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To TV audiences she may be better known as a four-time Emmy-nominated writer and producer (Joan of Arcadia, Judging Amy), to avid readers she’s a novelist with 11 published works but to fans of music, Barbara Hall is a singer/songwriter and founding member of the alternative country rock band The Enablers, who is releasing Bad Man, her second album as a solo artist. Backed by a band of L.A. pro musicians and with production work by Peter Himmelman, Bad Man showcases Hall’s unique viewpoint and elegantly crafted songwriting.
As a child in Chatham, Virginia, Hall had a single vision, which moved her toward writing by the isolation, even frustration, of a small Southern town. The youngest of three siblings, she often collaborated on stories with her older sister, knowing by age 8 what career path lay ahead. She attended James Madison University, garnering a myriad of awards on the way to an English degree. Recognizing that a struggling writer should choose between New York and Los Angeles, two days after graduation she moved to L.A. Says Hall, “I figured if I had to starve, I didn’t have to freeze.”
On the west coast, she wrote her first novel, Skeeball and the Secret of the Universe, which got the attention of an agent and, consequently, producer Gary David Goldberg. Despite the fact that there were few women writers in TV in the early ‘80s, Hall sold her first story to Family Ties and was soon hired by Newhart as a comedy writer before being promoted to story editor. She worked on Moonlighting, Northern Exposure and ER before spending two years with Chicago Hope, first as co-executive producer, then as consulting producer before going on to executive produce Judging Amy and create Joan of Arcadia.
Currently, Hall is serving as a co-executive producer of the Emmy-winning Showtime drama Homeland, inking a two-year deal with studio Fox 21. In addition, she is developing a separate script at CBS.