Casey Barnes

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Casey Barnes
Birth name Casey Barnes
Born Tasmania, Australia
Origin Gold Coast, Queensland
Genres Country rock, acoustic
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums
Years active 2006–present
Labels Independent

Casey Barnes is an Australian country rock singer-songwriter and musician from the Gold Coast, Queensland who is best known as a contestant on the seventh season of Australian Idol in 2009 and has played alongside Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum and Bryan Adams.[1]


Casey Barnes started his singing career in Tasmania before relocating to Queensland.[citation needed]

Music career[edit]

2006–08: Casey Barnes[edit]

In April 2006, Barnes released "What The Hell Are You Waiting For?", the lead single from his debut studio album. Barnes did a five-week promotional tour in the Americas and Europe. Barnes' self-titled album, Casey Barnes, was released in August 2007.[2]

In November 2007, Barnes released a duet with Connor Maclean, titled "How Good It Would Be", through Sony BMG. The song was featured on Maclean's Christmas album with all proceeds of the single and album going towards Westmead's Children's Hospital.[3]

In 2008, Australian DJ-producer Marco Demark released a version of Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" featuring Barnes. The track became a hit across Europe[citation needed] and peaked at number 66 in Australia.

2009: Australian Idol[edit]

In 2009, Barnes entered the seventh series of Australian Idol. He auditioned at the Brisbane auditions and made it to the semi-finals before being eliminated but received a wildcard into the top 12. In the live shows, he performed "(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind" and "I'm Not Over" but was eliminated after week two in September, placing eleventh.[4]

2010–2015: Red Lion Motel, Jet Trails & Flesh & Bone[edit]

In May 2010, Barnes released an EP titled Red Lion Motel.[5] and lead single "I Promise".[6]

In September 2012, Barnes released Jet Trails which he wrote in Nashville with Rick Price and promoted the album with shows in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. He also performed around Australia, including the main stage of the Caloundra Music Festival.[1]

In June 2014, Barnes released a second EP titled Flesh & Bone which was produced by Price and mixed by Grammy Award winner Jason Leaning. The EP saw the release of four singles, "Valentine", "Flesh and Bone", "Waiting on the Day" and "Hard Times". The tracks received radio airplay nationwide.[1] In 2014, Barnes reached the finals of two prestigious US based competitions; International Songwriting Competition and Unsigned Only.[1]

2016-present: Live as One & The Good Life[edit]

In 2016 recorded his fourth studio album, Live as One in Nashville. The album's title track became the first single which had a powerful music video, featuring well-known Australians along with national and international sporting identities holding up #LiveAsOne signs. The album's second single "Just Like Magic" was released in December 2016 peaked at #1 on the Top 40 Country Tracks Chart and the Australian Country Radio Charts.[1]

In June 2017, Barnes released "The Way We Ride" which became a radio favourite and peaked at #1 position on the Top 40 Country Tracks for 4 weeks. "Keep Me Coming Back" was released in August 2017 and also peaked at #1 on the Australian Top 40 Country Tracks. Barnes supported the track with the "Keep Me Coming Back Tour".[1] In February 2018, Barnes released "Ain't Coming Home", the third single from his fourth studio album The Good Life, which was released in March 2018.


Casey Barnes discography
Studio albums 4
EPs 2
Singles 18
Featured singles 2

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart position
2007 Casey Barnes
2012 Jet Trails
  • Released: 21 September 2012
  • Label: Indie
  • Format: Digital download
2016 Live as One
  • Released: 26 August 2016
  • Label: Social Family
  • Format: Digital download
2018 The Good Life
  • Released: 9 March 2018 [8]
  • Label: Casey Barnes
  • Format: Digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album details
2010 Red Lion Motel
  • Released: 1 May 2010
  • Label: Indie
  • Format: digital download
2014 Flesh & Bone
  • Released: June 2014
  • Label: Indie
  • Format: digital download


Year Single Peak chart
2006 "What the Hell Are You Waiting For?" Casey Barnes
2007 "How Good it Would Be" (Connor Maclean with Casey Barnes)
2010 "I Promise" Red Lion Motel
"Coming Back to You" Casey Barnes
2011 "Never Break You" 47 Non-album single
2013 "Running to You" [10]
(Casey Barnes and Mark Shine)
"Livin' Like a Love Song" [11]
(Casey Barnes and Mark Shine)
2014 "Us Against the World" [12]
"Valentine" Flesh & Bone
"Flesh & Bone"
"Waiting On The Day"
2015 "Hard Times" [13]
2016 "Live as One" Live as One
"Just Like Magic" [14]
"Live as One" [15]
2017 "The Way We Ride" [16] The Good Life
"Keep Me Coming Back" [17]
2018 "Ain't Coming Home"
"Be Mine" [18]

As featured artist[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
2008 "Tiny Dancer"
(Marco Demark featuring Casey Barnes)
2011 "Don't Stop"
(Flash Brothers featuring Casey Barnes) [20]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Bio". Casey Barnes. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Casey Barnes". iTunes Australia. 8 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Casey Barnes News 07 November Update & December '07". Retrieved 26 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Australian Idol: Farewell Casey Barnes". yahoo. Sep 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Red Lion Motel – EP by Casey Barnes". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  6. ^ "I Promise – Single by Casey Barnes". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  7. ^ "CHART WATCH #384". auspOp. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  8. ^ "The Good Life". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  9. ^ " - Discography Casey Barnes". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Running to You - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Livin' Like a Love Song - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Us Against the World - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Hard Times - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Just Like Magic - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Live as One - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  16. ^ "The Way We Ride - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Keep Me Coming Back - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Be Mine - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  19. ^ The ARIA Report issue 1091
  20. ^ "Don't Stop (feat. Casey Barnes) - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 18 June 2018.

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