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Barbara Crosby Carr was born in St. Louis, Missouri into a large family with a love for music. Barbara's musical background began in the First Baptist Church of Elmwood Park, Missouri. There she performed gospel with members of her family. Their group was formally known as The Crosby Sisters. The Crosby Sisters sang often in their home church and throughout the Missouri Church Circuit.
In elementary school, Barbara's talent was recognized by Miss Clara Brooks, a St. Louis Public School teacher. Miss Brooks recruited Barbara to perform with The Little Peppers, a young group of singers and dancers who entertained throughout the school district. Barbara went on to perform in high school with the LaDue Choir and can proudly boast today that she won EVERY talent contest she ever entered.
Barbara decided to sing professionally and put together a locally popular group called Barbara Crosby and The Cometts Combo performing in the St. Louis area. Barbara then went on to perform with The Petites. They played in and around the St. Louis area and opened for Smokey Robinson and The Miracles. The Petites recorded their only albumn, which included the still-popular, "Lonely Girl" and "I Believed The Man Loved Me"on the Teek Records label in St. Louis.
Chess Records took an interest in Barbara's talent and signed her to record with them. She released a number of singles including "I Can't Stop Now" and "Think About It Baby." was the beginning of a solo career for Barbara with the recordings of "I Can't Stop Now" and "Think About It Baby." The Chess relationship never really blossomed so Barbara and her husband, Charles Carr, decided the best route for Barbara's career was to record on her own label. They took the plunge and released two critically acclaimed albums on their Bar-Car label; "Good Woman Go Bad" and "Street Woman" both produced by Harrison Calloway.
In 1996 Barbara signed with Ecko Records. Her first release was "Footprints On The Ceiling" released in the spring of 1997. This CD won Barbara a huge new following of fans with the success of such songs as "The Bo Hawg Grind", "If You Can't Cut The Mustard", and "The Right Kind Of Love". With the release of her second CD "Bone Me Like You Own Me" Barbara's popularity grew even more raising her to the top of the ranks of Southern Soul divas. In 1998 she was nominated for Female Blues Artist Of The Year as well as Best Live Performer by the prestigious Living Blues Readers' poll.
Barbara's release on Ecko "What A Woman Wants" has been instantly successful with program directors and her fans everywhere. The lead off tune "If I Don't Holler" which showcases Barbara's sexy, sultry vocal style has quickly become a radio favorite. Other favorites from the CD are "Let A Real Woman Try" and "Rainbow". Barbara is currently playing a slate of shows across America.
This exciting two time nominee for the Living Blues Magazine Readers award poll for Female Blues Artist of the Year is back with her newest and best release to date. The sexy, soulful singer has gained a steady following with her previous Soul/Blues releases on Ecko Records. Barbara Carr is noted for her powerful vocals and the strong themes in her music. The songs on this release of all new material have a contemporary flavor and are tailor made for R&B/Blues radio.
Barbara's release entitled "Stroke It" on ECKO Records is pure Barbara doing the kind of songs that only she can do, with flair and style. The material on this CD is what Barbara's fan expect from her and there's no let down.
The latest release on Barbara entitled "The Best Woman" is sensual as well as sentimental with a personal tone in her voice that's contemporary and soulful that only Barbara can deliver. The songs on this CD are some of the best meaterial she's done. The two time Living Blues Magazine nominee is destined to become a three time nominee.