Barbara McAfee is a Twin Cities-based singer/songwriter whose songs are flavored with jazz, blues, gospel, and Celtic influences. What they have in common is her clear-eyed reflections on the human experience, exquisite lyrics, sassy wit, and piano-infused arrangements. When Barbara serves them up in her clear, strong voice, they go straight to the heart.
She got her start as a jazz singer in nightclubs in the mid-80s, then started writing her own songs during her father’s final illness in 1991. Through a long series of self-produced concerts, Barbara discovered her own voice, both as a singer and a songwriter.
Blending her interest in organizational and individual transformation, Barbara has brought her music to such corporate clients as Best Buy, YMCA, Wells Fargo as well as numerous wellness events, colleges, and private functions.
She has produced 5 CDs as a (fiercely) independent producer working with the finest musicians in the Twin Cities.
Her mission is:
I sing with the sweet breath of God
And I dance on a living planet
My body is holy water
And I dream a world made new
You can hear her sing it on her website: www.barbaramcafee.com.
This release offers Barbara's gifts at their purest: wisdom, clarity, humor, and dash of naughtiness.
Lavish World -- a heart-opening love song to the planet.
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free -- a classic gospel song from the civil rights movement
Still -- an invitation to stop, breathe in the midst of these chaotic times
Last Night i Dreamed - a beautiful poem by Antonio Machado set perfectly
Unfinished Kiss -- a Latin jazz song that captures that moment when friends might become lovers
Flying Free -- in praise of swimming, co-written with Glen Helgeson
Compared to What? -- a blistering, witty gospel romp that pokes fun at the habit of comparison
Awake -- "I swear by the stars I am made of, I will stay awake with you"
I'll Never Be That Girl -- a vulnerable, spacious piece about deep longing
White Cow -- Rumi's fable about scarcity set to Joni-style music
Girlfriends -- a finger-snapping swing piece about .....girlfriends
Out the Door -- a Bonnie-style blues that finds new ways to say "I'm out of here!"
Blessing -- a poem by Lucille Clifton in a gospel-flavored rendition
Mango Tango -- a naughty tango about the joys of eating fruit and dancing close!