|Barry Eastmond w/ Freddie Jackson, Elisabeth Withers & more
One of the most prolific R&B/Pop songwriter/producers, Barry Eastmond has over sixty gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums on some of the most important contemporary artists. Notching up cumulative sales of over 80 million copies, Barry’s creative magic has been responsible for hit records by: Anita Baker, Brandy, Britney Spears, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Tamia, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Kenny Lattimore, Michael Bolton, Billy Ocean, Freddie Jackson, Al Jarreau, Will Downing, Vanessa Williams, Regina Belle, Barry White, and George Benson, to name just a few.
Barry Eastmond, piano
Freddie Jackson, vocals
Elisabeth Withers, vocals
Kenny Lattimore, vocals
Gordon Chambers, vocals
Lenny Pickett, saxes
Sherrod Barnes, guitar
Alec Shantzis, keys
James Genus, bass
Ralph Rolle, drums
Eastmond produced the recently certified gold Anita Baker album “My Everything” for Blue Note Records, which included a collaboration with Babyface. He composed and co-produced the title song for Whitney Houston’s Christmas album “One Wish.” His latest releases include songs on Elisabeth Withers album (star of Broadway’s “The Color Purple”, and songs on the new George Benson & Al Jarreau collaboration “Giving It Up”. Additionally, Eastmond had a hand in Gospel artist Yolanda Adams’ album entitled “Day By Day”, Kenny Lattimore & Chante Moore’s new duet album“Covered/Uncovered”on Laface/Jive Records, “Madea’s Family Reunion” Soundtrack on Motown Records, and a Christmas Album with Anita Baker entitled “Christmas Fantasy” as well as Dave Koz’s new release “At The Movies.”
Eastmond has not limited his composing to the record industry. He has written numerous songs for films and TV, jingles, and currently has three television themes running on The Maury Povich Show, The Montel Williams Show and Judge Hatchett. His scoring activities include the documentary film entitled “Chisholm 72-Unbought and Unbossed” which recently won a Peabody Award. In addition, Eastmond has just completed a new documentary entitled “Right To Return” by the Oscar winning director Jonathan Demme, which will be released later this year. He has received numerous ASCAP Pop and R&B awards and is on the Board of Governors New York Chapter for N.A.R.A.S. of which he is Vice-President.
Eastmond, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, has studied arranging, composition, and conducting at the Julliard School Of Music, Manhattan School Of Music and Brooklyn College, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He began classical piano studies at the age of four and has since become proficient on the organ, guitar, and drums. He is a Songwriter in Residence at Berklee School Of Music in Boston where he frequently does seminars in Music Production and Songwriting. Eastmond is also involved in the Grammy In The Schools program.
Recently, Eastmond made headlines in the music world for his work on the Al Jarreau/George Benson collaboration “Givin’ It Up” on Concord Records. The CD includes a new Jarreau and Barry Eastmond composition, “Let it Rain,” which features Patti Austin and Chris Botti. Released in October of 2006, the recording peaked at #58 among the Billboard 200 just weeks after the release.