Exclusive: Interview with Dave Barnes

Whether you know it or not, we guarantee that you’re already a fan of Razor & Tie recording artist, Dave Barnes. He’s been nominated for a Grammy and a CMA Award, has released two EPs, six albums, including a fantastic Christmas CD, and is utterly hilarious. (Seriously, look up his crazy Youtube videos.) He’s also the man responsible for Blake Shelton‘s #1 Hit “God Gave Me You.”

We had the opportunity to interview Dave, and if you’re not a fan already, read on and let him win you over. We talk career highlights, “God Gave Me You,” dream collaborations and burping on stage.

KIC: For our readers who are ‘meeting’ you for the first time, how would you describe your sound?

DB: It’s a little bit ADD. ha! A little all over the place – blue eyed soul, pop, bits of country!

KIC: Where were you the first time you heard yourself on the radio? How did you react? And be honest, do you still turn it up and sing along if you hear one of your songs?

DB: That’s a good question! I think I was pulling into my house, honestly, and yes, I JAMMED in the garage!!!

KIC: People may not know that you recorded “God Gave Me You” before Blake Shelton. How did he end up recording it?

DB: He heard it on the radio driving home really late one night and really affected him, from what I’m told. I think he and Miranda were in a place in their relationship that GGMY really spoke to. He then came back to his producer and played him the song and they recorded it for his album, and the rest, as they say, is history!

KIC: When you heard Blake’s cut of the song, did you immediately know it would be a hit?

DB: I wish I knew what hits sound like, but I do know that it sounded huge!

KIC: What is your writing process like? What inspires you?

DB: Typically, other music inspires me. I hear an album or a song and I’m usually off to the races!

KIC: What artists would be your top pick to record one of your songs?

DB: Whew – that’s a good question. Bonnie Raitt, David Nail – LOVE his voice and style, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, for a few!

KIC: Is there one moment that you would say is the highlight of your career so far?

DB: There are so many! Getting to open for Bonnie Raitt, writing with Lamont Dozier, being nominated for a Grammy and CMA!

KIC: What has been your most embarrassing on stage moment?

DB:  Having to stop a song because i burped in the middle of a lyric.

KIC: If you could only pick one of your songs to define you as an artist, which would you pick?

DB: Grace’s Amazing Hands

KIC: Your most recent album is called “Stories to Tell” and has a bit of a different vibe than some of your previous offerings. What do you feel is the story this album is telling?

DB: That there are so many stories we each have to tell. SO many. Each one like a song on an album, different, sad, fun, slow, fast, but strung together because they are all our stories

KIC: What can we expect from Dave in 2013?

DB: Playing shows and writing songs, hopefully!!

Lightning round:
All-time Favorite Country Song: Walkaway Joe

Coke or Pepsi: Pepsi

World Series or Super Bowl: World Cup

Guilty Pleasure: 80’s R&B

Writing or Performing: Both

Dream Duet Partner: Bonnie Raitt or Stevie Wonder

Favorite Candy: Sour Patch Kids

NY or LA: LA!

We’d like to thank Dave for taking the time to do this interview! For more info, you can check out his website at www.davebarnes.com, follow him on Twitter @davebarnesmusic, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/davebarnesmusic and YouTube at The Official Dave Barnes Channel.

Since he listed it as his defining song, his Dave’s “Grace’s Amazing Hands”: