Available 21st February 2023 – Pre Order from 7th February 2023
Composers: David Corbell / Label: Sonic Boom Records / ISRC: UKN4Y2200106
I’ll Carry You is the stunning new single from emerging UK country music star Preston D Barnes. Since his debut single hit the No.2 spot in the iTunes Country Music Charts within three days of its release, the former soldier from Lancashire has been on a whirlwind journey. Four subsequent singles have gone on to surpass all expectations, climbing to No.1. His rise to prominence has been quite unprecedented and he was recently nominated for the Best UK Male Vocalist at the BCMA Awards!
“Preston’s vocals are strong but smooth – he reminded me of Brett Young or Russell Dickerson. This is such a strong release…!” – Maverick Magazine
2023 UK Tour Dates
22nd March Pizza Express, Holborn, London
27th March The Half Moon, Putney, London 16th April The Bedford, Balham, London
26th – 28th May Buckle & Boots Festival, Manchester
Preston D Barnes (real name David Barnes) is a British Army veteran who served for over 20 years. He served the first 16 years of his Army career travelling the world to over 38 countries, performing music within The Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers.
In 2012 he was selected to become an Instructor at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall where he trained over 400 soldiers to become competent in Military skills and ceremonial duties.
In 2003 he was deployed to Iraq as a Chemical Decontamination Unit (COLPRO) in support of 16 Close Support Medical Regiment on OP TELIC 1. As a unit they treated 2500 casualties in 93 days as well as peace keeping duties thereafter.
Preston left the Army in 2017 and immediately decided to focus on his new-found music opportunities by capturing the nation’s hearts when he took part in the hit TV show The Voice UK. Viewers learned that Preston had a successful career in the British Army as a highly qualified musician and became a firm favourite, securing a place on Ricky Wilson’s team (Team Ricky). The journey took him to the final knock out stages.
Since then, Preston has performed the National Anthem, live at Twickenham stadium for the Army vs Navy Rugby Match (which was broadcast on Sky Sports) and again, at Wembley Stadium for the NFL game alongside Gene Simmonds (American Rock Band – Kiss). He was also invited to perform as a backing singer on the re-release of ‘In the Army Now’ by Status Quo. In 2022 he received a standing ovation for his live set at theBCMA Awards Ceremony at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club.
Preston has always been a Country music fan and in 2019 was approached by new Country music record label Sonic Boom Records and is currently recording his first solo album.
I’ll Carry You was written by American songwriter David Corbell (Shirley Bassey) with the lyrics based on Preston’s personal and poignant memory of one particular moment in his Army career: –
“A deployment to Iraq in 2003 with the British Army brought the realities of War to the forefront of the naked eye. Seeing and experiencing the horrors of war is more than any human should experience but it was the softer side of war that touched my heart and brought the story of the song to life…
A 4-year-old girl sat on the side of a pitted, pot holed, bullet ridden road with no parents, no home and no clothes, presenting our convoy with a sign (that clearly she had written herself) saying ‘Take Me Home’ was the softer, more heart wrenching side of a war torn country that thrust my mind into an impossible position to help and save her from any more hurt and pain. It taught me a valuable lesson in life, never to leave a person behind and always carry people through the good and bad times they experience. Its human nature and something we should all do!
I’ll Carry You is a story that is arguably relatable to every human being for many situations in life, but the truth of the matter is: Everyone needs to be carried at some point in their life, everyone needs a shoulder to cry on and more than that, everyone needs to be valued and treated the way they wish to be treated themselves.
I will never leave anyone behind because no matter what the situation – I’ll Carry You.”
Preston D Barnes is a patron of: –
The Holly Clacy Foundation (Recognise, Educate & Reduce Stress in Children) No Duff UK, a Military Mental Health Charity alongside Denise Welsh & Gail Porter.