Dave Barnes

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Dave Barnes
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Background information
Birth name David Mckee Barnes
Born (1978-06-20) June 20, 1978 (age 37)
South Carolina, United States
Origin Knoxville, Tennessee
Genres Rock, acoustic, blue-eyed soul, Christian
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, drums
Years active 2001–present
Labels Razor & Tie
Associated acts Matt Wertz, Marc Broussard
Website DaveBarnes.com

Dave Barnes (born David Mckee Barnes, June 20, 1978), is an American musician/singer and Grammy Award nominated songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. He has released eight albums including two Christmas albums. His most recent full-length album, Golden Days, was released January 28, 2014.

Early life[edit]

The oldest of three children, Barnes was born in South Carolina in 1978. He is the son of a pastor who relocated his family to Kosciusko, Mississippi, just as Barnes was turning six years old. The Barnes family then moved to Knoxville, Tennessee the summer before his junior year in high school. Barnes went to college to further his studies playing the drums, and once at college, began playing guitar and writing songs for fun. He was initially only interested in writing material for other performers but was later encouraged by his peers to perform his works himself. Barnes took their advice and began performing within the campus at Middle Tennessee State University, and then performed at various nearby universities in regional centres as well as his own.

Musical career[edit]

Barnes performing in Birmingham, Alabama in 2006.

After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University, Barnes began touring and in 2002 released his five-song EP Three, Then Four, as purely a guitar-and-vocals release. With this release and the touring performed around it, Barnes' fan following expanded, with the assistance of internet promotion. Barnes toured heavily for over a year after that. During this period, Barnes met Ed Cash, a record producer who had worked with Bebo Norman.

At the suggestion of Cash, Barnes recorded a full-band studio LP. Barnes released Brother, Bring The Sun in September 2004. This album was critically acclaimed for Barnes' songwriting and overall high-quality presentation for an independent release.[1] Also through its release, Barnes gained notability among singers Amy Grant (who later performed on Barnes' wedding song "I Have and I Always Will"),[1] Vince Gill and John Mayer.[2] In 2005, Barnes co-produced the five-song EP Today & Tomorrow for his friend Matt Wertz. Barnes also contributed his songwriting to one of its songs.

In 2006 Barnes released his second full band studio album Chasing Mississippi. In mid-to-late 2006, Barnes toured with Matt Wertz with songs from both albums and some newly written material as well. In early 2007 Barnes began experimenting with stand-up comedy and, with support from friends, put together a routine which he performed in Nashville, Tennessee.[3]

In June 2007, Barnes re-entered the studio to record his third album. In April 2008, having signed to the record label Razor and Tie, he released his major-label debut, Me and You and the World. In promotion of the album, the song "Until You", which was previously on Brother, Bring the Sun, was re-recorded and released as a single on February 19, 2008.

In late 2008, Barnes was one of the opening acts for the shows from Orlando, Florida through Chicago, Illinois on Hanson's "The Walk Around the World Tour".

Barnes' songs were also featured on the show What I Like About You, including his song "On a Night Like This", which was featured on the "Three Little Words" episode. They were sung by the main character's, Holly's, English boyfriend named Ben, and are usually serenades.

On February 3, 2009, Barnes released a Valentine's Day EP titled You, the Night, and Candlelight.[4]

In April 2010, Barnes released his fourth full band studio album What We Want, What We Get[3] after having released his single "God Gave Me You" from the same album. The single rose into the top-five Contemporary Christian music chart by June.[5] Barnes appeared on the U.S. soap opera All My Children as himself and performed the song on June 10, 2010.

Blake Shelton released Barnes' song "God Gave Me You" as his second single on his album "Red River Blue" in fall of 2011. It become Blake's fifth number one song at country radio and has sold over one million units.[6] In 2012, Dave Barnes was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song for writing the song "God Gave Me You". In an interview with American Songwriter, Dave stated that "I honestly didn't know I could write songs that could be that universal. Songs that could be that successful. I think one of the things about that song, as I have looked back on it and sort of examined under the hood, is that the sentiment is pretty universal... The beauty of "God Gave Me You" was that I finally saw what I had done and it opened this really cool door to me being more conscious about writing songs that appeal to more people, and this new record Stories to Tell really showcases that."[7] Stories to Tell, Dave's sixth full studio album, was released on March 13, 2012.[8]

Dave Barnes’ second Christmas collection, A December to Remember, was released on October 29, 2013. It is the follow up to his successful 2010 holiday project Very Merry Christmas. Barnes co-produced A December to Remember, which features six originals, four written and two co-written, such as "So, Santa" and "Better Than Christmas Day". The 11-song line-up also includes five Christmas classics, from "White Christmas" to "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year".[9]

On January 28, 2014, he released Golden Days with the album's first single, "Good".[10]

Barnes released a second Valentine's Day EP on February 10, 2015, consisting of six acoustic songs and titled Hymns for Her.[11]


As a songwriter, Barnes has both written and co-written songs with Joey Humke for Blake Shelton,[12] Marc Broussard, Bebo Norman, Matt Wertz, Andrew Ripp, Billy Currington, Tim McGraw, Danielle Bradbery and Bethany Dillon.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Christ
US Rock
Brother, Bring the Sun
  • Release date: September 21, 2004
  • Label: Ripley Recordings
  • Formats: CD, music download
Chasing Mississippi
  • Release date: March 21, 2006
  • Label: Ripley Recordings
  • Formats: CD, music download
Me and You and the World
  • Release date: April 1, 2008
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Formats: CD, music download
What We Want, What We Get
  • Release date: April 6, 2010
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Formats: CD, music download
59 3 17
Stories to Tell
  • Release date: March 13, 2012
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Formats: CD, music download
59 3
Golden Days
  • Release date: January 28, 2014
  • Label: 50 Year Plan Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
169 9
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Christmas albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Christ
US Holiday
US Rock
Very Merry Christmas
  • Release date: November 9, 2010
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Formats: CD, music download
80 6 13 15
A December to Remember
  • Release date: October 29, 2013
  • Label: 50 Year Plan Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
15 8 19 2

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak positions
Three, Then Four
  • Release date: January 12, 2002
  • Label: Ripley Recordings
  • Formats: CD, music download
You, the Night & Candlelight
  • Release date: February 9, 2009
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Formats: CD, music download
Hymns for Her
  • Release date: February 10, 2015
  • Label: 50 Year Plan Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Christ
2004 "Crazyboutya" Brother, Bring the Sunshine
"Grace's Amazing Hands"
2006 "Miles to Go" Chasing Mississippi
"Everybody But You"
2008 "Until You" Me and You and the World
"Brothers & Sisters"
"Good World Gone Bad"
2009 "Nothing Else"
"Since You Said I Do"
"Loving You, Loving Me" You, the Night & Candlelight
2010 "God Gave Me You" 21 13 What We Want, What We Get
"Little Lies"
"Look So Easy"
"Family Tree" 25 Very Merry Christmas
"I Pray on Christmas" 37
"Christmas Tonight" (featuring Hillary Scott) 9
2011 "The Christmas Song" 45
2012 "Hey Now" non-album single
"White Flag" Stories To Tell
2013 "Good" Golden Days
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


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  2. ^ "John Mayer Offers Praise For Dave Barnes". Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Dave Barnes: What We Want, What We Get < Music". CBN.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  4. ^ "Dave Barnes, "You, the Night, and Candlelight" Review". JesusFreakHideout. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  5. ^ "June 12, 2010 chart". Weekend 22. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Moore, Rick (2012-03-27). "The Storyteller: A Q&A With Dave Barnes". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  8. ^ "Dave Barnes' New Studio Album Stories To Tell Now Available For Pre-Order". February 16, 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Grammy-Nominated Singer/Songwriter Dave Barnes unveils back to back new Christmas and studio albums;". MergePR. 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  10. ^ "Dave Barnes, "Golden Days" Review". JesusFreakHideout. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  11. ^ "Song Premiere: Dave Barnes - "Headlights"". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  12. ^ http://www.blakeshelton.com/news/blake-shelton-earns-riaa-platinum-certification-%E2%80%9Cgod-gave-me-you%E2%80%9D.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ a b c "Dave Barnes Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Dave Barnes Album & Song Chart History - Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "Dave Barnes Album & Song Chart History - Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Dave Barnes Album & Song Chart History - Holiday Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Dave Barnes Album & Song Chart History - Adult Contemporary". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Dave Barnes Album & Song Chart History - Christian Songs". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 

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