Max T. Barnes
|Max T. Barnes|
Barnes posing for a photo shoot at Ray Steven's Music
|Birth name||Max Troy Barnes|
|Born||October 25, 1962|
|Origin||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, record producer, studio musician, Performer, President of Hypermedia Records|
|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. He currently writes for Ray Stevens Music publishing  and lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Barnes is most known as an ASCAP award winning songwriter. 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". 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 and several singles by the Smokin' Armadillos. Much of Barnes' production work has been done at Nashville production house Starstruck Studios, built by Reba McEntire.
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.
- "Love, Me" - 1992 CMA Song of the Year Nominee
- "Let Go of the Stone" - 1992 Country Award
- "At the Sound of the Tone" - 1986 Country Award
- "Before You Kill Us All" - 1994 Country Award
- "That Girl's Been Spyin' on Me" - 1996 Country Award
- "How Your Love Makes Me Feel" - 1997 Country Award
- "A Night to Remember" - 1999 Country Award
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