BARNES IS NO­BLE

THE LO­CAL MUSO LOOK­ING TO MAKE A POS­I­TIVE CHANGE WITH HIS LAT­EST AL­BUM

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - BRI­ANA WOOD­WARD

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

Pic­ture: Richard Gosling

Lo­cal mu­si­cian Casey Barnes will launch his new al­bum, Live As One, at NightQuar­ter to­mor­row evening.

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