He plays almost every instrument, from piano to guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and drums, and the multi-instrumentalist doubles as a songwriter for himself as well as for other artists. “"If I can put a smile on someone’s face through song, well that just means the world to me,” he says. “I try to get to the real heart and soul of a song. To me, it's not just words but a story, and I do my best to portray that with every line. That’s my main draw to country music; the stories, the people, and the sincerity that comes from the heart."
It’s precisely that heart that has won over audiences around the world. Todd Barrow’s recent single, “The House That Love Built”, co-written with Sonny Burgess, was featured on RightNow TV and was honored by PRSA Fort Worth for its fundraising efforts on behalf of the Ronald McDonald house. Todd was featured in the lineup for Bo’s Extravaganza festival at John Schneider’s Studio, alongside such artists as Kid Rock and Tom Wopat from Dukes of Hazzard. He has received radio airplay from Italy Radio 6.75 for his single “Hot Southern Night”.
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. 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.
Todd Barrow just released his latest single, “Hell and Back,” written by longtime Nashville songwriter Lonnie Ratliff, and is hard at work on new music in the studio. Todd is a proud member of the Harry Fox Agency, the Country Music Association, the International Singer-Songwriters Association, the Texas Music Office, BMI, the Fort Worth Songwriters Association, American Music Podcasting, the NSAIDFW Songwriters Association, the Dallas Songwriters Association, the British Country Music Association and the Bayou Country Music Association.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
My music genre is real country not pop country. The sound is along the lines of Texas country music or Outlaw country music!
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Well my name came after being born in Dallas, Tx. It is my original name given at birth. There is a story about my last name Barrow. You may recall the days of Bonnie & Clyde with the Barrow gang. Roots are very important to me as a country artist.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Musical influences at the top of the list: Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and George Jones
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Right now I'm working on a new country single soon to be released in 2020. Just recorded this last week and now in the hands of my producer/engineer at Ft. Worth Sound. Your gonna love this very cool country tune!
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Ultimate goal is to bring back the true sound and feeling of country music. More traditional style that has a lot of steel, fiddle and twang. Make an impact in today's music industry. A ton of buzz around my music career working closely with marketing experts.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My favorite track to perform live is Guadalupe River. Recorded with previous musicians of Miranda Lambert. They still play with her once in a blue moon. Song is based on a true story about adventure on the river in New Braunfels, Tx.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
This biggest challenge has been capital. Another way to put it is resources that the powers that be control. It takes money to make money and sponsorship is a must in this crazy music world. I've had some success with a shoe string budget!
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Songwriting is a craft I still work hard to master. Usually comes with a life event or some type of inspiration. Then I get a topic, melody and go to work. It has to come from the heart and putting something out there fans will enjoy.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social Media is huge in the game. You need a online presence or no one will take you seriously. The tools and skill of social media make the difference in modern society.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Chris Young, Eric Church, Brooks & Dunn, Alabama, Buck Owens and Charley Daniels
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I've done music most of my life since I was young. Grew up with a musical family so I was kind of groomed to be a artist. Taking music lessons on just about any instrument I could get my hands on. Intense vocal training in college from a professional opra singer.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Don't be afraid of rejection. Keep your spirits high and go after your dream. Study, pray and work hard at becoming a better you. Believe in what your doing with a purpose. Give more than you receive and you will go far!!!
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I plan to be a Top Music Executive someday. My goal would be artistry development number one and building character in the team. Focusing on the joy of making amazing music with the intention of changing the world. Everyone working together instead of fighting with each other. Merle Haggard said it best, "Country music is the working mans dreams"!!!
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality is high on my list of priorities. Creating new paths in radio land. It is a great feeling to take nothing and make into something great.
Embrace originality be yourself.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
New fans are always welcome! I'm just a good ole Texas boy doing my best to be the best in the world of music/entertainment. Everything I put out there is authentic and real.