ROCKWALL – Former Nashville recording star Terry Barbay, who had four singles chart in the Billboard Top 100 songs in the early ’90s, is resurrecting his career with a private Gospel CD release party this Easter weekend at the Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club.
Entitled “He Was Crucified,” the CD contains nine songs written and produced by former Marine Tom Hardin, who owns Campcreek Publishing in Rockwall. Featured songs include Amazing Grace, Despite It All, Hear This Prayer and Fill My Heart.
Music industry professionals from across the country are expected to come to the party to help celebrate Barbay’s return to the recording industry and his new CD.
“I always wanted to make a Gospel album,” he said, as he remembered his days singing and recording in Nashville.
Barbay told The Rockwall News that his recording success began in 1988, when he sang American Trilogy and signed with Sundial Records. Three weeks later his recording of “Maybe Tomorrow” made the Billboard 100 and his career took off.
His recording of “A Woman’s Place” hit number two in Europe. It was written by Jim Weatherly, who also wrote “Midnight Train To Georgia” and many other popular tunes.
His highest charting song in the U.S. was “Maxine” that hit number 42.
Barbay’s video recording of “Shimmer in the Night” with actress Cathy Martindale, continues to play in Europe. It currently has received nearly 140,000 views on video website Songaz.com.
“I was living the life in Nashville,” he said, “It was crazy.” But then he met and married his wife, Zelena DeLea, and decided he needed to give up the music industry until after he raised his family.
“The music business is not conducive to marriage and raising a family,” he said.
Terry and Zelena have been married for 25 years. She owns DeLea Signature Salon and Spa in Rockwall.
Barbay explained that, after he met Hardin two years ago, he decided it was time to start singing again. But it’s taken a lot of hard work to get his voice in shape and start recording again.
“It’s not like riding a bike,” he explained. “I wanted to sing again but didn’t expect the sudden success we’ve been having. Singing Christian music is a passion for me, though, so I’m excited to perform again.”
Contact Barbay at: TZ Barbay Music/Services, PO Box 2211, Rockwall Texas 75087. Phone orders: 469-769-1118. Current email: TerryBarbayMusic@gmail.com.
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