Billy Ray Barnette

Country Singer/Writer/Producer

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Emmy Nomination, Top 10 Billboard Country, National Advertising Campaigns.....and over 5000 song demos

I am a professional session singer, songwriter and producer with over 20 years of experience in Nashville producing tracks, writing songs and recording professional lead and backing vocals that have been featured in movies, on television and on records distributed worldwide. You've heard my work on The Oprah Winfrey Show and on The Today Show, a production that received an Emmy nomination for original theme. I've sung on national ad campaigns for Budweiser and KFC. I've been on country radio with artists like Billy Dean singing BGVs on his hit song "Let Them Be Little". I've also produced and sung on many publishing demos for writers such as Kim Williams who wrote "Ain't Going Down 'Til The Sun Comes Up" for Garth Brooks.

My services include:
- High Quality Vocals (Leads, Doubles, Harmonies)
- Professional Songwriting (Lyric and Melody)
- Full Production
- Vocal Production
- Vocal Tuning

Terms and Conditions:
- Average turnaround time is 3-5 business days
- 1 FREE revision, additional edits subject to fee (pricing varies per request)
- Files will be sent once balance is paid in full
- Work for hire/buyouts (please contact for pricing)
- Ownership/Publishing is TBD on per project basis

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31 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by robert m.
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    Billy was great. Understood what we needed and was easy to work with. I would definitely recommend him.

  2. Review by Leo Vitols
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    Quickly, professional and with very nice attitude! Nice voice!

  3. Review by Laurence C.
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    Billy's vocals are top quality and he completes projects in a timely manner. I have hired him several times already and would not hesitate to do so again.

  4. Review by Dan F.
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    Billy Ray Barnette is great. I will use him again. He did a fantastic job with a vocal with all the right phrasing, emotion, etc. He was easy to work with. The quality of the sound, mic, and everything else was perfect.

  5. Review by Vince C.
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    Billy nailed the project and was super easy to work with. He delivered great vocals that suited the track perfectly !!

  6. Review by Doug O.
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    Billy Ray is a true professional -- he sang a few different versions of my song and each version was excellent, ended up being very hard to choose which version was better :) Would love to work with Billy Ray again!

  7. Review by Linda K.
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    Awesome job as usual. He is a master as using the colors in his voice to paint a vivid picture.

  8. Review by Peter H.
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    Billy is one of the easiest singer i worked with.Tell him what i want and he delivers.
    It was a pleasure to work with him.

  9. Review by Gary H.
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    Billy extremely professional and a great singer. Communications was on point. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I have no doubt we will be working together again!!

    Thank you Mr Barnetter

  10. Review by Jacob W.
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    Totally pro!!! Super fast and beautiful vocals. thanks Bill!

  11. Review by Laurence C.
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    Billy is very easy to work with. He has a great voice and results are always top quality.

  12. Review by Laurence C.
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    Another really excellent job by Billy. It was his second for me and a third is about to be completed. I'm certain I'll be back for a fourth, such is his great professionalism and very high quality of work and service.

  13. Review by Ron F.
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    Billy Ray did a fantastic job on a country song for a musical! He has a commanding voice with a great twang. He is friendly, efficient, and reasonably priced. I would definitely use him again.

  14. Review by Teddy T.
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    Absolutely incredible, beyond my expectations!! I definitely recommend him

  15. Review by Laurence C.
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    Billy's a joy to work with and his vocal on my song is fabulous - exactly what I wanted, couldn't be bettered.

  16. Review by George D.
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    Billy Ray did an outstanding job. Excellent to work with... gave the track a great country soul.

  17. Review by Jeff G.
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    This was my first song demo and it was both a learning experience, but also a very enjoyable one thanks to Billy. He is pretty awesome and i am very happy with how my song turned out. Not only does he seem like a good person, but he was easy to work with and is an incredible artist.

  18. Review by Linda K.
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    Ray and I continue to make beautiful music together! Oh, well maybe I'd better ask if he's married before I make that comment. No, really what a joy to work with.

  19. Review by Linda K.
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    Another wonderful (first take) experience working with Billy Ray. What a beautiful song!

  20. Review by Dylan A.
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    Amazing guy to work with and very understanding as to the needs and wants that I have. I look forward to working with him again in the future.

  21. Review by Chris S.
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    Great vocals, pleasure to work with - highly recommend! :-)

  22. Review by Linda K.
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    So much fun working with Billy Ray. So creative!

  23. Review by Linda K.
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    Another outstanding song. Can listen to Billy Ray all day.

  24. Review by Linda K.
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    All the composers I work with can't rave enough about Ray's vocals. Everybody wants to work with him. Country doesn't know what it's missing. Pretty much anyone can sing pop but this voice is rare.

  25. Review by Linda K.
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    Wow! Well, I'm running out of things to say. So, I guess I just keep writing and sending them to Billy. That should speak for itself.

  26. Review by Linda K.
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    All the right sounds and emotions.

  27. Review by Linda K.
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    Another terrific song produced by one talented guy.

  28. Review by Linda K.
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    Awesome vocalist and super talented songwriter. Already started my next collaboration with Billy.

  29. Review by Linda K.
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    Thrilled with what Billy came up with for my lyrics. Great artist!

  30. Review by Peter H.
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    Verry proffessional This is a person i'm gonna use for mor songs🎤👍

  31. Review by Jason M.
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    A true pro. A beautiful voice and a pleasure to work with!

Interview with Billy Ray Barnette

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: In 2004 I co-produced an album with country artist Billy Dean. I also sang and played bass on the project. We had a top 40 single and a top 10 single from the album. In 2005 I co-produced a Christmas record with Billy and Dolly Parton sang a duet of Silent Night with us. Producing her vocal session was awesome. She is the real deal!

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Analog front end for warmth and digital recording for editing

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: My promise is to give my clients my best performance. I want them to be happy and I'll refund payment if I can't deliver.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: I love the freedom and mostly feel so lucky to be able to earn a living with my God given talent. That is a blessing.

  9. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  10. A: My career path started as a 10 year old boy playing my hand-me-down Silvertone guitar (which I still have) to college studying voice (and making a deal with myself to never get a straight job) to night club work and road work to Nashville and more road work to the Nashville studio scene for the last 25+ years.

  11. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  12. A: There are many ways to make recordings sound good in the digital space but there is no substitute for a great performance.

  13. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  14. A: Mostly country, folk, gospel but anything that needs a deeper voice.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: Authenticity and believability

  17. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  18. A: I bring 25+ years of performance and recording experience to every session plus an appreciation for every client. You never know which song is going to put a writer on the map so I give my full attention to every recording.

  19. Q: What's your typical work process?

  20. A: Typically a client sends me their lyric, a rough recording and an instrumental track along with a brief description of what they are looking for. I take it from there and send back a reference mix for approval. If there are any revisions needed, I make the changes and send back final tracks edited and ready for final.

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: My studio set up consists of a Universal Audio LA610 mic pre, several vocal mics including a Lawson L47, an Audio Tehnica 40/33 and a Shure SM7B. I record in pro tools and have an excellent iso booth.

  23. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  24. A: My favorite producer right now is Jay Joyce who is currently working with just about everybody having hits out of Nashville... Eric Church to Miranda Lambert to Lanco...

  25. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  26. A: Most of what I do is record lead and backing vocals for songwriters who want their songs to be heard by major label artists looking for material and considered for sync licenses in television and movie production. I write songs and create fully produced release ready recordings for my clients as well.

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I was the vocalist, writer and producer in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Blake Shelton
  • Eric Church
  • George Jones
Gear Highlights
  • Audio Technica 40/50
  • Lawson L47
  • Shure SM7B
  • Universal Audio LA 610
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