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Posted: May 25, 2010 06:35 pm (-05:00)
Danny Coleman
Musician/Radio Show Host
Carol Barbieri: Singer/Songwriter, Writer, Chef, Tireless Advocate

Beer! That's how I was told to remember how to say her last name. The name is BARBIERI, that would be CAROL BARBIERI.

This prolific singer/songwriter from the Atlantic Highlands area of NJ is also a freelance writer (who has been published in the "Asbury Park Press," "The New York Times," and several other publications), a chef, a tireless advocate for adoption reform... not to mention the host of a very popular open mic.

CAROL BARBIERI came from extremely humble beginnings. Without getting into too much detail, she was an abandoned child who was then adopted. None of this ever seemed to be an issue in her life, until she had children of her own. BARBIERI's (at the time) fourteen-year-old son was diagnosed with a heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. In order to obtain a more accurate diagnosis of his condition, the doctors needed to know a family history. Fifty percent was immediately available to her (her husband's side of the family was the easy part). However, her family history was virtually non-existent. The nature of this was critical, meaning that if they didn't have a family history, it could result in possible "sudden death." The family history would allow the medical team to determine whether surgery was needed immediately, or could be put off until further down the road. Now, being a parent myself, I know that if someone tells me that my child could possibly face death at any moment, I'm doing what I can to ensure that this doesn't happen. So Carol launched an effort to find her birth mother, which took her down many paths that she never thought that she'd be travelling. It is here where she discovered her abandonment, that she had five siblings (two of which were living in the same town), the police officer who found her and many other things about her past. However, she also discovered that finding out information about someone who doesn't want to be found can be very difficult, especially given the laws, rules and regulations that come along with the adoption process in the state of New Jersey.

Through this she became an advocate for adoption reform. Fortunately, things turned out for the best for her son, and BARBIERI now works tirelessly to help others who are in the same dire straits as she once was. Please go to if you wish to learn more about this cause that she champions.

Because of this, Carol decided to incorporate some of this experience into her music. A very accomplished singer/songwriter (she's been playing guitar since the fourth grade), she wrote her first song when she was in the sixth grade and hasn't stopped since. On the program, BARBIERI played her song "Your Secret's Safe With Me." This song depicts the struggle that birth mothers have when they do not wish to be found. The track is currently out as a single and is not part of her CD, which is titled "Let It Go."

BARBIERI is no stranger to the travels and travails of music. Even though her voice has an angelic quality, she has spent time in rock, blues, and several other bands. In studio she brought her good friend and bass guitarist, RK Scott along for the ride. It was very easy to tell that these two enjoy playing music together as their interaction was smooth as silk. On air, Carol played some of her more mellow tunes, but we closed the program with an upbeat rockin' tune off of "Let It Go" that's called "I Need A Man."

Carol also hosts a very popular open mic at Val's Tavern on Monday nights in Rumson, NJ, with her good friend Cook Smith. According to BARBIERI, "The popularity of this event has increased so much so, that at times I have to limit the players to two songs apiece. It's a nice problem to have."

Carol also has had her writings posted as op-eds in "The New York Times" as well as many local publications. BARBIERI also speaks publically about adoption reform. As a chef she has even had requests for some of her recipes to be published on a websites.

CAROL BARBIERI's music is available on all of the usual outlets and she can be found on her website, Facebook, as well as on ReverbNation.

I will readily admit, this was a very pleasant interview, made possible by Carol and her engaging personality. We wish her the best!

There will be no live broadcast of ROCK ON RADIO this Sunday due to the holiday weekend (and my friend Slappy's daughter's birthday/graduation party). However, there will be a rebroadcast of previous show.

Tune in on June 6th when my guest will be the MIDNITE SAGES.

Until then... ROCK ON!

Danny Coleman
Danny Coleman is a central Jersey resident and a long-time area musician. He is currently the host of Rock On Radio which airs Sunday evenings at 10pm (EST) on
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