I’m Bill Berry. songwriter, performer, all-around funnyman and producer/host of the monthly Los Angeles songwriter showcase, Songwriter’s Square!
Before you read on please note: This Bill Berry is not the jazz trumpeter Bill Berry (1930 -2002), nor the ex-REM drummer Bill Berry. Those Bill Berrys are fine Bill Berrys in their own right. But they’re not funny like this Bill Berry. This guy is freaking FUNNY! Plus Steve Martin sings on his album! How much more comedy cred does a guy need? The answer is none. None more. Now, back to the bio…
I hosted a show on TransitTV which you can see on buses throughout Los Angeles County. Yeah that’s me. The TransitTV Music Man. I talk about music, musicians and great moments in music history. You can see all the episodes HERE.
Here are some of the musical things I’ve done, since you asked.
I co-wrote the musical soundtrack for ABC television’s acclaimed comedy series Sons & Daughters, with Adam Gorgoni, who was a blast to work with.
I’ve also written music for films and commercials. Including this gem featuring Martin Mull and Karen Black: Movies, Money, Murder
One song was played in a bar scene where they threw darts at each others heads. From the point of view of the dart. That was cool.
I also write for theatre. I composed the music for The Old Vaudeville (1996), The Everlasting Bonfire (1998), both produced in Los Angeles. I’ve written lyrics only for Quandary (2007) and The Mysterious Stranger (2008), both of which had staged readings in Los Angeles. For my latest show, Monkey Mind, I’ve written the lyrics and co-written the music with Edward Auslender. The book is by Terri Weiss. Find out more about Monkey Mind the Musical.
I also write songs that I perform (check out the video page). As a singer/songwriter, I was signed for a cup of coffee to Evening Star Records founded by producer Nik Venet (Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt, John Stewart). Please see the page for upcoming gigs.
Hit songwriter (and one of my songwriting mentors) Harriet Schock includes many of my lyrics in her book on songwriting, “Becoming Remarkable” (Blue Dolphin Press, 1998).
From the Sublime to the Ridiculous Dept:
I’ve been in a lot of bands. Some I’ve been more proud of than others.
For the latter, check out the Basin Street Sheiks page.
There’s more. But this should do for now.
Go ahead and check out the site! Send me an email! I look forward to meeting you soon!
-Bill Berry, 2016