Charlie Barnes (musician)
Charlie Barnes performing with Bastille at Stavernfestivalen 2019
Charlie Barnes (born 31 May 1989) is an English singer and songwriter. He is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist performing under his own name and currently as a touring musician with indie rock band Bastille. He has released three albums; the latest, Last Night's Glitter, was released July 2020.
Born in Lichfield, Barnes developed an interest in music at an early age and studied at the University of Huddersfield. During his studies he began to play solo shows using electronics. In 2010, when completing his final year of study, he self-released the album Geekk., as part of his final project. In 2009 he befriended the band Amplifier and performed support slots for them. After moving to Leeds, he joined the band as a touring musician. In 2015 he signed to Superball Music and released his debut album More Stately Mansions on 11 May 2015. The album was produced by Steve Durose of Oceansize, and partly inspired by the recent passing of his mother. The song "Sing to God" featured as the first single of the album.
Charlie Barnes started his first solo UK tour on 6 October 2015, his first show was in Leeds, and his last in Cambridge (23 October). In early November, Charlie Barnes had another solo tour, this took place in Germany. He described the playing live of the songs his band as 'honing [them] together to give the songs I write an identity beyond the words and the chords and the melody'.
In 2016, Charlie Barnes created a remix for the duo Alma. The song he edited is called To the Stars, and it is featured on an album alongside other reworks and remixes of Alma's work.
In April 2018, he was a supporting act along with To Kill a King during Bastille's 'Reorchestrated' tour.
- Geekk. (30 May 2010)
- More Stately Mansions (11 May 2015)
- Oceanography (9 March 2018)
- Last Night's Glitter (3 July 2020)
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