The C.Barnes Project is 10-piece band that specializes in R&B/Variety with the flexibility to play other areas of music for your event. They perform at weddings, private parties, college events, concerts and corporate functions moving fluidly between different types of affairs with an ease that you don't always find in R&B bands....but then, the C.Barnes Project is KNOWN for its professionalism as well as showmanship.
The male lead vocalist, known as Ike (Isaac Archer), has a rich baritone/tenor voice that can growl on song like Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin" and purr with emotion on Al Green's "How can you Mend a Broken Heart." His energetic performance style was honed up and down the eastern seaboard and never fails to leave audiences wanting more.
The female lead vocalist, Kimmy Kearse, shows her versatility by performing oldies, Latin, R&B and "party" songs all with the same flair....going from Aretha to Britney to Sade to Gloria Estefan without missing a beat.
...And the horns!!! They are what give the C.Barnes Project its Big Band sound. Whether complementing each other in unison or hitting those "Memphis-like" harmonies, this trio (Charles Barnes-trombone, Albert Anderson-saxophones, and Gordon Wade-trumpet and party/vocal grooves) ROCKS!
Now, just because we've highlighted the horn section, don't think that the rhythm section can't keep up. Between the five rhythm section members, there are about 90 years of solid experience! These guys, headed by bass player Kenneth Jackson, have exactly what it takes to get the job done. The keyboard player Simon Pitts seems to know every song written in R&B and beyond. The guitarist Vernon Brooks has never met a chord or a song that he didn't like; nor has he met any that he couldn't own..."And the team-up of percussionist (Louis Loman) and the drummer (Charles Barry Wellman) is the most exciting since the Escovedo family showed up on the scene.
Did we mention that The C.Barnes Project served as Gene "The Duke of Earl" Chandler's back-up band. According to Gene, "They are a great bunch of quality musicians who take pride in their work, and they are very easy to work with..." This band gets glowing recommendations from everyone with whom (and for whom) they've worked; and the list includes Percy Sledge, Gloria Brown, and Chick Willis.
90s and Now
Smooth - Santana
Waiting For the World to Change - John Mayer
If I Ain’t Got You - Alicia Keys
The Way You Move - Outkast
Jump, Jive & Wail - Brian Setzer
Crazy in Love - Beyonce Knowles
Never to Much - Luther Vandross
That’s the Love Goes - Janet Jackson
Ants Marching - Dave Mattews Band
Family Affair - Mary J. Blige
It’s Love - Jill Scott
Baby One More Time - Brittney Spears
Heaven - Los Lonely Boys
There Goes My Baby - Usher
Love in This Club - Usher
Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
The Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
New York State of Mind - Billy Joel
Umbrella - Reanna
Domino - Jesse-J
Love On Top - Beyonce Knowles
Just Can’t Get Enough - The Black Eyed Peas
Good Feeling - Flo Rida
It Will Rain - Bruno Mars
Someone Like You - Adele
Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum
We Found Love - Rihanna
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) - Kelly Clarkson
Been So Long - Anita Baker
Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood
Closer - Corrine Bailey Rae
Hit Em Up Style - Blu Cantrell
Pieces of Me - Ashlee Simpson
Tonight - John Legend
Never New Love Like This Before - Stephanie Mills
80s Rock, Retro, R&B and Funk
Let’s Grove Tonight - Earth, Wind & Fire
Shinning Star - Earth, Wind & Fire
Bad Girls - Donna Summers
Shake It Up Tonight - Cheryl Lynn
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
Da’ Butt - Experience Unlimited (EU)
Ain’t No Stopping Us Know - McFadden and Whitehead
Give Up the Funk - Parliament / P. Funk
That’s The Way I like It - KC & The Sunshine Band
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Brick House - Commodores
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
The Closer I Get To You - Roberta Flake
Ain’t Nobody - Chaka Khan
Sweet Thing - Chaka Khan
Back In Love Again - Jeffery Osborne
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
Love and Happiness - Al Green
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Gonna Be Starting Something - Michael Jackson
Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Long Train Runnin - Dobbie Brothers
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Old Time Rock & Roll - Bob Segar
kiss - Prince
Give It To Me Baby - Rick James
September - Earth, Wind & Fire
Motown, 70s Classic R&B and Rock
I’ll Take You There - Staples Singers
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin
I Feel Good - James Brown
Sex Machine - James Brown
My Girl - The Temptations
Ain’t To Proud To Beg - The Temptations
The Way You Do The Things Do - The Temptations
Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
Sugar Pie Honey Bunch - The Four Tops
Stand By Me - Ben E King
You Send Me - Sam Cook
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Heat Wave - Martha Reeves And The Candelas
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye
Soul Man - Sam & Dave
Hold On I’m Coming - Sam & Dave
Shout - The Isle Brothers
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Shot Gun - Jr. Walker And The All-stars
Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Standards / Specialties / Smooth Jazz
New York, New York
The Way You Look Tonight
Take The A Train
Girl From Ipanema
My Kind Of Town
Daddy’s Little Girl
As Time Goes On
"Dear Prospective Client:
When Charles Barnes asked me for a letter of reference for the band, I didn't hesitate to reply in the affirmative. The only problem was: how could I express my feelings about working with these guys (and lady) without going overboard? There may not be a solution to that, but I'll try!
When I first met the C Barnes Project in March, 1999, it was supposed to be a one-time working arrangement. Of course, after a couple rehearsals and the show, I was sold on having them as my backup band... whenever and wherever possible.
They are a great bunch of quality musicians who take pride in their work, and they are very easy to work with... and that's not an easy combination to find! Their commitment to excellence is obvious in every show we've done together, but there's more to them than just that.
There is continuous growth in the band, and THAT is what makes them so exceptional."
Gene "The Duke of Earl" Chandler
"To Whom It May Concern,
The C. Barnes Project performed at our Concerts in the Park! Series at Watkins Regional Park. They were the first band to perform this year and they brought in a great crowd. Our evaluations were very favorable and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The musicians were extremely professional and of high quality. Their R & B/Variety music had everyone dancing in their seats. They were an electrifying group who always has the audience asking for more.
I would highly recommend the C. Barnes Project at any function. You can't go wrong with the C. Barnes Project!"
Central Area Operations
"Dear Mr. Barnes:
I just wanted to write and thank you and the band members for performing at our wedding on June 8th, 2002. You sounded better than your tapes and the performance was more than we could have ever hoped for. It wasn't just the music, which was performed with total professionalism and flair but the diverse and upbeat personalities in the band that made the night so special. We greatly appreciate you accommodating our special requests for music. Basically you guys rocked. Please use my name as a reference in the future if you would like. I have received many letters and phone calls and a lot of people have mentioned how much they enjoyed the music and the upbeat vibe that permeated the room all night, due in large part to an outstanding musical performance by The C. Barnes Project.
Thanks again and best of luck in the future,"
Charles & Lori Webb
"To Whom It May Concern:
We contracted the C. Barnes Project to play at our June 15th, 2002 wedding. We learned about the C. Barnes Project through co-workers who used them at various functions. They have become well known at our company, with over 4 couples using them for their weddings and countless others for parties. Not only do they sound great but they also have a wonderful stage presence. Their energy and sound are a hit. Our guests could not stop raving about our band!
Equally important, we found the C. Barnes Project to be reasonably priced, extremely flexible, and accommodating. About a month before the wedding, they contacted us for our list of songs to be played. Their repertoire did not include our first dance or the mother son that we wanted performed. The C. Barnes Project located the music and perfected the songs - we loved how they sounded!
As we were deciding on a band, one of our concerns was whether the C. Barnes Project would be too loud. Our reception site was a small pavilion - and an 11 piece band could be potentially deafening. Mr. Barnes repeatedly assured me that they could control their volume, which they did. This is something that I appreciated because nothing is worse than a band that is too loud.
My only regret is that with our upcoming move to Texas, we will not be able to hear the C. Barnes Project again."
"Dear Mr. Barnes,
I wanted to thank you for a wonderful evening of music at this year's Raven Ball in Baltimore and express my complete satisfaction with your band. Your band's enthusiasm, skill and great song list once again had the crowd out on the dance floor all night long. The band was very responsive to our requests to keep the tempo moving and the variety of musical eras that you played reached out to all in attendance.
This was the second time you have played at one of my events and you were even better than the first time. I look forward to having you at future events and recommend you to anyone looking to have a great time at their next party.
Thank you and your band for a fantastic time."
G. Graham Boyce
Chairman, 2002 Maryland Historical Society Raven Ball
"To Whom It May Concern:
My wife and I have had the privilege of hearing the Charles Barnes Project not once but twice. Not only did we hire them for our wedding, we also heard them at a friend's wedding months earlier.
First, Charles Barnes and his fellow band members were very accommodating in allowing us to hear them rehearse before even hiring them. My wife and I were not able to stand still and absolutely loved what we heard. We were also with friends and both of us hired the band on the spot.
Our friend's wedding was several months before ours and we had the greatest time dancing and celebrating with our friends and the band. The band kept the party going at a fantastic pace, and even more important the bride and groom were having a great time. At the conclusion of our friend's wedding, my wife and I knew that we had made the best choice, and could hardly wait until our wedding day.
At our reception, the band did a phenomenal job with the song that we had chosen, and, as at our friends' wedding, we had a great time. All of our family and guests continued to dance the night away, and the band more than obliged with plenty of fantastic music. My wife and I had, what we would consider, a perfect wedding that would not have been complete without the Charles Barnes Project.
Finally, one of the best compliments that I could add, in addition to our whole-hearted recommendation, is that this band clearly loves what they do, and they have a great time playing music. Their spirit is contagious and they are are a necessary element for having the time of your life."
Michelle & Paul Haase
I am writing to express our thanks. We could not have been more fortunate than to find you and your band for our wedding.
We were continually impressed by the professional interactions we had with you prior to the actual wedding. Your reliability put us at ease as we planned the details of the event.
At the wedding reception, you all truly rocked the house! Our friends and family sweated up a storm with hands in the air and feet swinging all over the place. You all played songs that are familiar to everyone, as well as ones that delve deeper into the archives of R and B. With this selection, you were able to please everyone. Most importantly, the true talent of all the musicians involved was clearly evident throughout the night.
Once again, thank you for your professionality, reliability, and great entertainment. We will continue to recommend you to friends and family as they plan events of their own."
Megan and Rob Weary
"When we decided to plan a New Year's Eve wedding, we knew that we had to have an incredible band. And we wanted a band that would take charge of the evening. After making a trip to DC to listen to The C. Barnes Project play, we knew this was the band for us. And they did not disappoint. Not only did we, the bride and groom, have an incredible time at our own wedding, but guests are still talking about it.
We wanted this wedding to be more of a party, where everyone would have a good time and the focus wouldn't be on us. At one point in the night I, the bride, found myself dancing by myself. I looked around and saw that all of our friends and family were dancing and singing and so consumed with the music and the mood that they forgot about me. Honestly, I take that as the biggest compliment, as that is exactly what we wanted. And I thank The C. Barnes Project for making this a most memorable night for all.
The highlight of the night was after midnight, when the band led the guests in a Congo line outside of the building, singing "When the Saints Go Marching In", only to be greeted with fireworks. This is an image we won't forget.
The C. Barnes Project band members are exceptionally talented, accommodating, generous, and generally just an absolute pleasure to work with.
Thank you for making our wedding an incredible night to remember."
Russ and Andrea Geraldi