Who Is Nelson Starr?

I am a music producer, composer, and vocalist in the Buffalo area. I work in every genre of music – from rock to jazz, country to hip-hop and beyond.  I was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

I also am also a Food Fanatic!  I love to cook, eat and learn about the different cuisines of the world.  In 2009 I was lucky enough to host Tony Bourdain and his amazing film crew in my home town of Buffalo.

Anthony Bourdain and Nelson Starr

Tony filmed an episode titled, “Rust Belt.” It focused on Baltimore, Detroit and Buffalo.  I was able to show Tony some of my favorite places and I was featured prominently in the show (click link for video). I had previously met Tony after I was featured on the No Reservation’s FAN-atic Special.

Thanks to Tony’s inspiring visit, I continue to explore to world of food.  I even teamed up with local Director John Paget on a webseries called All Access Pass that explores Buffalo’s Food Scene.

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame — Inducted fall 2006
Best Rock Keyboardist Award (BMA) — 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000
Best Male Vocalist Award (Artvoice) — 1999, 1996.
Best Rock Keyboardist Award(Artvoice) — 1999
Best Original Keyboardist Award (BMA) — 1998
Best Original Male Vocalist Award (Buffalo Music Awards) — 1997, 1995, 1994.

I scored the soundtrack to the acclaimed 2008 documentary Alcatraz Reunion. Previously, I composed the original score for the 2003 independent film noir, “The Falls” (Ardustry Home Entertainment). 

A few of the names I have performed with are former Blue Note recording artist Sam Noto, bari-sax great Bruce Johnstone, British saxophonist Iain Ballamy, Dominic Miller (Sting’s longtime guitarist) and, of course, the Eric Starr Group – my brother’s ensemble that I sing lead vocals in. In 2004 I performed with ESG at a sold-out performance at New York’s Lincoln Center.

I have played sessions for Grammy winning producers, Harvey Jay Goldberg (Rolling Stones) and Jeffrey Lesser (Lou Reed); performed and recorded with Ezra Reich, toured as the bassist for 10,000 Maniacs and completed a tour as the keyboardist for the platinum selling Canadian artist, Jeff Martin (formerly of Tea Party).

I co-produced four albums by The Tails, and am currently producing (and often engineering) music for the acclaimed rock act Floozie, hip-hop duo Perpendicular, and Maria Sebastian. I’ve played on several of these albums as well.

Finally, I am also one of WNY’s top male jingle-singers for Ad Songs (Ken Kaufman/Entercom Radio).


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