2018 Golden Guitar finalist Casey Barnes is certainly making an impression on the Australian country music scene. He’s had hits in Europe, recorded and toured in America, appeared in a top-rating TV show in Australia, and played alongside many international stars including Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum and Bryan Adams.
Casey started his singing career in his home state of Tasmania before relocating to the Gold Coast, which he now calls home. Casey’s songs are honest and heartfelt. The emotions are genuine. This was evident on his 2012 release ‘Jet Trails’, which spawned a string of well-received singles, that he wrote in Nashville with Aussie hit-maker, Rick Price. (Not a Day Goes By, Heaven Knows).
Writing with Rick Price continued into 2014 with Casey’s EP ‘Flesh & Bone’. Produced by Price and mixed by Grammy Award winner Jason Lehning, this EP saw the release of four singles, ‘Valentine’, ‘Flesh and Bone’, ‘Waiting On The Day’ and ‘Hard Times’.
Casey headed back to Nashville in 2016 to record his next album ‘Live as One’ at the famed Sound Emporium Studios. This album was a mixture of fan-favourites plus new songs, including Casey’s previous single, ‘The One You Love’, which was produced by ARIA award winning producer Nick Didia. (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Powderfinger, Kasey Chambers) The album’s title track became the first single which was a heartfelt song with an even more powerful music video, featuring well-known Australians, along with national and international sporting identities holding up #LiveAsOne signs. The song conveys a positive message at a time where hope is needed more than ever. Other tracks on the album include ‘Just Like Magic’, co-written with powerhouse songwriting team Michael Paynter and Michael Delorenzis for what became a modern country smash. Eddie Spear (Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton) also lends a hand, engineering and mixing the title track, ‘Live As One’, ‘Saving All My Love (feat Michelle Barnes)’, and ‘Say That You Love Me’. The fan favourites include ‘Flesh & Bone’, ‘Valentine’, ‘The Crossing’, ‘Waiting On The Day’, and ‘Michelle’. Upon the album’s release it immediately shot up the ARIA charts landing at #9.
Single ‘Just Like Magic’ (released December 2016) received incredible attention. The song reached #1 on multiple charts including the Top 40 Country Tracks Chart and the Australian Country Radio Charts as well as receiving full rotation on many stations including Gold Coast’s 102.9 Hot Tomato.
In June 2016, Casey travelled to California to perform at major US music festival Country Summer. An annual event, held at Santa Rosa, it featured the likes of Lady Antebullum, Craig Morgan and The Band Perry. Casey also made his US television debut performing on CBS morning show ‘Good Day Sacramento’.
The last 3 years have seen many achievements for Casey with shows in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. He’s performed at festivals around Australia including main stage at one of Queensland’s premier events the ‘Caloundra Music Festival’, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Urban Country Music Festival and the very popular ‘A Day On The Green’. (with Mariah Carey)
Other highlights of Casey’s career have included multiple performances at Perth’s annual Channel Seven Telethon. A seasoned television performer, Casey has performed numerous times on such shows as Sunrise, The Morning Show, Foxtel’s AFL 360 and the Marngrook Footy Show.
Australians got to know Casey’s story when he was a top 12 finalist in the final series of Australian Idol. But Casey already had a career well before appearing on the show, having released three albums, played alongside artists like Bryan Adams (for A Day On The Green), and had a number one hit in Europe, singing Marco Demark’s remake of Elton John’s Tiny Dancer.
Earlier this year, Casey hit the road on his extensive ‘Live As One’ tour which included four shows at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and shows with US Country artist McKenna Faith.
In June, Casey once again teamed up with powerhouse songwriting team MSquared to produce ‘The Way We Ride’. This gutsy high-octane track debuted at #7 on the iTunes Country Charts on its day of release and quickly became a radio favourite which resulted in the song maintaining Top 10 status on various Country Charts including the #1 position on the Country Tracks Top 40 Charts for 4 weeks.
‘Keep Me Coming Back’ is the latest instalment and in perfect timing for Casey’s performances at Gympie Music Muster late August. Continuing with successful songwriting team Michael Paynter and MSquared Productions, this catchy track, was released on 18th August and debuted at #4 on the Country iTunes Charts. The track also made its presence felt in the North America when it made the iTunes ‘Hot Tracks’ country charts. This is the third collaboration together and one that continues to gather momentum and high chart success with each release.
The ‘Keep Me Coming Back’ Tour is currently unfolding and along with performances at Gympie Music Muster will include Redfest (Brisbane) and a string of performances for PBR Australia arena events in Townsville, Melbourne and Adelaide. In further exciting news Casey has just been announced as part of the official lineup for CMC ROCKS 2018. Known as Australia’s largest International Country Music Festival, Casey will be sharing the stage with the likes of Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini, Darius Rucker, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Brett Young and many more.
To cap off a sensational year, Casey has been announced as a FINALIST in the 2018 Golden Guitar Awards at a star-studded event at ABC Studios in Sydney. Casey is included in the ‘QantasLink New Talent Of The Year’ category for his single ‘The Way We Ride’. Winners of the Golden Guitars will be announced at a red carpet event at the conclusion of Tamworth Country Music Festival on Saturday 27th January.
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