Chugg Music has just announced the signing of Gold Coast Country Rock music legend Casey Barnes to its growing management and recording roster. Also recently announced, is that the Golden Guitar finalist has joined Select Music for live representation in a move which will help him manage his already hectic touring schedule.
One of our hardest working and most beloved musicians, Casey has slogged it out as an independent artist for years, becoming a country festival “must-have”, earning top iTunes spots, consecutive Top 40 weeks, and winning much acclaim along the way. The Chugg signing means that Casey can concentrate on his first loves creating and performing, while a professional outfit takes care of the music business side of things.
“It’s honestly a dream come true,” the ever-humble Casey tells us. “I’ve been a huge fan of Chuggi [Michael Chugg, leading national promoter] for many years now and its exciting to finally be working with not only him but the entire Chugg Music team who have done amazing things for the artists currently on their roster. I dared to approach Michael Chugg when I played CMC Rocks and was stunned to find that he knew my music.”
Barnes’ approach was timed to perfection with Chugg Music in growth mode and looking for great new music and artists to represent regardless of genre.
“We can’t wait to release the brand-new recordings that Casey has coming up, starting in September,” says Michael Chugg. “We’re assembling a world class team to work with Casey, and we’ve been getting great feedback already from Australia and the U.S. about what the music could achieve with Australian and international audiences.”
While Casey’s recordings are impressive, having generated 4.37 million streams thus far, he’s also renowned for his dynamic live performances and epic touring calendar. This is where Select Music is going to come in very handy.
Stephen Wade and Rob Giovannoni of Select Music have also seen the potential in Barnes music adding the him to Select’s live roster. His recent performances at the Groundwater Country Music Festival on the Gold Coast won Barnes the Inaugural P&O People Choice Award and with performances coming up in the US in November, it’s not just Australian audiences who are set to fall for Casey Barnes.
Stephen Wade and Rob G at Select reflected that “the team around the artist is a huge determining factor in if we think an act is worth investment. We have a great relationship with Michael, Andrew and their team at Chugg Music. Combined with the hard yards that Casey has put in over recent years across the country, we hope we can help fuel the fire that he’s already started at festivals and with his headline shows.”
The man himself is over the moon about it all.
“Performing live, playing festivals and touring this awesome country is just an absolute blast, so teaming up with Select Music I think is only going to amplify what we’ve been working towards over the last couple of years. They look after some of the best talent in the country so I’m excited to see what the next 12 months holds!” Casey exclaims.
As are we.