Solo dynamo Tracey Barnett, is one of Western Australia’s most inspiring young performers. Armed with stomp box, acoustic guitars, harmonica and an incredible voice, Tracey takes to the stage with unstoppable energy and a smile that lights up the world. She’s a little bit rock chick, a little bit flower child and a little bit country gal, which has enabled Tracey to create her own, very unique blend of blues, and roots. Those who have heard her agree, she sounds like no other and is best experienced live.
“When I played a live gig with Tracey Barnett, I was blown away by her vocals and songwriting! She’s also an awesome guitar player.” • Bill Chambers
“Tucked away in Bridgetown is someone who could be best described as a quiet achiever … Tracey Barnett has a shyness even on stage that belies her immense talent.” • Ted Dana, Australian Music Network
“Tracey Barnett is a rare example of a young woman who can, single handedly, walk onto any stage, grab the audience and take them on an uplifting journey … this is original roots and blues at its best.” • Susan Clarke, Dingo Beach Music
“… the audience was transfixed, it’s not often you get an opportunity enjoy a performance from someone who is so totally on top of their game that you feel so drawn into the performance.” • Barry Benfell, South West Blues Club
Her solo career began back in November 2008 busking on the streets of her hometown at the Blues at Bridgetown Festival. Here she was spotted by a touring musician whom then asked Tracey to open for a few of his shows throughout the South West. She jumped the opportunity and was blown away by the response from the crowds and the venues. Within a few months she was performing her own shows through out the area.
In 2010 she released her first EP ‘The First of Many’, which received dual nominations in the West Australian Music Awards. By 2012 her hectic performance schedule encouraged her to turn to music full time. Since then she has toured Australia non stop, supported the likes of Donavon Frankenreiter, Tex Perkins and Wendy Matthews, performed at a string of festivals and released her second EP ‘Blooming’ (August 2013). The standout title track attracted plenty of music industry attention including a nomination for 2013 West Australian Regional Song of the Year, finalist in the 2013 MusicOz Australian Independent Music Awards and was 1 of 3 finalists in the 2016 Boyup Brook Country Music Video Clip of the Year Awards.
2016 is set to be the biggest year yet for this small town gal. In January Tracey released her latest single ‘Listen to the Earth’, which has recieved air play on plenty of radio stations including Triple J, held position on Triple J Unearthed Roots chart for more than 3 weeks and was nominated for 2016 West Australian Music Blues/Roots Song of the Year. Plans are underway for a music video clip for ‘Listen to the Earth’, plus Tracey has been back in the studio working on more tracks for her next recording, to be released in 2017.
Bridgetown – Western Australia, Australia
Tracey Barnett – vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion