Barns Courtney

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Barns Courtney
Birth nameBarnaby George Courtney
Born (1990-11-17) 17 November 1990 (age 28)
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2015–present

Barnaby George Courtney[3] (born 17 November 1990)[4][5] is an English singer, songwriter, and musician.

Early life[edit]

Courtney was born in England[6] but he and his family moved to Seattle, Washington, when he was 4.[7] He returned to the United Kingdom when he was 15.[8] Courtney previously led the British indie band called SleeperCell, who featured on Channel 4's Orange Unsigned competition,[9] before fronting the indie band Dive Bella Dive, who signed to Island Records and performed at the Download Festival in 2012.[10]

After recording an album's worth of material for Island Records that was never released,[11] Courtney was dropped by the label. Determined to pursue a career in music, but with no income or home, he supported himself by selling cigarettes and working at PC World while sleeping on friends' sofas and in his girlfriend's car.[11]

Solo career[edit]

In 2015, Courtney released his first track as a solo artist, "Glitter & Gold", which received radio play on BBC Introducing Suffolk and by BBC Radio 1's Phil Taggert,[12] and led to an appearance at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Exeter the following year.[13] "Glitter & Gold" also reached #1 on the UK Spotify Viral Chart, and #2 on the iTunes Alternative Chart.[14]

Also in 2015, "Fire" was featured in the Bradley Cooper movie Burnt[15] and went on to receive airplay on American rock radio in 2016. To date, "Fire" has been streamed more than 26 million times on Spotify, while "Glitter & Gold" has been streamed more than 25 million times. Courtney played at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, in a showcase for NME magazine in March 2016[16] and performed "Fire" on Conan O'Brien's TBS talkshow Conan in June.[17] Another track, "Hobo Rocket", was included on the soundtrack of the EA Sports video game FIFA 17.[18] In early 2017, the It's All Indie website selected Courtney as its #1 Sound of 2017.[19]

Courtney has opened for artists including The Who,[20] The Libertines, Ed Sheeran, The Lumineers, Tom Odell[21] and Fitz and The Tantrums,[22] and opened for Blur at the closing party for the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.[23] He is currently working on his first full-length album,[24] and will be performing at the BottleRock Napa Valley festival in California,[25] the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York[26] and the LaureLive Music Festival in Cleveland, OH later in 2017.

In early 2016 his song "Fire" was used in the advertisement of the 23rd season of "Top Gear".

In late January he also announced details of an extensive US headlining tour, in addition to the release of his debut EP, The Dull Drums.[27] His song, ""Hellfire", was named as the official theme song for Extreme Rules in 2017.

In July 2017 his song "Fire" was used in the opening scene of Suits (Season 7 Episode 1).[28] It has been used in the episode of Teen Wolf, (Season 6 Episode 2) as well as in Lucifer (Season 2 Episode 18).

His song "Fire" was used in the 2017 documentary We, the Marines, narrated by Gene Hackman.

Throughout the 2017 AFL season, the Hawthorn Football Club used "Glitter and Gold" with a highlights package over the ground public address system in the final 60 seconds before the start of home games.

In November 2017 the BBC used his song "Champion" for their Rugby League World Cup advertising campaign. As well as being used by WWE for their pay-per-view Backlash 2018.[29]

He performed on Steve Angello's 2018 album Human on the song "Dopamine".

In May 2018, the Netflix series Safe used his song "Glitter & Gold" as its intro song. Additionally they used the track “Fire” as the credit track.[30]

His song "Champion" is featured in the San Diego Studio video game MLB The Show 18

"Fire" is also being used in TV commercials for Cadillac.

His song "Hellfire" is featured on the first episode of the first season of Marvel's "Cloak and Dagger", initially aired June 7, 2018.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
The Attractions of Youth


Year Title
2017 The Dull Drums


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Rock
US Alt
US Rock Airplay
2015 "Glitter & Gold" The Attractions of Youth
"Fire" 46 18 3 24
2017 "Golden Dandelions" 19 38
"Never Let You Down"
2018 "99" 18 20 TBA
"Good Thing"
"—" denotes singles that did not chart or were not released



  1. ^ "Barns Courtney lights fire under Troubadour, but Donna Missal Misses Show". Grimmy Goods. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Barns Courtney: The Best of What's Next". Paste. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  3. ^ Courtney, Barnaby George. "ASCAP Ace Search". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Abu Dhabi Grand Prix opener Barns Courtney can celebrate success after the tough times". The National. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Barns Courtney on Twitter". Barns Courtney. Twitter. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Barns Courtney". First Avenue. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  7. ^ 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm (24 March 2016). "Barns Courtney is taking his career to new heights and trying to soak it all in". 107.7 The End. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Paradigm Talent Agency". Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  9. ^ "SleeperCell's future's bright - but not Orange". Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Clashfinder: Download Festival 2012". Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Barns Courtney: The Best of What's Next". Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Track of the Day: Barns Courtney - Glitter and Gold". Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Barns Courtney: BBC Introducing Stage". BBC. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Slate The Disco - Barns Courtney in Conversation". Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  15. ^ "How Bradley Cooper, Harvey Weinstein Helped Ignite Singer Barns Courtney's Rising Star on the Burnt Soundtrack". People. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  16. ^ "SXSW Schedule 2016: Barns Courtney". Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Barns Courtney "Fire" on Conan". Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  18. ^ "FIFA 17 Soundtrack - EA Sports". Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  19. ^ "It's All Indie - Sounds of 2017: #1 - Barns Courtney". Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  20. ^ "The Who Concert Guide". Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Barns Courtney - North America Tour Dates". Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  22. ^ "The Latest from the Band: Barns Courtney Will Be Joining Us On The Come Get Your Love Tour!". Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  23. ^ "Abu Dhabi Grand Prix opener Barns Courtney can celebrate success after the tough times". The National. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  24. ^ "Barns Courtney – Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  25. ^ "BottleRock Festival: 2017 Artists". Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  26. ^ "Governors Ball Music Festival: 2017 Artists". Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  27. ^ "Barns Courtney announces tour in support of debut release". AXS. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  28. ^ "Tunefind Song List".
  29. ^ "Theme Song Announced For WWE Backlash". 30 April 2018.
  30. ^ Fowler, Matt (11 May 2018). "Netflix's Safe: Pilot Episode Review". IGN. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  31. ^ "Barns Courtney Reveals Debut Album, The Attractions Of Youth, Set To Release September 29". UMusic. 18 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  32. ^ "Barns Courtney Chart History – Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  33. ^ "Barns Courtney Chart History – Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  34. ^ "Barns Courtney Chart History – Triple A". Billboard. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  35. ^ "Barns Courtney Chart History – Rock Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved 19 September 2018.

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