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RAZOR & TIE ARTIST DAVE BARNES RECEIVES FIRST GRAMMY® NOMINATION FOR #1 COUNTRY SONG, "GOD GAVE ME YOU"

Song Recorded and Performed By Country Superstar Blake Shelton

Barnes To Release New Album In 2012




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NEWS SOURCE: Razor & Tie
December 2, 2011

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie artist Dave Barnes has received his first Grammy® nomination for Best Country Song for "God Gave Me You," as performed by Blake Shelton. Barnes' and Shelton's versions of the song have sold over one million singles to date. Blake Shelton's "God Gave Me You" has spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Country Singles Chart, with three weeks at number one and is his fastest rising single to date.

Razor & Tie Co-Owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam commented, "We have been proud to work with Dave Barnes for five years and he is an extraordinary artist and writer. Dave's songs are personal and universal and touch people in a very special way. This nomination is well deserved and reflects Dave's commitment to quality and honesty."

Nashville-based Dave Barnes wrote and recorded "God Gave Me You" originally for his 2010 release What We Want, What We Get. Blake Shelton decided to record a version of the song after hearing Barnes' version on the radio and soon after added it to his eighth studio album released in 2011,Red River Blue. Shelton recently explained to AOL's The Boot, "That song came on and I almost had to pull the truck over. It was one of those moments for me where I felt like I was hearing that song at that moment for a reason. I actually got on iTunes and downloaded the song as I was driving home. I probably listened to it 20 times before I got home that day, and I called [my producer] Scott Hendricks and said, 'Man, I found a song I want to cut.' There was never a question, I never looked back after that. I knew it was going to be a pivotal song for the album."

Dave Barnes will release his fourth studio album for the Razor & Tie label in early 2012. The album (details soon to be announced) was produced by John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, Lifehouse, Goo Goo Dolls, Switchfoot, Andrew W.K., Jonas Brothers, Pink). Dave Barnes last album What We Want, What We Get debuted at #59 on the Billboard top 200 album chart in 2010 and #15 on the digital albums chart. Barnes has sold over 155,000 albums to date and over 510,000 individual song downloads-update. He is currently on tour and will tour in 2012 as well. Barnes has previously toured with notable acts including John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Bonnie Raitt, and One Republic as well as festivals such as Bonnaroo. His music has been featured in television shows such as CW's "Life Unexpected," Disney's "Suite Life On Deck," ABC's" Brothers And Sisters" and WB's "Summerland," as well as the films Employee Of The Month and My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

Dave Barnes is no stranger to having his music plucked by country singers as Billy Currington re-recorded Barnes' radio hit "Until You" for Currington's 2010 release. Barnes' work has been performed by other artists including Marc Broussard, Kelly Clarkson, Bethany Dillon, to name a few. Barnes has been recognized by the industry as a rising songwriter. Billboard Magazine touted "Many of the best pop songwriters come out of Nashville, and Dave Barnes is one such singer/scribe now building momentum." Dave Barnes is signed to leading independent label Razor & Tie and is administered by Razor & Tie Music Publishing.

Razor & Tie Music Publishing
Razor & Tie Music Publishing was founded in 2007 and has distinguished itself with a focused, proactive approach to multi-media song placement, royalty administration and career development. In a few short years it has developed a small focused roster of talented and accomplished writers, artists and bands, as well as a lucrative catalog of songs. The company is led by a seasoned and energetic executive team, and supported by an administration, finance, and business affairs staff with representatives in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. The company is self-administered in North America and has aligned with a strong team of sub-publishers throughout the rest of the world. The Razor and Tie Music Publishing roster includes: All That Remains, Aaron Gillespie, Boots Ottestad, Catt Gravitt, Chris Seefried, Dave Barnes, Drive-By Truckers, Greg Holden, Justin Gray, Katie Costello, Kevin Devine, Maia Sharp, Marshall Altman, Matisyahu, Michelle Lewis, Natalie Grant, Norma Jean, Phillip LaRue, The Summer Set and the Razor & Tie /Artery Recording bands. The focused roster has a catalog of over 5,000 songs.

Razor & Tie
The New York City-based company is one of the fastest growing independent entertainment companies in the United States, and has garnered both Platinum sales and Grammy awards in its 20-year history. Razor & Tie's diverse and acclaimed label roster includes such artists as Vanessa Carlton, Foreigner, Dave Stewart, Richard Ashcroft, Nicole Atkins, Angelique Kidjo, Saves The Day, Kevin Devine, All That Remains, P.O.D., Dar Williams, The Summer Set, to name a few. The company provides distribution and marketing services for artists such as Joan Baez, Suzanne Vega, Corey Smith and The Cowboy Junkies. Razor & Tie Music Publishing was founded in 2007 and has distinguished itself with a focused, proactive approach to multi-media song placement, royalty administration, and career development. In a few short years it has developed a small focused roster of talented and accomplished writers, artists and bands, as well as a lucrative catalog of songs. The company is led by a seasoned and energetic executive team, and supported by an administration, finance and business affairs staff with representatives in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. The company is self-administered in North America and has aligned with a strong team of sub-publishers throughout the rest of the world.

DAVE BARNES LINKS Dave Barnes "God Gave Me You" video here: http://bit.ly/cFA8Hb

For more info on Dave Barnes visit the JFH Artists Database.

 

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