Barry Minniefield: The voice of Fort Wayne on The Voice

| March 17, 2015
Barry Minniefield

Barry Minniefield (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

LOS ANGELES—Step back, Billy Paul; move over John Legend. Barry’s in the house!

Fort Wayne native, now Palm Springs Calif., resident Barry Minniefield is wowing music lovers across the nation as one of the top contestants on NBC’s acclaimed singing competition The Voice.

Minniefield grew up in Fort Wayne and said he started singing at church at age 12, honing his craft before moving to Los Angeles at age 25. In addition to extraordinary vocal skills, Minniefield also is an accomplished chef and, in fact, made his living in the kitchen when he first moved to California. Among his jobs was the position of chef for Delta Tau Delta fraternity (which actor Will Ferrell belonged to during Minniefield’s stint there).

After retiring from the culinary profession, he devoted his time to singing full time, working in country clubs and other select venues.

While other shows seem to favor young, often talented but very green performers, The Voice focuses on those who have been working to perfect their craft and are still dedicated to evolving. At age 53, Minniefield said he wanted to be on The Voice because it not only is a great national showcase but offers the opportunity for him to learn while working through the competition.

Minniefield was featured in the March 2 broadcast of the show, singing the R&B classic “Me & Mrs. Jones,” made popular by the great Billy Paul, as his blind audition. Minniefield consequently was selected for team Adam, under the direction of Adam Levine of Maroon 5 fame.

Contestants advance to the finals by popular audience vote, largely through purchase of iTunes singles of studio performances by the contestants. Along the way, they are mentored by the celebrity coaches which, in addition to Levine, include Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams.

Click here to watch Fort Wayne’s own Barry Minniefield’s blind audition and an interview. Tune in to The Voice and read Frost Illustrated for updates.

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