As Dave Barnes tells it, he had a Harry Potter moment while in college. Like the poor, misunderstood boy living under the stairs, Barnes realized that he, too, belonged to a magical tribe. “When I found the magazine Performing Songwriter, I thought, ‘You mean there’s a group of people who relate to this? Who have a hard time talking when there is a melody in their head…?’”
Seems that lots of fans relate to Barnes these days. After many successful album releases over the past couple of years, including the special Very Merry Christmas, Dave Barnes has earned himself a spot on the top of the iTunes charts and in your holiday music collection. “I really love Christmas songs,” said Barnes of his Christmas album in a phone interview. “And I love the season — I always have.”
For this country boy, family time, movies, big meals and good holiday music are his favorite things about the season. Barnes grew up in rural Mississippi, first gravitating to the hip-hop popular with his classmates and then latching on to the soul, blues and soulful rock favored by his mom and dad who now live in Tennessee. He even remembers wishing he could make a holiday album as a kid.
Dave Barnes is also known for his original sense of humor and he has had a second career in comedy. We got to share in his humor when he discussed recording Christmas songs in his cargo shorts this past July. “We recorded Christmas songs on the hottest day of the year,” he said. “It was bizarre. I was singing about chestnuts roasting on an open fire, when you probably could have roasted them on the street in Nashville.”
So, what will Dave Barnes actually be doing on Christmas Day? “Each year my mom makes a big Christmas meal. She asks everyone what they want and makes their favorite dish. It’s my favorite meal of the year.” In addition to the Christmas festivities, Barnes has many things to celebrate with his list of hit singles and philanthropy with the Mocha Club.
Find out more about Mocha Club, the charitable organization Dave Barnes supports and listen to some of his tracks below.
“God Gave Me You”
“Meet Me at the Mistletoe”
“My Love, My Enemy”
Latest Project: Very Merry Christmas (2010)
Other Hobbies: Comedy and Philanthropy
Birthday: June 20, 1978
Very Merry Christmas (2010)
Dave Barnes: Select Songbook Instrumentals (2010)
What We Want, What We Get (2010)
You, the Night & Candlelight - EP (2009)
Me And You And The World (2008)
Chasing Mississippi (2006)
Brother, Bring the Sun (2004)
As Dave Barnes tells it, he had a Harry Potter moment while in college. Like the poor, misunderstood boy living under the stairs, Barnes realized that he, too, belonged to a magical tribe. "When I found the magazine Performing Songwriter, I thought, 'You mean there's a group of people who relate to this? Who have a hard time talking when there is a melody in their head...?'"
Seems that lots of fans relate to Barnes these days. His debut album, 'Me and You and the World,' earned him a spot on the top of the iTunes charts. Billboard declared, "Many of the best pop songwriters have come out of Nashville and Dave Barnes is one such singer/scribe."
Barnes graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in recording industry management. "I'm one of the few musicians in the world actually using my major," he laughs. He later moved to Nashville to launch his songwriting career.
Barnes is still a bit shell-shocked by his swift rise up the charts. "There I was, three years ago in a room just writing a song because it needed to be written," he recalls. "And here I am today in a room in front of 500 to 1,000 people with everybody singing it. And that's a weird feeling."
Barnes tries not to get too self-involved when writing lyrics. "You can beat your fans up when you write about yourself all the time," he says. "I never want them to be like 'okay, give us a break you egomaniac.'"