Barns Courtney

The man with the second chance. Barns Courtney grew up in Seattle but returned to his native Great Britain at the age of 15. Music was his big dream, and looked like it could also be a reality. Courtney and his band Dive Bella Dive were signed to Island Records, the renowned record label. They made an album, but it never saw the light of day. The band survived only in a few clips on YouTube. The disappointment was enormous. Courtney didn’t entirely know where to go next. He worked part-time in a computer shop and slept on friends’ couches. But his luck turned. He bagged a radio hit with ‘Glitter and Gold’, a song about those dark days. The tune ‘Fire’ ended up in ‘Burnt’ (2015), a film with Bradley Cooper in the main role. His old school buddy Ed Sheeran took him along as a supporting act and Carl Barât from the Libertines also expressed his admiration. Courtney is keeping both feet on the ground and is just happy to be able to make music again.




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