LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Barry loves Britney and Bieber? Barry Manilow is no Justin Bieber nor Britney Spears. But Manilow tells news that he is always pursuing a younger market because he knows that what is critical to a musician’s longevity. Now the hit maker opens up about his own career, new talent, and the keys to success in a younger music industry.
Manilow’s insightful remarks to news came in recent days during an interview with ITV’s “This Morning”.
As to Bieber, Manilow told news that fame is overwhelming. Manilow says he is often worried that fame doesn’t consume younger talents as it often does with other musical talents. Manilow says “But it [was] this fame and success thing that knocked me over like a hurricane and I say a little prayer for the people that are younger than I was…. I hope Justin Bieber has a good family unit because that will help.”
As to a younger market, Manilow tells news that audiences change and a musician needs to adapt to those changing demographics. “After all these years I’m not sure that I have got an audience out there, and every night there seems to be more people, younger (fans). I think it’s like, ‘Is he still alive? Let’s go catch him before he croaks’, or something like that.”
As to Britney Spears, Manilow says he is a huge fan both of her stage talent and musical performances. Manilow was additionally won over after Britney sang to Barry, live. “We went to see Britney Spears and I fell in love. She was singing to me, I know it. I’m so in love with her. I love her music, I do.”
And while Manilow has seen it all, he’s still surprised by the audiences he attracts nightly to sold out crowds. “I really am surprised that there are still people out there that come. I ask my stage manager every night, ‘Is there anybody out there?’ and I really mean it.”