Max T. Barnes

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Max T. Barnes
Barnes posing for a photo shoot at Ray Steven's Music
Background information
Birth name Max Troy Barnes
Born (1962-10-25) October 25, 1962 (age 54)
Origin Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Songwriter, record producer, studio musician, Performer, President of Hypermedia Records
Years active 1982-present
Associated acts Max D. Barnes, Johnny Brady, Lisa Stanley, Marty Haggard

Max Troy Barnes (born October 25, 1962) is an American country music singer, songwriter, studio musician and producer. He is the son of songwriter Max D. Barnes. He has written songs on albums that have sold over 20 million records.[1] He currently writes for Ray Stevens Music publishing [2] and lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee.


Barnes is most known as an ASCAP award winning songwriter.[3] Artists like John Anderson ("Let Go of the Stone"), John Schneider ("At the Sound of the Tone"), Randy Travis ("Before You Kill Us All"), Diamond Rio ("How Your Love Makes Me Feel"), and Colin Raye ("Love, Me") have recorded his songs, as have many others. "Love, Me" released in 1991, became Raye's first Number One single on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts; the same year, the song received a Song of the Year nomination in 1992 from the Country Music Association. The song did not win however, and the award was given to a song his father, Max D. Barnes had written with Vince Gill entitled, "Look At Us".[4] Other artists that have recorded Barnes' songs include George Jones, Jo Dee Messina, Montgomery Gentry, Alabama, Gene Watson, Mark Wills, Cledus T. Judd, Ralph Stanley and Ray Stevens.


Barnes' production credits include the album Real Life by Jeff Carson, the self-titled album by the Marie Sisters, and A Letter from Death Row, a film produced and directed by Bret Michaels starring Michaels, Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen. Barnes also produced the Major League: Back to the Minors soundtrack[5] and several singles by the Smokin' Armadillos.[6] Much of Barnes' production work has been done at Nashville production house Starstruck Studios, built by Reba McEntire.[7]

Studio work[edit]

Other credits to Barnes include backup vocals on Roadhouses and Dance Halls, an album by Lonnie Mack recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.[8]

Barnes played lead guitar on the album Wait 'Til I Get My Hands on You by Wynn Stewart and played acoustic guitar on "How Do I Live" by LeAnn Rimes during his time at Curb Records. He is also credited with background vocals on "It's You Again" by Skip Ewing.[citation needed]

Live performance[edit]

Barnes has performed on live tours throughout North America and Europe with country music artists Joe Sun, Bobby Bare, Shelly West, Skip Ewing, Linda Davis and Tanya Tucker, among others.

ASCAP awards[edit]

BMI awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Max T. Barnes Bio". Max T. Barnes Bio. 2005-10-04. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  2. ^ Skates, Sarah (18 January 2010). "Signings: Max Barnes; Lorrie Morgan; 615 Music". Music Row. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "ASCAP". ASCAP. 1997-10-04. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  4. ^ "1992 CMA Awards". Country Music Association. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  5. ^ "Major League 3: Back To The Minors Soundtrack CD". CD Universe. May 12, 1998. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Artist Bio". June 20, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Client Page". June 20, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ "LONNIE MACK: Roadhouses & Dance Halls". Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 

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