This may be the first time that a Cy Young Award recipient has debuted in THREE of Billboard’s sales charts. Former MLB pitcher, Barry Zit, released his new EP titled NO SECRETS on January 27th and charted at #15 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Chart,#18 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and #39 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart.
“Music has always been a part of my life. Both of my parents were musicians, so it just comes naturally to me,” says Zito. “Moving to Nashville was one of the best things that ever happened to me because now I’m surrounded by incredible songwriters and musicians, and I get to exercise my creative ability, which is so fulfilling.”
Zito spent the week of his release doing performances and making appearances including a special VIP reception and performance for music industry insiders at Nashville’s ASCAP office before heading to the west coast to a SOLD-OUT show at Sweetwater Music Hall just outside of San Francisco, where he had played baseball with The Giants organization. He sat in with fans at AT&T Park there at a special gathering and The Giants hosted a Facebook LIVE event where Barry gave a solo acoustic performance of songs from his debut release, and also took questions from fans in attendance, as well as online. Later that week he made appearances on several popular talk radio programs including San Francisco’s “Murph and Mac” on KNBR, “Sports ByLine USA,” “The Jim Rome Show” on CBS Sports Radio, MLB Radio Network on SiriusXM, Fantasy Sports on SiriusXM and two television appearances on MLB Network’s “Hot Stove” and “Intentional Talk.”
Zito will appear on Music City’s famed AM radio station, WSM, where he will visit with host Bill Cody on his “Coffee, Country and Cody” radio show on Monday February 13th, with more media appearances to come.
About Barry Zito
Zito has been playing guitar since his early 20’s, while on the road in the minor leagues, and he began dabbling in songwriting for fun a few years later. Born with a natural athletic ability, he’s also always possessed a love and talent for music that he comes by quite naturally. Zito grew up in a household surrounded by music. His father Joe worked as a conductor/arranger for Nat King Cole and eventually an artist manager, and his mother Roberta had been one of Cole’s backup singers in the Merry Young Souls. Barry recalls having a fascination with music pretty early on.
After retiring from his baseball career in 2015, Zito immediately turned his full attention to that second love and began crafting the songs that would fill his first album. You could almost say it was fate or kismet that brought the World Series winner full circle to a Triple A team in Music City right before he retired, and for Zito, it was definitely a long, winding journey full of interesting twists and turns that landed him there and ultimately inspired the songs on NO SECRETS.
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