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Born to play, live for today!

I've spent most of my life so far on, music! To pay my bills, I have always been working 'straight jobs' in the sometimes infamous Entertainment District on neon-lit Granville Street, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It's an area that harbours a lot of inspiration for songs! When you hear someone say "... I've seen it all ... !" Well, ... I pretty much have!

I'm a singer-songwriter and I wear my emotions on my sleeve! I write and sing about things that I feel and see.

Early on I was greatly influenced by the rebellious attitude of punk-rock and, the energetic sound of 'New Wave' groundbreakers Blondie, Cheap Trick and, many other bands of the late '70's early '80's. The folk rock of Neil Young and Bob Dylan got me hooked on the power of 'the lyric.'

Today, I am happy to be part of the indie/alternative music scene. The undeniable creativity of indie music inspires me to keep on writing songs!

My own music bridges styles from pop, to folk, to rock and blues!

Songwriting has always come naturally to me. Instinctive one might say!

Of my music, I have had much media praise including:

"Drew Barnes adds to the rich music scene in this city!" (Maple Ridge Times)

"Rich in lyrical imagery" (the Vancouver Sun)

"Emotion!" (Recording Magazine)

"Gritty!" (Sun Media)


More media quotes:

"one of the best indie artists out there."(Indie Cafe)

"Drew's songs have a power of their own." (Westender)

"perfect pop hooks" (Vancouver Courier)

"Jim Morrison vibe" (Recording Magazine)

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Thanks to you music lovers, making music will always be fun!

I'm doing my best to survive with my 'daytime jobs,' but you can help me out by buying mp3s at your favourite online retailer including: itunes,, cdbaby, and many more! You can check out my videos of original tunes here: YouTube .

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(c) Drew Barnes 2017