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.'"