About Barry Bozz
Born and raised in New York City, Barry was singing doo-wop on street corners at 12 yrs. old. By the time he was 15 he was playing high school dances.
Upon the death of his mother when he was 16, he felt that he had lost his faith. Always a reader, Barry embraced religious alternatives and even atheistic philosophers.
Finding the alternatives spiritually unsatisfying, Barry found himself wanting to return to God’s grace. He spent six months in a monastery, where he began to express his thoughts and prayers in his songwriting.
Upon returning to the outside world, he and his friend Rick Grande began writing songs reflecting the many aspects of faith: love, joy, fear, sorrow, tragedy and triumph. Then Barry moved into a different phase of his life, leaving music behind, his songs buried in a drawer for 35 years.
In 1974 Barry married his wife Peggy, a high school friend. Together they ran a group home for emotionally damaged teens. Over several years, they took in many foster children, while raising their own three daughters. During this period Barry worked as a steelworker, an exterminator, even working on a loading dock, all the while striving to complete an English degree. Upon earning his BA he began a 20-year career in education, teaching creative writing and American literature.
Retiring in 2010, Barry decided he wanted to return to making music. Reuniting with his friend Rick through Facebook, Barry learned that Rick still had the songs they wrote together so many years ago. With a desire to perform in public again, he found Kevin Lang, an accomplished guitarist, arranger and producer. They formed a duo and began playing in local venues.
After several months of working together, Barry asked Kevin if they could make an album of his music, just for his family to enjoy. But when Barry played some of his songs, Kevin sensed that Barry had a different approach to contemporary Christian music, and that his “retro” sound would appeal to all age groups, so he agreed to help Barry record his songs of faith.
During the recording process, Barry played some of the studio mixes for friends and family. The response was immediate and unanimous: everyone loved his songs! Barry was encouraged by the first reactions, so he decided he wanted to share his music with the world, and the album “In the Ocean of His Mercy” was born!