Barion Harris grew up singing. After a fourth-grade school talent show – which he won – a teacher told him, "Kid, you've got talent!" From that point, Barion was a regular contestant in school and community talent shows, winning awards and local recognition for his singing.

While in high school in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Barion teamed with his best friend and fellow singer Aaron Lee to form the group "N-tense." The duo performed popular songs at school and community events, restaurant openings, parties, and even the Newark Symphony Hall and Garden State Arts Center. The duo split as Barion sought solo opportunities and attended Norfolk State University in Virginia, but they remain closest of friends.

Barion's wide vocal range and rich, full singing voice earned him an audition for Season 6 of Fox Television's American Idol. Performing "I'll Give Anything" by Gerald Levert, he was one of 400 selected from the original 16,000 contestants. He passed the next audition, and was among the final 200 contestants to sing in front of Randy, Simon, and Paula at Chelsea Studios in New York. Barion sang "My Girl" by the Temptations and, although he did not continue, the experience evinces his great potential for success in the music industry.

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Perhaps it is no surprise that Barion has always been a talented singer. His father, Barry Harris, was a successful singer. The elder Harris sang at the age of 12 at The Apollo. Most notably, for five years he was a backup singer with The Platters, the most successful vocal group of the 1950s. 

Today, Barion actively pursues his dream of singing professionally by rehearsing, auditioning, and performing his diverse repertoire regularly at weddings and parties to great reviews. Thus far, word-of-mouth referrals have kept him singing while he works full-time in retail management and studies to be an X-ray technician. Barion enjoys an active, supportive family life, which includes a young daughter who loves hearing her dad sing!


In March 2010, Barion contributed to the Student Forum on the

Advance for Imaging and Radiation Oncology website.
Read it here ...