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.
"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 ...
"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 perf...
"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 yo...
"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-...
"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 wi...
"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 o...
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 continu...
"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 ...
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