We recently had the pleasure of listening to on-the-rise Acoustic Pop singer/songwriter James Barre. We were introduced to James through his explosive new Single “Don’t Say”.
His impressive instrumentation, creative arrangement, masterful songwriting, and refreshing artistic prowess are undeniably alluring and captivating. These remarkable qualities are precisely why James has become a hot artist to cover in numerous recognizable publications on the net. With the release of his newest Single entitled “Don’t Say”, this artist certainly shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
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James Barre is a California Native and was raised by his loving and supportive family in the Central Valley. He was first introduced to performing in the theatre at the young age of five, and has worked tirelessly perfecting his craft ever-since. From a touching anecdote in his bio, “His father used to give him the spare change they would collect while they were out shopping. As his father carefully placed the change into his hands, he would tell him, ‘Don’t ever change.’ After four years, James used all the coins he had collected from his father to purchase his first guitar. He then began taking lessons, and it wasn’t long before his passion for music blossomed.”
When approaching any new music within the same vein as the Pop genre, it’s easy to do so with inherent cynicism. It seems that within the current culture of Pop music, we as listeners are exposed to the same formulaic, cookie cutter, copy of a copy of a copy brand of artists. These types of artists have brilliantly perfected the ability to produce safe, catchy, and ultimately forgettable tunes.
With that being said, James Barre’s distinct brand of music is a wonderfully refreshing exception.
James really showcases his vocal prowess and displays a strong command of pop vocal melodies and lush harmonies. With his outstanding acoustic guitar playing, James proves that his voice is simply just one of his many strong assets. His vocal performance is authentic and invokes a strong emotional response. The Single is an irresistibly catchy acoustic guitar accompanied pop anthem that will be sure to get stuck in your head and have you singing along. The audio production exhibited in this Single is nothing short of spectacular. The arrangement is brilliantly effective and unrelenting, and the incredible vocals are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing instrumental layer. The songwriting is approached with perfect Pop sensibility, with James Barre sculpting his own self-defining soundscape and style.
James has recently released a fully acoustic version of his smash hit “Don’t Say”. Stream that here: https://soundcloud.com/jamesbarremusic/dont-say-acoustic
Listening to the acoustic version of “Don’t Say” was truly an engaging and worthwhile experience. Often, when artists release multiple versions of a Single, it serves no other purpose than to extend the longevity of the original. In this case, it adds a remarkably intimate quality to the original track, which makes it feel like an entirely new experience. Furthermore, it allows you to better connect to the lyrics with the minimized musical distraction. Both Singles are refreshing and differ from most pop releases in that they are infused with undeniable integrity, honesty, and emotional awareness. Both versions are polished and brilliantly paced, leaving the listener wanting more. James Barre has once again knocked it out of the park. This young artist clearly has the ability to craft infectious pop hooks and melodies, and he does so with a remarkably unique blending of genres and evident care for messaging and content.
This is an artist you simply CAN’T IGNORE! James Barre is almost certain to continue his remarkable rise.
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