Quickly making the scene as Northwest New Jersey’s newest singer-songwriter sensation, 18-year old Emily Barnes of Johnsonburg plays an eclectic mix of contemporary folk songs that is making audiences take notice in a hurry.
Influenced by the likes of John Denver, Martina McBride, Ingrid Michaelson, Paolo Nutini, and Brandi Carlile, Emily had a love of music from a very young age. Two years ago she picked up her first guitar and a year later, she started playing at open mics and other small venues, turning heads with her sweet sounding voice. Still honing her skills, Emily has already chalked up appearances at the Centenary Mini-Blues Festival, Sarah Street Bar & Grill in Stroudsburg, Pa., Arts off Main Fine Art Gallery and other spots. This spring, she is scheduled to play at the Warren County Bazaar street festival and as a special performer at a Smithereens concert at Centenary College. Emily has also appeared live on WNTI radio and is currently working on her first CD.
When not playing music, Emily loves to paint watercolors of faces and flowers and you could say she likes to paint her hair, too. She frequently changes styles and colors! “I like to keep it fresh,” she says. “I guess you could say I change my hair like I change my clothes, simply because I like ‘new’ and no other reason than that.”