John Raymond Barker

John Raymond Barker

Actor-Singer-Writer-Director. Recent Guest Star on Law & Order: SVU.

Acting Through Song with Andrew Abrams

In October/November 2014, I took my voice teacher’s (composer Andrew Abrams) Acting Through Song Workshop for a second time. This time, my focus was on contemporary musical theatre songs, which I needed more of for my audition book. One of those songs was “Wrestling” from But I’m A Cheerleader, for which Andy wrote the music. It’s a great song, and it’s been a exhilarating experience. Our final class was a presentation before casting director, Rachel Hoffman from Telsey & Co.; Broadway composer, orchestrator and arranger, Lynne Shankel; and agent, Chad Pisetsky.

Andy is not only excellent at teaching vocal technique, but he truly does a fantastic job of helping actors connect to the text, creating meaningful performances.

If you would like to know more about studying with Andy, please visit his web site. Do tell him I sent you!

I recorded my final performance in front of the panel with my iPhone in my pocket:

“Wrestling” from But I’m A Cheerleader lyric by Bill Augustin, music by Andrew Abrams

“That’s All” lyric by Marcy Heisler, music by Zina Goldrich

 

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pride 2020

For its 10th anniversary, I’ve given this song a makeover. I wrote it during the fight for marriage equality, yet the song still resonates given the actions and goals of the current administration. This July, I celebrate 10 years of marriage with the man this song is about. No one can take that away from us.

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