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About Barry DeVorzon
May 17th, 2011

Barry DeVorzonComposer/Artist Barry DeVorzon has long been a prominent name in the recording industry. He has written and/or produced a total of twenty hit records and earned six Emmys and a Grammy for his work.

He discovered the highly successful group, The Association, and developed one of the most successful independent record and publishing companies of that time. He later sold his record company and his publishing company “Tamerlane” to Warner Brothers.


He has composed music for major features including:

  • Bless The Beasts and the Children
  • Hard Times
  • Dillinger
  • The Warriors
  • Ninth Configuration
  • Xanadu
  • Tattoo
  • Looker
  • Exorcist III

His television credits include:

  • S.W.A.T
  • Simon and Simon
  • Renegades
  • Private Benjamin
  • V
  • The new Twilight Zone
  • Intimate Strangers
  • The Belarus File

His work in motion pictures and television has resulted in a number of hit records and soundtracks including:

  • Bless the Beasts and the Children
  • Nadia’s Theme (the theme from The Young and the Restless)
  • Theme from S.W.A.T.
  • “In the City” from the Long Run and Hell Freezes Over Albums
  • “The Warriors” soundtrack album.

He was nominated for an Academy Award for “Bless the Beasts and the Children” and won a Grammy for “Nada’s Theme”. His music for television has earned him six Emmy and numerous nominations.

In addition to composing, Barry has enjoyed a successful career as a recording artist. His hit instrumental “Nadia’s Theme” went Gold as did the L.P. by the same name. Earlier in his career as Barry of Barry and The Tamerlanes, he had a top ten hit with “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight.”

More recently, Barry had a hit with “No More Drama” recorded by Mary J. Blige, which went Top 5 and Platinum. His “Theme from S.W.A.T.” was featured in the motion picture, “S.W.A.T.” The original music from “The Warriors” was used in the best-selling video game by the same name last year.

Barry is also the founder and President of MasterWriter Inc., the #1 used and accepted software application for songwriters, poets and creative writers. MasterWriter was designed by songwriters for songwriters and contains all the tools and reference that are essential for the modern songwriter.

He also his the author of the MasterWriter Blog, where he writes weekly on topics related to becoming a great songwriter and turning your passion into a career. You can subscribe to his weekly updates here.