I am an indie singer/songwriter of alternative, adult, pop-rock tunes in the vein of Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Vance Joy.
Contemporary, topical, rhythmic, and melodic, I'm always in pursuit of the perfect ingredient for a song.
I've played numerous clubs, pubs, coffee-houses, street corners, and whatever other earthly venue you can possibly imagine, over a career spanning 4 decades to date. I have always enjoyed, and continue to enjoy playing live.
I appreciate your support and thank you for streaming my music, buying downloads, and coming to shows!
I've been making music for a long time now, and I've got new stuff on the way this June 2018! I am releasing a set of new songs on an album titled 24/7/365 I'm Alive!
I'm super pumped about this new material, and I hope you are too! It would be great if you could add me to your Spotify playlist! Or, download some of my song tracks to add to your collection!
I want my songs to be fun, easy listening tunes that might just turn you on!
To pay my bills, I have always been working 'straight jobs' in the
'infamous/seedy' Entertainment District on neon-lit Granville Street,
in downtown Vancouver. This is the heart of my great city and, it's an area that harbours
a lot of inspiration for my songwriting! When you hear someone say
"I've seen it all!" well, ... I pretty
I wear my emotions on my sleeve!
I write and sing about things that I see and feel. Nothing is unusual or off-limits for me!
When I was young, I was greatly influenced by the rebellious attitude of punk-rock
and, the energetic sound of 'New Wave' ground-breakers
Blondie, Cheap Trick, The Knack! 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 good 'lyrics.'
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!
own music bridges styles from pop, to folk, to rock and blues!
Being a singer-songwriter is someone I've always had to be. This is my true, instinctive self!.
My recordings and live show have got a lot of good reviews including:
Barnes adds to the rich music scene in this city!" (Maple
in lyrical imagery" (the Vancouver Sun)
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"
"Jim Morrison vibe"