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David Barrett

Emmy Award-Winning Composer, Producer, Performer, & Publisher

Emmy Award-Winning Composer, Producer, Performer, & Publisher

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David Barrett Biography

Award-winning composer and producer David Barrett is renowned for writing one of the most memorable motivational songs in the American songbook. His “One Shining Moment” – written in one sitting and inspired by the legendary Larry Bird – has been the soundtrack to greatness for 35 years of network broadcast and is beloved by many millions of listeners. The iconic anthem has been sung by Grammy winners Jennifer Hudson, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, Ne-Yo, and Barrett’s own original vocal performance. Because of his song "One Shining Moment," Barrett is as comfortable with coaches as he is with award-winning songwriters, as at home with educators as he is with poets. His “One Shining Moment” has led to incredible connections with audiences from all industries and backgrounds, and whether the conversation turns to storytelling, sports, innovation, or life, Barrett shares unparalleled insights about inspiration and achievement.

Barrett has received numerous awards for his work: a silver medal at the New York Film Festival for the short film Don’t Cross That Line, as well as two Emmy Awards for scoring PBS documentaries about on the lives of legendary Ohio State coach Woody Hayes and author C.S. Lewis. He has composed themes for the Professional Golf Association, the Olympics, and the U.S. Open, and toured at length as a performer with the legendary Art Garfunkel. Barrett’s music and his compelling storytelling inspire audiences of all kinds to believe that anything can happen.

David Barrett Speaking Topics

  • The Improbable Story of One Shining Moment

    Over the last 36 years, many millions of viewers have watched the fabled video montage that ends the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. It features the song "One Shining Moment" with all the emotion and drama that has made March Madness an unofficial holiday in America. The composer and original performer, David Barrett, explains the improbable backstory how many charmed coincidences led to the song’s unlikely journey to CBS Sports and then out to the world. Mr. Barrett has gone on to write many award-winning songs, scores and instrumental themes for various networks, and in doing so has developed a unique talent for conveying a lasting emotional message to listeners. He is dedicated to helping you find your own message as well.

  • Music, Athletics, & Academics

    As an Emmy Award-winning composer and songwriter, a college athletic Hall of Fame member, and Phi Beta Kappa student of philosophy, Mr. Barrett has a unique window into how these areas relate to each other. His song "One Shining Moment" is a testimony to all three. Oddly enough, the title and idea for this song originated from his study of linguistics. Mr. Barrett walks you through his experiences and helps you explore how these different intelligences working together can raise the bar for any student, musician, or athlete.

  • "One Shining Moment" as a Metaphor for… Life

    Each day, David Barrett's Google account sends him the various uses of the title "One Shining Moment." It began with the obvious sports uses, but quickly evolved to include inspiration, heartbreak, and all manners of success. It would seem that our culture has taken the phrase "One Shining Moment" to heart. It has come to mean for many the joy of dreaming, committing to your dream, gaining confidence, getting up after you fall, and performing at your best during the most critical times. Failure is not the enemy…not trying your best is. It took years to understand this simple truth, and in discussing this song, David Barrett not only shares his failures, but also shows how they have led to his most meaningful successes.

David Barrett Videos

  • One Shining Moment with David Barrett, '77
    He majored in philosophy and was all-MIAA in soccer, but singer-songwriter David Barrett has enjoyed a highly successful career in music, which...
  • The story behind 'One Shining Moment'
    Composer David Barrett, Greg Gumbel, Jim Nantz and others tell the story behind the much-loved anthem of college basketball.
  • David Barrett Emmy Winning Songwriter and Composer
    David's iconic song "One Shining Moment" has become synonymous with CBS Sports' coverage of the championship game in the NCAA Men's Basketball...

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  • What topics does David Barrett speak about?

    David Barrett is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Empowerment, Entertainment, Inspirational, Music, Olympics, Personal Growth, Self Esteem, Speakers by Industry, Sports.
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David Barrett is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Improbable Story of One Shining Moment, Music, Athletics, & Academics and "One Shining Moment" as a Metaphor for… Life. The estimated speaking fee range to book David Barrett for your event is available upon request. David Barrett generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Angelo Mota, Jacob Collier, Share Ross, Sara Bareilles and Harold O’Neal. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David Barrett for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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