Barbara Graff


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Pianist and composer Barbara Graff studied classical piano at a young age. She was surrounded by an extended musical family. Her mother and aunt played piano, while another aunt was offered a scholarship for opera at Northwestern University. Her brother sang in the local choir for many years.  As a child, Barbara won awards for creative writing.  As an artist, writing songs with words is the perfect marriage of her two loves, music and writing. She is also athletic and enjoys basketball, bicycling, yoga and Zumba.

Barbara is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago and holds a Masters degree from Northwestern.

 At a holiday cocktail party,  Barbara chatted for three hours with another woman at the party until the two of them “closed down” the venue. When they traded business cards, it was only then they realized they had a musical connection. Carol became Barbara’s friend, piano coach and mentor, introducing her to New Age pianists such as Jim Brickman, George Winston and David Lanz, and encouraging her to reignite her artistic spark and pursue her musical destiny. 

Inspired by her mentor with New Age influences, and influenced by her love of diverse pop, country and piano artists,  Barbara began composing her own calming piano music. Her debut album, “Second Act,” was born from this peaceful fusion of sound, followed by a relaxing piano album for yoga, "Sweet Autumn Splendor" and in 2015, the soothing piano in "Pergola: Purely Piano." Barbara also writes songs with lyrics accompanied by her piano, beginning with the holiday hit, "Christmas Magic," which won as one of the best holiday songs on National Radio and was featured in a 2019 play in Indianapolis.  She has released new piano songs with lyrics and several country songs that appear on this site under "Barb's Country Crossroads." All of her music is featured on several radio stations including Pandora Radio.  Her 2020 album “Secret Beach” has received rave reviews. She performs solo or with her band The Piano Chicks ® 

Barbara’s “Second Act” is a long way from reaching the zenith. Barbara knows life is full of surprises, and the best is yet to come.


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look inside Secret Beach Composed by Barbara Graff. Contemporary Classical, Modern, New Age. Sheet Music Single. 3 pages. Published by Calm Creek Music (S0.553747).