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The C. Barnes Project

c. barnes project

Song Samples:
Too Close
Sweet Thing
Tell Mama





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.


Contact Info:
Charles R. Barnes,
301.367.8901 (cell)


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