"I love you man. We gotta do something together!"
"I love working with the Byrdman!"
"Geoff Byrd is a goldmine & the band is tighter than a condom!"
"One of the most talented singer songwriters period."
-Phil Ehart, Kansas
"From the moment this tall, lanky lead singer opened his mouth and started to sing, I knew he was a hit waiting to happen. Any lead singer that can stop me in my tracks when I'm headin' out the door has some serious 'magic' that borders on spooky!"
"Geoff Byrd is truly a breath of fresh air but at the same time reminiscent of the glory days of the best pop and soul. He covers the entire spectrum of what it takes to be a great artist: infectious melodies, pop in it's finest and most basic form, vocal deliveries from the heart, and a tornado of soul especially when seen live. Geoff is an absolute Star!"
-Jon Pleeter, CAA
Geoff Byrd on the Grammy Ballot in 2004
CATEGORIES: Best New Artist
Best Arrangement: Shrinking Violets
Best Pop Song: Parasol, Silver Plated
Best Pop Male Vocalist
Geoff Byrd on the Grammy Ballot in 2008
1,000 Miles of Life -John Oates, Geoff Byrd, Jed Leiber
Nominated for a Nashville Music Award "Made In Music City" for the song "1,000 Miles of Life
#1 Most played song in the world on internet radio
for two weeks in 2005 "Silver Plated" Radio Wave Monitor
Garageband.com's all time best rated artist
LIVE 365 Internet breakthrough artist of the year, 2004
Toured as the opening act for Hall & Oates 2006 world tour
Co-wrote Dirty In Texas performed by Anchored a top 20 hit on the Active Rock charts in 2010
Co-Wrote and produced "Over The Top" TV theme song for Top This Party on Lifetime
Co-wrote & produced "Unstoppable" TV theme song for Cheerleader Nation on Lifetime
Co-wrote & produced "Far From Now" the theme song for Wanna Go Fishing on ESPN2
Wrote and performed Before Kings, Top 40 HOT AC radio charts 2004/2005
Shared the stage with: Stevie Wonder, Hall and Oates, Seal, Kansas, John Waite, Michael Penn, Jurassic 5, Billy Gibbons, T-Bone Wolk, Eve 6, Benny Mardones, ZZ Top, Jed Leiber
Wrote national songwriting curriculum "Rock the Classroom"
Bachelor's Degree in History
Master's Degree in Education
Licensed Oregon & Washington teacher
Motivational speaker, creative counselor & Life Coach
Representative of The Grammy Foundation as a panelist, performing artist & speaker
Film maker and director
Science Fiction author
Visual Artist and Photographer
Music Video Director
Voice Over Actor
Next, Real World, Road Rules, America's Next Top Model, The Hills, Last Comic Standing, Army Wives, Top This Party, Wanna Go Fishing, How To Look Good Naked, Next Great American Band, Toddworld, Live from Daryl's House & over 1000 placements of original songs on national TV shows, films and documentaries.
Cover story on Billboard, Cover of Radio and Records, Cover of Unsigned Magazine, MSN, Washington Times, The Oregonian, Hollywood Independent, Fox News, Music Connection, Hollywood Reporter, Forbes Magazine, Cargo, San Diego Tribune, Ventura Star, CNet News, West Coast Performer, Goldmine Magazine, Music Connection, MTV news, CNN, Willamette Week, The Portland Mercury, The LA Independent, The LA Daily News, Yahoo news, MSN featured artist and many more
"These tracks literally storm the castle, displaying desperate yet unshakeable confidence, shotgun wed to world class song-craft. Now cometh the roar...these songs bespeak a firebrand urgency and intensity- and they display sheer creative range that most bands are either too timid or too unskilled to ever, EVER attempt."
"When Portland singer Geoff Byrd got the chance to open shows for Daryl Hall and John Oates late last summer, he was excited. Then nervous. Then elated. The excitement came not only from the professional opportunity in sharing the bill with the most successful duo in pop history, but also because Byrd is a longtime Hall and Oates fan.
The nerves came into play during Byrd's first performance, at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, a historic outdoor amphitheater that Byrd calls "a tough place to play, but a cool one."
"There were three or four-thousand people there, and I was scared to death -- that was the first time I'd played solo in front of that many people, and I was sweating!" But his set went well.
Well enough to impress Oates, who told someone from the Creative Artists Agency -- which had suggested the concert pairing -- that he'd even like to try songwriting with Byrd. "Geoff heard that and he came right up to me and said, 'John, anything like that you want to do, wherever and whenever, I'm there,' " Oates says in a phone interview.
In what Oates calls "a natural progression," the working relationship has grown. Byrd, along with pianist Jed Leiber, son of the songwriting legend Jerry Leiber, spent some time at Oates' Aspen, Colorado home writing songs.
He's opened more shows for the duo 20 to 30 by Hall's offhand count and now often joins in on encores, helping sing such hits as "Kiss on My List." "He's kind of become my protege," Oates says. The pop/soul masters and their young apprentice hit Portland on Saturday for a show at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Afterward, Byrd, this time backed by his dynamic band, will play at Old Town club Dante's. For Byrd, the tour is a fun ride and a veritable classroom.
"Daryl is one of my favorite singers, and just one of the greatest in the world," Byrd says. "John's contribution is greater than I'd understood before: He does great harmony arrangements, plays terrific rhythm guitar which is really the crux of rock 'n' roll and is just a great, solid human being.
And then there's T-Bone Wolk, my goodness! Just a legendary bassist; he's like the best of Paul McCartney meets James Jamerson." Byrd says he's picked up some tricks for how to maintain momentum from song to song during a show. But he's also learning just from proximity to such accomplished kindred spirits.
"I'm kind of a Brit-pop-meets-soul guy, I love Al Green, Mahalia Jackson, the Dixie Hummingbirds, Elton John, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Tom Petty, and they love all that, too. Our true passion lies in the blue notes of the gospel tradition."
Hall, on the phone from his home in upstate New York, says he also sees Byrd as "part of that continuum through which rock, pop and soul have developed. I think he's going to get better and better as he matures, but he's got a great start and a really impressive body of work so far."
"He's a tremendous singer, a great songwriter, a very charismatic presence," Oates says of Byrd. "He's influenced by our music, yet I recognized that he has his own vision.
So we're on the same page, but he brings a real youthful energy & a fresh perspective. "There's nothing worse than writing a song with someone and having them not be able to deliver it. That's not something I'm used to.
I work with one of the best singers in the world, and I think I'm a pretty good singer myself, so I'm sensitive to singers. And what's great about Geoff is we can write something great, and then he can deliver it and take it to the next level. And that's very exciting for a writer, because you never feel deprived at the end of it."