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Dave Barnes Biography


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Birth Name: David Barnes
Born: 1978/06/20
Birth Place: Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Years Active: 2001–present
Genres: Contemporary Christian Music, Acoustic, Rock, R&B, Blues, Adult Contemporary


Dave Barnes (born David Barnes, June 20, 1978) is an American rock-R&B singer-songwriter from Kosciusko, Mississippi.

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.

At the suggestion of Ed Cash, a record producer who had worked with Bebo Norman, Barnes recorded a full-band studio LP. Barnes released “Brother, Bring The Sun” in September 2004. 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 put together a routine which he performed in Nashville, Tennessee.

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 April 2010, Barnes released his fourth full band studio album “What We Want, What We Get.” 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.

On November 9, 2010 he released his first album of Christmas music "Very Merry Christmas" featuring several original compositions.