The C. Barnes Project
The C. Barnes Project is a 10-piece band that
plays it ALL! from jazz standards to rock 'n' roll, and salsa to
R&B. They've even been known to throw in a polka or two if the
audience allows! They perform at weddings, private parties, college
events, concerts and corporate functions, moving fluidly between
the different types of affairs with an ease that you don't always
find in "variety" bands... but then, the C. Barnes Project
is KNOWN for its professionalism as well as showmanship.
The male lead vocalist, known as O'Neal, has a
rich baritone voice that can growl on songs like Sam & Dave's
"Hold On, I'm Comin'" and purr with emotion on Al Green's
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart." His energetic performance
style was honed up and down the eastern seaboard and never fails
to leave audiences wanting more.
The female lead vocalist, Sheila Walker, shows
her versatility by performing oldies, latin, adult-contemporary
jazz, pop, current R&B and "party" songs all with
the same flair....going from Aretha to Britney to Sade to Gloria
Estefan without missing a beat. She even brings a bit of her theater
experience to the table when it's her turn at the mic.
...And the horns!!! They are what gives the C.
Barnes Project its Big Band sound. Whether complementing each other
in unison or hitting those "Memphis-like" harmonies, this
trio (Charles Barnes - trombone, Marvin Wiggins - saxophones, and
Gordon Wade - trumpet and party/vocal grooves) ROCKS!
Now, just because we've highlighted the horn section,
don't think that the rhythm section can't keep up. Between the five
rhythm section members, there are about 90 years of solid experience!
These guys, headed by the bass player, Kenneth Jackson, have exactly
what it takes to get the job done. The keyboard player Wayne Greenidge
seems to know every song written; from jazz to R&B and beyond.
The guitarist, Mark Dooley, has never met a chord or a song that
he didn't like; nor has he met any that he couldn't "own..."
And the team-up of the percussionist (Arvel "Butch" Howerton)
and the drummer (Dwayne Tyree) is the most exciting since the Escovedo
family showed up on the music scene!
Did we mention that The C. Barnes Project is Gene
"The Duke of Earl" Chandler's band when he's working anywhere
nearby (even in Georgia and Florida)? According to Gene, "They
are a great bunch of quality musicians who take pride in their work,
and they are very easy to work with..." This band gets glowing
recommendations from everyone with whom (and for whom) they've worked;
and the list includes Percy Sledge, Gloria Brown and Chick Willis.
Charles R. Barnes,