Songwriter Max T Barnes Honored By BMI
BMI recently presented country hitmaker Max T. Barnes with four “Million-Air” Awards, which includes one for his late father, Max D. Barnes’ “Chiseled In Stone,” which reached one million broadcasts. Max’s “A Night To Remember” and “How Your Love Makes Me Feel” have both received two million radio spins, while “Love, Me,” made famous by Collin Raye, has garnered a whopping four million radio plays.
The “Million-Air” Awards are given to songwriters, composers, and publishers whose songs accumulate more than one million U.S. broadcast performances. “This is a big surprise and an honor,” Barnes said. “I find it hard to imagine ‘Love, Me’ has been played four million times but I am very grateful. I know my dad received over a dozen of these but I know he would be thrilled, too!”
Barnes is a second generation hitmaker and son of Max D. Barnes, who wrote some of country music’s most iconic tunes like “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” by George Jones, CMA Song Of The Year “Look At Us” by Vince Gill, and of course, CMA song Of The Year “Chiseled In Stone” by Vern Gosdin. Between Father and son they have had 33 #1’s and hits and have sold over 70 million records. Barnes wrote his first major song at the age of 19, Vern Gosdin’s “Way Down Deep,” and has been topping the charts ever since writing “Let Go of the Stone” (John Anderson), “At the Sound of the Tone” (John Schneider), “Before You Kill Us All” (Randy Travis) and “That’s How Your Love Makes Me Feel” (Diamond Rio) to name a few. “Love, Me,” the career-launching hit for Collin Raye scored Max T. a CMA Song of the Year nomination. He most recently scored a cut on Trace Adkins new album titled “I’m Gone,” and tours frequently in Australia, Ireland, Belgium, Scotland, England, Sweden, Norway, Canada and the U.S. His new projects include a duet with Irish superstar Jonny Brady, a U.K. released single, “Hen Party” and a new single and video with Marty Haggard called “Way Back In The Mountains” a duet their fathers, Max D. Barnes and Merle Haggard, written over 20 years ago.
He also produced a new album for Bobby Bare featuring all new songs and an appearance by Chris Stapleton on an amped up new version of “Detroit City.”