James Barker Band

  • James Barker Band


  • Number 1# hit / GOLD single “Chills” - the first 1# single from a debut album in the history of Canadian country music!
  • Four consecutive Top 10# Singles (“It’s Working”, “Chills”, “Just Sayin’”, “Lawn Chair Lazy"), and 3 consecutive #1 videos on CMT Chevy Top 20 Countdown.
  • “Lawn Chair Lazy” (GOLD) is the highest debuting Canadian country single of all time. (3#) and over 2 million streams on Spotify.
  • “Game On” EP release has over 9 Million+ streams including the 1# Streamed Song of the year by a Canadian Country Artist “Chills”.
  • “Just Sayin” has over 2 Million+ streams on Spotify.
  • Winner of 2017 Best New Country Group at Radio Music Awards / Winner of 2017 CMA Ontario Fan’s Choice Award
  • Named one of Buzzfeed’s “Top 17 Artists To Watch in 2017” and The Boot’s “ Top 10 New Country Artists to Watch in 2017”.
  • Has toured with Tim Hicks, Dean Brody, and Keith Urban.
  • Performed at Dauphin Countryfest, Country Thunder, Craven Jamboree, and Trackside Music Festival in 2017.
  • Winner of 2018 CCMA Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year and Single of the Year for “Chills”
  • Nominated for 2018 CCMA Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award, Group or Duo of the Year, and Single of the Year
  • Winners of 2018 JUNO Awards ‘Country Album of the Year’ for Game On
  • Winner of Nielsen Compass Award at the 2018 CMA Ontario Awards
  • Winners of Album of the Year for “Game On” AND Single of the Year for “Chills” at the 2018 CMA Ontario Awards!


Ontario-crafted country outfit James Barker Band formed in 2013, and consists of James Barker, Taylor Abram, Bobby Martin, and Connor Stephen. As winners of the 2015 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, they were awarded a release with Universal Music Canada and an all-inclusive trip to Nashville, Tennessee. The band was also given the opportunity to open for Thomas Rhett on the Boots and Hearts main stage in front of 40,000 of country music's biggest fans and returned to play the mainstage at the festival in 2016.

The guys have had a busy year, with no signs of slowing down. Their first single, "Lawn Chair Lazy," which was written by band front man, James Barker, along with fellow Canadians Gavin Slate and Travis Wood, became the highest charting debut single ever from a Canadian artist at Country Radio. Their video for the song also spent two weeks at #1 on the CMT Canada's Chevy Top 20 Countdown. The band's follow-up single, "Just Sayin'," received mass praise from the industry and fans and just like the first, went Top 10 at country radio. The third, single "Chills" released on March 3 also received a number one from CMT Chevy Top 20 Countdown, but also a number one at Canadian country radio, making them the first band to have a number one at radio off a debut album. The boys finished a 26 date cross Canada tour with Dean Brody, High Valley and Madeline Merlo. They will also open up for Keith Urban on two Quebec dates in August and play a number of festivals this summer.

On April 21 the band dropped their first EP, GameOn, via Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company, which debuted at #2 at iTunes during release week. On the EP Barker found an immediate chemistry with writers Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Todd Clark, and Donovan Woods with who he wrote the majority of the songs for the EP, which was engineered and produced by Todd Clark. The result displays a consistency of voice, which is both authentic and clear. The cohesiveness of Game On leaves no doubt that James Barker Band knows the land on which they stand. On this EP they lay bare questions of love, life, and responsibility – and ask of their fans to be equally uncompromising on this journey.

"We're so excited to finally release our EP, Game On. It feels like we've been working on these songs for so long that everyone should already know them, but at the same time it feels like only yesterday that we were recording Lawn Chair Lazy. We have poured everything that we have into these songs, and I hope people can feel that," says Barker. "From the diverse collection of tunes, to the working album art and EP title, we wanted to make sure that the whole project made sense with who and what we are. We are a group of fun loving country music fanatics that are influenced by all kinds of genres, but we aren't just party animals. We have personal lives and relationships just like everyone else. We really hope our fans enjoy listening and can relate to these songs as much as wedo!"