Barry Hansen grew up in Northwest Washington, taking piano lessons and playing the clarinet and trumpet before deciding what he really loved was singing. His first public performance was in church as a teenager. Barry’s musical influences range from Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand to Donny Osmond, Josh Groban and Michael Bublé. His vocal style has been called “the perfect blend of pop and theater” (Dave Tinney). Barry studied voice at Brigham Young University and sang with BYU’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He served a French-speaking mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Québec, and graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, cum laude, in graphic design. He has worked as an ad agency art director and freelance graphic designer in Dallas, Texas; Portland, Oregon; Bellingham, Washington; Orem, Utah, and currently in Idaho Falls, Idaho. In 2001 Barry recorded a demo and began recording studio vocals on several albums, including Parables by Jenny Phillips and several for the Inspirational Music Showcase/Sounds of Zion record label, among them Seminary’s Greatest Songs, True to the Faith, Bring Them In, Let Us Go Forth, Night of All Nights, and The Whole Armor of God. Barry and his brother Greg wrote the title track to Let Us Go Forth. Barry performed a favorite seminary song, My Soul Hungered, as part of the Faith Centered Music Association’s 2003 Pearl Awards television broadcast. In 2004 Barry teamed up with his brother and producer Greg to create his first album, My Soul Hungered (buy it here). It includes The Title of Liberty, co-written by Barry and Greg. (The Title of Liberty was commissioned by a non-profit organization by the same name). He was a 2004 FCMA Pearl Award nominee for Studio Vocalist, and a three-time nominee for Album Design, winning the Pearl Award for Album Design in 2004. In 2006 he was a finalist for Male Vocalist of the Year. Barry was one of six finalists in the Winter 2009 Deseret News/Mormon Times Showcase Song and Video Contest. His original song, I’m a Celebrity, was popular among online voters. Barry’s music can be heard on BYU-Idaho radio and Sounds of Sunday radio. Barry enjoys every opportunity to share his music and his testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has performed locally and around the country, singing both inspirational and contemporary ballads. He has traveled throughout the United States both as a singer and a public speaker. Barry and his wife Marian live in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and are the parents of eight children and two grandchildren.
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