Byron Motley is an accomplished singer,songwriter, filmmaker, lecturer, author and photographer. His credits are as varied as his talents.
As a performer, Byron made his Broadway debut alongside Patti LuPone in the acclaimed show Patti LuPone On Broadway, with whom he has also recorded. Byron, who holds a Master's degree in Music from the University of Southern California, has also performed as a featured soloist upon three separate occasions with the famed Boston Pops Orchestra under the baton of conductor/composer John Williams. Additionally, he has worked with Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Melissa Ethridge, Joe Cocker, Celine Dion and Barry Manilow.
With diverse interests and talents, Byron is currently producing a television documentary about the Negro Baseball Leagues entitled The Negro Baseball Leagues; An American Legacy for the PBS network. Additionally, his screenplay, EFFA is now in development with Penny Marshalls Parkway Productions with Ms. Marshall attached as Director.
In 2007, Byron added author to his numerous accomplishments by co-penning his fathers memoir Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants & Stars: Umpiring in the Negro Leagues & Beyond (Sports Publishing, LLC). Byrons father Bob, is the last surviving umpire from the Negro Leagues. The book chronicles the elder Motleys journey of growing up in a segregated America to becoming one of the first African-American Marines to his experiences in Negro baseball.
Byrons photographic works have shown in galleries, boutiques and museums in the United States, Europe and Cuba. His exhibit Viva Cuba Beisbol: A Photographic Journey into the heart and soul of Cuban Baseball enjoyed a six-month gallery exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum in Cooperstown, NY. His photographs have also appeared in Vanity Fair, The Advocate, New York Daily News, USA Today, Longleaf Style and 3Sixty (UK) magazines.