'With every single one of my personal encounters with Barry over the years, he was and has always been thoughtful, gracious, welcoming and kind. He treated me with compassion, gentleness, tenderness, respect and love. He was always easy to talk to, understanding, and made me feel important, valued, beautiful and cared about. He is a true gentleman who is fascinating, witty, captivating, brilliant, charming, deep, intuitive, talented and wise. His encouraging words, opinion and view of me had a positive and powerful impact on my life. So did his talent and music. I wouldn't be the musician, composer, recording artist, songwriter and entertainer I am today, had he not been so inspiring and touched my life in such a personal and profound way. I have the utmost respect and love for him and I always will. All you have to do is look into his eyes to see who he is. His generosity has touched millions around the world and so has his music. He is a blessing. The world would be a better place if there were more people like him.'