Bring Change Somewhere.
It’s an imperative known as The BCS Movement, a motto and a way of life. But before being embraced as such by thousands of supporters, it was a personal mission derived from the initials of its creator: singer/songwriter Barry Southgate.
For Southgate, music has been an obvious life course since childhood. Having grown up around music, he has always been driven by a passion for touching lives through the stories that are already alive in the melodies he hears. But his journey has been anything but ordinary and predictable.
A South African native, Barry Southgate moved with his family to New Zealand in his teen years before venturing on his own to Sydney, Australia, with the singing/dancing group, Jireh.
With the group, Southgate performed at the annual Parachute Festival for two consecutive years, and barely wrapped a seventeen-date tour before the group disbanded, turning down a record deal. However, the group’s split was an amicable one, allowing its members to better pursue their individual goals – and Southgate wasted no time in doing so.
Shortly thereafter, he became widely known as a finalist on the second season of Australian Idol. His dynamic voice and striking good looks made him an early favorite amongst fans. He was chosen as the only non-Wildcard contestant to perform at the show’s grand finale at the Sydney Opera House, televised and viewed by millions.
Southgate’s time on Idol catapulted him from a virtual unknown to an in-demand singer, songwriter and on-air personality.
As a songwriter, Southgate has collaborated with hit writers and producers such as Hayley Warner, Carl Dimitaga and Styalz Fuego. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Stan Walker, Hillsong and Sasha-Lee Davids. He’s toured internationally with renowned artist, Darlene Zschech, and multi Grammy winner, Israel Houghton. In one of his most memorable music experiences, Barry even sang for the Pope at World Youth Day, an internationally televised event that reached half a billion people.
2011 saw Southgate releasing his first solo project, Epitome. The 5-track EP is a fusion of pop and soul music — an eclectic representation of Southgate’s love of many genres.
You is a throwback ode to R&B, inspired by Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall, while Summer Night features the hallmarks of great lyricism set to a powerful ballad. The project’s first single, Don’t You Think?, is feel-good Pop at its best, with reggae undertones. Even with its varied influences and styles, Epitome remains a cohesive project, representing a snippet of the greater soundtrack of his life.
With Don’t You Think?, Southgate became Radar Radio’s Unsigned Find winner and a NA2R finalist. He also opened for the UK’s Tinie Tempah and American R&B giants, Brian McKnight, Joe, Eric Benet and K-Ci & JoJo. In addition, he secured his first feature film role in the uplifting true story, The Sapphires, alongside a stellar cast including Jessica Mauboy and Deborah Mailman.
To be sure, Barry Southgate has got plenty more music to share. Right now, he is merely scratching the surface. But what a significant scratch it is — with a little something for everyone, Epitome introduces Southgate’s solo artistry to the world, positioning him to indeed Bring Change Somewhere … perhaps everywhere.