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Casey Barnes

Casey Barnes

  • Saturday, November 23

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    The Shed

Biography

Golden Guitar Finalist, Casey Barnes is making a monumental 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 performed 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 has been home now for the past 20 years. A chance meeting in 2014 with one of his childhood idols, Rick Price (Not a Day Goes By, Heaven Knows) in Nashville spawned Casey’s 2014 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 follow up album Live as One at the famed Sound Emporium Studios. This album showcased a mixture of fan-favourites plus new songs, including 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 – 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 conveyed a positive message at a time where hope is needed more than ever.  Other tracks on the album include hit single 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. Upon the album’s release, it immediately shot up the ARIA charts landing at #9.

In June 2016, Casey travelled to California to perform at major US music festival Country Summer.  An annual event held at Santa Rosa, the stellar line up featured the likes of Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore and The Band Perry. Casey also made his US television debut performing on CBS morning show Good Day Sacramento.

In June 2017, Casey released his next single The Way We Ride. This gutsy, high-octane track with an anthemic feel maintained Top 10 status on various country charts including the #1 position on the Country Tracks Top 40 Charts for four weeks. This was also the single that saw Casey nominated for his first Golden Guitar Award. The track went on to catch the attention of PBR Australia (Professional Bull Riding) which saw Casey performing at their national events across two years.

Keep Me Coming Back kept the success continuing. Catchy and upbeat, the song, debuted at #4 on the Country iTunes charts and rocketed to #1 on the Australian Country Tracks Top 40 charts. The single also made its presence felt in North America when it made the top 10 on the iTunes Hot Tracks country charts. This was the third collaboration with MSquared and one that continues to gather momentum and high chart success with each release. Creatively, Casey is now in the best place he’s ever been. Constantly pushing the boundaries delivering dynamic country/rock songs that embrace a feel-good element.

The success continued in 2018. Lead single and uplifting feel-good party track, Ain’t Coming Home from the new album The Good Life enjoyed two consecutive weeks at #1 on the Country Tracks Top 40 chart.

The Good Life was recorded in Melbourne with Casey teaming up once again with Michael Paynter and Michael DeLorenzis from MSquared Productions. The album got off to a tremendous start debuting at #1 on the iTunes Country Chart and an equally impressive #2 on the ARIA Country Chart, proving that Casey is a force to be reckoned with on the country music scene.  The album carved a path of contemporary country, delivering toe-tapping songs that have turned into favourite anthems. To date, it’s been streamed over 2.3 million times on Spotify.

His success didn’t stop there, with the album spawning two more successful singles Be Mine (which has amassed over 1 million Spotify streams) and the beautiful heart-warming ballad Set Sail. The latter proving one of Casey’s personal favourites that is close to his heart.

The last five years have seen many achievements for Casey with shows in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. He’s performed at major festivals around Australia including main stage premier events such as Caloundra Music Festival, Groundwater Country Music Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Gympie Muster and the very popular A Day On The Green (with Mariah Carey). A career-defining highlight was performing at CMC ROCKS 2018. Known as Australia’s largest international country music festival, Casey shared the stage with the likes of Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini, Darius Rucker, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Brett Young, and many more.

A seasoned television performer, Casey has performed on such shows as Sunrise, The Morning Show, Foxtel’s AFL 360, and the annual Channel Seven Telethon in Perth.

A seasoned television performer, Casey has performed on such shows as Sunrise, The Morning Show, Foxtel’s AFL 360, and the annual Channel Seven Telethon in Perth.

Casey had a massive start to 2019 with his association with PBR continuing, this time internationally with performances locked in as part of the USA major event Unleash The Beast Tour. This amazing opportunity saw Casey perform at arena events in Kansas City, Missouri, Sioux Falls, and South Dakota. Casey is also set to return to Nashville and Los Angeles to continue writing and recording his fourth studio album that will also contain new songs from Michael Paynter and Michael DeLorenzis keeping that magic formula going. The album will be due for release later this year.

In the meantime, we can keep ourselves sated with his single Better Days, a positive song about living in the moment and relishing every day, something that Casey is certainly doing to his fullest potential.

Further festivals and shows are already locked in, ensuring that 2019 will be one of Casey’s biggest years to date!

Hometown :
Launceston, Tasmania
Australia

Birthday :
September 3, 1978

First CD purchase :
Bryan Adams Greatest Hits

Hidden talent :
Amateur AFL Player
Part-time drummer

Interview

2019 has been a big year so far for Casey Barnes, so we caught up with him to see where home is for Casey and what home means to him.
They say home is where the heart is, so where does Casey Barnes consider his ‘hometown’ to be?

For me I’d say my original ‘hometown’ would be Launceston, Tasmania.

Was this where you were born?

It sure was!

Do you live there now?

No… still absolutely LOVE Tassie and get down there as much as I can but the Gold Coast is home now.

So tell us a bit about your hometown and what makes it feel like home to you.

The thing I love about my hometown and Tassie in general are the people. Just super down to earth and real… always refreshing to get down there… plus its one of the most beautiful places on the planet too.

No bias at all we’re sure. So how many people call Tassie home?

It’d be up over the 110, 000 mark now.

What are these people like?

Authentic and down to earth… always ready to lend a hand or show you around town.

What is the most iconic thing about Tassie and what is it famous for?

The Cataract Gorge is one of the most well known spots that tourists come to see… absolutely spectacular!

Tell us a bit about the live music scene in Tassie?

It’s actually where I played my very first shows at age 18. The music scene in Tassie is actually fantastic and there’s still plenty of great old pubs and clubs supporting live music!

Are there any other well-known artists that have come out of your hometown?

He’s not really an artist but one of the most successful music promoters in our Aussie music industry, Michael Chugg, famously originates from Launceston.

Whom you recently signed with, congratulations! Are there any other major influencers; people, events, programs or live shows from Tassie that have inspired you or contributed to your career?

My first ever live shows all happened in Launceston. My very first solo show was at Irish Murphy’s in Launceston actually. I was also lucky enough to go back down to my old Hometown late last year and play at the Summer Moon Festival which was brilliant!

How would you say Tassie and the people there shaped your music style?

Tasmanian’s love their live music and I’ve been lucky to have a lot of support from the very beginning. Getting to go back down there and play 20 years on is always a treat too.

Do you feature or mention Tassie in any of your music?

Absolutely. I’ve written a few songs about growing up in Tassie.

So aside from the wonderful people in your hometown, who else has inspired you in your music career?

Definitely my family. My wife, mum and Dad have all been incredibly supportive. I also had an amazing music teacher growing up as a kid which had a huge impact on me.

Family can be a great inspiration. What drew you to being a part of the Hometown Fest this year?

Its just seems like its going to be an absolute blast! Killer lineup and an amazing location. We can’t wait to be part of it!

We can’t wait to have you! What can our Hometown Fest audiences expect from your set at this year’s festival?

We’ve got a brand new live set planned especially for Hometown Fest….lots of brand new music and we’ve expanded the band lineup too so it’s going to be fun!

Well you guys blew us away at Ekka so we can’t wait to see it! What do you think sets Hometown Fest apart from other festivals in Australia?

You’ve been able to secure a really diverse spectrum of talent so I think punters are in for a treat!

What would you like to see at Hometown Fest in the future?

There’s nothing better than seeing a festival stick around for the long haul so that would be the number 1 thing… expanding and bringing in even bigger/better talent every year which I’m sure, if Australia gets behind it, will definitely be the case!

Well we can tell you 2020 is already on the cards and the talent is growing in profile! So we hope to see you there!