STANDING ON SOLID GROUND (autobiography)
The success of multi-faceted composer and recording artist Sidney Barnes is a little-known secret to most aficionados of popular music. From Minnie Riperton and the Rotary Connection to George Clinton, and from actor George Hamilton in the movie Love At First Bite to legendary Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley recordings, his body of work has touched millions who have treasured quality recordings, compositions and productions. “Chi-La Stepping,” “Old School Music” are the latest singles from the former Motown composer, and his music ranges from R&B, jazz, traces of hip-hop and rock, and he does it all well. “Minnie,” a visceral, tear-jerking tribute to his friend and band-mate Minnie Riperton is a bonus cut that will compliment the other tracks, Sidney’s velvety voice is suitable for many genres of music, and that can be said for only a few performers, past and present. And Sidney’s creativity is not confined to lyrical expression; the North Carolinian has also turned author with the release of his autobiography STANDING ON SOLID GROUND, a riveting story of his interesting life from childhood to the advent of rhythm and blues to rock & roll and his present metamorphosis into new forms of ultimate musical expression. Sidney is a world-class composer of song, his BarVarda Productions is the composition arm of Sidney Barnes Enterprises. During 2019, Sidney is poised to embark upon a media tour to share in person his autobiography with his growing roster of fans and to perform his new music at venues domestically and abroad. Watch for Sidney at a town near you.
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R&B singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sidney Barnes is a rarity these days. He began his involvement in the competitive music industry during the British invasion in the 1960’s, and he is credited with music on endless albums and compilations, including some of the world’s greatest: releases by blues standout B.B. King, The Jackson 5, and The Supremes. Sidney became interested in singing while attending high school, and among his contemporaries were the likes of Marvin Gaye and Herb Heemster of Peaches and Herb. While with the young group The Serenades, he signed with Berry Gordy, but enjoyed no truly successful albums. He turned his attention to the passion that led him to the most independently record company in history, Motown, and he joined the staff of successful songwriters, including George Clinton. He also co-wrote with singer J.J. Jackson (popular for “But It’s Alright) as independent composers. As such, they signed with Red Bird Records and a label owned by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller who owned Trio Music Publishing. The fledging duo wrote for, among others, The Shangri-Las, a popular group at the time. Sidney also recorded as a solo artist on the label with the songs “I Hurt On The Other Side” and “I Don’t Know Why,” songs co-written by Jackson. Motown subsequently purchased Golden World, leaving Barnes free to sign with the legendary Chess Records, which led to the partnership with Rotary Connection. In the 2000 decade, Sidney’s eclectic experience in composition, singing, and office management prepared him for other phases of the industry, including television, radio, commercial jingles, and a Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack Love At First Bite and Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend. He continues to record new ideas, and he is eagerly promoting his autobiography STANDING ON SOLID GROUND, doing interviews to talk about it and his latest music releases. The Asheville, North Carolina resident continues to perform with his longtime business partner George Clinton, and he recently signed with the PR firm Phil C. Brown in preparation for events across America and abroad.
Sidney;s singing partner Minnie Riperton (above) sings “Lovin’ You” to an international TV audience —