Aug 20, 2013
03:32 PMArts & Entertainment
After "X Factor" Try, Sweet-Voiced Torrington Singer, 19, on the Rise
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Barrios—who describes her music as a fusion of acoustic, pop and folk and performs a number of covers as well as her own original songs—discovered the open mic nights at Infinity Music Hall & Bistro in Norfolk.
Infinity Hall has a competition in which performers from the open mic nights are selected to compete on the main stage. The winner of each round in those competitions gets the opportunity to open for a national touring act.
In April, right after her “X-Factor experience,” Barrios competed and won that honor. She is still waiting to hear what act she will open for, but the notoriety of winning alone has helped put her on the map—even if that map is just a regional one at the moment.
In recent months, Barrios has performed at various business events, farmers markets and any other gig "I [could] get my hands on.” This Sunday, for example, will see her return to Canton to play the Collinsville Farmer’s Market for a second time. (She will perform a three-hour set starting at 10 a.m. at the market located in the town hall parking lot at the corner of Route 179 and Main Street.)
Just last weekend, she performed in Coe Memorial Park in Torrington as part of a summer concert series. “That was the biggest show I’ve done. It was the first time I had done a concert of my own, but I really enjoyed it,” said Barrios, although she admitted that she was nervous before the show.
Barrios has a number of performances scheduled through early fall, including taking part in an open mic at the Passiflora Tea Room in New Hartford Sept. 13, and performing at the Playhouse on Park in West Hartford Sept. 21.
And she is gearing up for what will be her biggest show so far, at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville Oct. 18, when Barrios will open for Nashville recording artist Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line.
Her mother, Trish, lovingly called Barrios’ “momager” by friends, reached out to Bridge Street Entertainment Director Pat Ryan to see if her daughter could perform at an open mic. Ryan showed Barrios’ music to Struthers and she asked her to open for her set, said Barrios, who is clearly excited about the opportunity.
Music has always been a staple in the life of this 19-year-old, and she comes from a musical family. Her parents were in a band when they were younger, her father as a drummer and her mother a vocalist. Barrios said she began singing when she was 3.
“They’ve always been really into music even if they weren’t playing,” Barrios said of her parents. “We always had music playing. I enjoyed being around music, but I never really thought of it as a career. I realized it was very difficult to get noticed by important people. It can be difficult to make a living.”