Barry White is the man who wrote music history as a vocal aphrodisiac. As the King of Soft Soul, he made a name for himself mainly in the 70s and 90s, and his velvety-sonorous bass vibrates in the hearts of the listeners to this date.
The son of a piano teacher, White was born in Texas in 1944 and raised in the rough city of Los Angeles in the 50s, experiences gang crime, discrimination, hatred, and violence. In the 60s, he is first hired as a singer and pianist of various R’n’B formations and becomes A&R manager of several record labels. He advances to become a songwriter and producer and finally founds the female success trio “Love Unlimited” in 1969. Their debut album drops like a bomb in 1972.
At the same time, Barry White also establishes himself as a solo artist. He experiences the climax of his career as a writer, producer, singer – one successful hit after the next. His incredibly warm, soulful and expressive voice makes him Mister Love of an entire generation – his lyrics, always about love, sometimes infamous and even close to X-rated, play a big part in how he acquired this title. In defiance of his critics, he founds the “Love Unlimited Orchestra” in the mid-70s, writes the music for 11 albums within 3 years, most of them going gold or even platinum.
Following a rather quiet phase in the 80s, Barry White had his big comeback in the 90s. With new and old songs – remade to fit the current music scene – he gains new popularity and two Grammys in the year 2000 for his album “Staying Power” – the highest award in the music business.
As a heavy-weight man with a resonating body befitting of his voice, Barry White is suffering from diabetes. All of his life, he is fighting the consequences of his high blood pressure and eventually suffers a stroke in May of 2003. Only 2 months later, on July 4, music loses one of the greats of its history: Barry White, celebrated by many as the “Maestro” and a living legend, succumbs to kidney failure at age 58.
Eric Conley Biography
Eric Conley was born in Arlington, Georgia on August 15, 1962. Being born into a nationally known gospel family, Eric was immersed in music from the start. At eleven years old, young Eric started singing in several successful touring gospel attractions, which gave him instant recognition in gospel and soul music. With a keen ear for pitch and harmony, Eric quickly absorbed the fundamentals of music; being able to listen to a musical arrangement and play it immediately on several different instruments. He was very active in the Atlanta, Georgia music scene and was talented enough to accompany soul artist as background vocalists.
In high school, Eric enjoyed sports, but, inspired by his musical hero, the great Barry White, he worked harder on becoming a confident musician. At the University of Maryland, where he majored in business, he refused a sports scholarship in order to better concentrate on his studies. After college, Eric was stationed in Germany with the US Army, receiving an honorable discharge in 1987. Once out of the Army, Eric took on his new persona as Central Europe’s hottest soul singer. After performing hundreds of concerts singing the R&B Soul classics of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Eric decided to hang his hat on what he does best . . . sing the music of the legendary Barry White. With Eric’s unique voice, he quickly discovered that his voice was capable of faithfully emulating Barry White’s “Voice of Love”.
With Europe’s infatuation for Soul and R&B, Eric Conley became an overwhelming success. After he formed the “Unlimited Love Orchestra”, Eric was called to entertain Europe’s most elite audiences. Today, the Barry White Experience starring Eric Conley tours the world and helps keep the music of Barry White alive in our hearts.
When the soft speaking-soul master Eric Conley is not on stage, he pursues his hobbies. As an avid art lover, Conley visits art museums in the respective cities on his tour. He is also a gourmet chef creating international cuisine for family & friends.
In the Fall of 2011, Conley plans to release his new CD collection “Voices of Love” with all original love songs and poetry. Of course, the sound will be reminiscent of the “King of Soft Soul”, Mr. Barry White. Eric is blessed with the tone and the stage presence to keep the Barry White legacy alive for many years to come.