Singer and finalist of The Voice, Guy Barzily, is a formidable musical talent. With over 10 years’ experience singing and performing with bands and on The West End stage, Guy epitomises vocal excellence.
What inspired you to become a singer?
I come from a pretty musical and artistic family so I guess music and singing were in my blood. I always loved singing from as early as I remember so the road to become a singer and a musician was very clear to me from a very young age. The earliest musical influences on me as a child were Elton john, Michael Jackson and The Beatles.
Who are your favourite artists?
This is a hard question to answer, as I think being an artist you’re always being influenced by so many different people on different levels so it’s hard to pick just one. If I had to though, I would say Stevie Wonder as he is the perfect combination of an amazing song writer and a great singer.
What do you most enjoy about singing in a live wedding band?
I guess that would be playing with other great and fun musicians on some fantastic all time classics.
Can you give us a brief overview of your singing background?
I was born and grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel and attended a prestigious art school where I received a professional and very comprehensive music education. After school, I performed in a successful band that travelled the country. At the age of 20 I moved to the states for one year and did a post graduate course in music arrangements and vocals at Berklee College of Music in Boston. When I finished, I moved to New York and worked there for a year as a freelance musician and singer.
At the age of 22 I moved to London and started working with various function bands as well as a solo artist and gigged all over the country. During that time I also participated in few musical theatre productions: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, The Lion king and Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2009, I started doing short contracts abroad as a solo singer and pianist in various piano bars across the Scandinavian countries as well as in Holland and Germany. In Holland I came across the new show (at that time) called The Voice, which I decided to try to get into. After auditioning I was accepted to the show and did very well, being one of the finalists of that year. When I finished the show I toured the Netherlands for about a year and a half, performing in various festivals, events and private functions, with my accompanying band.
In 2012 I decided to return back to the UK, and since then I have been very busy doing gigs all over London as a solo artist in various venues, and around the UK with the wonderful function band Abnormally funky.
Have you worked with any well- known artists?
I haven’t yet worked with any famous artists, however during The Voice I had a chance to meet and also sing with Lenny Kravitz and Michael Bublé.
Could you offer an insight into your experience as a finalist on The Voice?
Well all those TV shows (The Voice, X Factor etc..) are meant for entertainment purposes mainly, and not in order to find and develop a good new artist. As long as you bear that in mind and don’t let it blind you with various illusions, it can be fun and a good experience.
What do you personally give to the live wedding band experience?
Good vocals, energy, big smile and a great hair style.
As well as possessing a great voice – your performance and audience interaction seems to enliven and enhance the party experience. Do you consider this vital to a great wedding gig?
When you are performing in someone’s wedding, you are taking part in one’s most important moment in life. It is absolutely crucial to give 100% and make sure you deliver and fully entertain the crowd.
What’s it like being part of a wedding celebration?
A wedding is an official beginning of two people who are in love, so it’s a nice feeling to be a part of it.
What’s the feedback been like from previous clients?
They just LOVE IT! Can’t get enough of us!
What’s your favourite song to sing?
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life by Stevie Wonder.
Do you have any funny anecdotes?
I can easily grow a Jewfro (a Jewish Afro) and it’s quite spectacular…