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September 15, 2017 Rome SentinelRFA choir group to perform with Barry Manilow
Rome Free Academy’s a cappella choir group, Fermata Nowhere, will perform three songs with singer Barry Manilow during his concert appearance Saturday at Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center, the school district announced. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., and students are expected to perform with Manilow at 9 p.m., the district announcement added. The students will join Manilow on stage for for the songs “Copacabana,” “I Write the Songs,” and “It’s a Miracle,” the district said.

The choir group -- one of several choir groups at Rome Free Academy, is directed by Michelle E. Rushford, who said “what a wonderful experience this is for these students. We are so excited for this opportunity to sing with Barry Manilow for a second time.” Students in Fermata Nowhere also performed songs on stage with Manilow during his March 2016 concert appearance at Turning Stone.

In addition to the songs the RFA students will perform, Manilow has an extensive catalog of pop songs in a career that has spanned more than 50 years. Manilow has recorded 47 singles that have reached the Billboard Top 40 charts, including 12 that hit number one. Manilow is reported to have gotten his “big break” in the business as a performer with Bette Midler in the early 1970s.

September 13, 2017 Bucks County Courier Times"Looks like Barry Manilow made it back to Philadelphia" by Marty Franzen
All kinds of music are offered to fans this week... Here are highlights ... Barry Manilow’s career has spanned five decades so far, with the singer-songwriter-pianist selling more than 80 million records worldwide. He has resorted to releasing theme albums over the last 10 years, covering individual decades and topics like favorite dream duets, Christmas, love songs and night songs.

When Manilow plays the Wells Fargo Center, at 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Friday night, he will showcase his latest themed CD “This is My Town: Songs of New York.” Among the tunes concertgoers might hear are “New York City Rhythm/On Broadway,” “Lovin’ at Birdland,” “On the Roof,” “I Dig New York” and “The Brooklyn Bridge.”

Casual fans shouldn’t worry about being left out, as Manilow will fill most of his set with hits like “Daybreak,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Let’s Hang On,” “Mandy” and “I Write the Songs.” You see, he has so many hits, he has to play as many as he can. For the record, Manilow has notched 47 top 40 singles — 27 of them top 10 and 12 of them No. 1 hits. He can’t play all of them, but he does put a lot of energy into his shows.

For the doubters out there, consider that when Bob Dylan met Manilow, he hugged him and told him to keep doing what he was doing. That might explain Dylan’s recent Frank Sinatra-styled albums. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19.75 to $249.75. Call 800-298-4200.

September 13, 2017 Newsday"Barry Manilow’s Nassau Coliseum concert to feature Uniondale show choir" by Janelle Griffith
They’ve covered Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. And Wednesday, the Rhythm of the Knight Uniondale Show Choir readied itself for the “Copacabana,” rehearsing some of Barry Manilow’s biggest hits at their high school on the eve of his concert at NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, for which the group will serve as closing act.

Thirty-five members of the nationally ranked show choir sang Manilow classics including “Copacabana,” “It’s A Miracle,” “Let Freedom Ring” and “I Write the Songs” — all of which they will perform Thursday alongside the music legend. The group will ditch its signature sparkly sequin outfits for red robes for the routines that were choreographed by a member of Manilow’s team. Included in their performance is the “Carlton” — a dance popularized by a 1990s television show a bit closer to their time: “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Thursday night will mark the second time the students, ages 14 to 18, will share a stage with the 74-year-old musician. In May, show choir director Lynette Carr-Hicks was contacted by Manilow’s camp about partnering for a show that same month at the Coliseum, after his people watched videos of the group on YouTube. Manilow is gifting Uniondale High School a new Yamaha piano and 117 tickets to the Coliseum show for the families of the performers and faculty. “Barry isn’t their time, but when they heard ‘Copacabana’ they were so excited,” said Carr-Hicks, a Uniondale school district teacher and former Broadway performer. “They said, ‘Oh that’s him.’ I always try to introduce them to good music.”

Uniondale High School senior Sebastian Irizarry said despite his age, he was already familiar with Manilow’s music, thanks to his grandmother, when he learned the choir had landed the first gig. “Sometimes she would play it around the house while we were cleaning on Saturdays,” said Irizarry, 16, a fourth-year show choir member. “So I grew up listening to him.” His favorite Manilow song is one Carr-Hicks said all of the students recognized. “I love ‘Copacabana’ so much,” Irizarry said. “It’s such an upbeat song, you’ll never forget the lyrics. It’s so catchy.”

September 13, 2017 The Inquirer"Barry Manilow reveals the Philly nightclub he played with Bette Midler that inspired him to go solo" by A.D. Amorosi
Don’t call what Barry Manilow is doing at the Wells Fargo Center a “tour.” The singer, songwriter, pianist and arranger gave up the road’s long slog in 2015 when he married his manager, Garry Kief, turned 72, and decided his 50-year career — writing and producing commercial jingles, playing piano for Bette Midler at New York’s Continental Baths, selling over 80 million records worldwide — should slow down.

Yet, he’s dropped a new album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York that hit the Top 10 upon release, is readying another record, and continuing his instrument-giving Manilow Music Project, in which he trades musical instrument donations for free tickets to his show (drop off any instruments to the Wells Fargo Center box office through Friday, or call 800-298-4200 for more information). “Bring them down to the Wells Fargo,” Manilow says. “We’ll fix them up, and give them to a school that need them.”

The Inquirer (TI): So you got married, took a break, but it didn’t wind up as much of a break. Did you get bored?
Barry Manilow (BM): Yes and no. A new album was part of the plan, as were one-off shows — maybe a weekend or two — as I never want to stop performing. I just wanted to get off the road and hotels. I’ll never do that again.

TI: Throughout the time that you were a touring artist, you never had a chance to sightsee. Now, that you’re chilled, have you gone anywhere?
BM: No [laughs]. I just didn’t feel like leaving home. Getting those suitcases out, emotionally, kills me. And I never got to truly enjoy my home until now. I can live my life now.

TI: Age is a number. From the Rolling Stones and the Who to Tony Bennett and Marilyn Maye: They maintain, carry on, create and have aesthetically rewarding careers. Is there a career you’ve watched grow up gracefully that acted as inspiration?
BM: You’re right about age as I just can’t seem to connect with that number. Luckily, nothing has changed about me. Not my hair, my weight. I’m still skinny, the hair is full and I have all this music in me. Projects galore are set to follow. I feel like I’m 35, so I’m not getting old. Not yet.

TI: Concerning the New York album, Did living in San Diego make you yearn for the NYC you remembered?
BM: Well, that was my beginnings, and so exciting, realizing that I could have a career in music. When I got out of Brooklyn as a piano player, then going form gig to gig and recording studios in fast cabs for another company I had to jingles for — so thrilling.

TI: What gave life to this new album then, because it is not the pop sound of our youth or yours?
BM: When I slowed having pop hits, the albums that followed Read ‘Em and Weep were … well I couldn’t keep doing records that just had 10 love songs. I would bore myself with that. I had to find a concept that turned me on. 2 A.M. Paradise Café, Showstoppers, they all had these big ideas to them. Since I always wanted to pay tribute to my hometown, I ran the idea by Danny Bennett [Tony’s son, who runs the Verve label] and he loved it.

TI: You wrote and/or co-wrote nearly all the songs on the new album. After the thousands already out there, how does one write an original song about NYC?
BM: When I looked up New York songs on Google I had to stop at 10 pages, because I did want to make the new album half my songs and half others. And there are amazing, legendary songwriters who’ve tackled the subject. I just kept it personal. I loved Coney Island, because that was my coming up. I stuck to my experiences and came up with “On the Roof.” Sometimes, I work with a lyricist [Bruce Sussman], but the ideas are mine, so only two New York guys could’ve come up with “This is My Town.”

TI: Because you are a quote-unquote pop legend, people forget how talented an arranger you are. You really sink your teeth in here, as the arrangements subtly merge bop, Broadway and orchestral music. What are you looking to do, as they don’t sound like anyone else?
BM: It’s an amalgamation of all the styles I’ve loved. Big band, jazz, Tin Pan Alley pop — I think that I’ve put all of that into my arrangements. I can’t do rap and you won’t hear hip hop, because that isn’t me. You’ll always get big modulation, strings where they’ll surprise you, you’ll always get a grand finale, because that’s the Broadway stage in me.

TI: “The Brooklyn Bridge” has you sampling Mel Torme’s voice, but using your arrangement on his version of the track. Sinatra did it before him. What’s your relationship with that tune, and Torme too, as you guys worked on Paradise Café together?
BM: Right. Sinatra did it as a ballad and Torme bopped it up. I was trying to re-arrange it, but couldn’t hear it without Mel. I put my own stuff underneath, but it was very close to his — I couldn’t make it better. He was great, one of the few encouraging people when I came out of pop, into jazz. He was the guy who told me ‘It’s about time, Barry,’ when I mentioned doing jazz.

TI: You were a behind-the-scenes musician at your start. When did you realize that you could be out-front?
BM: Seriously, at the old Bijou Café in Philly. I was playing for Bette who was the greatest entertainer ever, and was just starting to sing out, first doing openers for Bette’s tours. I couldn’t figure what to do with my legs, I was terrible. But during the end of our run there, I did “Could It Be Magic” and a commercials medley and the audience was so welcoming. After that, I got confidence. I learned on the job. But Philly was crucial.

TI: We have to discuss your Philly instrument-gifting program, the Manilow Music Project.
BM: Whenever I play, I donate a piano, and then during my show, I’ll ask the audience if they have any old instruments gathering dust [and donate to those in need]. As a musician, I can’t stand seeing kids without instruments.

Music: Barry Manilow. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. Tickets: $19.75-249.75. Information: 800-298-4200, WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com

September 12, 2017 Newsday"Barry Manilow encouraging instrument donations in exchange for Coliseum show tickets" by Frank Lovece
Pop singer Barry Manilow is donating a new Yamaha piano to Westbury High School, launching a local music-instrument drive as part of his longtime Manilow Music Project to benefit music education.

“One of my friends said that his daughter was really interested in learning how to play the sax, but her school didn’t have a sax,” Manilow, 74, says on how the project began, about a decade ago. “He said, ‘Yeah, the high school is running out of musical instruments.’ And I couldn’t believe it, of course, but after that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So I looked it up and most of the public high schools around the country, because of budget cuts, are all running out of anything to do with music -- music stands, band outfits, sheet music -- because the first thing that goes is music and art. So I thought, ‘I’ve got to do something.’”

Manilow, who plays the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, regularly donates a piano at places where he tours “and I ask the audience if they have any instruments that are just collecting dust in the attic or the basement to bring them down to the arena. Then we fix them up if they’re broken and give them to the school districts and they distribute them,” he says.

Anyone who donates a new or gently used instrument will receive two free tickets to the concert. A Coliseum spokeswoman said people were encouraged to donate at the box office in advance of the show, daily from noon to 5 p.m. “No refunds will be granted if they’ve already purchased tickets, but they have the option of claiming two more free tickets,” she said.

“Once [school budgets] start cutting sports equipment, you will hear the biggest scream coming from everybody,” notes the singer-songwriter, who donated a piano to the Uniondale school district when he played the Coliseum in March 2015. “But the arts -- I don’t know whether people realize how important it is to young people. I speak to principals and teachers and ... sometimes I’m told that [some students] would drop out if there wasn’t a music class. It’s really important -- it’s not just playtime. They turn into better human beings.”

Manilow, a Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winner, recently released his 31st studio album, “This Is My Town: Songs of New York,” featuring both original and existing compositions. Raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee -- who actually retains a bit of borough accent in his speaking voice -- still considers himself a New Yorker. “Listen, when you come from New York, like I do, it’s always there,” he says. “I will always be a New Yorker, even though I [have] lived on the West Coast longer than I lived on the East Coast. I am a New Yorker: I talk fast, I walk fast, I think fast. I’m always fighting,” he adds metaphorically, “for a seat on the subway.”

September 12, 2017 Billboard"Melissa Manchester & Barry Manilow Shine On 'For Me and My Gal' Duet: Video Premiere" by Alex Vitoulis
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actress, Melissa Manchester released her 21st studio album, The Fellas, on Friday (Sept. 8) via Long Run Entertainment. Manchester sounds vibrant and in top form as she sings her way through the set that pays homage to male singers influential to her. The album is Manchester's "tribute to several of the great men singers who rocked my world and informed my soul," the artist tells Billboard, noting that she has wanted to record such a set since she released her female companion album Tribute back in 1989.

Manchester, always very passionate about giving back and cultivating the musicians of tomorrow, has also long been very involved with teaching and mentoring the students at Citrus College, in Glendora, California, and enlisted current students, alums and a few faculty members to bring this album to fruition. "I was invited to be an honorary artist in residence by Ben Bollinger, the former head of the visual and performing arts division of Citrus College," Manchester says. "I'd enlisted the help of the Citrus Singers to back me at a concert I gave there several years ago. In 2013, I recorded my 20th album, You Gotta Love the Life, at their state-of-the-art studio, which also doubles as a teaching studio for their audio engineering students. The professor, Tim Jaquette, was my engineer. Among the luminaries who performed on that album with me were Dave Koz, Al Jarreau, Joe Sample, Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder. I was asked if I could think of a project that would incorporate the Citrus Blue Note Orchestra, made up of students, alumni and faculty. That is how The Fellas came to be."

One of the songs on the album, "For Me and My Gal," finds Manchester singing with Barry Manilow. She says she "asked [her] dear friend if he would consider singing a duet on The Fellas. He came up with the scrumptious idea of paying tribute to Gene Kelly in a duet of 'For Me and My Gal.' We both loved the original version, sung by Kelly and Judy Garland, from the film of the same name. Peter Hume did a wonderful orchestration. "Singing with Barry is always a treat as he is a consummate musician," Manchester continues. "We've known each other for so long. We were there at the beginning of each other's long, enduring careers and we are still devoted friends."

Manilow originally introduced Manchester to Bette Midler, which led to her becoming one of the founding members of Midler's backing singer/dancer group, the Harlettes, helping set the groundwork for her international stardom. Says Manilow to Billboard, "I jump at any chance to sing (or just be) with my dear friend Melissa. She has one of the greatest voices and singing styles in music today. And she's a wonderful songwriter. I loved being a part of creating and singing 'For Me and My Gal' with her."

Billboard is proud to present the exclusive debut of the video for this special collaboration of "For Me and My Gal" by these two icons.

August 14, 2017 New Jersey StageBarry Manilow To Perform In Newark
The pop music icon Barry Manilow will take the stage at Prudential Center in Newark, in celebration of his newest album, “This is My Town: Songs of New York” on October 5 at 7:30pm. Fans will be in for a treat when they hear Manilow perform his greatest hits like “Copacabana” and “Mandy” as well as songs from his new album on the Prudential Center stage. Manilow has sold over 85 million albums and has 50 Top 40 hits.

Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time.

Prudential Center is located at 25 Lafayette Street in Newark, New Jersey.

August 5, 2017 Orange County Register"Barry Manilow takes fans to emotional heights in Forum show" by George Paul
Hordes of women over 40 howled like teenagers and were easily reduced to tears. Who could cause such a commotion? Yes, Barry Manilow was back in Southern California for a sold-out Forum gig. It was originally scheduled on Mother's Day, but postponed due to the veteran singer's sprained vocal cords.

The average age of "Fanilows" in Inglewood actually skewed much older. No surprise there: Barry Manilow's successful run on the Billboard pop singles chart began in 1974 (adult contemporary radio hits continued throughout the '80s). Since then, he's put out more than a dozen concept albums that continue to resonate with longtime followers. During the 2000s, a "Greatest Songs" series of love songs and standards all went gold or platinum.

Last spring, Manilow released "This is My Town: Songs of New York," a great musical love letter to his hometown of Brooklyn and surrounding areas. Manilow mixes impressive originals such as "Coney Island" and "Lovin' at Birdland" with covers made famous by The Crystals, Petula Clark, The Drifters, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Jay-Z & Alicia Keys(!) and others.

On Friday, an electronica mashup of Underworld's "Born Slippy" and past Manilow hits served as a festive introduction. Then the 95-minute show kicked off in standard fashion with the jubilant "Daybreak."

Although the affable entertainer, now 74, stopped doing large scale tours in favor of sporadic live appearances, he said onstage that watching news channels such as CNN "where everybody is so angry" all the time made him realize "people need uplifting music again. So I'm back reporting for duty." Supported by a large band that included horn and string players, plus three backing singers, Manilow was in fine vocal form throughout and managed to hit all the high notes.

He introduced the ballad "Somewhere in the Night," by lamenting how music on the radio today often lacks melody. In a recent interview, Manilow admitted "Can't Smile Without You" was one of his least favorites to do live, but he seemed to have fun with it here.

Much of the arena was up and dancing for a vibrant "Bandstand Boogie" (the theme to Dick Clark's American Bandstand TV show from 1977-87). The sleek title track from "This is My Town" and "On Broadway/New York City Rhythm" were standouts and the only newish songs played. The latter featured an anecdote about Times Square and whimsical rotating piano/keyboard turns by Manilow and his band.

Alone at the keyboard, Manilow did the quiet, emotionally resonant ballads "I Am Your Child" and "All The Time," where he recalled early days making the NYC piano bar rounds and "feeling like a misfit." Back at the black grand piano, the ultra-dramatic "Even Now" and its sustained vocal note whipped the crowd into a frenzy. A snappy "duet" with Judy Garland seen on the screens for "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" (heard on 2014's Grammy-nominated "My Dream Duets") worked well.

What followed was the usual sturdy hit parade, including a romantic "Weekend in New England" (prompting loud female squeals), an upbeat take on The Four Seasons' "Let's Hang On" (on which Manilow palled around with his singers) and "Somewhere Down the Road" (capped by a moving a cappella bit).

Manilow introduced "Could it Be Magic" by explaining how it was inspired by Chopin and his thoughts on Donna Summer's dance hit version. Toward the set's end, Manilow belted out his dramatic showstoppers "I Made it Through the Rain," "Mandy" (with the now standard 1975 Midnight Special TV clip accompaniment) and "I Write the Songs" (driven by swelling orchestration and assistance from the Los Alamitos Show Choir) with ease. "Copacabana (At the Copa)" brought everyone to their feet again for the party time finale.

Barry Manilow. When: Friday, Aug. 4. Where: The Forum, Inglewood.

August 1, 2017 WJBD RadioBarry Manilow performing at New York City benefit for Italian-American organization this fall
Barry Manilow has signed on to perform at the Columbus Citizens Foundation's 73rd annual gala, scheduled for October 7 at the New York Hilton in New York City. The fundraising event will honor Barnes & Noble founder and chairman Leonard Riggio, while benefiting the foundation's Italian-American Student Scholarship Fund.

The gala is traditionally held in advance of New York's Columbus Day Parade, which this year will feature the theme of "A Celebration of Italian-American Authors." Riggio, who will serve as the parade's Grand Marshal this year, chose the theme, which also will be incorporated into the gala. "It is an honor to have renowned performer Barry Manilow as this year's Gala entertainment,” says Columbus Citizens Foundation president Angelo Vivolo. "The Gala holds high significance in the celebration leading up to the Columbus Day Parade, and to have legendary singer Barry Manilow perform shows the importance of the Foundation and its goals."

The Foundation's scholarship fund helps support outstanding students of Italian descent that are seeking a quality education and are in need of financial assistance. Tickets to the gala can be purchased by emailing gala@columbuscitizens.org.

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July 31, 2017 PR NewswireGrammy, Emmy & Tony-Award Winner Barry Manilow to Perform at Columbus Citizens Foundation 2017 Gala: Manilow to Honor Barnes & Noble Founder Leonard Riggio to Benefit Italian-American Student Scholarship Fund
Pop music legend Barry Manilow will perform at the Columbus Citizens Foundation 73rd Annual Gala on Saturday, October 7 at the New York Hilton. The Gala will honor Leonard Riggio, the Founder and Chairman of Barnes & Noble, and will benefit the Foundation's Italian-American Student Scholarship Fund.

The theme of this year's Columbus Day Celebration and parade is "A Celebration of Italian-American Authors." Mr. Riggio, the parade Grand Marshal, created the theme to recognize the achievements of Italian-American writers. The black-tie Gala will incorporate this theme and feature Mr. Manilow as the guest performer.

All proceeds from the Gala will be used to support the Foundation's mission of providing quality education to students of Italian descent who have academic ability but need financial assistance.

Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists. He's had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits and is ranked as the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in every decade since the 1970s and, in addition to winning the Best Pop Male Vocal Performance Grammy in 1979 (for "Copacabana"), is an Emmy, Tony and American Music Award winner three years in a row.

"It is an honor to have renowned performer Barry Manilow as this year's Gala entertainment," said Foundation President Angelo Vivolo. "The Gala holds high significance in the celebration leading up to the Columbus Day Parade, and to have legendary singer Barry Manilow perform shows the importance of the Foundation and its goals."

Mr. Manilow will be a part of a program that pays tribute to Grand Marshal Riggio, Italian-American authors, and this year's honorees, Tom Iovino, CEO of OHL America, and Dr. Laura Forese, Executive Vice President and COO of New York-Presbyterian.

Tickets are still available for this exceptional evening. Please email gala@columbuscitizens.org for further details.

ABOUT THE COLUMBUS CITIZENS FOUNDATION
The Columbus Citizens Foundation is a non-profit organization in New York City committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement. The Foundation, through a broad range of philanthropic and cultural activities, provides opportunities for advancement to deserving Italian-American students through various scholarship and grant programs. The Foundation organizes New York City's annual Columbus Celebration and Columbus Day Parade, which has celebrated Italian-American heritage on New York's Fifth Avenue since 1929. For more information, contact jwilson@columbuscitizens.org

July 28, 2017 Starts at 60The Atlanta concert was a hit with fans
Two years ago, Barry Manilow’s ‘One Last Time’ concert series was thought to be the end of the musician’s touring career but it seems absence has made the heart grow fonder. The 74-year-old singer-songwriter was in top condition despite having to cancel two US concerts earlier this year due to “sprained vocal chords.” Fans were gushing about Manilow’s prowess with songs old and new as he sang the hits from his latest album, This is My Town: Songs of New York. Manilow’s July 27 concert in Atlanta was nearly sold out; an impressive feat for a musical sensation after 40 years in the business.

[For] any youngsters in the audience, Manilow joked that he “was the Justin Bieber of the ’70s.” While songs from his new album went over well with the audience, they couldn’t get enough of the classics, including "Weekend in New England" and "Somewhere Down the Road." Manilow’s tour of the US will continue, with the musical sensation heading to Chicago this weekend.

July 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal Constitution"Concert review: Barry Manilow returns to Atlanta with loose, fun show" by Melissa Ruggieri
There’s a snarky line from Judd Nelson’s character in “The Breakfast Club” directed at a school official: “Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?” It’s meant to be an insult, of course. Another jab at the eternal un-hipness of Manilow because...why, exactly? Oh, right. Because at the height of his popularity in the ‘70s and ‘80s, his style of soft rock was a snicker-inducing contrast to the punk, prog rock and flutterings of New Wave music of the era. Looks as if four-plus decades later, someone is still having the last laugh.

Manilow’s music has endured because – as he pointed out at his nearly sold-out Fox Theatre show on Thursday – it contains an essential element absent in much of current music: melody. It also still has the ability to provoke zigzagging emotions – the cheery cheesiness of “Can’t Smile Without You,” the throbbing excitement of “New York City Rhythm,” the deep melancholy of “Even Now” – and Manilow knows it.

Two years ago, the 74-year-old musician embarked on his “One Last Time!” tour, ostensibly his final bow on the road. But people’s feelings change – which is maybe why you shouldn’t put the word “last” in the anything – and Manilow had reasons to return to the stage for sporadic dates.

In April he released a new album, a love letter to his Brooklyn roots christened “This is My Town: Songs of New York.” He also publicly confirmed his longtime relationship (and marriage) to Garry Kief. And, as he noted at the start of Thursday’s two-hour hit parade, he thought people might want a break from all of the “yelling and hollering” about our divided country.

Indeed, Manilow seemed looser and happier, even moving more fluidly across the stage during the perky “Bandstand Boogie” and casually slipping a hand in his pants pocket while singing “Looks Like We Made It.”

He clowned with his expert 10-piece band and three backup singers during a Latin-styled jam on “New York City Rhythm,” spoke passionately about his Manilow Music Project (“Music will change a young person’s life,” he said, a point that cannot be emphasized enough) and humble-bragged through deserved ovations after hitting show-stopping notes at the close of “Even Now” and “I Made it Through the Rain.”

Manilow is a practiced showman, and for those who have seen him before, there are plenty of well-worn, self-deprecating staples. “I was the Justin Bieber of the ‘70s – ask your mother,” he quipped, again (but yes, it’s still amusing). There was the expected joke when the cover of his first album was shown on a video screen about it being released “in 1821.” And fans still seem to relish the clip of a very, very young Clive Davis introducing Manilow on “The Midnight Special,” his shaggy hair falling over his eyes as he croons “Mandy,” which leads to current Manilow sneaking back onstage to pick up behind the piano for the second verse.

But the presence of fresh material allowed him to make a few tweaks to the show. The new album’s title track, “This is My Town,” bursts with the kind of simple, yet heartfelt, lyrics that make the song well-suited for a NYC tourism campaign. He also, as he does on record, meshed the Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil classic “On Broadway” with “New York City Rhythm,” for a fulfilling valentine to his hometown.

Fanilows accepted these new additions graciously, but saved their deepest swooning for the vivid songcraft of “Weekend in New England” and a tender “Somewhere Down the Road” (one of the few times during the show that Manilow’s voice cracked). Then, of course, the green glow sticks that the audience waved sporadically throughout the show erupted in full illumination for “I Write the Songs,” which featured the Gwinnett Young Singers adding a layer of lushness, and the giddy, goofy fun of “Copacabana.”

So, was this Manilow’s true victory lap? If so, he went out proving once again that it’s not only hip to be square, but it makes for quite a respectable career.

July 26, 2017 Broadway WorldA Fanilow Gets a Surprise Proposal with the Help of Barry Manilow!
Music legend Barry Manilow stopped his DC concert last night at the MGM National Harbor to help make a very special memory for the newly engaged Bob and Jennifer. Check out the surprise proposal below!

Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists. He's had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits and is ranked at the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in every decade since the 1970s and, in addition to winning the Best Pop Male Vocal Performance Grammy in 1979 (for "Copacabana"), is an Emmy, Tony and American Music Award winner three years in a row. Barry Manilow was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and has his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1978, five of his albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously. He most recently appeared on Broadway in 2013's MANILOW ON BROADWAY. He previously appeared in BARRY MANILOW AT THE GERSHWIN in 1989.

July 24, 2017 The Morning Call"Singer Barry Manilow to perform at Allentown's PPL Center" by John J. Moser
Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning pop singer Barry Manilow will perform at Allentown’s PPL Center — the first time the singer has performed in the Lehigh Valley in more than 17 years, it was announced Monday. Manilow will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6.

The singer is promoting his newest album, "This is My Town: Songs of New York," which, released April 21, hit No. 1 on the Pop Album chart. He also will perform his greatest hits, such as "Copacabana" and "Mandy."

Tickets, prices of which have not been announced, will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. July 28 at www.PPLCenter.com, 610-347-TIXX or at the PPL Center Box Office at 701 Hamilton Street. Tickets and general information are also available at www.barrymanilow.com.

Manilow last performed in the Lehigh Valley in May 2000 at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena. He played to a sold-out grandstand at the Allentown Fair in 1993, and played the fair again in 1994.

In a recording career spanning 44 years, Manilow has released 31 studio albums, six live albums, 17 compilations and four soundtracks. Thirty-two of those discs sold gold (more than 500,000) or platinum (more than 1 million), including his first 14. From 1975-78, he had three straight albums – “Tryin' to Get the Feeling,” “This One’s for You” and “Even Now” – all sold triple-platinum.

In all, Manilow has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, putting him in the Top 62 best-selling solo artists of all time. Twenty-six of those albums have charted in the Top 40, with 15 hitting the Top 10. His [1977] album “Barry Manilow Live” and 2006’s “The Greatest Songs of the Fifties” both hit No. 1.

Manilow, 74, has had 47 songs that hit the Top 40 on various charts, ranking him as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time according to Billboard magazine. Twenty-five of those songs hit No. 1, including “Mandy,” “I Write the Songs,” and "Looks Like We Made It." Five of his singles sold gold, with the last being "Copacabana (At the Copa)” in 1977.

Manilow has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, with nods in every decade since the 1970s, and in 1979 won for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance for “Copacabana.” His most recent nomination was in 2016 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “My Dream Duets.”

In 1977 he won an Emmy for Outstanding Special – Comedy, Variety or Music for “The Barry Manilow Special,” and a Special Tony Award in 1977 for “Barry Manilow on Broadway.” From 1978-80, Manilow won three straight American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist. He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2006, he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for “Barry Manilow: Music And Passion.”

Manilow's career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing and arranging and producing albums for other artists, including Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick.

Manilow also has written songs for musicals, films and commercials, including famous jingles for State Farm Insurance ("Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there") or Band-Aid ("I am stuck on Band-Aid, 'cause Band-Aid's stuck on me!") and the"You Deserve a Break Today" campaign for McDonald’s. Manilow won two Clio Awards in 1976 for his work for Tab and Band-Aid.

July 24, 2017 WFMZ-TV 69 NewsBarry Manilow to play Allentown's PPL Center: He's touring in support of his newest album
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The PPL Center will host pop star Barry Manilow 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Manilow is touring in support of his newest album, "This Is My Town: Songs of New York." Tickets will go on sale to the general public 10 a.m. Friday at the PPL Center box office, online at the PPL Center website or by phone at 610-347-TIXX. Tickets and information are also available at the Barry Manilow website.

Manilow is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has more than 50 Top 40 songs.

July 24, 2017 Philadelphia Patch"Win Tickets To See Barry Manilow In Philly: Find out how to win tickets to see the pop artist here" by Max Bennett
Barry Manilow is heading to Philadelphia in September and you can win two tickets to see the pop artist. Manilow will be performing at the Wells Fargo Center Sept. 15 and NBC10 and LiveNation are giving away two free tickets to the show. All you need to do is enter your full name, email, phone number, zip code, and age on the form provided by NBC10.

Winners will be announced after Aug. 10 on NBCPhiladelphia.com.

You can enter to win now through Aug. 2 and entrants must be at least 18 years old. Enter to win online here.

If you don't end up winning, you can still purchase tickets to see Manilow here. Tickets range from $19,75 to $249.75.

July 21, 2017 Fairfax County Times"A grand concert for Barry Manilow" by Keith Loria
Everyone has a favorite Barry Manilow song. For some, it’s the love ballad, “Mandy.” Others enjoy the up tempo of “Copacabana” or the fun chorus of “Can’t Smile Without You.” With more than 50 hits to his credit, including 12 that reached No. 1, the pop singer is truly one of the legends of our time.

Not that it was the career he expected. Manilow was born in Brooklyn and began playing the accordion as a child, which is how he learned to read music. At 13, he switched to piano and was introduced to a wide array of music by his new stepfather, Willie Murphy. “He brought with him a stack of albums that may have well been a stack of gold,” Manilow said. “He introduced me to great Broadway albums and great classical albums, Frank Sinatra, Nelson Riddle – and for a 13-year-old kid to hear that for the first time, it was a life-changing moment for me.”

Manilow attended Julliard and in the ‘60s, quickly made a mark for himself in music, writing everything from Off-Broadway musicals to Madison Avenue jingles, including lending a voice on campaigns for Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and McDonald’s. “I wound up working with a lot of singers in New York when I began. I was a piano player, an accompanist, an arranger, and a conductor,” Manilow said. “That’s what I was going to do with my life. I had never, never thought about singing.”

It was meeting Bette Midler in 1971 that would change his course in life and help both of their careers rise to the stratospheric level of where they are today. Manilow was the Divine Miss M’s pianist, conductor and arranger and co-produced her first two albums. It was from her that he said he learned to perform and do a show.

He released a self-titled album in 1973, and a year later its follow-up, “Barry Manilow II,” contained the hit single “Mandy,” which would set in motion a pop career that he never envisioned. “I never wanted to be a singer or performer; all I cared about was being a musician,” he said. “When I wound up with a No. 1 record, it was crazy. I exploded into a million different pieces and as thrilling as it was, it was terrifying also and I wasn’t ready for it.”

While “Copacabana” is his most popular song, it’s a tune that was never expected to gain any traction. “Clive [Davis] hated the song and didn’t want to put it out. It was a novelty song and we didn’t think it could possibly be a single because ‘Barry Manilow doesn’t have dance records’ and Clive was pushing the ballads,” Manilow said. “Out of nowhere, ‘Copa’ exploded off the album without any help from the record company and it turned out to be the biggest record of my career.”

Over a career that’s spanned more than 50 years, Manilow has sold more than 80 million records and that number continues to grow. His latest release, “This Is My Town: Songs of New York” climbed to No. 1 upon its release, showing his musical power is as strong as it’s ever been. The album contains half new songs, half standards, but all with the theme surrounding the singer’s birthplace, evoking the spirit and energy of New York City. “I’ve had that idea for a long time, as I’ve always wanted to do a tribute to my hometown,” he said. “I looked titles up on the internet and I was very surprised at how many really good New York songs there were and I tried them all. It took me months, arranging the ones that felt good, and the best ones wound up on the album.” One of the songs was a medley of tunes that includes “New York State of Mind,” “New York, New York,” “The Sidewalks of New York,” “Native New Yorker” and of course the “Theme from New York, New York.”

Last year, Manilow completed his “One Last Time” tour, which the 74-year-old said would be his final full-length concert tour. But he did promise that it didn’t mean the end of performing live – just that it would be a more pick-and-choose sort of thing. On July 24 and 25, the singer is keeping to his word, and will play two shows at the Theater at MGM Nation Harbor. “I’ve realized what the audiences want today,” Manilow said. “I’m doing as many of the hits as I can possibly squeeze into the show. I’m a lucky guy, who has a catalogue that can fill up an evening of music and most of them are familiar songs.” That means to expect songs like “Weekend in New England,” “It’s a Miracle” and “I Write the Songs.”

“The biggest reward is being able to see the audience. If you saw what I saw, you would not stop performing, either,” he said. “These people are so happy and having such a great time singing these songs and listening to me do my cornball jokes and playing my music, that they do forget the craziness going on out there in the world. That’s the part that keeps me coming back.”

Barry Manilow, Theater at MGM National Harbor. 7:30 p.m., July 24 and July 25. Tickets start at $45.

July 19, 2017 The Washington Blade"Two-night-stand with Barry Manilow" by Keith Loria
In 2015, news that Barry Manilow was married to Garry Kief, his manager and partner of now 40 years, broke in several publications, and any fears the singer had about what it would mean to his career and how his fans would react were quickly put to rest. With performances scheduled at the Theater at MGM National Harbor, July 24-25, Manilow took some time out of his busy schedule to talk about his shows, his storied career and the headlines asserting that he was gay.

Washington Blade (WB): What were the emotions you felt once you decided to come out? Was there a sense of relief once you saw how your fans reacted?
Barry Manilow (BM): Over the years, they have told me and showed me how much they care about me, not just the music. I’ve felt that from the very beginning. I have been in a loving relationship for 40 years and I would have been very surprised if they didn’t cheer and weren’t happy for me, and of course they did. They reacted just as I had hoped they would. I never saw one negative response. Everyone was very happy for me.

WB: You and Garry have been together for almost four decades now. At a time when many couples don’t last, especially those in the public eye, what’s the secret to your long-lasting relationship?
BM: Respect and privacy. We’ve been together going on 40 years and it’s a great relationship, just like any marriage. I grew up around people who were not really in love, with lots of arguing and screaming and I never really saw people respect and love people. Surprisingly enough, this worked out. Garry manages me and I do my work, he does his work, and we’re in great shape. We’ve both handled ourselves as gentlemen and we’re very proud of each other.

WB: Last year you announced your “One Last Time” tour, retiring from touring but promising not to give up on performing. You’re sticking to your word by playing gigs here and there, including your shows next week at National Harbor.
BM: I always said I would do one-nighters. I have no plans to retire. I’m doing weekends now and then. I had to get off the road. It keeps me away from home for weeks and sometimes months at a time and I’ll never do that again. Shows like these, I’m totally fine with doing. The band and I may need to do an extra-long sound check, but we’ve worked together for so long and know all the songs so well, it’s no problem.

WB: What can you preview about what fans can expect from the performance?
BM: For many years, I was able to do album cuts and special material and little by little, as the years went by, I could tell the audience wants the songs they grew up with, or that their parents played for them and whenever I tried to do anything else, I could feel that they weren’t as happy as when I did the big hits. I’m doing as many of the hits as I can possibly squeeze into the show.

WB: What was the genesis behind your latest release, “This Is My Town: Songs of New York,” and as a New Yorker yourself, how important an album was this for you?
BM: I like to make albums that have ideas to them. The days of me doing 10 love songs that have nothing to do with one another, I stopped doing that years ago. I did a Big Band album, I did a show tunes album, I did a decades series and I always wanted to do a tribute to my home town of New York. There were so many great songs that I decided to do a medley of a handful of them because I loved them all but didn’t have enough space for everything.

WB: What is your songwriting process like? What inspires you to write?
BM: If I started to chase the trend machine, it would drive me nuts. I do what feels good. I write a melody and then send it to my brilliant lyricists and then we talk it through. Or, we do it together. I’m one of these guys who work on demand. I work when I have a project. I’ve tried the other way — writing a song for no reason at all, and I love them all, but they wind up in my trunk and I never use them because they don’t fit on the next album. I stopped doing that.

WB: Your stepfather, Willie Murphy, had a big influence on your music career. How did he help shape your musical tastes?
BM: He brought with him a stack of albums that may have well been a stack of gold, because I didn’t know much music. I was raised by my grandparents and my mother, and my mother was into the pop music of the day on the radio, which didn’t really turn me on, and my grandparents were into the old Russian folk songs. When Willie Murphy came into my life with that stack of albums, there was music — great Broadway albums and great classical albums, Frank Sinatra, Nelson Riddle — and for a 13-year-old kid to hear that for the first time, it was a life-changing moment for me. I didn’t know music like that existed.

WB: Are there still musical goals out there that you want to experiment with and try?
BM: Always. The well hasn’t run dry yet. I always have the next idea. I have three ideas in the pipeline now. That’s how I keep young and energetic. You will never find me sitting in front of the TV set. It’s my suggestion to all those people who are getting on -- don’t just sit and watch TV, figure out something to do and do it.

WB: What is it that keeps you coming back to the stage time and time again?
BM: Garry’s told me, “You can’t cure cancer but you can make them forget about it for 90 minutes.” That’s what I’m seeing out there. These people are so happy and having such a great time singing these songs and listening to me do my cornball jokes and playing my music, that they do forget the craziness going on out there in the world. That’s the part that keeps me coming back.

Barry Manilow. The Theater at MGM National Harbor. 101 MGM National Avenue. Oxon Hill, Maryland. July 24-25. 7:30 p.m. $76-309. mgm.theaternationalharbor.com

July 19, 2017 CBS Philly - KYW NewsradioBarry Manilow at the Wells Fargo Center
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July 7, 2017 Philadelphia Inquirer"Barry Manilow announces fall date at Wells Fargo Center" by Nick Vadala
He writes the songs that make the whole world sing, and this fall, Barry Manilow will bring those songs to Philly. Manilow, 74, is scheduled to play the Wells Fargo Center on Sept. 15 in support of his latest album This is My Town: Songs of New York. According to a release, Manilow will play hits including “Copacabana” and “Mandy.”

Released in April, This is my Town features original tracks mixed with covers of songs celebrating New York City, Manilow’s hometown. The album also features [songs] from New York-oriented musicians including Billy Joel, Leonard Bernstein, and Alicia Keys.

Tickets for the Wells Fargo Center date go on sale to the general public starting July 14 at 10 a.m. via the Wells Fargo Center website and box office, as well as Manilow’s official website. According to the Wells Fargo Center site, tickets will run between $19.75 and $249.75.

June 17, 2017 Yahoo! MusicBarry Manilow's Biggest Billboard Hot 100 Hits
Happy birthday, Barry Manilow! In honor of Manilow's special day (June 17), Billboard takes a look at the singer's top 20 biggest songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

Manilow's Hot 100 career started with a bang, as his 1974 chart debut, "Mandy," sailed all the way to No. 1 on the Jan. 18, 1975-dated chart. The smash earned him a Grammy Award nomination for record of the year and marked the first of three chart-toppers. He followed it with the No. 1s "I Write the Songs" in January of 1976 (and it leads our exclusive recap of his biggest Hot 100 hits, see list below) and "Looks Like We Made It" in July of 1977.

Coming up second on our recap is his 1978 hit "Can't Smile Without You," which peaked at No. 3 in April of that year, tallying a total of 19 weeks on the chart. Other top 10 favorites include "Could it Be Magic," "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again," "Weekend in New England," "Copacabana (At the Copa)," "Ships," "Somewhere in the Night," and "I Made it Through the Rain" -- all of which charted between 1975 and 1981.

On the Billboard 200, Manilow has landed 15 top 10 albums, including two No. 1s: Barry Manilow Live (1977) and The Greatest Songs of the Fifties, which debuted atop the chart in 2006.

Barry Manilow's Top 20 Biggest Billboard Hot 100 Hits

Rank, Title, Peak Position, Peak Date

  1. "I Write the Songs," No. 1 (1 week), Jan. 17, 1976
  2. "Can't Smile Without You," No. 3, April 22, 1978
  3. "Mandy," No. 1 (1 week), Jan. 18, 1975
  4. "Looks Like We Made It," No. 1 (1 week), July 23, 1977
  5. "Could It Be Magic," No. 6, Sept. 20, 1975
  6. "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again," No. 10, May 22, 1976
  7. "Weekend in New England," No. 10, Feb. 26, 1977
  8. "Copacabana (At The Copa)," No. 8, Aug. 12, 1978
  9. "Ships," No. 9, Dec. 1, 1979
  10. "Somewhere in the Night," No. 9, Feb. 17, 1979
  11. "I Made it Through the Rain," No. 10, Jan. 31, 1981
  12. "Ready to Take a Chance Again," No. 11, Nov. 18, 1978
  13. "It's a Miracle," No. 12, May 10, 1975
  14. "The Old Songs," No. 15, Nov. 28, 1981
  15. "Read 'Em and Weep," No. 18, Jan. 7, 1984
  16. "When I Wanted You," No. 20, March 1, 1980
  17. "Somewhere Down the Road," No. 21, Feb. 20, 1982
  18. "Some Kind of Friend," No. 26, April 30, 1983
  19. "Even Now," No. 19, June 24, 1978
  20. "This One's For You," No. 29, Oct. 30, 1976

Barry Manilow's Biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, through the June 24, 2017, ranking.Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.

June 5, 2017 Long Island Business News"Manilow adds second show at Coliseum" by Joe Dowd
Long Island can’t get enough of singer/songwriter Barry Manilow who, after selling out his May 25 show, has scheduled a second performance for the Nassau Coliseum in September. The pop icon will perform on Thursday, Sept. 14 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, promoters announced Monday.

The New York native’s show will feature his greatest hits, along with songs from his new album, “This Is My Town: Songs of New York,” which was released on April 21 by the Verve Label Group of Universal. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 9 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum beginning Saturday, June 10 at noon (if tickets are still available). Presale tickets will be available beginning Friday, June 2 at 10 a.m.

Manilow, 73, has enjoyed a 50-year career in show business, releasing pop classics including “Mandy,” “Looks Like We Made it,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” and “Copacabana.” He began his career writing some of advertising’s most famous jingles, including some for State Farm, McDonald’s and Band-Aid.

The new Nassau Coliseum reopened on April 5 after undergoing an extensive and controversial renovation following the departure of the New York Islander’s for Brooklyn. The Coliseum can accommodate up to 16,000 seats for concerts.

June 1, 2017 Yahoo! News"How Barry Manilow's biggest money mistake left him with just $11,000 in the bank" by Catherine Clifford
Barry Manilow grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, back when the now ultra-hip New York neighborhood was less than desirable. His earliest music gigs, he worked as a piano player, accompanying other more successful artists. Then his single, "Mandy," released in 1974, hit big. When he got paid for it, he literally went from broke to millionaire in a single day.

Clive Davis, then-president of Arista Records, personally handed Manilow a $1 million check. "I'll never forget it, because that was the beginning of my career," Manilow tells Forbes. "I didn't tell him I had literally just bounced a check that morning."

Manilow was ill-equipped to handle the windfall. He was passionate about music, but his finances were another matter. "We [musicians] are all into the music!" Manilow tells CNBC. "I came from bouncing checks at the A&P [supermarket] to getting big crazy checks. What am I supposed to do with that?"

So Manilow hired someone to take care of his finances. What he didn't do, however, was think carefully about hiring the right person. "I hired the wrong guy," says Manilow to CNBC. "From 'Mandy' all the way through to 'Copacabana,' I didn't see anything. And I didn't know it until my manager, Garry Kief, came along and said, 'You know, you have only got $11,000 in the bank.' From 'Mandy' all the way through 'Copa,' I had $11,000 in the bank."

"Mandy" had topped the charts. So did "Copacabana," which came out in 1978. It also won Manilow a Grammy Award. Those were prolific years for the singer. He released five full albums. So Manilow was shocked and upset when he realized had only $11,000 left to show for it. He didn't have a choice but to start over. "I started to go to work," he tells CNBC.

Indeed, he did. Manilow released more than 30 of his own albums and produced albums for other artists including Bette Midler, Nancy Wilson and Dionne Warwick. He won numerous accolades including 11 Grammy nominations, two Emmy's, a Tony for his performance in "Barry Manilow on Broadway," and three American Music Awards. He even produced jingles and commercials for brands including State Farm, Band-Aids, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and McDonald's.

With a career including more than 85 million albums sold worldwide and 50 Top 40 singles, Manilow is no longer bouncing checks. But he has become more involved in managing his own finances. "I pay attention more than I did, believe me," he tells CNBC.

He's still not interested in spending his days obsessing over money, though. "I like a piano keyboard not a computer keyboard," Manilow says. First and foremost, he is driven by his passion to make music. "I started off just wanting to be a musician and that's all that is important to me," he says. "The rest of it I am grateful to have, don't get me wrong, but it's never really been what I went after."

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May 30, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution"Barry Manilow will return to Atlanta with Fox Theatre concert" by Melissa Ruggieri
Despite saying farewell on a 2015 tour, Barry Manilow is returning to the road -- and Atlanta. The hit machine will perform at the Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. July 27.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 4 via www.foxtheatre.org, the venue box office and by calling 1-855-285-8499; a Citi cardmember presale runs from 10 a.m. May 31 through 10 p.m. June 3 (check www.citiprivatepass.com for details). Tickets are $49-$299.

Manilow, who recently graced the cover of People magazine, just released “This is My Town: Songs of New York,” which pays tribute to his Brooklyn upbringing with tracks including the classics “On Broadway” and “Lonely Town” and original Manilow compositions, “Coney Island” and “On the Roof.”

Manilow’s “One Last Time!” tour visited Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth in June 2015; the last time he played the Fox was April 2002.

May 26, 2017 New York Daily News"Barry Manilow serenades New York at the Nassau Coliseum" by Andrew Theodoraki
Barry Manilow fans flooded the Nassau Coliseum Thursday night for a chance to see the perennial entertainer perform his first local show since coming out as gay in April. The Brooklyn native is in the midst of a small tour promoting his new album, "This is My Town: Songs of New York." In addition to the classics, "It's a Miracle," "Mandy," "Could be Magic" and "Copacabana (At the Copa)," the “Fanilows” were treated to songs about the big city to the west like, "Brooklyn Blues" and "New York City Rhythm."

Manilow bantered with the crowd after almost every song, which created somewhat of an intimate experience in the newly-renovated arena. Manilow commented on the current state of pop music, stating, "It's just not melodic. Lots of great rhythm but no melodies." To the younger members of the audience, he put himself in perspective by admitting, "I was the Justin Bieber of the '70s" ... Manilow will return to Nassau Coliseum on September 14!

May 24, 2017 CTPost"Barry Manilow to perform at Foxwoods" by Linda Tuccio-Koonz
Barry Manilow is making his way to Foxwoods Resort Casino for a Saturday night, May 27, concert in the Grand Theater. The singer-songwriter will perform a mix of his greatest hits, plus tunes from his new album, “This is my Town: Songs of New York.” Tickets to the show include a copy of the album. Manilow’s new record came out in April and celebrates the Big Apple with such songs as “New York City Rhythm,” “On the Roof” and “The Brooklyn Bridge,” a virtual duet with the late Mel Tormé.

The veteran singer’s fans, aka “Fanilows,” have been especially supportive since he came out publicly about being gay, according to a recent Reuters story that said he received thousands of letters of encouragement over the last month. Manilow, 73, told Reuters he didn’t come out sooner because he feared he might disappoint his mostly female fan base. But he said he should not have been afraid, “because my fans, and frankly the public, they care about my happiness and I have always known that.” The pop legend and his longtime partner have been together for 39 years and were married in 2014, according to an article in People magazine.

Earlier this month, Manilow received a Broadcast Music Inc. award for his decades of success in the U.S. music industry. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has sold more than 80 million records around the globe and is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, with more than 50 Top 40 hits. He’s especially known for such hits as “Mandy” and “Looks Like We Made It.”

Foxwoods Resort Casino, Grand Theater, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket. Friday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m. $253.75, $178.75, $98.75. 800-200-2882, foxwoods.com

May 23, 2017 Durant Democrat"Middle School Choir performs with Barry Manilow" by By Dan Pennington
Singer, songwriter, arranger, musician and producer Barry Manilow had the distinct honor of performing with the Durant Middle School Choir. Aprill Raines as Middle School Choir Director, has a memory that will be hard to top. Her students performed song and choreography on stage with the Vegas performer. He brought his full Copacabana stage to Durant’s Choctaw Grand Theater at Choctaw Casino Resort.

His music people came to guide and show Raines students what to do for their part in the performance. Raines said, “We had a wonderful time with Barry’s Choir Manager Doug, and his Choreographer Kye, who was also one of Barry’s backup singers.” They didn’t have many days to practice so the backstage time, before the show, was very important to the choir.

Many students had not heard of Manilow, but their parents were excited for them. James Airington, another 8th grade choir student said, “I actually knew about Barry Manilow and a lot of his pieces. I thought it was really cool we were going to perform with him. It scared me a little bit at first,” because he said he was in the big leagues.

Mazie Bell, DMS Choir student was really excited, too. She said, “I hadn’t heard of him, but once I told my family and my parents, they told me more about him. My Dad made me listen to Barry Manilow for about 2 hours.” That was her crash course in Manilow music.

Middle School Choir student Chloe Cagle said, “We were in this holding area and the Choir Master was in there and he had a piano. We all stood in our regular arrangement for a show choir rehearsal and we stood around the piano and went through our pieces with him. We had our choreography with Kye, we did that in that same little holding area.”

Cagle said they learned exactly when the cue would come and they were to raise their hands to the music. She said, “It was “Miracle.” We would put our hands by our sides and then throw them up in the air, we’d do that on “Miracle” and “Spectacle.” Cagle said, “There was a section in Copacabana during the instrumental break where he took a minute to acknowledge everyone on the stage.”

Raines said, “One of my choir dads brought an album of Barry’s Greatest Hits and Doug was able to get it signed for us. I’m going to have the kids who performed, sign the inside and display it in the choir room.”

Airington said, “We went through the music and made sure our parts were ok and then we took a break to rest our voices.” His favorite song is Copacabana so he was glad that was a song featured in their performance. Airington said about the moment he was walking on stage he was thinking, “Oh my gosh! I’m on stage with Barry Manilow.”

Bell said, “Those hours waiting backstage were some of the coolest hours I’ve ever had. When we rehearsed songs we didn’t really know, so it was a cool experience. Being in that choir room was kind of overwhelming, being in that new spot. We were rehearsing with the new director Doug. He was very cool, for a backstage guy I guess.”

Seventh grader Jayden Manous said the audience applause was thunderously loud, “It was so loud. My parents were excited, they got to come see it. It was a really cool experience.” Choir student Azure Ammons-Coxsey said, “I really didn’t know who he was at first. Then I found out he won Grammys. It was really big for me and I loved it.”

Manilow at 73 shows no sign of slowing down and he gave his all for the show. With 80 million records sold worldwide, Manilow is a feather in the young choir students cap, that will be hard to beat.

Cagle said, “I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like when we got there. Then, when we started walking on stage, the fog was going and it was smoky and all the lights were on us, and there were so many people out there, I just couldn’t stop smiling. It was an amazing feeling up there on that stage.”

Manilow’s 50 years of performing on stage gave the students plenty to absorb and learn. Raines said, “My students learned a lot from working with them and gained insight into the music business. We had a lot of fun on stage and made memories that will last a lifetime.” There will be many more performances and opportunities on stage, but this time on stage will be a precious memory for the rest of their lives.

May 20, 2017 Newsday"For Barry Manilow, New York is where the music is" by Glenn Gamboa
Barry Manilow says he will always be a New Yorker. “I walk fast. I talk fast. I’m always rushing for a seat on the subway in my head,” says the Brooklyn native, calling from his longtime home in Palm Springs, California. “When I did concerts in the middle of the country, I had to slow down so they could understand me. In New York, it was easy.”

And after Manilow wrapped up his “One Last Time!” tour last year, which he said would be the final time he would be on the road for months at a time, his mind turned to songs about his spiritual home. “It had been in the back of my mind for a while to do an album of New York songs,” Manilow says. “And I wanted to write some stuff because I know about it.”

The result was “This Is My Town: Songs From New York” (Stiletto / Decca), which combined classic Big Apple songs with new Manilow work like the title track and memories of growing up in Williamsburg that turned into “Coney Island” and “Lovin’ at Birdland.” Fans loved the concept, sending it to No. 1 on Billboard’s pop albums chart after it was released last month as well as lining up to see him on a short tour, which includes a stop at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on Thursday. (Manilow is quick to point out that the five shows planned this month are not a tour, simply a way to promote the album, though he adds that he would be interested in perhaps doing residencies in Los Angeles, Chicago and at Nassau Coliseum, playing every few months. “The promoters think I could do it,” he says. “We’ll see if it works.”)

He laughs at the idea that some thought his “One Last Time!” tour signaled the start of retirement plans for the 73-year-old. “Look, I’m more surprised than anybody that I’m still here,” Manilow says. “I thought I’d be retired or dead by now. But I love this new album and there are three more in the pipeline. The well hasn’t run dry yet.”

However, Manilow says he can’t explain his longevity, adding that record executives told him his career as a pop star would last five years. “I believed them, but it lasted 10 years,” he said. “After that, I was so sick of me. I thought, ‘I’ve done everything I can in pop music. Let me do something else.’ And I did the ‘Paradise Café’ album and I did different kinds of albums after that. I never went back to chase the charts. . . . I still don’t know how this is happening.”

When earlier this month Manilow received the BMI Icon Award, the highest honor the music rights management company Broadcast Music Inc. gives, some tried to explain. “Barry Manilow is a visionary whose exceptional body of work has shaped the course of popular music for over five decades,” said BMI vice president Barbara Cane. “He has left a lasting imprint on every aspect of music, influenced the careers of his contemporaries, and touched the lives of many with his unique gift of artistry. His musical brilliance defies genre expectations and I cannot think of a more deserving recipient.”

Manilow, however, offers most of the credit to his fans. “I’m telling you that from the very beginning, I never wanted to do this,” Manilow says. “I was a musician, a composer. I never wanted to be singing and getting up on the stage. When I first played at the Bijou [Café in Philadelphia], I was terrible. I could feel it. . . . But people were so supportive.”

Manilow said he always wanted to repay that fan support. “It was always me and them,” he says. “I do everything I can to entertain them. One year, I even did a tour with stairways and girls with feathers. But all people talked about was the little section of ‘This One’s for You’ when I talked about my grandfather. We realized we didn’t need the girls with feathers after that. It’s always been about me and them.”

Making arrangements - Though Barry Manilow is best known for writing the songs that make the whole world sing -- selling 85 million albums worldwide and landing 11 Top 10 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart along the way -- he has always been proud of his arranging skills.

It’s a talent that he showed off at the concert tribute to music executive Clive Davis during the Tribeca Film Festival last month. There, Manilow strung together a 14-song medley of his hits — starting with “Could It Be Magic” and “Mandy,” moving through singalongs like “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Copacabana,” then ballads “Even Now,” “Weekend in New England” and “Ready to Take a Chance Again,” and then turning upbeat again with “It’s a Miracle,” “I Made It Through the Rain,” “Looks Like We Made It” and “Daybreak,” before closing with the anthems “One Voice,” “This One’s For You” and “I Write the Songs.”

Manilow also showed off his arranging skills on his new album “This Is My Town: Songs From New York” with “NYC Medley” -- which starts with Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” and goes through classics such as “New York, New York” (from “On the Town”), “Manhattan,” “How About You?,” “The Sidewalks of New York,” the disco classic “Native New Yorker” and Jay Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” and closes with “Theme From ‘New York, New York.’”

“I love arranging,” Manilow says, adding that he tried all sorts of songs for “NYC Medley,” including a rap song by Grandmaster Flash. “At one point, I thought, ‘Have I gone too far?’ But there are so many great standards about New York.”

WHO Barry Manilow. WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. INFO $18.25-$248.25; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com

May 18, 2017 The Desert Sun"Barry Manilow offers 'A Gift Of Love' a little sooner this year" by Bruce Fessier
Barry Manilow, who has raised millions of dollars for Coachella Valley charities over the past 20 years, will attempt to add another half-million or so for 25 local charities in December. Manilow, who turns 74 next month, announced he will continue his tradition of performing a series of holiday concerts, titled “A Gift Of Love,” Dec. 12-13, and Dec. 15-17 at the McCallum Theatre. Instead of waiting three years between concerts, as he’s been doing since 2009, this “A Gift Of Love IV” comes just two years after the last big benefit shows.

He’ll distribute the proceeds from these shows to five fewer charities than in 2015. All of the previous concerts have sold out and each “Gift Of Love” series have raised roughly $500,000. Manilow and his management team, headed by Manilow’s husband, Garry Kief, will be distributing more money this year to the 25 charities they have selected.

The concerts traditionally mix Manilow classic songs with holiday favorites. A children’s choir usually joins him on stage as artificial snow falls on the performers. Manilow also recently released a new album, “This Is My Town: Songs of New York,” which might inspire him to do a song or two from its tracklist.

Manilow's last album, “My Dream Duets,” earned him his fifth Grammy nomination in eight years just before “A Gift Of Love III.” Manilow has recorded 47 Top 40 singles, including 12 that hit No. 1. He is ranked as the top adult contemporary chart artist of all time by R&R (Radio & Records) and Billboard magazines.

Tickets will go on sale online at a href="http://www.agiftofloveiv.com" target="tm">www.agiftofloveiv.com or by phone at (424) 298-4818 on Monday, May 22, at 10 a.m. General admission tickets range from $30 to $300. VIP tickets will run from $400 to $2,000 and include special access and benefits. A limited number of concert sponsorships also are available. Tickets will not be available at the McCallum box office.

All tickets allow purchasers to designate which of the 25 charities will benefit from their purchase. All undesignated proceeds are assigned to a general fund and are distributed equally among the participating charities. Detailed information about the VIP Premium tickets is available online at www.agiftofloveiv.com.

Manilow, a dog lover who recently attended the Evening Under the Stars benefit for AAP – Food Samaritans, will again contribute his performances to the “A Gift of Love IV” concerts, a spokesman said, and will not be compensated.

The 25 benefiting charities are:

  • ACT For MS
  • AAP-Food Samaritans
  • Angel View
  • Animal Samaritans
  • Barbara Sinatra Children's Center
  • Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley
  • California CareForce
  • College of the Desert Foundation
  • Desert AIDS Project
  • Desert Arc
  • Desert Cancer Foundation
  • The Desert Symphony
  • Gilda's Club Desert Cities
  • The Girlfriend Factor
  • Guide Dogs of the Desert
  • JFS of the Desert
  • The LGBT Community Center of the Desert
  • The Manilow Music Project
  • Martha's Village & Kitchen
  • McCallum Theatre Institute
  • "Paws and Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy
  • S.O.S.
  • Tools for Tomorrow
  • United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire
  • The Well in the Desert

The Manilow Music Project falls under the umbrella of the Manilow Fund for Health and Hope, a nonprofit organization created by Manilow to support local, grassroots organizations that promote education, health and care. The fund donates to organizations that focus on cancer, AIDS, children’s issues, victims of abuse, the homeless and music education.

May 18, 2017 CTnow"Barry Manilow At Foxwoods" by John Adamian
If you remember American pop culture of the '70s at all, then you remember some of the music of Barry Manilow. Imagine one-part disco-era Bee Gees and another part Liberace glitz with another equal part of Tin Pan Alley songman and you can approximate what Manilow was doing. Songs like "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" (no, he didn't actually write that one) and "Copacabana" were like schmaltzy musical tattoos onto the collective mind of the era.

Manilow, like a number of great songwriters from the '60s and '70s, got his start writing commercial jingles. (He's credited with a role in the "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there," campaign, which is, admittedly, pretty catchy.) He also worked with Bette Midler and many other artists. His new record is a showcase of songs about New York City. The piano-playing pop maestro has said he's giving up on big tours, so this might be your last to catch him in this setting.

Barry Manilow takes the stage at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, Saturday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m. $98.50 and up. foxwoods.com.

May 17, 2017 The Aquarian Weekly"New York City Rhythm: Barry Manilow Discusses Love, Longevity And New Music" by Michael Cavacini

Barry Manilow is my all-time favorite musician. He’s a Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-winning icon who has 50 Top 40 hits, including 12 #1 singles and more than 85 million albums sold worldwide. Simply put, he’s fantastic, and I’ve wanted to interview him for the past three years. Recently, that dream came true. Barry and I discussed his new album, This is My Town: Songs of New York, his nearly-40-year relationship with his husband Garry Kief and much more. I hope you enjoy reading this interview. And don’t forget to pick up Barry’s new album. It’s spectacular!

Q: Your new album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York, is comprised of original material and cover songs - and it’s fantastic! What made you want to record this album at this point in your career?
A: I come from New York. I was born and raised in the slums of Brooklyn, New York. Once you’re a New Yorker, you’re always a New Yorker. Even though I’ve lived in California for more years than I’ve spent in New York, I still consider myself a New Yorker. I still talk fast, I walk fast—I think fast. Still, I feel like I may as well live in New York. It’s always in my blood. Over the years, I’ve loved albums that have an idea to it, instead of just albums filled with love songs or pop songs. I’ve loved doing albums that have had some kind of an angle to it. I did an album that paid tribute to the big band era. Then I did one that paid tribute to Broadway called Showstoppers, and on and on and on. Every album always had some kind of an idea to it. Songs of New York is an idea I’ve always had and I always wanted to do. Now that I’m on Verve and we were looking for what would be the next album, this one seemed like a good one to do right now. That’s why I finally did an album that’s a love letter to my hometown.

Q: You’re the most successful adult contemporary artist of all time. However, your immense success has resulted in some people simply seeing you as a hit machine. They don’t realize that you’re a consummate singer, producer, composer, and lyricist who studied at Juilliard. How do you overcome this misconception?
A: I don’t think it’s a misconception. There were those 10 years, those first 10 years were really about those hit singles. I was a very lucky guy because they always said a good pop career would last five years. I had 10 years of pop hits, from ‘75 to ‘85. Maybe, ‘74 to ‘84. It was a fantastic run, just a fantastic run. That’s probably where I got the reputation of just doing big pop hits. But that ended in ‘84 when radio changed. Radio stopped playing my kind of ballads and the white-boy pop records. They went to the R&B world. It was Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. They just stopped playing the kind of stuff I was producing and releasing. That forced me to figure out, what else do I do? I didn’t feel like stopping making music, and that’s when I came up with ideas for albums.

Q: As someone who has taken singing lessons, I’m astounded by the power and range of your voice. In your 70s you sound better than most singers in their 20s.
A: (laughs) Really?

Q: I think so. Knowing that so many singers have blown out their voices over time, how have you maintained yours for all these years?
A: Michael, I wish I could give you a great answer for a young person that is starting out. How do you take care of your voice? You see, the thing is I started out not really wanting to sing or perform. It never dawned on me to do that. I was going to be a musician, an arranger of music, a conductor, a composer. That’s really all I wanted to do. So, when I got the opportunity to make albums, I really didn’t know anything about singing, I really didn’t. I never took it seriously and then suddenly the albums began to sell and I had to get up on the stage night after night after night and sing for two hours. Of course, the first thing I did was lose my voice. It was the first thing that happened. I lost my voice on the third song every night. I never really learned how to save my voice. I never really learned how to sing. I never took singing lessons. I didn’t know the art of singing. The thing that saved me (laughs) is the monitor man. (laughs) The guy that’s in charge of what I hear on the stage. His job is a thankless job because he really can’t hear what I’m hearing. He has to guess. But those are the guys that every singer is going to rely on while on the stage to make their voice sound good. I have lucked into really talented guys that are in charge of my monitors and that’s what saves my voice. The years when I didn’t have a really great monitor man, that’s when I’d lose my voice immediately. It didn’t matter whether I had lessons or knew how to sing. It wouldn’t have mattered. I would have lost my voice. But because of a great guy in the wings that is taking care of what I hear on that stage—these are the guys I rely on to keep my voice. As far as keeping my voice while making records, it’s the same thing. What I’m hearing is in my headphones, so I’m relying on the guy in the control room. You tell the guy in the control room, “Can you make it a little brighter? Can you turn up the volume? Can you turn down the volume?” It’s all about what the guys are giving the singer in his headset. That’s what has saved my voice.

Q: I was raised by two Dads: my father and his husband. So, when I read your interview with People magazine, where you opened up about being gay for the first time, I was proud of you. What was it like discussing something that has been kept private for so long?
A: Nothing changed. Garry and I have been together going on 40 years, and we raised a daughter, probably, like you were raised. Garry had a daughter when we met and she was only one-year-old, and we raised her. She turned out to be a great, beautiful girl, just like you turned out to be a successful guy. Our relationship and my being gay - I’ve always been a proud gay man. I’ve always been very proud of Garry and [me]. Nothing really changed. When I read the article, it was no big deal. I frankly think it’s no big deal to the readers either. Thank goodness, these days being gay or being married or raising kids... these days it’s no big deal. I don’t think it’s explosive anymore. Now, if you tried to do that back in the ‘70s or ‘80s, yeah, that would be a whole different story. But these days I don’t really think it’s a big deal. Reading about it, well, I think they did a really good job. I think they were very respectful. I think they were very affectionate. Garry and I were very happy with what we read.

Q: In the song “Shadow Man” you sing, “No one knows you but they all love you. Just don’t let them get too much of you. Careful man. Don’t forget you’re the Shadow Man.” Is this song autobiographical?
A: (laughs) If you want it to be, it could be. Bruce and Jack, my collaborators, wrote that lyric. I didn’t write that lyric. I don’t know what they meant. I think what they’re talking about is a pop star keeping secrets. There are a lot of straight guys who could sing that song and still have things they didn’t want people to know about. Right? So, I don’t think it was a particular event that they were writing about. Certainly, when I sing it, it’s the last thing on my mind — hiding that I’m gay — because I’ve never hidden. I swear, Michael, I’ve never hidden that I am a gay man. Garry and I are so proud of our relationship. We never, never hide it. Maybe to the mass public, maybe they might have been surprised. But we’ve never hidden it. And as far as “Shadow Man” goes, that’s the last thing I would think of.

Q: Your first autobiography, Sweet Life: Adventures on the Way to Paradise, covered a good portion of your career, but so much has happened since then. When can fans expect another autobiography from you? And what would you like it to include?
A: (laughs) If I were to write another autobiography, I certainly would include more about Garry and [me]. In this day and age, there would be no reason not to talk about my relationship with Garry. If I were to do one, of course, there would be a lot about the two of us. Actually, I started to work on a part two to Sweet Life. I did it over the summer. My problem with my life is that I’m so f*ing boring! (laughs) I bored myself when I was writing about what happened over the last 20 years. I’ll take a stab at it again. (laughs)

Q: You played a key role in reviving the career of Dionne Warwick at a time when she wasn’t sure if she should continue singing. What was that like?
A: People warned me that Dionne might be difficult to work with and that was the farthest thing from what happened. We had a ball making that record. It was a party every afternoon. It’s one of my favorite memories. She was in great voice that entire album, as you might be able to hear. On every song of that album she was hitting notes in her range that I didn’t know she had. It was a great, wonderful experience. If you talk to her about making that album, she will say the same thing. It was a great creative experience for the two of us.

Q: You first gained notoriety working with Bette Midler. What was it like performing live with The Divine Miss M and producing her music?
A: Bette is one of the most talented human beings that we have on the planet. When she started off and I was her musical director and arranger and all, it was thrilling. I had started with her before she exploded. I had a small band that I had hired to back her up and we all knew, oh boy, this is big. This girl is going to go far. For the first year, we worked in small clubs in the middle of nowhere and the audiences would go crazy in the small clubs. We all knew that any minute that she was going to explode. And during the second year she exploded, and it was exactly what I expected. She did The Tonight Show and everything changed. She was on the cover of Newsweek magazine. It was a thrilling experience for me to be supporting this incredible talent and watching her become so well-respected and well-loved. It was a thrilling three or four years.

Q: Speaking of Bette, will you be seeing her in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway?
A: I’m going into New York next week and I wish I could but they’ve got me booked from morning until night. But eventually I’ll probably wind up going to see it. I hear she’s just brilliant in it.

Q: Like you, Melissa Manchester is a phenomenal lyricist and vocalist and you’ve worked together several times over the years. Looking back on your time as friends and colleagues, what’s your favorite experience with Melissa?
A: Well, we just finished doing a duet for her latest album. We just did it. She did an album that paid tribute to the great female singers from the past, and now she’s doing an album that’s paying tribute to the great male singers. She asked me if I’d do a duet with her and, of course, I said, “Yes” and we did it. She came to my studio and we sang together. I think it’s going to be a beautiful duet. We’re still friends and we’re still singing together. She’s great and one-of-a-kind. She’s one of the greatest voices ever.

Q: The Manilow Music Project is clearly something you hold very near and dear to your heart. What was the inspiration for starting this organization?
A: One of my friends down here, years ago, told me that his daughter wanted to play the sax and the school didn’t have one. I said, “They don’t have one?” He said, “No. They’re running out of instruments and they didn’t have a sax for her.” I said, “They’re running out of instruments?! What the hell is that about?” When I looked into it I found, to my disappointment and horror, that most schools in the country are running out of instruments and more. The first thing they do is cut music and arts in high schools and middle schools all over the country. They don’t have music stands or sheet music to play from. All these music departments are running out of everything because they don’t have the money to do it. So, I came to the rescue to do my little part of it and I try to get instruments into the schools that are running out of them. When I was on the road for a long time, I’d donate a piano to a music program in every city I visited. Then I’d do an instrument drive and ask the audiences to bring down any instruments that they had in their attic or basement that was just collecting dust. They would do that and in every city we would collect about 100 instruments and we would divide them into schools that needed them. That was what I could do all those years on the road, and I’ll continue to do it whenever I can.

Q: You and Liza Minnelli are friends. How is she doing?
A: From what I understand, she’s doing better than ever. Michael Feinstein has gotten her out to perform with him, and I think she’s doing better than ever. That’s what I hear.

Barry Manilow will be performing at The New Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on May 25. This is My Town: Songs of New York is available now. For more information, go to barrymanilow.com.

May 10, 2017 Billboard.com"Barry Manilow Receives BMI Icon Award as Co-Songwriter of the Year Justin Tranter Pushes for More Diversity" by Gail Mitchell
During the 65th annual BMI Pop Awards on Tuesday night, Barry Manilow received the BMI Icon Award, Ross Golan and Justin Tranter tied for songwriter of the year honors, Shawn Mendes’ hit “Stitches” was named song of the year, and Warner/Chappell Publishing Corp. was crowned publisher of the year.

But arguably one of the evening’s biggest takeaways was Tranter’s entreaty to the industry audience to foster more diversity within the songwriter ranks. “I’m an activist, so I can’t be near a microphone without doing some sort of activism,” he began. “Everyone in this room: Put more LGBTQ people in your sessions, please.” Amid loud cheering and applause, the openly gay songwriter added, “Also, Julia Michaels [his writing partner] is a Latina. Put more women and put more women of color in your sessions and do it now!”

Upon accepting his award, Manilow joined such previous BMI Icon honorees as Nile Rodgers, Stevie Nicks, Paul Simon and Carole King. In addition to charting such hits as “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Looks Like We Made It,” the Grammy-, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning artist also penned memorable commercial jingles for McDonald’s, Band-Aid and Dr. Pepper, among other brands. He recently logged his 26th top 40-charting album on the Billboard 200 with This Is My Town: Songs of New York and made headlines for opening about being gay and his secret marriage to manager Garry Kief in 2014.

“I’m so honored to receive this award,” said Manilow, who also congratulated all the songwriters in the room. “Even though I love producing, arranging and performing, my heart is in composing music -- and you guys know what I’m talking about.”

BMI president/CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI VP of writer/publisher relations Barbara Cane hosted the pop awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The complete list of winners is available at BMI.com.

May 10, 2017 Chicago Sun Times"Barry Manilow married, merry and in a ‘New York’ state of mind" by Miriam Di Nunzio
Life these days couldn’t be sweeter for Barry Manilow.... With five decades of music business success to his credit, he received the BMI Icon award Tuesday night in honor of that legacy, which boasts 85 million albums sold, 50 Top 40 singles, 12 No. 1 hits, and induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, not to mention Grammy, Tony and Emmy awards. And he’s just released “This Is My Town: Songs of New York” (Decca), his 31st studio album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart in April.

To paraphrase one of Manilow’s hits, when did he realize he had finally made it? “Last week!” Manilow says, chuckling. “I’m still working. I don’t think I’ve ever really felt that feeling that I finally made it.... I don’t think there has been a moment like that in my life because I’m always thinking about the next one. … I feel like I’ve made it when I sit at a piano and come up with a great chord change! That is as high as it gets for me. It starts and ends with the music. Not the fame or the legends, or awards. That’s great and I couldn’t be more grateful for it, but that’s not why I’m here. I never want to disappoint the fans. First and foremost, [my goal] is to give them work that they can be proud of. But most of all I want them to be proud of me as a human being. I’m very, very aware that there’s a lot of people who’ve been standing up for me and by me for years. And I never want to disappoint them, not only as a musician but most of all as a person. I’ve always tried to be a gentleman and a decent man [so] the people who’ve stood up for me can be proud of me.”

Never has Manilow felt the love and support of his fans more profoundly than the past few weeks after he very publicly acknowledged his 40-year relationship with his longtime manager, Garry Kief, who in 2014 became Manilow’s husband in a private ceremony at their Palm Springs estate. While news of the nuptials broke soon after the marriage, it wasn’t until April that Manilow publicly discussed being gay via a People magazine cover story.

Suggestions that he kept his sexuality a secret for decades are ridiculous, Manilow insists, since it was never really secret. “Nothing has changed from the day before [the article in People] to the day after,” the singer says emphatically. “It’s been my life for 40 years. Everybody has always known that Garry and I have always been a couple - my band, my crew, my family, my friends. And 90 percent of the fans knew, and it really is no big deal... I’m a 73-year-old guy, I’m not married to a woman and I love Judy Garland. You do the math... It’s just that these days it really is no big deal... For me, there’s never been anything wrong with it. I could not be prouder of being a gay man and having a beautiful life and a great partner for 40 years.”

That beautiful life and partnership has also included raising a daughter, Manilow happily confirms. “We have a daughter, Garry’s biological daughter, Kirsten, and we raised her together all these years. He was married with a 1-year-old daughter when we got together [Manilow was married briefly to his high school sweetheart, Susan Deixler, in the mid-1960s]. Kirsten’s turned out to be one of the most beautiful and smartest women you’ll ever meet. It’s so funny, not one interviewer over the years has asked me about my personal life,” Manilow continues. “Nobody from a record company ever brought it up and [yet] everybody knew. We went out to dinners and parties and nobody ever brought it up... There was one guy in the ’70s that was interviewing me and just nailed me [on it] and of course I lied because that’s what you had to do back in those days. No [other] interviewer has ever asked, and if they had I would have been proud to answer.”

“Back in those days” was the 1970s, Manilow says, when he feared coming out would erode his female-heavy fan base or possibly end his career. “It was very difficult to do that [back then], to have a conversation like we’re having, because it would have [resulted in] a very negative article... My fans have been so supportive, standing by me through all the bad reviews, the lousy shows. I couldn’t do that [to them] -- to have them stand up for me with this [revelation] during those times where it would have been terrible news.”

Manilow is hoping the love and support of his fans will translate into an appreciation of his new album, his love letter to New York -- from the tough Williamsburg, Brooklyn, neighborhood where he was born and raised, to the bright lights of Manhattan and Broadway, which would come to embrace him and his music. “After the pop singles stopped, which was with “Read ‘Em and Weep,’ the world of pop music started to change. It went from my kind of big ballads to the worlds of Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. They stopped playing my records on the radio just as I was done with the world of pop radio. So it really wasn’t any choice. I had to figure out what to do if I was gonna continue to make records. And so I did the '[2:00 A.M.] Paradise Cafe' album. And every album after 1984 had a [concept] to it. So that led to ‘Swing Street.’ After that it was a tribute to the big bands. After that it was a tribute to Broadway with ‘Showstoppers.’ And [amid all of those] one idea always was to do a city album. I had different songs for different cities that meant a lot to me. New York was always the [top of the list]. It was always, ‘Some day I’ll do a New York album.’ This was the right time.”

The new album, co-produced with David Benson, features a combination of classics and Manilow originals, including a rarely done (but familiar to Manilow music fans) medley cut— all of them about his beloved New York. “When I started off making this album it was gonna be a little four-man combo jazz album,” Manilow says. “I started looking up the standards and I found there were a lot of standards written about New York. A lot of them were pop. So my idea of a little jazzy album went out the window. Then the whole album went wacky because there were a lot of different styles. There was the Broadway stuff, the jazz stuff, the R&B. And I was like, well, New York is a melting pot of different styles so [why not] an album having different styles of music?”

As always, Manilow went to work on the arrangements, his one true musical love (“I’ve never considered myself a singer”). “I always wanted to be Nelson Riddle,” he confesses. “When I was listening to the Beatles when I was younger I was really listening to George Martin, who was the guy who invented the string quartet behind ‘Eleanor Rigby.’ That’s the guy I wanted to be.”

The album’s lineup takes the listener on a journey through all of New York’s five boroughs, from a subway train ride to Coney Island to Manhattan to a virtual duet with the late Mel Torme on a rarely recorded song about a very famous bridge, using Torme’s “perfect arrangement.” “When I decided I would do [‘The Brooklyn Bridge’] I could not figure out any arrangement that would be any better than what Mel did. He was an arranger like me.”

As for his personal life, Manilow says it remains rock-solid, even though some would argue having one’s husband for a manager is not always a good idea. “That’s the miracle of this relationship. It’s a relationship built on respect, and we’ve never bumped heads about anything,” Manilow says. “Garry’s the smartest guy I’ve ever met. He’s a great manager. He takes care of my career on the business level and I take care of the music and we plan out what we’re want to do together.... [As for the People article] it’s about two guys who made it through 40 years... Maybe that will make people feel good. Maybe it will inspire some young people that they can do it, too. [Ours] has been a very positive love story... [Laughing] We’re still talking to each other!”

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May 11, 2017 TheRecord.comBarry Manilow never wanted to be a singer
Barry Manilow admits he didn't want to sing or perform when he started out. The music icon has had a career spanning more than 50 years with hits such as 'Mandy' and 'Copacabana' embedded in popular culture. But despite his incredible success, Manilow insists he only ever wanted to be a songwriter behind the scenes.

Speaking on UK TV show 'This Morning', the 73-year-old star said: "It was exciting when I started. I started just playing piano and I didn't want to sing or perform. I was always going to be in the background, composing or arranging, any of that. I went to school for that. It was the year of the singer/songwriter with people such as Carole King. I had made a demo of my songs hoping other people will sing them but I then got a record deal."

When he landed his first record deal, Manilow shared his happy news with his friend Bette Midler, whom he has worked with on a number of records, and she was shocked to hear he was going to put himself out there as an artist. He recalled: "Bette said, 'Doing what? You don't sing.' I got my first album. It was a big surprise for everyone."

Decades later the singer is still going strong and has just released his new album 'This Is My Town: Songs of New York' and although he doesn't want to tour any more he doesn't want to quit music. Manilow - who is performing three concerts at The O2 in London in September 2018 - said: "I don't want to stop. I will still be doing one nighters and maybe even coming back to London. I'm just getting off the road. It just got to me. I remember we finally got to another hotel in another city and I just said, 'I can't do this any more'. My fans are incredibly dedicated. I am going to meet them at record signings. I don't have an answer to what my fans [see] but I am happy they do."

May 10, 2017 People.com"Barry Manilow Says Life After Coming Out in His PEOPLE Cover Story Is a ‘Beautiful Experience’" by Jeff Nelson
Barry Manilow made it through the rain — and he couldn’t be happier! The pop legend and his longtime partner Garry Kief were outed after news of their secret wedding broke in 2015, and Manilow opened up about his marriage and sexuality for the first time in an exclusive PEOPLE cover story in April. Now, he’s discussing his last month of living out and proud since the story went viral.

“It’s turned out to be just great. I’ve really enjoyed it, most of all because the fans and the public have been so supportive. I thought, ‘Oh, man, I’m gonna get a lot of negative stuff.’ Not one negative letter, comment — anywhere,” Manilow said Tuesday at the BMI Pop Awards in L.A. “These people, these strangers — they care for me. Isn’t it odd? I’m just a musician who sings. And these people care about my happiness — and that’s what’s been going on. It’s been a beautiful, beautiful experience.”

At the event, Manilow, 73, was honored with the BMI Icon Award for his 50-year career in showbiz, during which he’s released pop classics (see: “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Copacabana (at the Copa),” etc.) and famous jingles (for State Farm Insurance, Band-Aid and more). [Barry] released his latest album, This Is My Town, in April.

May 10, 2017 Variety"Barry Manilow Named Icon, Warner/Chappell Wins Top Publisher, Justin Tranter Calls for ‘More LGBTQ’ Songwriters at BMI Awards" by Paula Parisi
Warner/Chappell was named Publisher of the Year, Justin Tranter and Ross Golan were Songwriters of the Year, Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” was Song of the Year, and Barry Manilow received the Icon Award at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on Tuesday night. Warner/Chappell saw 17 of its songwriters’ tunes taking trophies.

The event, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, honors the most performed songs of the year and the writers behind them. Halsey, Rachel Platten, Andy Grammer and Charlie Puth were among the singer-songwriters on hand. “Last year BMI collected more royalties than any group, and we’re going to smash that record,” said BMI president and CEO Mike O’Neill.

Yet the evening’s most attention-grabbing quote came when Tranter and Golan accepted their Songwriters of the Year awards, which the Tranter used as a platform to encourage greater diversity in writing rooms. “Tonight we’re honoring Barry Manilow,” who recently came out and revealed his marriage to business partner Garry Kief. “Put more LGBTQ people in your sessions, please. Also, [Tranter’s frequent collaborator] Julia Michaels is a Latina. Put more women, and more women of color, in your sessions, and do it now.”

May 10, 2017 Sunday Post"Barry Manilow ‘truly honoured’ by icon award at celebration of pop songwriters" by Sam Blewett
Barry Manilow has said he is "truly honoured" to be handed an icon award at a celebration of pop songwriters. The Copacabana singer, 73, received the honour at the 65th Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) Pop Awards for his contribution to music with his songwriting through the generations. Accepting the award, Manilow said: "Even though I love producing, arranging and performing, my heart is in composing music and that’s why this award is so important to me. "I’m truly honoured for this award tonight." BMI president Mike O’Neill celebrated Manilow as a "consummate entertainer and world class songwriter" during the ceremony in Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Previous recipients of the icon award have included Sting, Stevie Nicks, Nile Rodgers and Dolly Parton.
May 10, 2017 Daily ExpressBarry Manilow writes the songs and now has the award to prove it
Singing legend Barry Manilow has said he is "truly honoured" to be handed an icon award at a celebration of pop songwriters. The singer, 73, received the honour at the 65th Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) Pop Awards for his contribution to music with his songwriting through the generations.

Accepting the award, Manilow said: "Even though I love producing, arranging and performing, my heart is in composing music and that's why this award is so important to me. "I'm truly honoured for this award tonight."

BMI president Mike O'Neill celebrated Manilow as a "consummate entertainer and world class songwriter" during the ceremony in Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.

May 10, 2017 USA TodayManilow: 'BMI is a songwriter's best friend'
Barry Manilow praises BMI and the support they've afforded him as he's honored with the company's Icon Award.

May 10, 2017 USA TodayManilow's 'outing' was 'a beautiful experience'
Barry Manilow says being outed by the National Enquirer was "a beautiful, beautiful experience" as he is honored by the BMI.

May 9, 2017 Broadway WorldBarry Manilow to Croon at The O2 Arena Next Autumn
Grammy-, Tony-, and Emmy Award-winning pop superstar Barry Manilow will take to the stage at London's O2 Arena in celebration of his newest album, "This is My Town: Songs of New York," #1 on U.S. Pop Album Chart, for three special one-off shows on 6th/7th and 8th September 2018. Tickets and general information are available at www.manilow.com.

Manilow will perform his greatest hits like "Copacabana" and "Mandy" as well as songs from his new album. Do not miss the chance to hear the legend in person!

Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with over 50 Top 40 hits.

Tickets can be purchased from the following: TheO2.co.uk : 0844 856 0202; ticketline.co.uk : 0844 888 9991; or ticketmaster.co.uk.

For more information on Barry Manilow, go to www.manilow.com or follow him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/barrymanilow and Twitter: www.twitter.com/barrymanilow.

May 9, 2017 StereoBoard.com"Barry Manilow To Play Three Nights At London's O2 Arena In Autumn 2018" by Laura Johnson
Barry Manilow will play three consecutive nights at the O2 Arena in 2018. The legendary entertainer will perform at the London venue on September 6, 7 and 8, with tickets set to go on general sale at 9am on May 12.

Manilow released a new studio album, 'This Is My Town: Songs of New York', last month. Check out the title track below!

Barry Manilow Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

  • Thu September 06 2018 - LONDON O2 Arena
  • Fri September 07 2018 - LONDON O2 Arena
  • Sat September 08 2018 - LONDON O2 Arena

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May 9, 2017 Entertainment Focus"Barry Manilow announces three London O2 Arena shows" by Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pop legend Barry Manilow has announced that he will perform three dates at London’s O2 Arena in September 2018. The shows will take place on the 6th, 7th and 8th September 2018 and will be in support of Barry’s new album This Is My Town: Songs of New York. Fans can also expect Barry to perform a selection of his greatest hits such as "Copacabana" and "Mandy."

Over his career to date, Barry has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and sold more than 85 million records worldwide. He is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with over 50 Top 40 hits.

Tickets for the shows are on sale now from www.theo2.co.uk, www.ticketline.co.uk and www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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April 30, 2017 Sunday Express"Barry Manilow interview: Being on stage is the hardest thing!" by Ruth Hughes and Clair Woodward
He famously sang “I write the songs that make the whole world sing”, and for more than 40 years his music has been the soundtrack to many of our lives. So, it seems fitting that Barry Manilow has now chosen to craft a love letter to the place that made him the man he is today. Barry’s new album "This Is My Town: Songs of New York" (out now on Decca) features songs about New York, the city he was born and raised in and where he began his incredible rise to fame.

When I meet him in a suite at a London hotel, he is kind, funny, honest and every bit the superstar I imagined him to be. He exudes the calm self-assurance of a man who has seen it all, done it all, and earned his place as a bona fide legend.

Our interview comes a couple of weeks after Barry, 73, spoke for the first time about being gay and talked about his 40-year relationship with his longtime manager Garry Kief, whom he married in 2014. The couple now live in California, but Barry’s still a New Yorker at heart. “I’ve lived in California longer than I was in New York, but when you’ve come from New York you are always a New Yorker. I talk fast, I walk fast, I think fast, and when I get back to New York I’m home. So this album was deeper than I thought it was going to be – I got emotional and had to stop the tape when we were recording the title song.”

I ask whether he feels New York played a part in his success and the man he has become. “Absolutely – New York and my family that comes from there. There’s an energy and there’s an honesty that people in New York have. You might call it blunt,” laughs Barry. “That was very valuable to me when I got out to Hollywood and the show business world. It was very valuable to have this capability of knowing who’s telling you the truth and who’s not. I came from a real bad neighbourhood; Williamsburg, Brooklyn. These days it’s one of the most expensive areas in all of New York, the apartments go for millions of dollars. The same apartments that my aunts and uncles lived in, the same place that the taxi drivers wouldn’t take me to it was so dangerous, now is the hippest and most expensive area in all of New York. But when I was there it was very dangerous,” laughs Barry.

He has certainly come a very long way. Barry is one of the world’s biggest selling artists, with more than 85 million albums sold worldwide and 50 Top 40 singles, as well as a shelf-full of awards.

Barry’s career started when he was 19. He composed The Drunkard, a musical that ran off-Broadway for eight years. He then became a pianist, producer and arranger, writing music for TV and commercials, a major break coming with his work as pianist, musical director and arranger for Bette Midler.

Record bosses seized on his incredible talent and singing voice and he released his debut album in 1973. Yet despite his amazing success, Barry doesn’t consider himself a natural performer. “I never wanted to be a performer; I wanted to be a musician and if I were lucky I would be a composer or an arranger or a conductor. I went to school for that and that’s what I did for the first 10 years. I accompanied singers, I arranged music for them, I went on the road with them. So when I began to make records, it was crazy. But it was successful, so I wound up standing on a stage trying to figure out what to do and how to hold a microphone and how to talk to these people. That was kind of strange. I’m more of a musician and an arranger than I am a performer. I figured out how to do the job on the stage but I love producing my show or other people’s shows, or creating things. The standing up on stage and singing – that’s the hardest thing for me to do.”

He also found adapting to fame a challenge. “When it hit me I was 29 years old. It nearly knocked me down. It knocked me over but it didn’t knock me down. I was shocked and terrified. I didn’t know what was happening. The only thing that saved me was looking around one afternoon and everybody around me were people I was paying. My publicist, my agent, my assistant, the guy that was cooking for me. I said, ‘Where did my life go? Where are my friends? Where was my family?’. There was nobody there. There were all these people and I was paying them. They were nice people and they had turned into family and friends, but it was different, they treated me differently than my friends and family would have because I was Barry Manilow – in capital letters. I was (working too much), I hadn’t been home for a while, they didn’t know when I would call them, they didn’t know where I was. So I had to go back and reconnect with my roots and things got better after that, but there was a moment there, jeez, that really threw me.”

Barry admits that therapy has played a huge part throughout his life. “I love therapy, everybody should do that. You guys over here make fun of it, but that’s why you’re all crazy,” says Barry, bursting into laughter. “It’ll change your life for the better. Open up doors that you were afraid to open up, but when you do you’ll find out who you really are and what you really want. I went to therapy even before that fame thing happened but I went because I knew that I needed to talk to somebody about stuff, even when I was younger.”

Which leads me to the question, why has he chosen now to talk about his sexuality? “I knew that my fans would be fine with it, because they have always wanted me happy. I’ve had nothing but positive response and I would not expect anything less than that”.

Barry’s says his desire for stability has led him to reduce his live performances. “I’ve stopped touring. I was touring for 40-somewhat years and that was enough for me. But I will do one-nighters. They’re easy for me. I go to New York, I do the show, I go home. Then I go to Chicago about five days later and I go home. That I can do, but going away on tour from city to city to city and being away from home for weeks at a time – I’ve done that, it’s too hard.”

The singer did a stint as a mentor in the US on American Idol. His advice to new stars is, “They’ve gotta do the work.” And if they do, perhaps they could have a 40-year music career too. So what’s the secret to Barry’s success? “I was just lucky. I don’t know. It shouldn’t have happened. They told me that if I was lucky I would have five years and I’m still here,” he laughs.

April 28, 2017 Lorraine ShowBarry on the Lorraine Show for an exclusive ITV Daytime interview
Legendary Grammy Award winner, Barry Manilow, has sold over 85 million albums world-wide and is back with his 30th studio album. Barry joined Lorraine in an exclusive ITV Daytime interview and spoke about the longevity of his career and that he owes everything to his fans. He said: "I have amazing fans, I wouldn't be here without them."

Since his debut album release in the 1970's, Barry's songs have spanned generations with the likes of Take That and Westlife having hits with Barry covers. Barry joked: "When I started off in the 1800s..."

Barry was always reluctant to take centre stage, having worked comfortably outside of the spotlight for many years. He goes as far to suggest that he wasn't very good when he first started out but that his fans have been there with him every step of the way.

A famously private man, Barry recently confirmed his sexuality and marriage to his long-term partner Garry and was overjoyed with the positive response from his fans. They really celebrated his married and were 'so supportive' but, as Barry says himself, "it wouldn't have been any other way.

Barry's new album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York is Barry's love letter to the amazing city that he calls home. He says that even though he wasn't born there, he's a true New Yorker at heart.

Although Barry is no longer touring, joking that '40 somewhat years of room service' has taken it's toll, he did add fuel to the rumour that he may possibly be coming to 'Britain in September next year' as well as four 'big nights' in the USA. Let's hope so!

This Is My Town: Songs of New York is out now.

April 20, 2017 METRO News"Barry Manilow set to do his first UK signing in over a decade for new album" by Jessica Walford
He may be a music legend, but there’s one thing Barry Manilow hasn’t done in a while – a UK signing. Until now.

The Mandy singer will be signing copies of his new album , This Is My Town: Songs of New York, at HMV on Oxford Street on April 26, and the event will be his only UK signing this year, and his first in over a decade.

According to legend Barry: "The album is like a melting pot – just like New York is. We take you from Brooklyn to Broadway to Birdland. We even wind up in Coney Island. Take a look at the titles and it really does look like you’re going from place to place to place. There are different styles. There’s pop, there’s a little rock and roll, there’s jazz, there’s a little R&B, and Broadway. That’s what I think of when I think of my home town and of New York."

To meet Barry at the signing in London, fans will have to buy a copy of the album; 400 online tickets – one per person – will be available via hmv.com. For more information, click here.

April 20, 2017 New York Post"Barry Manilow: 'I cannot spot a hit song - even if I write it'" by Michael Riedel
In 1976, just as his career as a pop superstar was taking off, Barry Manilow moved into an apartment in the San Remo on Central Park West. His neighbor was Broadway’s Fred Ebb, the lyricist who, with composer John Kander, wrote “Cabaret” and “Chicago.” Through the wall in one of his bathrooms, Manilow could hear Kander and Ebb banging out a new song on the piano. One day, a riff Kander was playing caught his attention. “Listen to this,” Manilow said to a friend. “I think they’re writing something, and it sounds pretty good.” What they were writing was “New York, New York,” which, recorded by Frank Sinatra, would become the enduring anthem of the Big Apple.

Manilow gives the song his own swinging flourish on his new album, “This Is My Town: Songs of New York,” out Friday from Verve Records. Born and raised in Brooklyn, the former Barry Pincus, now 73, assembled and arranged the collection as a tribute to his hometown.

Not all are as famous as “New York, New York.” A haunting rendition of “Lonely Town,” from Leonard Bernstein’s 1944 musical “On the Town,” stands out, as does a silky, sultry arrangement of “Lovin’ at Birdland.” “My instinct is not to go commercial,” says Manilow, who to date has sold 80 million records worldwide.

“I developed a taste for the off-center stuff when I played piano in cabarets in New York in the early ’70s,” he tells The Post. “The good singers never sang what everybody else was doing on TV or radio. They’d find these cockamamie songs from some Broadway show that didn’t make it and then just crawl into the lyric. I cannot spot a hit song even if I write it,” he adds. “That is not my strength at all. I think the only song I heard that I knew would be a hit was ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ -- and who couldn’t pick that one?”

“What you have to understand about Barry,” says a longtime friend, “is that he’s the guy at the piano who looks after the singer. He loves composing. He loves arranging. The fact that he become a superstar surprised him as much as anyone.”

Says Manilow: “I’m not that great a piano player, but I’m a really good accompanist. I can be a one-man band for a singer.”

His early and now-legendary partnership was with Bette Midler at the Continental Baths in the Ansonia Hotel. Midler heard about him through friends in the cabaret world, and asked him to back her up. “She was loud, she was brash, she was Bette,” says Manilow. “But I didn’t understand her talent in rehearsals. She walked through every song. It wasn’t great. And then this hurricane came out of the dressing room and all these guys sitting around in towels at the baths went nuts.”

Manilow became a star in his own right when record producer Clive Davis signed him for a new company called Arista Records in 1974. Davis debuted a documentary about his life, “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” Wednesday night at Radio City Music Hall. Manilow kicked off a post-screening concert featuring a slew of Davis superstars: Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, Kenny G. and Aretha Franklin, among others.

But Manilow’s early years at Arista were rocky. “Clive and I fought all the time,” says Manilow. “I was a songwriter and he kept shtupping me with other people’s material. All he cared about was the hit. He kept giving me these terrible demos -- ‘I Write the Songs,’ ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ -- and I could not see the value in them at all. The only reason we stayed together was that I was a producer and arranger and he would let me make the songs my own. So I listened to that terrible demo of ‘I Write the Songs’ until I figured out it was an anthem, an anthem to the spirit of music, and that’s how I arranged it.”

“I Write the Songs” went to No. 1, as did “Mandy,” “Looks Like We Made It” and “Even Now.” There were a dozen No. 1 hits in all, plus 27 that appeared in the top 10 on various Billboard charts. The last hit was 1983’s “Read ’em and Weep.” And then Manilow told Davis, “I’m done. I don’t know what else to do in the pop music world. I’ve used every arranger’s trick in the trade.”

R&B had come in, making stars of Lionel Ritchie and Michael Jackson. Manilow’s top 40 era was over. “I’d been around so long, there was a backlash,” he says. “It wasn’t fun, but I can’t say it was the dark night of soul. I was ready for something else.” Manilow then made an album of torch songs, “2:00 AM Paradise Café,” dueting with Mel Tormé and Sarah Vaughan. Since then, he’s released a batch of acclaimed, if not No. 1, albums featuring show tunes, big band hits, Sinatra covers.

He can still sell out a 20,000-seat stadium, and while he tries to slip in some of his more obscure or arty songs, “I can’t do it very often or I lose the audience,” he says. “They want the songs they grew up with, the ones I did with Clive. They never tire of them. They sing them louder than I do.”

April 18, 2017 People.com"Barry Manilow Makes First Concert Appearance Since Publicly Coming Out to PEOPLE" by Dave Quinn
Barry Manilow was welcomed with enthusiastic cheers on Tuesday night, as he took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall for the Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!

Performing at the monthly event -- which raises money for national organizations dedicated to protecting civil rights, women’s health and environmental protection -- Manilow appeared grateful.

"I’m so happy to be home. I’m a New Yorker, I’m from Williamsburg, Brooklyn." Manilow told the enthusiastic crowd as he took the stage to a standing ovation. "I’m here to promote an album, my love letter to New York. So this week I’m a media slut. I’m all over the place. I’m so happy to be here. There’s no place like New York."

Before performing "One Voice," he explained to the audience, "I wrote this in a dream. I don’t know how that happens. I wrote it in a dream and ran to the cassette machine. And I sang it through and the next morning, there it was."

Manilow performed three different times during the show, about 30 minutes in total. He introduced "Mandy" by joking to the crowd, "This was the very first one that was so successful. We released it in 1821."

He also performed a medley that included "Can’t Smile Without You," "Copacabana," "Even Now," "Weekend in New England," "Ready to Take a Chance Again," "It’s a Miracle," "I Made It Through the Rain," "Daybreak," and "I Write the Songs." Manilow surprised the crowd by coming out at the end of the show and performing a final medley of "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and "Let Freedom Ring."

April 11, 2017 Forbes"Icon Barry Manilow Talks About His New Album, His Charity And His First $1 Million Paycheck" by Simon Thompson
Barry Manilow is an icon. Ranked as the number one Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to Billboard magazine, the Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician has had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles, including 12 number ones and 27 Top 10 hits, and five of his albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his legacy as an artist that has spanned the course of popular music of a staggering five decades. On May 9, 2017, his legacy will be honored when he is awarded the title of BMI Icon at the 65th annual BMI Pop Awards in Los Angeles.

I caught up with Manilow, who has sold more than 85 million albums, to talk about the award, his charity The Manilow Music Project, as well as his new album, coming out in 2017 and the contemporary artist he would love to duet with.

Simon Thompson (ST): How do you feel about being referred to as an icon?
Barry Manilow (BM): I’m surprised, I didn’t start by saying what I usually say, ‘Hi, it’s the icon speaking!’. I don’t take that seriously but I do take this recognition seriously because I’ve had my share of awards over the years but this one really does mean a lot because it’s a songwriter’s award. Over the years, songwriting has been very important to me even though I’ve had many opportunities to sing other people’s songs and have a lot of success as an arranger and a producer of other people’s songs. It’s the composing that has always been very, very close to my heart so for BMI to give me something means a lot.

ST: How do you quantify your success? Is it financially or in some other way?
BM: For me, I started off just wanting to be a musician and that’s all that is important to me. The rest of it I am grateful to have, don’t get me wrong, but it’s never really been what I went after. There are a lot of people who go after fame or they go after money or they want the approval of an audience but that’s never really been my thing. All I’ve cared about is making music and it doesn’t matter whether it’s for thousands of people or for a small nightclub or even if it’s in my little studio with my computer, that’s what feels right to me.

ST: Your new album is This Is My Town: Songs of New York. How much of your success do you credit to New York?
BM: It’s not my success, New York formed me as a human being and as a person. I was raised by my mother, my Grandmother, friends, relatives, all New Yorkers, all decent people with a sense of humor and really great morals. Most of all, when you come from New York, you are given a big bullsh*t meter and you can tell when people are being honest with you and New Yorkers will not stand for you being dishonest. New Yorkers are great people, honest people. If you get into trouble then you want someone from New York standing next to you because if there’s a building on fire they will run into the building, not away from it. It’s one of the things that I treasure about being raised in New York and that bullsh*t meter that I have in me has served me very well in this world of showbusiness.

ST: You have personally contributed over $100,000 to The Manilow Music Project. Is that something you see as much of a part of your legacy as your music?
BM: I never really thought about it like that, I just try to get musical instruments into the schools that are running out of them and if I can encourage or inspire some young people to get into music, that’s all I care about because I know what it did for me. I was a geek when I grew up, I had a few great friends but I wasn’t into sports, they really didn’t teach me very much and I wasn’t inspired by my teachers but when I found the piano I felt safe and I knew that I had a future. You put a guitar in the hands of a young guy and it might do the same thing for them.

ST: With the foundation, is it important for you to lead by example and put your own money where your mouth is and have a personal financial input?
BM: If I can, I do. I do that all over the place and all the time but the Manilow Music Project works really well on the road because in every city I go to I donate a piano and that starts off an instrument drive. We collect instruments from people that are coming to my shows, they all go to local schools and that feels great. You should read the letters from these kids. I got a picture of a little boy, he wrote to me thanking me for his brand new Tuba and he was standing next to the Tuba and it was bigger than he was.

ST: So what is the biggest investment that you have made in your career?
BM: I think I have not made as many friends as I could have because of this fame. This fame thing puts a separation between the famous person and the public. I have met people in an elevator where after two sentences I could be a friend of theirs and then they leave because they are looking at this image named Barry Manilow, they’re not seeing me, the guy. Over the years I’ve found that they have to get through being comfortable with me but there’s this bubble that stops them from actually knowing who I am. I find that’s the only problem. For me, the investment has been that I think I have lost great friends because of this fame thing.

ST: A landmark for many artists is that very first big check that they get. Do you remember getting yours and do you remember how much was it for?
BM: I do remember the very first big check I got. It was from Clive Davis, my hero from Arista Records, he was the record company President that began my recording career. I was a struggling young piano player, I played piano for every singer in New York because I’m a good accompanist, I’m not a good piano player but I’m a good accompanist and that was a week-to-week paycheck, although it was hardly a paycheck. Then we did Mandy and it was very successful but you don’t see any money from your records for at least a year so I was still struggling. Clive and Arista were having a convention, it was their first big convention because Mandy was their first big record. They were having it in San Diego and I was living in Manhattan so I bounced a check in a grocery store in order to get that plane to get to San Diego. When I got to San Diego, Clive knocked on my hotel door and gave me a check for $1 million and I’ll never forget it because that was the beginning of my career. I didn’t tell him I had literally just bounced a check that morning.

ST: What do you put the longevity of your career down to?
BM: Simon, you’ve really got to ask them (the fans) because I’ve never known. I don’t know why they are still with me, I couldn’t be more grateful, I listen to my records and they’re okay and I watch my performances and think, ‘He’s alright.’ I don’t understand why they are still with me, I don’t understand it but maybe nobody does because perhaps every performer will give you that same answer. I keep doing the best I can, I kill myself trying to make great records, I kill myself trying to do the greatest performances I am capable of doing but I don’t understand what it is that keeps them coming back.

ST: Have you ever considered a movie or a musical tracing your life and career?
BM: I haven’t but there have been other producers and filmmakers who have been interested in doing something like that. I don’t want to be involved in anything like that because it’s too creepy for me but maybe after I’m gone but not while I’m still alive.

ST: A lot of people have suggested that should follow in the footsteps of other icons such as Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton and perform at the Glastonbury Festival. Has that been discussed at all?
BM: It’s never come up but those big rock and roll festivals would terrify me. I don’t think anybody would come (to see me). I’m not a rock and roll artist and that’s what those kinds of huge festivals have, they have loud bands and that’s not me. No-one’s offered that to me.

ST: You’ve done a lot of duets in your time but is there anyone around at the moment that you would like to duet with? I thought that perhaps you and Ed Sheeran could be an interesting pairing.
BM: Yeah but I think I would choose Bruno Mars because he’s right up my alley. He’s a crazy performer, he comes from the kind of performing family and I just love him. That would be so great if he were interested. I met him once and it was great, we both gushed about each other but nothing has ever come out of it.

ST: You recently came out and have had an overwhelmingly positive response. You were concerned about how fans might react but did you expect quite the show of support?
BM: No, I didn’t but I should have because the people have always been so great so I should never have doubted them. When I said that quote, what I really meant was that if I had done something like that in the 80s I don’t know whether it would have been accepted as easily and beautifully as it has today because things have changed. Being gay is no big deal anymore, thank God, although [it’s] a big deal to a lot of families and a lot of young people. Overall, I do think the tone of accepting gay people is more accepting than it’s ever been. Garry and I have been together for going on 40 years, I could have done it any old time but I think it would have been a very negative explosion and I didn’t want that for my fans because they stand up for me. Every bad review I’ve ever had, I just pull the cover over my head and feel sorry for myself but the next day the newspapers are filled with letters from people standing up for me. I adore them so much and I am so grateful and I didn’t want to put that burden on them. During those days I wasn’t the golden boy, believe me, and I wasn't as accepted with my music as I am today. I have been open about this forever to everybody and I have never hidden this and I couldn’t be more proud to be a gay man or to have a partner of 40 years, it’s never even dawned on me to hide it but People magazine, bless their hearts, needed a big headline but it really wasn’t a secret in my family or amongst my friends, my band or people that know me. All the fans knew, it was never hidden, but perhaps the public at large might be surprised, although I don’t think even they were very surprised. Simon, I’m 73 years old, I’m not married to a woman and I love Judy Garland so you do the math!

Barry Manilow’s latest album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York will be released on April 21, 2017

You can find out more about The Manilow Music Project here

Barry Manilow will be playing a number of concerts across the U.S. in May

April 6, 2017 People.com"Barry Manilow Sings Classic New York Songs in New ‘NYC Medley’ — Find Out Why He Cried Covering Alicia Keys" by Jeff Nelson
Barry Manilow returned to his roots for his latest album. The pop icon will release his upcoming LP, This Is My Town: Songs of New York, on April 21. The collection includes original tracks and standards, as well as a mash-up of timeliness tunes. PEOPLE has an exclusive first listen to “NYC Medley,” on which he covers classics (“New York, New York”) and contemporary hits (Jay Z and Alicia Keys‘ “Empire State of Mind”).

A New York City-native, Manilow, 73, says recording the Big Apple-inspired songs in his Palm Springs home studio was a poignant experience. “When I was doing these songs, I found myself welling up more often than I anticipated,” he says. “Stuff like ‘Native New Yorker’ and even ‘Empire State of Mind’ — these lyrics hit me so hard, and I just didn’t expect it to. There’s some beautiful writing in ‘Empire State of Mind’! I am a native New Yorker, and I didn’t expect it to be emotional, and it was. I had to keep stopping singing because I kept welling up.”

The star, who grew up in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, says the lyrics took him back to his early years, when he was writing famous jingles and collaborating with Bette Midler in the city. “Every time I would get to another line, I’d be, ‘Yeah, that’s me: I was there. I believe what these lyrics say.’ Bright lights, sidewalks of New York; I was there for all of my young life,” Manilow adds. “When I got to sing them, they really hit me in the gut, and it was a very emotional recording session. I thought, New York doesn’t have one style to it — New York is a melting pot of people and different styles.”

April 5, 2017 People.com"Pop Icon Barry Manilow Looks Back on His 50-Year Legacy: 'I’ll Keep Going Until They Stop Me!'" by Jeff Nelson
Looks like he made it! After 50 years in showbiz, Barry Manilow sat down exclusively with PEOPLE in his home recording studio at his Palm Springs estate to reminisce on his career, enduring legacy and private world ahead of the April 21 release of his latest album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York. From his humble beginnings in Brooklyn and collaborating with Bette Midler to becoming one of the bestselling artists of all time, the pop icon looks back on how he became the man who writes the songs that make the whole world sing.

Born Barry Alan Pincus in 1943, Manilow grew up with his single mom Edna Manilow in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood; he took her name after his estranged truck-driver father, Harold Kelliher, left. And while he started playing instruments (accordion at 7, piano at 13), it wasn’t until he met his stepfather Willie Murphy that he found his first love: music. “When my stepfather came into my life and brought with him a stack of albums that may as well have been a stack of gold, some of the greatest music you’ve ever heard -- jazz, Broadway scores, great singers with great arrangements,” recalls Manilow. “He changed my life with just that little stack of records. My mother was very, very musical. So there was always great music in my house.”

He wasn’t the most popular teenager -- “I was miserable in high school!” he says with a laugh -- but Manilow found his place among fellow musicians. “When I found the orchestra class, then I became Mr. Popular, really,” says the Eastern District High School alum. “I was voted best musician of the year, I formed my own band ... but before that, I really didn’t know what to do because it was all about sports, and that’s not who I am.”

Marriage, Bette Midler - and His Big Break: After graduating, Manilow married his second love -- high school sweetheart Susan Deixler -- and pursued a career in music in Manhattan. But the young artist’s dreams put a strain on his relationship, and they split after a year. “I was in love with Susan. I just was not ready for marriage,” says Manilow, who (now married to longtime manager Garry Kief) maintains he wasn’t struggling with his sexuality at the time. “I was out making music every night, sowing my wild oats - I was too young. I wasn’t ready to settle down.” But sacrificing his personal life paid off for his professional one as he worked with up-and-coming singers, accompanying and arranging music for them.

Manilow made a name for himself writing jingles (he’s the brain behind such beloved slogans as “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there” and “I am stuck on Band-Aid brand ‘cause Band-Aid sticks on me”); headed up music for Ed Sullivan at The Late Show; then, in 1971, began collaborating with one Bette Midler at the gay hotspot the Continental Baths. “Barry Manilow was a driving force,” says Midler of Manilow, who produced her first two albums. “He did a great job arranging, and he had a great sense of how to move a song along; he just knew how to inject a song with excitement.” Midler’s career skyrocketed, and his followed suit.

A Hesitant Superstar: Following a lukewarm debut album, Manilow caught the break of a lifetime when famed record exec Clive Davis acquired his contract after seeing him perform for the first time in Central Park. “I was knocked out,” says Davis, who urged his latest signee to record a rock song that he’d discovered called “Brandy.” So Manilow took the track, slowed it down, and turned it into a dramatic piano ballad and retitling it. Soon after, “Mandy” became Manilow’s first No. 1 hit in 1974. “I didn’t know I was making the first big pop-rock ballad,” says Manilow, laughing. “But when it did get on the radio, I listened to what was around me: ‘Kung Fu Fighting,’ ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie.’ I thought, ‘These people need me!’”

Although he’s beloved by his devoted “Fanilows” as a singer, songwriter and performer, Manilow actually prides himself most on his arranging abilities. “As an arranger, you take a rock ‘n’ roll song and make it into a ballad with three chord changes and key changes and an emotional ending. That’s what I do,” he says. “Yes, I’m a songwriter. I’ve written a handful of songs that have become hit songs. But that’s not really my forte.”

Still, after the success of “Mandy,” Manilow released hit after hit, from “Could It Be Magic” and “Looks Like We Made It” to “Copacabana (At the Copa)” and “Can’t Smile Without You.” “Barry’s a terrific showman. But he’s so modest about his performing talent and, to some extent, self-deprecating,” says Davis, whose inaugural pre-Grammys party (an award season staple) was thrown in 1976 to celebrate “Mandy.” “I mean, the combination of the number of songs that are now part of, clearly, the musical culture? They’re standards. And so the hits that we have enjoyed together are really part of the new Great American Songbook.”

Indeed, Manilow says he’s still wrapping his head around his pop star status. “I started out not loving the job because it was a big surprise,” he says. “I never thought about being a performer or a singer or any of that - maybe a composer or producer, anything in the background. But when I wound up on the stage singing and trying to talk to an audience, I was terrible; I was really terrible. I was an amateur. I got up from the piano, and I didn’t know what to do with my legs. And as the years went by, I’ve figured it out and become comfortable with it, and the audiences have stayed enthusiastic and wonderful.”

Over the course of his decades-spanning career, Manilow has released dozens of albums, become one of the bestselling artists of all time and won a Grammy, an Emmy (which he uses as a makeshift doorstop!) and a special Tony. And while his fan base is as fervent as ever, he bid adieu to his touring days last year.

“Forty-five years of room service is enough!” Manilow jokes of his retiring from touring. “Going away from home for weeks at a time, I just couldn’t do that anymore. I wanted to be home, to really have my life back. You know, there’s this joke: Like the prostitute says, it’s not the work, it’s the stares. That’s me! It’s not the work; it’s getting there that got me eventually, it just got me. So it was the last couple of tours I kept saying, ‘I think this is it.’ And then it wasn’t. It was so exciting: another album, another reason to go on the road, another television thing. But eventually, it just got me, finally. “It’s the end of the road - but it’s not the end.”

The consummate performer gets to spend more time with husband Kief at home in Palm Springs these days. “The reason I chose Palm Springs: My life is so filled with noise - great noise and the noise of airports and streets and going in and out of concert halls and music and applause,” he says. “I needed to be able to come home to a place where it was peaceful. It’s peaceful here. It is the absolute opposite of what my 45-year career has been.” That doesn’t mean Manilow is retiring, though: “I tried it. I was so bored, I was driving myself crazy,” he says.

Sure enough, the legend is keeping busy making new music, as This Is My Town drops later this month. “There’s always the next thing,” he says. “A lot of the people that I started out with are not making albums. There are still record companies that are interested in me and audiences that are still interested in what I have to say. I’m just one of the lucky guys that are able to keep going. I’ll keep going until they stop me!”

April 5, 2017 People.com"Barry Manilow Reveals Why He Didn’t Come Out for Decades" by Jeff Nelson
Pop legend Barry Manilow opens up for the first time about coming out, finding love, and surviving showbiz for 50 years. For decades Barry Manilow gave the world timeless hits, while keeping his own world a total secret. Now at 73 years old, the music legend is opening up about his life, struggles and, for the first time, his sexuality.

Fiercely private, the pop icon recently welcomed PEOPLE into his Palm Springs home for an exclusive interview and photo shoot with his manager husband Garry Kief — and talked for the first time about their nearly 40-year romance. Says Manilow, “I’m so private. I always have been.”

Born Barry Alan Pincus in 1943 and raised by his single mother Edna Manilow, in Brooklyn, Manilow knew early on his first love was music. His second love was his high school sweetheart Susan Deixler. “I was in love with Susan,” says Manilow of the woman he married after graduating high school, “I just was not ready for marriage.” The star maintains he wasn’t struggling with his sexuality at the time of their one-year matrimony. “I was out making music every night, sowing my wild oats — I was too young. I wasn’t ready to settle down.”

Indeed, Manilow’s personal life took a backseat as he pursued a career in music, writing jingles to pay the bills (State Farm, Band-Aid and others still use them today) and in 1971, taking a gig arranging music for and accompanying a young Bette Midler at the gay hotspot the Continental Baths. He produced the diva’s first two albums and when her career took off, his followed suit.

After skyrocketing to fame in 1974 with his pop-rock ballad “Mandy,” the Brooklyn native’s star only got brighter with the release of classics like “Looks Like We Made It,” “Copacabana (At the Copa)” and “Can’t Smile Without You.” Then in 1978, he met Kief — a TV executive and Houston native — and “I knew that this was it,” says Manilow. “I was one of the lucky ones. I was pretty lonely before that.”

Soon after, Kief became Manilow’s manager, a role he still holds today, in addition to being President of Barry Manilow Productions. “He’s the smartest person I’ve ever met in my life — and a great guy, too,” Manilow says.

Adds longtime friend Suzanne Somers: “There’s Barry Manilow the performer, and then there’s the Barry ‘machine.’ It takes enormous savvy and know-how to book and market complicated arena tours, choreograph promotion, direct the entire team and make it look effortless, and that part is Garry’s domain. A major career takes two. Between them, there is enormous comfort and trust.”

Not that it was always easy for the pair. Early on in their relationship, Kief went to a Manilow concert. Afterward, “I got into the car with him, and [the fans] were rocking the car,” Manilow recalls. “He was like, ‘I can’t handle this. It’s not for me.’ I’m glad he stayed.”

And the couple has stayed together for 39 years, all while remaining mum on his sexuality — an open secret to some in his long-devoted, mostly female fan base, a shock to others - and even stepping out and living with once-rumored love interest Linda Allen during his relationship with Kief.

Manilow,who will release his new album This Is My Town: Songs of New York on April 21, admits he’s always been hesitant to discuss the relationship — and to come out publicly, even after he finally married Kief in a clandestine ceremony at their 53-acre Palm Springs estate in April 2014.

In 2015, news of their marriage and Manilow’s sexuality made headlines, something the legend calls “a blessing and a curse.” Considering his fans, “I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything,” says Manilow. Turns out, “When they found out that Garry and I were together, they were so happy. The reaction was so beautiful — strangers commenting, ‘Great for you!’ I’m just so grateful for it.”

April 5, 2017 People.com"Inside Barry Manilow’s Secret Wedding to Longtime Love Garry Kief" by Jeff Nelson
Barry Manilow can’t smile without him! In the new issue of PEOPLE, the pop icon, 73, opens up for the first time about his 39-year relationship — and 2014 wedding — with longtime manager Garry Kief.

After breaking out in 1974 with his pop-rock ballad “Mandy,” Manilow skyrocketed to fame with hit after hit, from “Looks Like We Made It” to “Copacabana (At the Copa).” The performer says the attention was alienating. “When you’re that big, you don’t meet very many people,” says the pop icon, who will release his new album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York, on April 21.

So when Manilow met Kief — then a TV exec and Houston native — in 1978, his life changed completely. “I knew that this was it,” says Manilow. “I was one of the lucky ones. I was pretty lonely before that ... Garry didn’t know what I did, even though I had all these records out. He was a guy, and I was a guy, so we could just deal with each other like two normal people, not like a superstar and a person.”

Manilow and Kief, 68, have been together ever since, romantically — and even professionally, as Kief has managed the star for nearly 40 years. “He’s the smartest guy I’ve ever met in my life — and a great guy, too” says Manilow.

Adds Suzanne Somers, a longtime friend of the couple: “It helps that Garry is devastatingly handsome. I still see Barry looking at him with his sparkling, periwinkle-blue eyes, and it’s clear their decades-long love is here to stay.”

Manilow likely gave Kief that same look of love in April 2014, when they exchanged vows in April 2014 in an intimate, private wedding ceremony at their 53-acre Palm Springs estate. “I didn’t think it was going to be that emotional,” recalls Manilow. “It was deeper than we thought it was going to be, looking at each other, saying, ‘I love you’ in front of people.”

Still, Manilow says their nuptials were more of a formality than anything. “We’ve been married all these years. It’s just that it became legal,” says Manilow, who was previously married to high school sweetheart Susan Deixler for a year before they split. (“I was in love with Susan ... I wasn’t ready to settle down,” he adds, maintaining he wasn’t struggling with his sexuality at the time). Adds Manilow: “We took a look at our wills and made sure that everything is in proper order. Getting married was the right thing to do.”

Like any couple, Manilow and Kief faced some challenges over their years together. The showman says his fame put a strain on their relationship early on after Kief went to a Manilow concert. Afterward, “I got into the car with him, and [the fans] were rocking the car,” Manilow recalls. “He was like, ‘I can’t handle this. It’s not for me.’ I’m glad he stayed.”

After nearly four decades together, though, the couple is happier than ever. “Thank goodness we’re still together,” Manilow says, “and we’re in good shape, too.”

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March 31, 2017 Billboard.com"Barry Manilow to Receive BMI Icon Award" by Marc Schneider
Looks like he made it. Singer-songwriter and all-around entertainer Barry Manilow will be honored with Broadcast Music, Inc.'s prestigious Icon Award at the upcoming 65th annual BMI Pop Awards, held May 9 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The BMI Pop Awards recognize the songwriters and publishers of the past year's most performed pop songs in the country. Hosting duties for the invitation-only ceremony fall to BMI president and CEO Mike O'Neill and vp of writer/publisher relations Barbara Cane.

"Barry Manilow is a visionary whose exceptional body of work has shaped the course of popular music for over five decades," said Cane in a statement. "He has left a lasting imprint on every aspect of music, influenced the careers of his contemporaries, and touched the lives of many with his unique gift of artistry. His musical brilliance defies genre expectations and I cannot think of a more deserving recipient."

The Brooklyn native has either written or co-written many of his biggest hits, including "Copacabana," "Could It Be Magic" and "I Made It Through the Rain." The ones he didn't write, like the No. 1s "Mandy" and "I Write the Songs," he produced. Other hits include the chart-topping "Looks Like We Made It," as well as "Can't Smile Without You" and "Ships." He's currently preparing for the release of his next studio album, This Is My Town, out April 21 on Verve.

Manilow will join the ranks of previous recipients including Sting, Stevie Nicks, Paul Simon, Carole King, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson and Dolly Parton, among others.

March 31, 2017 Vintage Vinyl NewsBMI Chooses Barry Manilow For Their 2017 Icon Award
On Tuesday, May 9, BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) will honor Barry Manilow with their Icon Award at the 65th BMI Pop Awards.

Barbara Cane, VP of Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI, said "Barry Manilow is a visionary whose exceptional body of work has shaped the course of popular music for over five decades.He has left a lasting imprint on every aspect of music, influenced the careers of his contemporaries, and touched the lives of many with his unique gift of artistry. His musical brilliance defies genre expectations and I cannot think of a more deserving recipient."

BMI, which is a songwriting an publishing organization, is honoring Manilow for the music that he has composed; however, Barry is a unique talent that is as comfortable with other's music as he is with his own songs. Of his many hits, only a handful were written by the singer himself. His first hit, Mandy, was written by Scott English and Richard Kerr while his biggest, I Write the Songs, was by Beach Boys' member Bruce Johnston. Other songwriters whose career he boosted were David Pomeranz (Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again, The Old Songs), Randy Edelman (Weekend in New England), Richard Kerr and Will Jennings (Looks Like We Made It, Somewhere In the Night) and Christian Arnold, Geoff Morrow & David Martin (Can't Smile Without You). He also had a hit with Mick Ronson and Ian Hunter's Ships.

His most popular songs that he has written include It's a Miracle, Could It Be Magic, This One's For You, Daybreak, Even Now, Copacabana (At the Copa) and I Made It Through the Rain.

Manilow is getting ready to release his 29th non-holiday studio album, This is My Town, a salute to New York City that is half original compositions and half covers.

March 31, 2017 All AccessBarry Manilow To Be Honored As BMI Icon At 65th Annual Pop Awards, May 9th
BARRY MANILOW will be named BMI ICON at the 65th annual BMI POP AWARDS, MAY 9th in BEVERLY HILLS, CA. The GRAMMY, EMMY and TONY-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician will receive this honor in recognition of his prodigious musical legacy and an unparalleled career encompassing the worlds of BROADWAY, film, TV, and popular culture. The event will be held TUESDAY, MAY 9th at the BEVERLY WILSHIRE HOTEL in BEVERLY HILLS, hosted by BMI President/CEO MIKE O’NEILL and BMI VP Writer/Publisher Relations BARBARA CANE.

Commented CAND, “BARRY MANILOW is a visionary whose exceptional body of work has shaped the course of popular music for over five decades. He has left a lasting imprint on every aspect of music, influenced the careers of his contemporaries, and touched the lives of many with his unique gift of artistry. His musical brilliance defies genre expectations and I cannot think of a more deserving recipient.”

The evening will also recognize the songwriters, publishers, and administrators of the past year’s most-performed pop songs in the U.S. from BMI’s repertoire of nearly 12 million musical works. The BMI Pop Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year will be named during the ceremony.

As a BMI Icon, MANILOW joins an elite group of songwriters who have received BMI’s highest honor for their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Previous recipients include STING, MANN & WEIL, NILE RODGERS, STEVIE NICKS, PAUL SIMON, CAROLE KING, DAVID FOSTER, JOHN FOGERTY, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, THE JACKSONS, CROSBY, STILLS & NASH, THE BEE GEES, WILLIE NELSON, MERLE HAGGARD, BRIAN WILSON, CARLOS SANTANA and DOLLY PARTON, among others.

MANILOW has had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles, including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits, five of his albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously, and is ranked at the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to BILLBOARD magazine.

MANILOW has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including 11 GRAMMY nominations and a GRAMMY AWARD for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance in 1979 (for "Copacabana"), two EMMYs, a TONY and three AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS. "I like a melody," he admits. "I like a song that has a lyric you remember and a melody you can’t forget. That's always been my mantra whenever I'm composing anything."

He is currently preparing for the release of his new record, "This Is My Town: Songs of NEW YORK," an homage to his hometown, due to hit shelves APRIL 21st.

March 30, 2017 Broadway WorldLegendary Singer Songwriter Barry Manilow to be Named BMI Icon
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is pleased to announce that GRAMMY, EMMY and TONY Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow, will be named the BMI Icon at the 65th annual BMI Pop Awards. Mr. Manilow, a pop music legend, will receive this honor in recognition of his prodigious musical legacy and an unparalleled career encompassing the worlds of Broadway, Film, TV, and popular culture. The celebratory event will be held Tuesday, May 9th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O'Neill and BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Barbara Cane.

"Barry Manilow is a visionary whose exceptional body of work has shaped the course of popular music for over five decades," said Cane. "He has left a lasting imprint on every aspect of music, influenced the careers of his contemporaries, and touched the lives of many with his unique gift of artistry. His musical brilliance defies genre expectations and I cannot think of a more deserving recipient."

The evening will also recognize the songwriters, publishers, and administrators of the past year's most-performed pop songs in the United States from BMI's repertoire of nearly 12 million musical works. The BMI Pop Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year will be named during the ceremony.

As a BMI Icon, Mr. Manilow joins an elite group of songwriters who have received BMI's highest honor for their "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." Previous recipients include Sting, Mann & Weil, Nile Rodgers, Stevie Nicks, Paul Simon, Carole King, David Foster, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, the Jacksons, Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Bee Gees, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Brian Wilson, Carlos Santana and Dolly Parton, among others.

Barry Manilow is one of the world's best-selling recording artists with more than 85 million albums sold worldwide. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment with an iconic career touching virtually every aspect of music. He's had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles, including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits, five of his albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously, and is ranked at the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

Upon entering the music business, he split his creative energies between Off-Broadway musicals and Madison Avenue jingle mills, where he wrote a variety of unforgettable jingles for State Farm and Band-Aids. His singing could be heard on campaigns for Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and in McDonald's iconic "You Deserve a Break Today." In 1971, he began a musical association with Bette Midler that would propel each of their careers forward while changing the course of popular music itself, after co-producing her first two albums The Divine Miss M and Bette Midler.

Since then, Mr. Manilow has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including 11 Grammy nominations and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance in 1979 (for "Copacabana"), two Emmy's (Barry Manilow: Music and Passion, The Barry Manilow Special), a Tony Award (Barry Manilow on Broadway) and three American Music Awards in the category of Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist. If there's a secret to his success, it lies in one simple musical principle. "I like a melody," he admits. "I like a song that has a lyric you remember and a melody you can't forget. That's always been my mantra whenever I'm composing anything."

He is currently preparing for the release of his new record, This Is My Town: Songs of New York, an homage to his hometown of New York City due to hit shelves April 21, 2017.

March 30, 2017 Broadway WorldBarry Manilow Scheduled to Return to QVC This April
On Wednesday, April 12 at 6 PM (ET) GRAMMY, TONY, and EMMY Award-winning musician and music icon Barry Manilow is scheduled to return to QVC® during the "Barry Manilow: Q Sessions" broadcast to debut his latest studio album, THIS IS MY TOWN: SONGS FROM NEW YORK, in stores April 21 on the Verve Label Group. The one hour special will feature performances and interview with the pop legend. Barry is no stranger to QVC, where he set the record in 2006 for the highest single-day sales by a musical artist.

Manilow is scheduled to perform songs from THIS IS MY TOWN: SONGS FROM NEW YORK album as well as songs from SONGS FROM MANILOW: LIVE FROM Paris Las Vegas, a bonus CD featuring four never-released live tracks compiled especially for QVC. Customers will be given the opportunity to order the two-CD set more than a week before its release date on April 21st.

BONUS TRACKS

  1. Brooklyn Blues
  2. I Am Your Child
  3. This One's For You
  4. New York City Rhythm

More than a year in creation, THIS IS MY TOWN: SONGS FROM NEW YORK premieres ten new Barry Manilow studio recordings with the songs evenly divided between new original Manilow compositions and standards evoking the spirit and energy of New York City. While writing his own songs for the album, Barry made demos of the classic New York-inspired songs he loved to sing. "I didn't want to do a full original album," he says. "It felt like it would be cheating the public to not give them the old songs that they knew. I must have done 50 demos of standards as I was writing the original songs. That's what took the longest: to choose the standards. And, of course, to write the originals."

THIS IS MY TOWN: SONGS FROM NEW YORK (QVC Item #E230566) will be available beginning April 12, while supplies last, through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515.

About Barry Manilow: Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with over 50 Top 40 hits.

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March 30, 2017 MassLive.com"Barry Manilow coming to Foxwoods" by Donnie Moorhouse
Barry Manilow will perform at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods on May 27 at 8 p.m. Manilow, who announced in 2015 that he was retiring from large tours, has six shows scheduled for the spring. Tickets for the show are available beginning Friday, March 31 at 10 a.m. through the Foxwoods Box Office at (800) 200-2882 and through all Ticketmaster outlets and locations including ticketmaster.com and by phone at (800)745-3000.
March 24, 2017 Broadway WorldBarry Manilow Joins Next Month's 'CONCERT FOR AMERICA' at The Town Hall
CONCERT FOR AMERICA: STAND UP, SING OUT! announced today that music icon Barry Manilow will be kicking off the fourth edition of the benefit concert series, which will take place on Tuesday April 18th at 8pm at The Town Hall in NYC (123 W. 43rd Street). Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with a staggering 50 top 40 hits. With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Manilow has produced, arranged, and released over 40 albums over the course of his legendary career.

CONCERT FOR AMERICA: STAND UP, SING OUT! concert proceeds will support five national organizations working to protect human rights: Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, The Sierra Club Foundation, NAACP and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The previously announced performers and presenters include Vanessa Williams, Michael Urie, Oskar Eustis, Lisa Lampanelli, LaChanze, and Andy Cohen. Tickets range from $30 to $250 and are available at www.ConcertsForAmerica.com. Sponsorships are available. For more information, email concertforamerica@gmail.com.

The concert series was created and organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, in association with Your Kids, Our Kids as well as the generous support of The Actors Fund and Janet and Howard Kagan. It is co-produced by Joey Monda and Frankie Dailey and will be directed by Tony Award nominee Lisa Mordente.

CONCERT FOR AMERICA: STAND UP, SING OUT! will be broadcast Live via Facebook and at ConcertsforAmerica.com, beginning at 8PM ET/5PM PT on Tuesday April 18th. Supporters unable to attend are encouraged to view and donate via the concert's website or Facebook's livestream.

CONCERT FOR AMERICA: STAND UP, SING OUT! is the innovation of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who also organized the Broadway For Orlando/"What the World Needs Now is Love" recording. The benefit concert series debuted to critical acclaim at New York City's The Town Hall on Inauguration Day and two additional concerts in New York and Chicago evolved.

For more information, to purchase tickets, or to make a donation, visit www.ConcertsforAmerica.com, or follow on Facebook: Facebook.com/ConcertForAmerica and Twitter: @Concerts4USA.

March 24, 2017 PlaybillBarry Manilow Joins Roster for Upcoming Concert for America: The monthly fundraising event will be held at The Town Hall in New York" by Andrew Gans
Grammy and Emmy winner Barry Manilow has joined the lineup of performers for the next concert in the fundraising series Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!, which will be presented April 18 at 8 PM at The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. The Tony Award honoree joins Ugly Betty co-stars Vanessa Williams and Michael Urie, Oskar Eustis, Lisa Lampanelli, LaChanze, and Andy Cohen for the evening of song, comedy, and commentary. Tony nominee Lisa Mordente directs.

The innovation of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, the concert event is part of the monthly series benefiting five national organizations working to protect human rights: Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, The Sierra Club Foundation, NAACP, and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. For those unable to attend the concert in person, it will be broadcast via Facebook Live and at ConcertsforAmerica.com, beginning at 8 PM ET.

Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! is created and organized by Rudetsky and Wesley in association with Your Kids, Our Kids, as well as the support of The Actors Fund. It is co-produced by Joey Monda and Frankie Dailey. Tickets start at $30 and are available at Ticketmaster.com and at The Town Hall box office.

March 24, 2017 Western Massachusetts News"Barry Manilow joins concert to help human rights groups" by Mark Kennedy
Barry Manilow is adding his legendary voice to a concert series in New York City that raises money for human rights organizations. The Grammy-winning singer of songs such as "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It" will appear at the next monthly "Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!" on April 18 at The Town Hall. It also will be streamed live on Facebook. Manilow will join other performers and presenters including Vanessa Williams, Michael Urie, Lisa Lampanelli, LaChanze and Andy Cohen.

Proceeds will benefit the NAACP, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center and the Sierra Club Foundation. Tickets range from $30 to $250. The monthly series, which started on Inauguration Day, is the brainchild of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley. There have been two additional concerts in New York and Chicago. Online: http://thetownhall.org/event/concertforamerica

March 24, 2017 CBS SF Bay AreaBarry Manilow To Perform At 'Concert For America' On Facebook Live
NEW YORK (CBS SF) – Legendary entertainer Barry Manilow has been added to the monthly concert series, “Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!,” created by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley. Manilow’s performance will be on April 18th, helping to raise funds for human rights organizations.

Best known for his hit songs "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It," just to name a few, the Grammy-winner joins other artists and presenters including Vanessa Williams, Michael Urie, Lisa Lampanelli, LaChanze and Andy Cohen. The event will be held at The Town Hall and will stream on Facebook Live.

Previous concerts featured artists and entertainers like Ingrid Michaelson, Martha Wash, Ellen Burstyn, Andrea Martin, Stephanie Mills, Piper Perabo, Kate Mulgrew, Bebe Neuwirth, Rosie Perez and many more.

Tickets to attend the show go between $30.00 to $250.00 with proceeds benefitting the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center and the Sierra Club Foundation. More information on the concert can be found at their website, concertsforamerica.com.

March 23, 2017 Broadway WorldBWW World Premiere Exclusive: First Listen to Barry Manilow's 'Coney Island' from THIS IS MY TOWN
This Is My Town: Songs of New York is the album Barry Manilow was born to make. A native New Yorker, Barry's been in love with the rhythms, melodies and music of the Big Apple since childhood. Now, with the release of his new album, out on April 21 on Verve Label Group, he's "saying thanks to the city for giving me my ambition, my sense of humor and my decency" with a thematic song-cycle celebrating his home town. Below, BroadwayWorld has a world-premiere exclusive first listen to "Coney Island"!

Pre-order the album on Amazon and iTunes, and get "This Is My Town" instantly!

"I'm grateful for having been raised there because I've always felt grounded," Manilow says. "One of the things I'm most proud of is that having gone through the hurricane of success, I feel I'm still the same guy that took the subway every day to work in Manhattan. And I attribute that grounding to being raised in New York."

More than a year in creation, This Is My Town: Songs of New York premieres ten new Barry Manilow studio recordings with the songs evenly divided between new original Manilow compositions and standards evoking the spirit and energy of New York City. While writing his own songs for the album, Barry made demos of the classic New York-inspired songs he loved to sing.

According to Barry, "the album is like a melting pot - just like New York is. We take you from Brooklyn to Broadway to Birdland. We even wind up in Coney Island. Take a look at the titles and it really does look like you're going from place to place to place. There are different styles. There's pop, there's a little rock and roll, there's jazz, there's a little R&B, and Broadway. That's what I think of when I think of my home town and of New York."

Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists. He's had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits and is ranked at the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in every decade since the 1970s and, in addition to winning the Best Pop Male Vocal Performance Grammy in 1979 (for "Copacabana"), is an Emmy, Tony and American Music Award winner three years in a row. Barry Manilow was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and has his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1978, five of his albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously.

This Is My Town: Songs of New York is co-produced by Barry Manilow with David Benson, except for "Coney Island" [which] was co-produced with Michael Lloyd.

March 17, 2017 WGN RadioBarry Manilow: I may not be rock and roll, but my music is passionate
Bill and Wendy are joined on the phone by the GREAT singer and musician, Barry Manilow! They talk about his new album, 'This Is My Town', his love for Chicago, his love for his fans, and much more.

CLICK HERE to LISTEN!
March 9, 2017 Billboard.com"Barry Manilow Premieres 'New York City Rhythm/On Broadway' From New Album" by Gary Graff
There's no question what state of mind Barry Manilow is in on his next album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York. The set, due out April 21 on Decca, features 10 Big Apple-centric songs, mixing Manilow originals and covers as well as mash-ups such as the "NYC Medley" and "New York City Rhythm/On Broadway," which is premiering below. "I come from New York," Manilow, a Brooklyn native, tells Billboard. "When you come from New York you are always a New Yorker. Even though I've lived on the West Coast for more years than I did in New York. I still feel like a New Yorker. I still talk fast. I still have my Brooklyn accent if I don't watch out. I still feel like a New York guy, so this (album) made sense."

Manilow considered "a lot of different angles" for the musical love letter to his home town -- some narrative, some thematic like previous releases such as 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe, Swing Street and Here at The Mayflower. He ultimately decided on a more general direction. "This is just great songs about New York," he explains. "It started off being a jazz album, but then I did a little pop and then a little blues along with the jazz and a little Broadway and I said, 'Y'know, that's what New York is. It's a melting pot of different styles.'"

The "New York City Rhythm"/"On Broadway," combo, knitting Manilow's 1975 original with the Drifters classic, came together by happenstance, as Manilow was putting together demos and experimenting with ideas for This Is My Town. "'New York City Rhythm' was done as an uptempo thing," he says, "but I decided to slow it down and use it as an intro into 'On Broadway,' and then in 'On Broadway' I kept quoting the strong lines of 'New York City Rhythm.' So only fans or people who actually know my music will understand that I used a lot of the string line from 'New York City Rhythm' in 'On Broadway.' That was just an arranger's trick, but I think it worked fine."

That experimentation extended to the eight-song "NYC Medley," which includes the theme from New York, New York, Billy Joel's "New York State Of Mind" and Jay Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State Of Mind." "If you took a look at my computer and saw all the ideas I had for this album, they go on and on and on," says Manilow, who also does a virtual, posthumous duet with Mel Torme on "Brooklyn Bridge." I thought I'd sound like a real idiot with ('Empire State Of Mind') in the middle of that medley; I did, but not as much as I thought I would. I think I pulled it off." That plethora of ideas doesn't mean he'll do a sequel, however.

"No. One album and that's it," Manilow says. "The only album I wanted to do a volume two of was Paradise Cafe. It's the only one I would've considered, but every time I tried... Y'know, sometimes you've just got to leave it alone, so I left that one along. But no second New York album. This is it."

Metropolitan New York will be one of three places Manilow plays this year -- along with Los Angeles and Chicago. He ended his touring career, he swears, last June in England after spending more than a year "saying goodbye to every city possible." But starting in May he'll be playing a series of bi-monthly shows, kicking off May 14 at The Forum Inglewood, Calif., then playing May 17 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., and the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

"It's going to be a residency type of thing, every other month for as long as people will come," Manilow says. As he did during his residency at Paris in Las Vegas, Manilow plans to mix the setlists up and dig deep into his catalog to keep his fans coming. "We loved it in Vegas 'cause I was able to change the show around every six weeks or so, and it was totally different than the last time," he says. "That's what I could do with this thing I'm going to be doing. We'll see if I can pull it off. It should be exciting."

March 10, 2017 RTT NewsBarry Manilow Releases Medley From New Album
Barry Manilow has released his new medley "New York City Rhythm/On Broadway" from his upcoming new album. The album, which is titled This Is My Town: Songs of New York, finds Manilow backed by a 10-piece big band. The release is due out April 21 via Decca Records and the New York native said it's truly a love letter to his hometown: "I come from New York," Manilow, a Brooklyn native, tells Billboard. "When you come from New York you are always a New Yorker. Even though I've lived on the West Coast for more years than I did in New York. I still feel like a New Yorker. I still talk fast. I still have my Brooklyn accent if I don't watch out. I still feel like a New York guy, so this (album) made sense."

March 10, 2017 WJBD RadioHear Manilow's "New York City Rhythm"/"On Broadway" online now
Barry Manilow's upcoming studio album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York, is an homage to his hometown that mixes new original tunes and classic standards, all celebrating the Big Apple. Now, one of the pop legend's new tracks, a mash-up of his own song "New York City Rhythm" and the Drifters hit "On Broadway," has premiered at Billboard.com.

Barry tells Billboard that he came up with the idea for the mash-up while he was making demos for the project. "'New York City Rhythm' was done as an uptempo thing, but I decided to slow it down and use it as an intro into 'On Broadway,'" he explains. "And then in 'On Broadway' I kept quoting the string lines of 'New York City Rhythm.' So only fans or people who actually know my music will understand that I used a lot of the string line from 'New York City Rhythm' in 'On Broadway.'"

Regarding the album's concept, Barry notes, "This is just great songs about New York. It started off being a jazz album, but then I did a little pop and then a little blues along with the jazz and a little Broadway and I said, 'Y'know, that's what New York is. It's a melting pot of different styles.'"

The album ends with a track called "NYC Medley" that features segments of the theme from New York, New York, Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" and the Jay Z-Alicia Keys duet "Empire State of Mind." Manilow admits, "I thought I'd sound like a real idiot with ['Empire State of Mind'] in the middle of that medley; I did, but not as much as I thought I would. I think I pulled it off."

This Is My Town: Songs of New York will be released on April 21.

March 1, 2017 Daily HeraldBarry Manilow comes to Allstate Arena in May
Barry Manilow is heading back on tour with a stop at Rosemont's Allstate Arena at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter will be performing his top pop hits as well as selections from his forthcoming album "This Is My Town: Songs of New York." Tickets are $19.75 to $349.75 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit allstatearena.com.

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February 27, 2017 Chicago Tribune"Barry Manilow to play Allstate Arena in May" by Jessi Roti
Pop music showman Barry Manilow is embarking on a three-city concert stint this spring, playing Allstate Arena in Rosemont on May 17. Touring in support of his new album "This Is My Town: Songs of New York," due April 21 as well as his numerous hits such as "Mandy" and "Copacabana," Manilow will play shows in Los Angeles and New York. Tickets go on sale noon Friday through Livenation. Each pair of tickets comes with a copy of Manilow's new album.
February 22, 2017 News OK"Barry Manilow to perform spring show in Durant" by Brandy McDonnell
DURANT - Pop music icon Barry Manilow will take the stage May 12 at Choctaw Grand Theater, 4418 S Hwy 69/75 at Choctaw Casino Resort, to celebrate his new album. “This is My Town: Songs of New York” is due out April 21 on Verve Label Group. More than a year in creation, the album includes 10 new studio recordings, with the selections evenly divided between new original Manilow compositions and standards evoking the spirit and energy of New York City. In Durant, Manilow will perform his greatest hits like “Copacabana” and “Mandy” as well as songs from his new album on the intimate Grand Theater stage.

Manilow has sold more than 85 million albums and scored 50 Top 40 hits. Last year, he played Oklahoma City and Tulsa on his "One Last Time!” multi-city North American tour, announcing his intention to limit his concert appearances after the trek. The Durant show is one of only four currently listed on his tour itinerary; the other May concerts will be in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

Tickets to his Oklahoma show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Ticket prices are $100 and $125. For more information, go to www.choctawcasinos.com/choctaw-durant.

February 16, 2017 People.com"FIRST LISTEN: Barry Manilow Drops Upbeat Ode to His Hometown 'I Dig New York'" by Jeff Nelson
He writes the songs - and this time around, they’re all about the Big Apple! Barry Manilow is back with a new album, and PEOPLE has an exclusive first listen to his new song, "I Dig New York."

The track will appear on the icon’s latest album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York, due April 21. Inspired by his hometown — Manilow, 73, grew up in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood - the 10-track collection includes original songs, in addition to classics like "On Broadway."

This Is My Town is Manilow’s first album [that] he’s released since undergoing emergency oral surgery in February of 2016; the surgery was successful, and a week later the modern Great American Songbook contributor performed at Clive Davis’ 40th pre-Grammy party in L.A.

February 14, 2017 Press Release
SOURCE: STILETTO Entertainment
These Are My Towns! Music Legend Barry Manilow Announces 2017 Three City Concert Residency
NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Pop Music Icon Barry Manilow announced today that he will perform a three-city 2017 concert residency in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Los Angeles' Forum will host the first concert on Sunday, May 14th (Mother's Day) followed by the Allstate Arena in Rosemont (Chicago) on Wednesday, May 17th and the NEW Nassau Coliseum in New York on Thursday, May 25.

Manilow's concerts will feature his Greatest Hits along with songs from his new album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York, scheduled to be released on April 21st by the Verve Label Group (Universal). Every pair (2) of tickets for these show's will include a physical CD of Barry's new album.

The album features the following tracks:

  1. This Is My Town
  2. New York City Rhythm / On Broadway
  3. Coney Island
  4. Lonely Town
  5. Lovin' At Birdland
  6. Downtown / Uptown
  7. On The Roof
  8. I Dig New York
  9. The Brooklyn Bridge (Virtual Duet with Mel Tormé)
  10. NYC Medley

"I'm thrilled to perform in these three exciting cities. Each are unique and hold very special memories for me," said Manilow.

Tickets for the upcoming This Is My Town concerts are scheduled to go on sale this week. Ticket information will be available online at www.manilow.com
, www.facebook.com/barrymanilow
and www.ticketmaster.com.

About Barry Manilow:
Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with over 50 Top 40 hits.

For more information on Barry Manilow please visit:
www.manilow.com
www.facebook.com/barrymanilow
www.twitter.com/barrymanilow

February 14, 2017 Newsday"Barry Manilow 2017 tour includes Nassau Coliseum concert" by Glenn Gamboa
Barry Manilow just can’t say goodbye. Though the Brooklyn native wrapped up his “One Last Time!” tour last year — he said it would be his final time around — he has planned a short tour to promote his upcoming “This Is My Town: Songs of New York” album, including a stop at Nassau Coliseum on May 25.

Uniondale will be one of only three cities on the limited engagement, which also includes stops in Los Angeles and Chicago. “I’m thrilled to perform in these three exciting cities,” Manilow said in a statement. “Each are unique and hold very special memories for me. Finally, I’m home,” Manilow said at his Nassau Coliseum show in 2015. “Finally, I can talk as fast as I want to.”

Tickets for Manilow’s show go on sale at noon Friday through Ticketmaster. His album, a tribute to his life in New York, is due out on April 21 through Verve Records.

February 14, 2017 NorthJersey.com"Barry Manilow to perform in New York, Chicago and L.A." by Raymond A. Edel
Barry Manilow gave the perfect Valentine's Day gift to his Fanilows (what his fans call themselves) on Tuesday. The pop music icon announced that he will perform a three-city 2017 concert residency in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles' Forum will host the first concert on May 14 followed by the Allstate Arena in Rosemont (Chicago) on May 17 and The New Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on May 25.

Manilow's concerts will feature his greatest hits along with song from his new album, "This Is My Town: Songs of New York." Every pair of tickets for these shows will include a physical CD of Manilow's new album.

Tickets for the concerts will go on sale noon Feb. 17. Ticket information is available at www.manilow.com, www.facebook.com/barrymanilow and www.ticketmaster.com

February 8, 2017 WJBD Radio 100.1Barry Manilow Pays Tribute to His City with 'This Is My Town: Songs of New York'
Start spreading the news! Barry Manilow will release a brand-new album paying tribute to his hometown, New York City, on April 21. This Is My Town: Songs of New York is a song cycle mixing new original tunes and renditions of standards celebrating the Big Apple.

As Manilow explains, the themed 10-track collection is his way of "saying thanks to the city for giving me my ambition, my sense of humor and my decency." The singer reveals that he decided to include classic non-original material on the record because "it felt like it would be cheating the public to not give them the old songs that they knew."

The album features a mash-up of his own 1975 tune "New York City Rhythm" and the Drifters hit "On Broadway," other medleys that include Petula Clark's "Downtown" and Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind," and a virtual duet with late crooner Mel Tormé on the song "The Brooklyn Bridge."

Kicking off This Is My Town is the title track, an anthem which was co-written by Manilow and his longtime collaborator, Bruce Sussman, and features Barry declaring his love for the city. You can listen to the song now at Manilow's official VEVO YouTube channel.

Regarding the various genres featured on the album, Barry describes it as a melting pot. "There's pop, there's a little rock and roll, there's jazz, there's a little R&B and Broadway," says Manilow. "That's what I think of when I think of my home town and of New York."

Here's the full track list of This Is My Town: Songs of New York:

"This Is My Town"
"New York City Rhythm"/"On Broadway"
"Coney Island"
"Lonely Town"
"Lovin' at Birdland"
"Downtown"/"Uptown"
"On the Roof"
"I Dig New York"
"The Brooklyn Bridge" (virtual duet with Mel Tormé)
"NYC Medley"

February 7, 2017 Press Release
[SOURCE: VERVE LABEL GROUP]
Grammy, Emmy & Tony-Award Winner Barry Manilow Releases New Studio Album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York A Love Letter to The Big Apple, Out April 21 on Verve Label Group
NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- This Is My Town: Songs of New York is the album Barry Manilow was born to make. A native New Yorker, Barry's been in love with the rhythms, melodies and music of the Big Apple since childhood. Now, with the release of his new album, out on April 21 on Verve Label Group, he's "saying thanks to the city for giving me my ambition, my sense of humor and my decency" with a thematic song-cycle celebrating his home town.

"I'm grateful for having been raised there because I've always felt grounded," he says. "One of the things I'm most proud of is that having gone through the hurricane of success, I feel I'm still the same guy that took the subway every day to work in Manhattan. And I attribute that grounding to being raised in New York."

More than a year in creation, This Is My Town: Songs of New York premieres ten new Barry Manilow studio recordings with the songs evenly divided between new original Manilow compositions and standards evoking the spirit and energy of New York City. While writing his own songs for the album, Barry made demos of the classic New York-inspired songs he loved to sing.

"I didn't want to do a full original album," he says. "It felt like it would be cheating the public to not give them the old songs that they knew. I must have done 50 demos of standards as I was writing the original songs. That's what took the longest: to choose the standards. And, of course, to write the originals."

The title song, "This Is My Town" sets up the album's musical journey through New York's five boroughs. The track was co-written by Barry Manilow "with my brilliant, long-time collaborator, Bruce Sussman. I'm very proud of the production, arrangement, orchestration and melody. And listen to Bruce's brilliant lyric. Only a New Yorker could have written that lyric."

According to Barry, "the album is like a melting pot – just like New York is. We take you from Brooklyn to Broadway to Birdland. We even wind up in Coney Island. Take a look at the titles and it really does look like you're going from place to place to place. There are different styles. There's pop, there's a little rock and roll, there's jazz, there's a little R&B, and Broadway. That's what I think of when I think of my home town and of New York."

Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time best-selling recording artists. He's had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits and is ranked at the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in every decade since the 1970s and, in addition to winning the Best Pop Male Vocal Performance Grammy in 1979 (for "Copacabana"), is an Emmy, Tony and American Music Award winner three years in a row.

Barry Manilow was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and has his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1978, five of his albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously.

This Is My Town: Songs of New York is co-produced by Barry Manilow with David Benson. Except for "Coney Island" was co-produced with Michael Lloyd.

This Is My Town: Songs of New York Track listing:

  1. This Is My Town
  2. New York City Rhythm / On Broadway
  3. Coney Island
  4. Lonely Town
  5. Lovin' At Birdland
  6. Downtown / Uptown
  7. On The Roof
  8. I Dig New York
  9. The Brooklyn Bridge (Virtual Duet with Mel Tormé)
  10. NYC Medley

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February 7, 2017 Vintage Vinyl NewsBarry Manilow Saluting Songs About New York on His New Album
Barry Manilow had some of the biggest hits of the 70's and early 80's, many of which he actually didn't write even though he is a Songwriters Hall of Fame member. That's one of the things that made Manilow unique in the music of the last five decades. He was as adept at singing his own songs as he was at interpreting the music of others.

Since 2006, Barry has released nine albums with only one, 2011's 15 Minutes, being a strictly Manilow composed set. The rest highlighted the best songs of each decade, love songs, duets and holiday music.

On April 21, Barry will mix originals with covers on the album This is My Town: Songs of New York. In fact, he has split the album evenly between new songs and standards, all of which evoke the spirit and energy of his home town, New York City.

Manilow said "I'm grateful for having been raised there because I've always felt grounded. One of the things I'm most proud of is that having gone through the hurricane of success, I feel I'm still the same guy that took the subway every day to work in Manhattan. And I attribute that grounding to being raised in New York."

The singer recorded dozens of demos of songs about the city while writing his original material. "I didn't want to do a full original album. It felt like it would be cheating the public to not give them the old songs that they knew. I must have done 50 demos of standards as I was writing the original songs. That's what took the longest: to choose the standards. And, of course, to write the originals."

The title song, This Is My Town, sets up the album's musical journey through New York's five boroughs. The track was co-written by Barry Manilow "with my brilliant, long-time collaborator, Bruce Sussman. I'm very proud of the production, arrangement, orchestration and melody. And listen to Bruce's brilliant lyric. Only a New Yorker could have written that lyric."

According to Barry, "the album is like a melting pot – just like New York is. We take you from Brooklyn to Broadway to Birdland. We even wind up in Coney Island. Take a look at the titles and it really does look like you're going from place to place to place. There are different styles. There's pop, there's a little rock and roll, there's jazz, there's a little R&B, and Broadway. That's what I think of when I think of my home town and of New York."

The track list:

  • This Is My Town
  • New York City Rhythm / On Broadway
  • Coney Island
  • Lonely Town
  • Lovin' At Birdland
  • Downtown / Uptown
  • On The Roof
  • I Dig New York
  • The Brooklyn Bridge (Virtual Duet with Mel Tormé)
  • NYC Medley
February 3, 2017 Broadway WorldBarry Manilow Sets Spring Release for New Album THIS IS MY TOWN: SONGS OF NEW YORK
This Is My Town: Songs of New York is the album Barry Manilow was born to make. A native New Yorker, Barry's been in love with the rhythms, melodies and music of the Big Apple since childhood.

Now, with the release of his new album, out on April 21 on Verve Label Group, he's "saying thanks to the city for giving me my ambition, my sense of humor and my decency" with a thematic song-cycle celebrating his home town.

"I'm grateful for having been raised there because I've always felt grounded," he says. "One of the things I'm most proud of is that having gone through the hurricane of success, I feel I'm still the same guy that took the subway every day to work in Manhattan. And I attribute that grounding to being raised in New York."

Pre-order the album on Amazon and iTunes (Get "This Is My Town" instantly).

More than a year in creation, This Is My Town: Songs of New York premieres ten new Barry Manilow studio recordings with the songs evenly divided between new original Manilow compositions and standards evoking the spirit and energy of New York City. While writing his own songs for the album, Barry made demos of the classic New York-inspired songs he loved to sing. "I didn't want to do a full original album," he says. "It felt like it would be cheating the public to not give them the old songs that they knew. I must have done 50 demos of standards as I was writing the original songs. That's what took the longest: to choose the standards. And, of course, to write the originals."

The title song, "This Is My Town" sets up the album's musical journey through New York's five boroughs. The track was co-written by Barry Manilow "with my brilliant, long-time collaborator, Bruce Sussman. I'm very proud of the production, arrangement, orchestration and melody. And listen to Bruce's brilliant lyric. Only a New Yorker could have written that lyric."

According to Barry, "the album is like a melting pot - just like New York is. We take you from Brooklyn to Broadway to Birdland. We even wind up in Coney Island. Take a look at the titles and it really does look like you're going from place to place to place. There are different styles. There's pop, there's a little rock and roll, there's jazz, there's a little R&B, and Broadway. That's what I think of when I think of my home town and of New York."

Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world's all-time bestselling recording artists. He's had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits and is ranked at the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in every decade since the 1970s and, in addition to winning the Best Pop Male Vocal Performance Grammy in 1979 (for "Copacabana"), is an Emmy, Tony and American Music Award winner three years in a row. Barry Manilow was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and has his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1978, five of his albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously.

This Is My Town: Songs of New York is co-produced by Barry Manilow with David Benson. Except for "Coney Island" [is] co-produced with Michael Lloyd.

Track listing:

  1. This Is My Town
  2. New York City Rhythm / On Broadway
  3. Coney Island
  4. Lonely Town
  5. Lovin' At Birdland
  6. Downtown / Uptown
  7. On The Roof
  8. I Dig New York
  9. The Brooklyn Bridge (Virtual Duet with Mel Tormé)
  10. NYC Medley

For more about Barry, visit www.manilow.com or find him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/barrymanilow and Twitter: www.twitter.com/barrymanilow.

February 2, 2017 USA Today"Exclusive premiere: Barry Manilow's 'This Is My Town'" by Jayme Deerwester
Calling all Fanilows.

This is your chance to hear Barry Manilow's new single, This Is My Town, the first track from his upcoming album My Town: Songs of New York, due April 21. He's debuting it exclusively with USA TODAY.

“I’m a New York City boy; born and raised," he explained. "So when it came time to create a new album, I thought, 'How about celebrating New York?' How about saying thanks to the city for giving me my ambition, my sense of humor and my decency?"

Verve Label Group says This Is My Town sets up the album's musical journey through New York's five boroughs. So, think of it as running the New York Marathon without having to destroy your shins or hit the wall at Mile 18.

Listen below.

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