Barns Courtney has announced his new single ‘Sinners’, out February 9th on Virgin EMI. The extraordinary debut album The Attractions Of Youth, is out now and has racked up a highly impressive 100,000 album sales. ‘Sinners’, a special bonus track co-written with Carl Barat, is a characterful blend of blues rock melancholy and soulful intensity; an anthem for doomed youths everywhere imbued with the classic song-writing spirit of Johnny Cash and Jack White.
After a sold-out UK tour with venues including Camden Dingwalls and Brighton’s Hope & Ruin, Barns brings his brilliant blend of energy and immediacy to a hotly anticipated headline show at Scala, London. The show follows a number of successes over the last 18 months, including winning a ‘Sync Artist Of The Year’ award at Music Week’s Sync Awards beating the likes of Rag & Bone Man and Ellie Goulding to the post and being tipped as One To Watch by Rolling Stone. This gig will be a celebration of The Attractions Of Youth and a small taster of things to come.
Stand out single ‘Glitter & Gold’ reached #1 in the UK Spotify Viral Charts in 2016, and Barns’ streaming stats continue to explode, currently sitting at 100 million globally. Barns also recently performed on James Corden’s Late Late Show (watch HERE) and Conan O’Brien, to rave reviews at Reading Festival, SXSW and at Radio 1’s Big Weekend, as well as securing support slots with the likes of Blur, The Libertines and Elle King on tour. Barns will join The Kooks for selected dates on their US tour later this year.
Barns Courtney has already experienced more highs and lows than most artists could wish to encounter in an entire lifetime. His is a story of family turmoil, bad record industry deals, homelessness, serendipitous meetings with movie moguls and sheer talent and hard work winning out against the odds.
Speaking about those challenging times and conquering the odds Barns said: “My first single appeared in this Bradley Cooper movie and before I knew it I got this call from my manager while I was slinging laptops as Currys and PC World who told me it was all happening and I didn’t have to work there anymore. I was so down and out and downtrodden after my experiences that even when I was sat in Virgin Records with a bottle champagne in one hand signing on the dotted line I just couldn’t speak to anyone. I was so afraid the rug was going to be pulled from under me. It was another two year before I thought it might actually turn out alright”.
This year is already gearing up to be exciting one for Barns. With a strong reception for his debut album released in September, the young troubadour is working hard on album two and looking ahead to unleashing his brazen sound on as many people as possible.