Instruments: Vocals, Songwriter
Place of Birth: Birmingham, Alabama

marc alan barnetteOriginally from Birmingham, Alabama, Marc-Alan Barnette's roots trace back to his distant cousin, country music pioneer, Jimmy Rogers. With his father, a gospel music singer and a mother who brought him up in the church choir, Barnette draws upon a solid background in gospel, blues, soul, rock and country influences, infusing his music with plenty of Southern Gospel attitude. Barnette personifies the term "Blue Eyed Country-Soul." with influences from Ray Charles and the 60's Muscle Shoals era combined with the heart-believability of George Jones and Johnny Cash. Barnette's straight ahead "in your face" style and his smoky voice draws comparisons to Ray Charles, Delbert McClinton and Otis Redding, with the electric energy of the Rolling Stones. But the real key is his songwriting. Scoring a cut his first night in town, a song he had written with his father, "That's Where It Hurts," was recorded by Nashville Legend Billy Sherrill on country diva, Shelby Lynne's debut release which led to "Rescued Me," co-written with David Vincent Williams, recorded by country star John Berry, on his Lyric Street album, "Wildest Dreams." Truly a singer's songwriter, gathering experience over 20 years in the music business, several of Barnette's songs have been referred to by Grammy award winning producer/writer Larry Butler, as "standards waiting to happen." He has written with a who's who of Nashville's elite songwriters: Jim ("Chattahoochie) McBride, Jimbeau ("Party Crowd") Hinson, Kim ("All Alone Again") Williams, Jon ("She's In Love With the Boy")Ims, David Vincent ("Hands of Working Man") Williams, Joie "Not That Different") Scott, Casey ("Still") Kelly, John Ford ("Nights Are Forever Without You") Coley, Jerry ("For A Little While") Vandiver, Paul ("Close As I Get to Loving You") Jefferson, and Larry ("Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song") Butler. Subtlety is not one of his distinguishing characteristics. Big voice, big stage personality, big fun, Barnette has opened concerts for Patty Loveless, John Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Charlie Daniels, Confederate Railroad Cheap Trick, Tommy Shaw,and others.

Along with his former backup singers,The Kinley's, he has opened shows for Charlie Daniels, Garth Brooks, and Ricochet. Barnettte has much more experience than his 12 years in Nashville allow. He is equally at ease both solo and with his band in and around Nashville where he is a regular at such venues as The Bluebird Cafe, Douglas Corner and Caffe' Milano, The Boardwalk, The Broken Spoke, Tootsie's Orchard Lounge, Legends Corner and drawing larger crowds at the Kenny Stabler Invitational Golf Tournament concert, Summer Lights, and Chet Atkins Muscian Days.

Barnettes following extends far beyond Nashville with followings in Florida at The Florabama Lounge, Boudreoax and Gonzalas, Perdido Beach Resort, The Ale House and Rosie O'Grady's and in Alabama at The Grand Hotel, Louie Louie's, Dugo's, Senior Frog's, Marty's and City Stages. He has also made a name for himself in the popular college circuit nationwide, and recently toured Europe representing the Bluebird.

An NSAI member for 7 years, Marc-Alan devotes his time to mentor aspiring songwriters through NSAI's "Adopt-a-Shop" program; he's been a team captain two years in a row for the Tin Pan South songwriter's festival held each Spring in Nashville; shared his experience as the May 2000 guest speaker in NSAI's Thursday Night Workshop Series; and is a perennial favorite at the world famous Frank Brown Songwriter's Festival. "Keep it simple, singable, but not trite, and knock your audiences' heads off."

-Marc-Alan Barnette "If you see this guy's name listed on a club, run, don't walk to get there."

-Robert Orreman Nationally-known music critic

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Website: http://www.marcalanbarnette.com/


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