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Todd Barrow

STRONG SONG AND DRINK A chance encounter at Cook Children’s Medical Center is all it took to set Todd Barrow on his mission to revamp classic country with his signature modern twist. One day, an American Idol contestant was slated to perform for the patients at Todd's place of employment, but the audio tech was nowhere to be found. When he heard the call, “Can anybody here run sound?” Todd answered. In walked Texas Music Hall of Fame Honoree Sonny Burgess just as Todd was setting up the live rig, and the two musicians struck up a conversation. Sonny told Todd about his work with Charlie Pride and Randy Travis, and asked Todd if he might lend his technical skills to help build the recording studio sponsored by Garth Brooks and Troy Aikman he that had in the works. This serendipitous encounter yielded a coffee meeting to review the blueprints for the project, and before long, Sonny was meeting Todd for coffee weekly to discuss music. Eventually, he became Todd’s mentor, forever changing the course of Todd’s career.

Now, Todd Barrow is making a name for himself as a country artist to watch. The Texas singer-songwriter has racked up more than a few accolades, from a PRSA Award of Excellence, to an Akademia Award for Best Country Album, and an artist spotlight in Alternative Roots Magazine, American Pride Magazine and AVA Radio. Recently,featured in Red Silk Carpet magazine as chart topping country artist. He has appeared on television shows including Good Morning Texas with Jerry Matheny and Texas Music Café on PBS. He’s even shared the stage and studio with some of country music’s heaviest hitters, from CMA musicians in Miranda Lambert’s band to Fort Worth Producer of the Year Bart Rose. But it’s more than just Todd’s success to date that makes him such a compelling country artist. What’s most readily apparent in Todd Barrow’s music is his heart.

For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough then tell us more!!

The 3 words I would use are: Fun, Brilliant and Catchy!

What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.

I love being a country artist in all areas of the music spectrum. Songwriting is a process that helps me get the message out there. Then recording it captures all the energy and emotion of the song.

Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?

When I go to the recording studio I have a game plan. It is structured for the engineer, producer and musicians. Very exciting to lay down tracks and wait for the final production.

Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy swimming in a lake. I enjoy fishing and a little golf as well. Hanging out on a beach by the ocean! Also going on a hike to experience nature.

Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?

I would have to say my friends with Lynard Skynard. Guys that shoot straight from the heart and can rock any venue. Still rockin after all these years. I love their style of music!!!

Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?

My most recent song, "Gonna Drive"! Since things are opening back up in restaurants, bars and festivals the song is about artists/bands getting out there to perform. I'm playing about every weekend somewhere here in Texas.

Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?

I've been approached by several top songwriters pitching me material. Trying to decide if I want to go with my original stuff or go a different route!

Tell us where fans can access your music.

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