Andrew Barrett has been programming keyboards for Broadway Musicals for more than twenty years. Always involved with synthesizers, he got his start during the "Cameron Mackintosh" era when the original keyboards for Cats, where he was employed as a pit musician, were no longer viable and he was asked to come up with a replacement. The solution was to sample the sounds on the rudimentary equipment that was available at the time. This technique, of employing samples of acoustic or electronic sounds, has become standard in musical theater today.
In 2005, when Kurzweil K2600's, the de facto keyboard in musical theater at that time, was threatened with a parts shortage and was in danger of obsolescence, Andrew designed a system using the computer-based tools that he employed regularly in his home studio for composition and was the first to do so successfully in a Broadway musical. Once again, this has become pervasive in the industry.
As a film composer, Andrew has composed original scores for Cry Baby Lane and The Flooded Playground and has worked as additional music composer and orchestrator on such feature films as National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, The City of Lost Children, Lost Highway and Arlington Road.
Bloomberg Television News used Andrew's music as their main theme for five years. Other television and radio credits include the theme for the ABC-TV series Cracker and commercials for clients such as Nissan Motors, Victoria's Secret, Lipton and Wrigley. His songs have been recorded by Deniece Williams, Candi Staton, Melisa Morgan and others.
Andrew earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University School of Music, where he studied piano with Walter Robert and Janna Dawson, composition with Bernard Haydn and jazz arranging with David Baker. Once back in New York, he furthered his studies privately with Tony Aless, Don Sebesky and Armen Donelian. He worked as a session musician and was an original member of the disco band Chic, recording many platinum and gold records with producers Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards