Barns Courtney

Artist bio

Barns Courtney, born Barnaby George Courtney, is an English singer, songwriter and musician. Courtney was born in Aylesbury, England. He and his family moved to Seattle when he was 4. He returned to the United Kingdom when he was 15. Courtney previously led the British indie band called SleeperCell, who featured on Channel 4's Orange Unsigned competition before fronting the Indie/Punk band Dive Bella Dive, who signed to Island Records and performed at the Download Festival in 2012.

After recording an album's worth of material for Island Records that was never released, Courtney was dropped by the label. Determined to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter, but with no income or home to return to, he supported himself by working as a cigarette seller, and for Currys PC World, and slept on friends' sofas and in his girlfriend's car.

In 2015, Courtney released his first track as a solo artist, "Glitter & Gold", which received radio play on BBC Introducing Suffolk and by BBC Radio 1's Phil Taggert, and led to an appearance at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Exeter the following year. "Glitter & Gold" also reached #1 on the UK Spotify Viral Chart, and #2 on the iTunes Alternative Chart.