), East Harlem Fellowship Church (Manhattan), Graffiti 2 (The Bronx), and Faith United Methodist Church (Staten Island), among others. He currently teaches part-time at Young Mozart Music Academy in Edison NJ. He also often leads worship for United Trinity Baptist Church in LeFrak City, Queens.
Barry is available for a variety of music venues where music leadership, live guitar/piano and/or singing are needed. To be added to his email list, send a request to: BarryKay@me.com.