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Luther Barnes is a name that is synonymous with excellence in Gospel Music. Luther has dedicated his life to pioneering Gospel Music and helping to move it from small rural churches to Broadway and concert halls in Europe and the Caribbean.
Born into a home of a God-loving musical family, Luther's musical attitude surfaced at an early age. When nine, he began performing with a group formed by his father, Rev. F.C. Barnes ("Rough Side Of The Mountain"). The group, The Barnes Juniors, consisted of his three brothers, his father and an uncle. After a successful stint with The Barnes Juniors, Luther Barnes and his brothers were encouraged to perform as backup singers and musician for another family band, The Sunset Jubilaires, comprised of several of Luther's uncles.
Luther Barnes went on to study at St. Augustine College in Raleigh, North Carolina. There he evolved into a truly remarkable soloist, pianist, vocal arranger and songwriter. While in College, he formed a gospel group of his own known as "The Peace and Harmony Singers." This group was chosen to travel and represent the College at various civic occasions.
Armed with a B.A. Degree in Music Education, Luther Barnes was ready to establish his mark on the world. He taught music at his former high school in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and elementary and junior high schools in Nash/Edgecombe Country, North Carolina. Combining his love for teaching, love for music and his dedication to the gospel music ministry, he provided piano and voice lessons to an extensive list of private clients and church choirs.
Luther Barnes has gone on to showcase his talents in composing, arranging and performing to the gospel music community by writing for other artists, performing with The Sunset Jubilaires and The Red Budd Gospel Choir. He has added other dimensions to his vast repertoire by performing in Off-Broadway plays and producing an Annual Fall Gospel Classic.
Today, Luther Barnes is in great demand as a performer and songwriter. He has been nominated for several Stellar and Soul Train Gospel Awards. His album "So Satisfied" with the Red Budd Gospel Choir received the prestigious Choir of the Year award at the 1989 Gospel Music Workshop Convention hosted by the late Rev. James Cleveland.
In 1992, Luther Barnes was presented the Vision Award at the Bobby Jones Gospel Explosion. One of his songs, "See What The Lord Has Done", is featured in the movie "Clara's Heart" starring Whoopi Goldberg.
To date, he has eighteen releases between the Sunset Jubilaires and The Red Budd Gospel Choir. Some of his most popular songs include his personal testimony, "I'm Still Holding On," "I'm So Satisfied," "No Matter How High I Get," "Someone To Lean On" and "Heaven On My Mind."
Luther Barnes tours approximately one hundred and fifty days each year with his groups and occasionally as a solo performer.
With his wealth of talent and his rich soothing tenor voice, we can look forward to many years of innovative uplifting gospel sounds from Luther Barnes.
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