Musical Director | Producer | Composer | Clinician
Talent. Focus. Initiative. These adjectives not only describe a two year old negotiating themselves out of a nap, but they also paint the picture of an ambitious young man by the name of West Byrd. His professional success in the music industry can be attributed to his neatly cultivated talent as producer, composer, arranger, pianist, and musical director in a bucketful of musical genres, including jazz, R&B, classical, and gospel. West has been influenced musically for over 20 years, beginning at the age of five. That timeframe is equal to the length of time it takes most people to decide what life is even about. These years of musical marination and study allow West to bring a buffet of musical goodies to any musical arena. As a result, West has earned opportunities to rock with some very notable artists such as Taylor Hicks, El DeBarge, Peabo Bryson, Chico DeBarge, Chante Moore, Montell Jordan, Donnie McClurkin, NAJEE, Brian Culbertson, Nathan East, Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, Brian Bromberg, Paul Jackson Jr, Mike Phillips, Steve Cole, Rick Braun, Stanley Jordan, Gerald Veasley, Pieces Of A Dream, Arrested Development, Brian Simpson, Alex Bugnon, Gregg Karukas, Karen Briggs, Eric Darius, Paul Taylor, Marcus Johnson, Nick Colionne, Marion Meadows, Euge Groove, Steve Oliver, Tom Braxton, Pam Williams, Kim Scott, Jackeim Joyner, Matt Marshak, Jeff Kashiwa, Tom Browne, Elan Trotman, Josh Vietti, The Sax Pack, Dorinda Clarke-Cole, Jonathon Nelson, Rahsaan Patterson, Bobby Valentino, Tony Terry, Lil G of Silk, RL of Next, Rodnie Bryant, Shirley Murdock, and the Anointed Pace Sisters to name a few.
In addition, his experiences working with such musical heavyweights granted West the good fortune to open for classic talents such as Chaka Khan, Ronald Isley, Fourplay, Aaron Neville, David Sanborn, Keith Sweat, Anthony Hamilton, Kem, Monica, Raheem DeVaughn, Dwele, Algebra, Byron Cage, Jonathon Butler, and a host other celebrated artists. West has also worked as both project manager and musical director for other large scale productions. These productions include serving as musical director for the grand opening production held to celebrate Birmingham, Alabama's multi-million dollar multipurpose facility CROSSPLEX, composing an original musical score for the national documentary "On Air", and arranging, composing, and producing yet another original musical score for the short film "Detour". West has also served as Musical Director for the inaugauration of Birmingham's Mayor William A. Bell, as well as Primary Keyboardist in the house band for the "Georgia Salutes America" live broadcast production. In addition to this, he has served as both the musical director and segment producer for nContrast, a national entertainment & lifestyle television show, aired on BETJ weekly for four seasons and he is also the supervisor of music for Epiphany, aired on the Inspiration Network. Adding to his television and film experience, West has partnered, served, and performed as music director with major network productions including Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks, Universal, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Viacom/BET Networks, BJCC Studio Productions, NAACP & UNCF events, and associations with productions for Tribune Entertainment and ESPN. West continues to expand his musical prowess and has taken his arranging and musical production skills further into the arena of television and film. Not only is West an accomplished pianist and musical director, he is genuinely a legitimately a good guy. His penchant for cultivating and maintaining positive relationships with others in the industry, his knowledge of band dynamics and musical theory, topped off with old fashioned work ethic marry well together to showcase a musician with an overwhelming ability to shine in any leadership role, including those involving theatrical productions and live performances. West and the theater are also well acquainted. His musical directorship work extends to the stage plays "He's Not The Man I Married", "Should A Man Cry", "Baby Ain't No Way", and "These Three Words" by Marc Raby. In addition, West also directed music for the stage plays "I'll Be Home For Christmas", "It's A Love Thing" and "What Does It Matter" by Japaul Vines. His motto? "I do a lot, but I want to be busier!" Along with producing for national cable networks, West also does studio production for various artists of all genres under his label, West Unlimited. West has also toured professionally in the United States & United Kingdom.