(May 30, 1960 - living) Canada
Lover of the Cree dancer René Highway, after he died of AIDS-related complications, he wrote a song dedicated to him, I Will Follow. Barnes was a man lost and stumbling with songs detailing the downward spiral and eventual healing after a partner's death from AIDS in 1990, and his wild vagabondage in the crazy landscape of Los Angeles.
Barnes started in the clubs and cabarets of his hometown Toronto, before recording and touring the world with the pop-acapella group, "The Nylons" (1990-94). He began his post Nylons solo career in 1998 in Los Angeles with the release of his techno/rock "LoudboyRadio" CD, which won him a 1999 GLAMA Award for the title track (Best Dance Song), while managed by LA underground club promoter Paul V.
After touring major cities in the U.S. in support of LoudBoy Radio he wrote and performed the critically acclaimed "Queer Teenage Heaven" music/performance piece at Highways Performance Space in LA, and created an orginal rock musical score called"Tribe" for the producers of RENT.
Most recently in late 2002, Barnes collaborated with remix gods Thunderpuss to createtheir #1 Billboard Dance Chart hit, "(Welcome To My) Head." Junior Vasquez presented Barnes' first performance of "(Welcome To My) Head" in New York and it went on to become the first indie single to reach the top of the club chart in it's history, appearing on numerous top selling compilations and launching Barnes shows at the hottest clubs in Las Vegas, Miami and Toronto including Webster Hall in New York City.
Having garnered additional radio play in the U.K. by influential DJ Pete Tong, Barnes has now begun collaborating with some of the top writer/producer/remixers in the business - Jason Nevins, Brad Daymond, Jack Elliot, and of course Chris Cox and Barry Harris (aka Thunderpuss). Barnes' unique stage mix of glam torch and sexy cabaret has been described as "Bowie meets Brecht in a dark alley" by the LA Weekly. This is the style of music - both original and covers - for Silverlake City Limits Barnes performs solo at the piano.