Dave Barnes

Dave Barnes

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Barnes' soulful pop songs have won him the support of artists like John Mayer, & the spiritual tone of his lyrics have reached the Christian music scene. Barnes' 4th album, "What We Want, What We Get," became a surprise Christian hit and debuted in the Top 5 of the Christian charts in April 2010.


Although born in South Carolina, singer/songwriter Dave Barnes spent most of his childhood in Mississippi, where he formed an early attachment to hip-hop but was also exposed to classic soul, blues, and R&B by his parents. He later enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University and began writing songs for other artists. Barnes also played solo shows on campus, and by the time he graduated with a degree in recording industry management, he'd decided to pursue his own music career.

Barnes moved to Nashville, TN, and gravitated toward the city's acoustic folk scene. Barnes' soulful pop songs won him the support of artists like John Mayer, while the spiritual tone of his lyrics earned some support from the Christian music scene. He recorded two independent albums — 2004's Brother, Bring The Sun and 2006's Chasing Mississippi, both produced by Ed Cash -- before moving to Razor & Tie for 2008’s Me and You and the World and 2010'’s What We Want, What We Get. The latter album became a surprise Christian hit, debuting in the Top 5 on the Christian charts upon its release in April.