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
www.carolbarbieri.com 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
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!