Barbara Healy began her music experience while growing up in a talented musical family in Los Angeles. As a young girl, her parents took her to clubs and concerts, her mother was a singer and taught her to sing harmony, and her father played his old 78 records to teach her about the Blues. Barbara's first guitar lessons were from Blues guitarist Bernie Pearl, whose brother Eddie operated the famous Ashgrove Club.
Barbara sang in college, making her first recording in the San Francisco bay area with a Blues band. After moving to Oregon and starting a family, she performed in front of audiences in Southern Oregon, forming the band Hot Sauce, and caught the attention of musicians in Eugene and Portland. After being invited to sit in with players such as James Cotton, Bill Rhoades, and the band New Shooz, Barbara took her show on the road and renamed her band the Allnighterz. On her nights off, it was common to see her sit in with the likes of Paul deLay, Robert Cray, Curtis Salgado, and Lloyd Jones. Musical dignitaries such as the Neville Brothers, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Joan Baez, and Matt Guitar Murphy would stop by to catch her act. In fact, several would sit in with her. She sang with Mary Wells and the Temptations, and provided vocal harmonies on several recordings.
Barbara took a break during the 1990's to raise her four children by herself, gigging occasionally and continued to write music. In the late 90's she started The Barbara Healy Band, incorporating more jazz influences into a blues repertoire. Barbara released her first CD "Mama Told Me Not To Look" in 1998 and performed at the Eugene Celebration, Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland and the Corvallis Fall Festival, as well as numerous clubs in the Pacific Northwest. She also performed with Don Latarsky and co - wrote songs for his recording.
Ever restless to create something new, Barbara released her second CD in 2003 with Tim Danforth called "Lullabies for a Troubled Planet", an acoustic project with a strong blues influence. She wrote songs with Danforth in response to the changing political landscape and to reflect major changes in her personal life.
After a scary bout with cancer in 2004, Barbara decided to get back to her first love, Rhythm & Blues. With renewed passion and a new band, she opened for Sonny Landreth at the Eugene Celebration. She continues to appear in numerous venues with some of the Northwest's finest players. She has performed at events such as Waterfront Blues Festival, Umpqua Valley Arts Festival, Art in the Vineyard, Roots and Blues Festival, Springfield Filbert Festival, Cuthbert Amphitheater, and Oregon Ducks football games.
In 2008, she released a third CD, "Share the Love" with Deb Cleveland.
She loves to collaborate with musician friends - In 2010 she worked with musicians in the Pacific Northwest, calling themselves ”The I-5 Nine”. They released a recording “The I-5 Nine Live”, which was recorded at the Corvallis Fall Festival. It played on several radio stations in the Northwest and received rave reviews.
In 2013 she finished a new CD of original material with “Barbara Healy & Groove Too” called “Shades of Blues”. The same year she contributed to a compilation CD, "Eugene Blues." Her latest recording with Groove Too, “Been There Done That”, was released in April 2016, being played here and abroad to rave reviews. A new LIVE CD came out last Spring and was featured on Sirius blues show for several months. All her original songs continue to get frequent airplay here and abroad.
Barbara draws from many sources when writing music. She heartily agrees with the late composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein who said, "Any music played with conviction is good music".