Prolific hitmaker, producer and one-time pop idol Barry Blue, who has lived in Bushey for 28 years, has returned with a long-awaited new recording project, ‘Chapter and Verse… 50 Years On’, which will be released on September 18.
Barry has worked with global superstars in the past such as Celine Dion, Dian Ross and Missy Elliott, as well as more recently in the noughties with The Saturdays, The Wanted and Pixie Lott.
His production and songwriting skills virtually took over the charts throughout the 70s and 80s, but as well as this he was an extremely successful artist himself with major global hits such as Dancin’ on a Saturday Night and Do You Wanna Dance.
This new album allows Barry to take to the studio once again and sing his songs for the first time in the way that he always wanted them to be heard.
Speaking to BusheyNews, Barry said: “On Songs from The Heart Book I’m signing the songs that I now realise no one ever should have sung before me… because they’re all too personal. They are the soundtrack to my life, and I couldn’t leave them in the past. I needed to drag them kicking and screaming back into the light where they belong.
“It was so important that I got it done, it’s been on my bucket list for around 20 years and it’s the perfect way to wrap up 60 years in the industry.
“I was thrilled when an artist of the calibre of Celine Dion or Diana Ross records one of my compositions, but there’s always been the feeling that I have let these songs go.
“It’s not that other artists didn’t do them well, it’s just that it’s time to get them back to the way I originally conceived them.”
When he is allowed to, Barry is hopeful of going on a mini-tour, and even hopes Bushey Arena can be among the venues he goes to.
He added: “I think that would be the perfect way to finish the singing career, but I’m definitely not done with songwriting, I’m going to keep doing that for as long as I am able to.
To pre-order, head to Barry’s website barryblue.co.uk