Barns Courtney is a London singer-songwriter gaining fans with his latest song ‘Goodbye John Smith’. A majestic and poignant piano ballad with echoes of ageless song-and-voice men such as Johnny Cash and Tom Waits, ‘Goodbye John Smith’ is an entrancing introduction to a new artist who is quickly, if somewhat unexpectedly, paving a path to big things.
Barns’ released his first track ‘Glitter & Gold’ online in September. With its hybrid of gospel-blues, Westerns soundtrack, marching hip hop, and Barns’ honey & sand delivery, ‘Glitter & Gold’ went to #1 on the UK Spotify Viral Chart, #2 on the iTunes Alternative Chart, added to the BBC Introducing Playlist, and clocked over two hundred thousand plays across Soundcloud and YouTube, all within the span of two whirlwind months.
Already having supported the Libertines and Ed Sheeran on his North American tour earlier in the year, Barns went on to support none other than The Who at Wembley Arena on February 13th as well as playing his own headline show the following week, February 18th at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen.
Born in Ipswich, he spent most of his childhood living in Seattle before returning to his native UK aged 15. This change of scenery comes across as clearly in his eclectic mix of US blues-rock, hip-hop and grunge with British indie melodic sensibilities, as it does in his hybrid US-British twang.
Following several musical projects straight out of school, he came across the radar of his hero Carl Barat who would give him a newfound break when the two ended up writing and recording together.
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