BARNES IS NOBLE
THE LOCAL MUSO LOOKING TO MAKE A POSITIVE CHANGE WITH HIS LATEST ALBUM
Casey Barnes is all about encouraging the next generation to make a positive change in the world, and his latest single, “Live as One”, is helping do just that.
Barnes has recently returned home to the Gold Coast after a whirlwind tour of the US where he opened for Lady Antebellum at June’s Country Summer Festival; not bad for a boy from the Goldie.
“That was an incredible experience, absolutely incredible,” Barnes says. “To play in front of an international crowd was phenomenal.”
It was certainly not the first time Barnes had worked with huge names in the music industry. He’s also been the support act for megastars including Mariah Carey and Bryan Adams, and just recently collaborated with fellow Aussie artist and long-time friend Rick Price. Together the pair wrote many of the songs on his forthcoming album, Live As One, which will launch tomorrow night at NightQuarter.
Barnes and Price first teamed up in 2012 with the release of Barnes’ album Jet Trails, which bore a number of well-received singles.
He says meeting Price was totally unexpected.
“It happened completely by chance. I was in Nashville, ordering lunch at a cafe a few years ago. He was standing behind me and recognised the Aussie accent,” Barnes says. “I’ve always loved his music. We started chatting, became good friends and we thought, why not work together?”
The title track on Live as One is an empowering, emotional and inspirational song about acceptance, equality and love. Its music video, which has been viewed almost 100,000 times across social media, features a number of famous faces, such as athlete Sally Pearson and Greg Bird, Nathan Friend and Scott Prince from the Gold Coast Titans.
“I met most of them at events over the years and I sent them the song and they loved it. Everybody donated their time for free because they were all touched by the message of the song,” Barnes says. “It touches on social equality, religious beliefs and violence, among other important issues. No matter what your cultural background, underneath it all we are all just people.”
The all-ages event at NightQuarter tomorrow evening looks set to be a cracker, with Barnes saying fans can expect to hear a bunch of tracks from the new album as well as a smattering of crowd favourites.
The road to success hasn’t always been an easy one for this Tassie-born muso though. Prior to his recent signing with Social Family Records, Barnes was juggling everything to do with his career himself, while also being dad to an adorable baby girl and husband to his lovely wife, Michelle.
Tomorrow night is made all the more special for Barnes as it marks his and Michelle’s 10year wedding anniversary. There’s a song dedicated to her on Live as One and she even duets on three others. Barnes credits her with helping him maintain that balance between muso and family man.
“My wife is amazing and incredibly supportive. It’s nice to have family around who provide a lot of support.”
Casey Barnes, NightQuarter, tomorrow
(LIVE AS ONE) TOUCHES ON SOCIAL EQUALITY, RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND VIOLENCE, AMONG OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES
Local musician Casey Barnes will launch his new album, Live As One, at NightQuarter tomorrow evening.