Dave Barnes

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Dave Barnes
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Background information
Birth nameDavid Mckee Barnes
Born (1978-06-20) June 20, 1978 (age 42)
South Carolina, United States
OriginKnoxville, Tennessee, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, drums
Years active2001–present
LabelsRazor & Tie, Ripley Recordings, 50 Year Plan Records
Associated actsMatt Wertz, Marc Broussard
Websitedavebarnes.com

David Mckee Barnes (born June 20, 1978[1]) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. He has released eight studio albums, including two Christmas albums. His most recent full-length album, Who Knew It Would Be So Hard To Be Myself, was released February 9, 2018.

Early life[edit]

The eldest of three children, Barnes was born in South Carolina in 1978, the son of a pastor who relocated his family to Kosciusko, Mississippi when Barnes was six years old.[2][3] The Barnes family then moved to Knoxville, Tennessee the summer during his junior year of high school, where he graduated from Farragut High School in 1996.[3][4][5] Barnes went to college at Middle Tennessee State University and graduated with a degree in Recording Industry Management.[2][3][6] While there, he began playing guitar and writing songs for fun.[6] He was initially only interested in writing material for other performers but was later encouraged by his peers to perform his works himself.[1] Barnes took their advice and began performing within the campus, and then performed at various nearby universities in regional centers 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, who Barnes had previously met in 1998 at Windy Gap, a Young Life camp in North Carolina.[4][7][5]

At the suggestion of Cash, Barnes recorded a full-band studio LP. Barnes released Brother, Bring The Sun in September 2004.[4][6] This album was critically acclaimed for Barnes' songwriting and overall high-quality presentation for an independent release.[8] Also through its release, Barnes gained notability among singers Amy Grant (who later performed on Barnes' wedding song "I Have and I Always Will"),[2][8] Vince Gill,[2] and John Mayer.[2][3][9] 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.[6] 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.[10]

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.[11][12] 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 through Chicago on Hanson's "The Walk Around the World Tour".[13][14][11]

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.[citation needed]

On February 3, 2009, Barnes released a Valentine's Day EP titled You, the Night, and Candlelight.[15]

In April 2010, Barnes released his fourth full band studio album What We Want, What We Get[10] 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.[16] Barnes appeared on the U.S. soap opera All My Children as himself and performed the song on June 10, 2010.[11][17][18]

Blake Shelton released Barnes' song "God Gave Me You" as his second single on his album Red River Blue in fall of 2011.[3] It became Blake's fifth number one song on country radio and has sold over one million units.[19] In 2012, Dave Barnes was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song for writing the song "God Gave Me You".[1][6][20] 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 fifth full studio album, was released on March 13, 2012.[21]

Dave Barnes' second Christmas collection, A December to Remember, was released on October 29, 2013.[22] It is the follow up to his successful 2010 holiday project Very Merry Christmas.[23] 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".[24]

On January 28, 2014, he released Golden Days with the album's first single, "Good".[25]

Barnes released a second Valentine's Day EP on February 10, 2015, consisting of six acoustic songs and titled Hymns for Her.[26]

He released his seventh full-length album, Carry On, San Vincente, in 2016.[3]

In 2018 he released the album Who Knew It Would Be So Hard To Be Myself.

In 2020 he released his new album Dreaming In Electric Blue.[27][28]

Songwriting[edit]

As a songwriter, Barnes has both written and co-written songs with Joey Humke for Carrie Underwood,[29] Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris,[4][30][31] Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton,[19] Hunter Hayes, Marc Broussard, Bebo Norman,[7] Matt Wertz, Andrew Ripp, Billy Currington, Tim McGraw, Danielle Bradbery, and Bethany Dillon.

Personal life[edit]

Barnes and his wife, Annie, have three children - Ben, Suzanna, and Sam.[3][32]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[33]
US Christ
[34]
US Rock
[35]
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
94
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
Carry On, San Vicente
  • Release date: March 18, 2016
  • Label: 50 Year Plan Records
  • Formats: CD, music download, LP
Who Knew It Would Be So Hard To Be Myself
  • Release date: February 9, 2018
  • Label: 50 Year Plan Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
Dreaming In Electric Blue
  • Release date: April 3, 2020
  • Label: 50 Year Plan Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Christmas albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[33]
US Christ
[34]
US Holiday
[36]
US Rock
[35]
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
US
[33]
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
158
Hymns for Her
  • Release date: February 10, 2015
  • Label: 50 Year Plan Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
Who Knew (Vol. 1)
  • Release date: December 12, 2017
  • Label: 50 Year Plan Records
  • Format: Music download
Who Knew It Would Be So Hard (Vol. 2)
  • Release date: January 12, 2018
  • Label: 50 Year Plan Records
  • Format: Music download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US AC
[37]
US Christ
[38]
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

Awards and nominations[edit]

CMA Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 "God Gave Me You" Song of the Year Nominated[39]

Dove Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018 "Washed By The Water" Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year Won[40]

Grammy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 "God Gave Me You" Best Country Song Nominated[1][6]

References[edit]

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  16. ^ "June 12, 2010 chart". Weekend 22. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
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  30. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (April 14, 2017). "Lyrics Uncovered: Thomas Rhett, 'Craving You'". Taste of Country. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
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  39. ^ "Past Winners And Nominees". CMA Awards. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  40. ^ "2018 Winners". Dove Awards. Retrieved December 1, 2018.

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