In the smiling face and surging talent of David Barrett, paradox has found a happy home. "It all starts with a guitar in my lap," says the ever self-effacing Barrett whose solitary musical musings have brought him into the national spotlight. That guitar in that particular lap has yielded
Barrett recalls, "In 1985, I was visiting a friend in New York City who just happened to write for Sports Illustrated. We were watching the NBA Finals, talking about sports and life and I remembered that I had written this song about sports and achievement, so when I got home I sent it to him. He took it over to CBS without me knowing, and they called me up out of the blue.”
The song, of course was “One Shining Moment”—the paean to endeavor that now crowns the NCAA Basketball Finals, dampening every eye in the arena. A new version, sung by Luther Vandross, pushes the song’s power to a new height.
That initial coup opened a floodgate of opportunities for Barrett, who now composes regularly for television: the Olympics, the U.S. Tennis Open, ABC, the CBC… but it isn’t all sports events. He recently won a silver medal at the New York Film festival for a hip-hop song in “Don’t Cross that Line”—a short film about gambling and student athletes. And he won an Emmy for scoring a PBS documentary on the writer C.S. Lewis.
David Barrett has scored and performed on the American Patriot Series films, along with other projects for 45 North.