Barry Stagg

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Barry Stagg
Born 1944 (age 72–73)
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation(s) Musician, playwright

Barry Stagg (born April 9, 1944) is a Canadian musician and playwright and from Montreal. He graduated from the Université de Montréal, and recently moved to North Carolina from Nova Scotia.

Life and works[edit]

Stagg was born April 9, 1944 in Montreal and spent the first 29 years of his life in the city.[1]Stagg has written and recorded songs for Gamma Records, United Artists, London Records and RCA. He has written film scores for documentaries, as well as numerous mini-operas. He is well known for his world hit song “To Love Means to be Free” which was released on his Green and Stagg album in 1969 that won the Canadian Business Music Industry writing award. From 1989–present, playwright-in-residence for the Nosco Academy of Theatre Arts. During that time over 60 musicals were written and composed, covering a wide range of themes.

From 2002 to 2003 Stagg was commissioned to write a 16 piece musical composition with lyrics entitled “Psalms from the Ark” for the ballet company centered at The Dance Center of Spruce Pine of North Carolina. In late 2004 he released his latest album, Slaughterhouse of Love. He is currently working on a new album which is to be released the summer of 2009.

Stagg's most recent album No More Mountains to Cross was released in 2009. A CD release party was held at the Carolina Theater in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, July 11, 2009.

Stagg is currently in progress of recording a new album.



Year Album
1969 Anthony Green & Barry Stagg
1978 Barry Stagg
2004 Slaughterhouse of Love
2009 No More Mountains to Cross


Year Single Chart Positions Album
1970 "To Love Means to Be Free" (with Anthony Green) 29 42 Anthony Green & Barry Stagg
"Face of the Sun" (with Anthony Green) 11 86
"It's Been a Long Time" (with Anthony Green) 7 50 singles only
1972 "Old Fashioned Ways" (with Anthony Green) 40
1973 "Window of Your Life" (with Anthony Green) 44
1977 "Stay" 45 Barry Stagg
1978 "Children of the Dream" 38
1980 "The Warm Maritimes" 31 38 singles only
1981 "This Is My Best Song" 22


  1. ^ Purtell, David (29 March 2017). "Barry Stagg is 'driven by music'". Mitchell News-Journal. Retrieved 8 June 2017.