With over 85-million global streams, the James Barker Band have taken the country music scene by storm. Formed in 2013, the founding members of this award-winning band (James Barker, Taylor Abram, Bobby Martin, and Connor Stephen) continue to break records one release at a time.
The James Barker Band first burst onto the scene when they won the Ontario-based Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase in 2015 and were signed to Universal Music Canada. In addition to their first five singles all achieving gold certification and top-10 in Canada, the James Barker Band has had the most spun song by a Canadian artist on Canadian country radio in both 2017 and 2018. Their debut “Game On” EP was awarded Country Album of the Year at the 2018 Canadian JUNO awards. Their first #1 Canadian country radio hit “Chills” also reached #46 on the US Country radio airplay chart in 2018, the first time for a Canadian Country artist not signed to a domestic label to do so. This record-breaking single was also awarded “Single of the Year” and “Best Selling Canadian Single” at the 2018 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards.
In addition to their single “Good Together” being the most spun Canadian country music song in 2018, this single was featured on Spotify’s “Hot Country” (the world’s biggest country playlist) – capturing over 19-million streams and counting on Spotify alone. In the Fall of 2018 they were selected by Spotify Canada to be their first ever Canadian-signed artist in any genre to be chosen to record a Spotify Single Session.
In January 2019, the James Barker Band released their most recent single “Keep It Simple” which is already in the top-10 in Canada and has rapidly becoming a fan favorite with over 9-million global streams to date. They are excited about their 2019 festival and concert schedule which already included performing at the C2C festivals in both London, England and Berlin, Germany in March.