Google Barth Beasley’s name and the first thing that pops up is a link for the IMDb web site and a cast credit for the 1996 Tom Hanks film “That Thing You Do!” Beasley played a part in the movie as one of band members of the fictional Blue Spot Trio. Maybe Hollywood just wasn’t Barth’s thing because it doesn’t appear that he ever made another appearance on that big silver screen. Apparently after the Hanks directorial debut the young musician emigrated to Eurasia to follow his fortune. Was it love? Was it fame? Was it money, or just something else that took him to these foreign lands? That remains a mystery.
What we do know is that during his time there he became the first American to be awarded the title of the Grand Prize winner of the Voice of Asia competition for best song and best performer. Then, like the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great Gatsby, he walked away from fame and seemed to disappear off the face of the earth for a while. Why? Well for very good and loving reasons.
His family in need was calling from afar, so Mr. Beasley heeded the call and went back home to Battle Creek, Michigan. There his top priority was to provide care for his critically ill mother. He was there for her up to her last moments in this life and says that family needs came first, so he does not regret making that tough career derailing decision.
Now twenty years later he’s still making music once again in the real world. “Run On To Detroit” is the title of his recently released comeback single that’s making the rotation rounds on radio and he’s hopeful it will be the key to reigniting his music career. Will it? Yes, I believe it will.
He’s not only a masterful vocalist but also an accomplished pianist. “Run On To Detroit” has all the shimmering keyboard acrobatics of an Elton John classic but the soulful singing of a Stevie Wonder blockbuster. Combining these two essential elements Barth Beasley is out to give current pop stars like John Legend or Alicia Keyes a good run for their money.
Check this guy out. He’s more than just a flash in the pan. He’s got something to say and he knows how to say it with style and flair. Listen to this soaring single on Reverb Nation for free (https://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/barthbeasley), or do the right thing and support a worthy indie artist by buying a download of his song on CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BarthBeasley). You can also find out more about him by going to his Face Book page (https://www.facebook.com/people/Barth-Beasley/100008407807089). Why should we? Because, Mr. Beasley, we so love that thing that you do!