Emily Barnes is more than just a musician; she is a storyteller that sets the lives of her characters to music. Her sophomore release 'Let in the Light' should be both required reading and listening for anyone who feels or has felt fractured by life ”

— Divide and Conquer

Emily Barnes

Tucked away in a town so tiny it isn't found on most maps,  singer-songwriter Emily Barnes can be found sitting on the stone steps of her 200 year old home stitching together the latest melody from the fabric of her mind.  That is on the rare occasion she is home.  For the past few years, Emily has been tirelessly trekking down the open road playing venues of all shapes and sizes stopping listeners dead in their tracks with a voice that cuts to the bone and songs that pull on the heart strings. 

 Now a nationally touring artist, Barnes continues to build a grassroots following from city to small town, one new believer at a time.  Her Sophomore album 'Let in the Light' was released on March 10th 2017 and has been taking listeners through the nostalgia of finding oneself after the inevitable darkness seeps in. It is honest, it is raw, and as quirky as the show you are likely to experience. With an assortment of "found" instruments, lo-fi birds, pots and pans, this album paints a picture from start to finish.

There is a feeling one gets when witnessing something authentic and rare, and that aura permeates the room at an Emily Barnes show. 


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    Released March 2017         Released November 2015         Released January 2014 

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Noteworthy Shows & Accolades

2017 Kerrville New Folk Finalist
Folk DJ pick NERFA 2017
Semi-Formal Showcase Artist NERFA 2017
Rockwood Music Hall
Black Rose Acoustic Society   
Live at the Falcon  
The Burren  
Muses in the Vineyard  
The Living Room  
Sherman Theater  
Blairstown Theatre  
Bowery Electric  
Voices Cafe  
Saxon Pub 
Steel Stacks 
Postcrypt Coffeehouse  
Radio Coffee and Beer  
Burlap and Bean  
The Purple Fiddle  
Blast on the Bay Emerging Artist 2016



Emily Barnes