Byron Motley is a multi-talented singer-songwriter, lecturer, author, filmmaker and photographer.
Byron has had a long fascination and appreciation of the Negro Baseball Leagues, having heard many tales about the leagues from his father Bob Motley—who umpired in the leagues for several years. His informative, insightful and entertaining lecture The Negro Baseball Leagues: An American Legacy engages audiences of all ages. Byron co-authored his father’s memoir Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants & Stars: Umpiring in the Negro Leagues & Beyond (Sports Publishing, LLC, 2007) and is producing a television documentary about the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues.
As a singer-songwriter, he has received critical acclaim for his soulful performances both nationally and in Europe. His latest CD Jazz & Cocktails (Cocoa Blu Records) has garnered great reviews. He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Natalie Cole, Dionne Warwick, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, Melissa Etheridge, Barry Manilow and American Idol winners Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. He performed on Broadway alongside Patti LuPone in the acclaimed show Patti LuPone On Broadway and has performed on three separate occasions with the famed Boston Pops Orchestra under the baton of renowned conductor/composer John Williams. His performance of the Williams composition "America, The Dream Goes On" garnered strong critical acclaim from the press and public. Byron holds a Master's degree in Music from the University of Southern California.
Dynamic keynote speakers
School groups and colleges
African American organizations and history events
Sports and baseball clubs and organizations
Arts and cultural organizations, libraries,
museums, and theaters
Senior centers and groups
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