Barb Sorensen

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I perform in many different types and sizes of venues. From the prestigous Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to the deli parking lot in Palatine, IL for a local grillfest.

I perform the following types of concerts:

  • Original Pop/Rock
  • Civil War era song concerts
  • WWI Re-enactment concerts (German songs)
  • WWII Re-enactment concerts (German songs)
  • Traditional German Folk Songs - includes some folklore
  • Traditional Norwegian Folk Songs - includes some folklore
  • Christmas Concerts
  • Traditional German, English and Norwegian Christmas song concerts
  • Traditional Multi-Cultural Lullaby concerts

  • I perform solo or with a band:

  • A soloist on acoustic guitar
  • With a string quartet backup
  • With my full 5 piece fun pop/rock backup band

  • Equipment Requirements:

    *NOTE - this is my normal setup for a solo acoustic show. For a full band or string quartet concert please contact me.

  • Microphone stand
  • Microphone (Sennheiser preferred)
  • 1 stage monitor
  • Speakers for the audience
  • 1 mixer - minimum 2 channels
  • 1 guitar direct box
  • 1 grounded outlet within 4 feet of the stage

  • Fun Questions

    What is the furthest you have toured?: Furthest east is Alaska and Hawaii, furthest west is Berlin Germany, furthest north is Barrow Alaska, furthest south is Dallas Texas

    How do you do what you do?: Balancing work, pleasure, play, fun, creativity, practice, networking

    How many songs have you written?: I have written a few hundred. Not all have been recorded.

    Do you have any pets?: I have two acquariums with snails, and one terrarium I am preparing for neon tetras

    Did you have to go to school to be a musicians?: The kind of musician I am, included a college degree in Chemistry. For myself, I learned that it wasn't just about a higher more challenging use of my brain via education, but about learning to travel amidst many types of circles. A musicians meets all kinds of interesting and fascinating characters on the road.

    Count Downs

    Days Till the Northwest US Totality! Tour (July 26 - September 26, 2017)


    Days till the Community Christmas Concert Series (December 1 - 25, 2017)


    Days till the Europe Sky, Water, Clay, Fire, Rock, ICE tour (May 1 - July 10, 2017)


    Year's of Touring
    CDs released
    Happy Music Fans
    Tours in 2017

    Feedback & Quotes

    Susan Galvez Fan

    "If you have not heard Barb singing a lullaby in German or yodeling for a king, give your ears and mind a treat and see Barb in concert" ....... those are some of my favorites songs!"...Susan Galvez. Palatine, Illinois

    Jeff Videographer

    Barb’s engaging songs draw people in. Her audience often joins her in joy filled sing-alongs. Barb is also an excellent story teller, she tells amazing facts about her songs in a highly entertaining ways. Barb Sorensen has a vast range and sings in German and English She sings early American and German Folk Songs along with modern Pop Rock and Kids Lullaby’s. Barb’s informal friendly approachable joyous style is perfect for family gatherings in a park, Historical Re-enactments, and all sizes [sic] concert settings. Heinz Thiel

    Kim Parent of Barb's Music class student

    She Looks Up To You. Thank you so much for keeping us informed of your career. Gretchen almost cried when she heard your "Snowflake" song! Honest!! She just looks up to you and always has. Kim, United States - 15 January 2006

    Joyce & Tony Fans

    "My husband and I have been to several of Barb's concerts. We are very impressed with her songwriting abilities and her enthusiasm for performing. Barb loves singing and playing her guitar, and it shows!" - Joyce and Tony T., Downers Grove, Illinois

    Keith Fort Entertainment Producer

    "Barb is very creative, extremely hardworking, willing to go far above and beyond the norm. Her transformation as an actress was stunning and a wonder to behold. She was always one of the first to offer her time and talents to help promote the show, and I endorse her heartily. Thanks, Barb! and Keep rockin'!" Keith Fort / Director Screamfest B96 Chicago

    Neil Fan//Author

    5 stars - Sensuous and Romantic Acoustic Pop/Rock Fun! ByNeal Reynoldson February 5, 2002 It's well past midnight as I write this and I can't stop listening to acoustic pop/rock singer/songwriter Barb Kronau-Sorensen's CD "Walk That Mile"! It has that rare quality where the songs are both immediately pleasing to the ear and catchy, yet don't wear out their welcome upon repeated hearings. In fact, upon each listen the songs become even more aesthetically pleasing, while one develops a deeper appreciation of the melodies, instrumentation, and extra layers and levels of meaning to the lyrics. I can't decide if my favorite song is "The Sound of Your Soul" or "Because I Am" -- I like the overall sensuous, Caribbean feel and emotion of "Soul" the best, yet I can't resist the unexpected melodic variations and vocal stylings of the last two and a half lines of each verse of the rockin' "Because I am". "Because I Am" vividly conveys the singer's delight at her formerly stick-in-tne-mud lover's unexpected romantic revival -- which has happily turned her into his fool as well. "The Sound of Your Soul" combines the musical styles of lite jazz and Jamaican music to set a warm, loving mood... a wash of sound that magically conveys the depth of the love the singer feels for her love, as she basks in the glow and feels ever closer to, almost one with, his soul. The CD opens with the infectiously catchy instrumentation of the pop rock song "Walk That Mile", wherein the singer tells of the lesson she has learned, that she has to follow her own path, not those others would choose for her. A familiar lesson perhaps, but one seldom conveyed with as much feel, strength, and good 'ol fashioned rock 'n roll fun than it is here. In fact, from the moment the song begins it is clear that this entire CD is a fully professional quality work of art, from the highly skilled playing and singing to the crisp high fidelity recording with absolutely no background noise -- an impeccable job all the way around. The fourth song on the CD, the catchy dance club style "Possessive Obsession", breaks somewhat with Sorensen's acoustic tradition by using techno-pop studio tricks and electronics -- to good effect. And it's interesting to hear a story of a woman being possessed by love for a change, as we have a tendency to think of obsessive love as a purely male phenomenon. Also unexpected for an independent label is how fully professional the packaging and graphic design of the CD is, with the inclusion of lyrics and several lovely and festive photographs of the singer, whose beautiful voice is matched only by her visual beauty. Anyone who has had the good fortune to have seen one of this very intelligent singer/songwriter's beautiful, energetic (and downright fun!) concerts knows that she has an incredible wealth of original material -- so my only complaint is that only a few them have been recorded so far. Let us hope she gets another CD released soon. In the meantime, if you're looking for a wonderful musical pickup during the winter doldrums (or any time), something that is both romantic, fun, and insightful, I can't recommend a better CD than Barb Sorensen's "Walk That Mile".

    Current Projects

    • Piuraagvik Recreation Center
    • Barrow/Utqiagvik, Alaska
    • Because It gets cold up there!
    • And Dark
    • $15,000,000

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