ABOUT BARBARA ESPINOSA OCCHINO
Barbara is a multilingual vocalist (English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese), dancer, and entrepreneur who manages "Barbara's Serenade" bands and sings with Metro New York area musicians. Her "personality is warm like sunshine and her love of music is her joy and gift to people. Her voice is soft and sultry," says The Fairfield County Music Reporter. She has performed at Stamford's The Palace, Harbor Point, The Bartlett Arboretum, yacht and country clubs, company events, festivals, conferences, restaurants, schools, libraries, adult residences, and private parties. Barbara has been a session vocalist and bilingual voice-over talent in NY/CT recording studios and has sung in choirs, including Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival 50th Anniversary "the public domain." She is a music and entertainment curator who has planned events and booked talent for the Stamford ARTWALK, Experience Greenwich Week, corporate events, and the Greenwich Annual Holiday Stroll as well as serves on the Project Music Advisory Board.
Barbara has been a choreographer for musical theatre and choral groups and a member of adult dance troupes. She studied tap, jazz, and hip hop as well as smooth and Latin rhythm ballroom dancing in NYC/CT studios and workshops. She has danced in the New York City and Connecticut Michael Jackson Thriller global charity fundraisers. In theatre, Barbara has been in musical comedy ensembles and performed leading roles including Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Agnes in I do! I do!, Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, among others. She trained with Barnum & Bailey and Big Apple Circus and is a volunteer clown in Stamford’s Thanksgiving Parade. Her commercial work includes co-hosting live auctions, acting in videos and commercials, public speaking, and appearing as on-camera TV spokesperson.
Barbara was born in Cuba and currently lives in Stamford, Connecticut, where she owns a full service advertising and marketing agency (VertexMarketing.com) with her husband, Ron. Her two daughters are Berklee College of Music alumni and music industry entrepreneurs (ThePopMusicAcademy.com, LisaOcchino.com, HopeinHarmony.com, SongwriterLink.com). Barbara earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and minor in Biology from Rutgers University where she worked in public relations at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. She volunteers in the arts and serves as a business/marketing coach and competition judge for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) teaching teenagers entrepreneurial and marketing skills.
You Made Me Love You - 1913 jazz song by Italian-American composer James Vincent Monaco and American lyricist Joseph McCarthy
Quizás, Quizás, Quizás / Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps -1947 bolero by Cuban songwriter and composer Osvaldo Farrés, English lyrics by American music producer Joe Davis
Makin' Whoopee - 1928 jazz/blues song by American lyricist Gustav Gerson Kahn and songwriter Walter Donaldson
Sabor a Mi / Be True to Me - 1959 rumba by Mexican composer and singer Álvaro Carrillo