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Clive Barratt


Clive Barratt

Biography

Clive Barratt, a singer-songwriter living in Chilliwack, British Columbia, recently started work on his debut CD. The estimated completion date is September 2012. 

TONIGHT YOU’RE GOING OUT”, Clive’s debut single, was completed in May 2011, setting the standard for his debut CD, with an anticipated release date in September 2012. 

TONIGHT YOU’RE GOING OUT” was recorded and mixed at Marpole Productions in Langley, British Columbia, by producer Robb Begg.

Clive plays 12 and 6-string guitars, harmonica and lead vocals. Besides production, Rob Begg plays lead guitar, bass and keyboards. Drums and background vocals are provided by Roger Belanger. Roger spent 15 years playing with the Randy Bachman jazz band. Roger’s distinctive sounds, both vocal and percussive will be evident on several tracks on the debut album. 

The concept for this song originated with Clive’s wife Carol, after she suggested he write about the typical pressures many women face these days; a subject that women could identify with. The song describes a dedicated but overworked woman, trying her best to keep up with family responsibilities, housework and commuting to an underpaying job, and feeling overstressed. Still, there is a bright side because as the day wears on, she is looking forward to her night out. The song expresses an interesting contrast of stress-laced, somewhat melancholic verses, offset by a bright and cheerful chorus.

“My objective”, Clive says, “is to make a CD of lyrically intrigueing songs with diverse rock influences, which fans will still be singing to themselves long after the stereo, MP3 player or radio has been turned off”. 

In September 2011, TONIGHT YOU’RE GOING OUT was voted Song of the Week on TALENTCAST, a European, weekly, radio show, featuring original music of artists from around the world. Visit www.talentcast.nl and select archived show 2011-09-10 and 2011-09-17 to hear the two shows featuring Tonight You’re Going Out.

Clive’s debut CD will also include contributions by Kingston based drummer Gary Barratt on Dance The Night Away.

His debut CD is partly financed through the generous support of fans who discovered his music on SELLABAND; a fan-based, “crowd-funding” website which enables original artists to raise money and get their music produced and circulated. (www.sellaband.com)

Clive got his first guitar at the age of 12, had basic music training in high schools in the UK and Canada and wrote his first song at the age of 16. He has written over 55 songs in a variety of styles including rock, contemporary pop, folk-rock, blues-rock, country-rock, gospel and instrumental. Knowing that versatility is an invaluable trait, Clive performs solo, duet, trio or full band gigs on a casual basis.   

Clive admits that he has his head in the clouds much of the time, earning a living as an pilot, but the creative world of music is his escape from the fatigue and stress of a demanding aviation career. Can’t wait to see what his CD holds in store for us.

WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY:

“Clive’s music just touched my ears in a pleasant way! I like it! Real songwriting skills here” - Resistor (Artist-Netherlands, www.myspace.com/resistor)

“There’s something a little mysterious in your voice… love that” – Angie Arsenault (Artist – Canada) www.sellaband.com/angiearsenault

“It was “I’m Without You” that did the trick" – Peter Skirenko, (Fan – UK)

“Wow, I can hear the Kinks in there, plus a bit of Supertramp…even shades of Floyd and Jethro Tull….most excellent!” – Comments referring to the song Tonight You’re Going OutShaun C Bryant (Artist – UK)

“…just want you to know, your new song “Tonight You’re Going Out”  hits a chord with me…that’s kind of been my life…except for the going out part! Probably will for a lot of women…" – Name withheld (Canada). 

“Hey Clive, what a great story! The instrumentation is so perfect in describing the daily grind that so many of us experience, day in and day out. But then, the tempo picks up and the anticipation of going out on the town erases the struggle. Nice vibe; good job!” – Wolfman, (USA)

“I really enjoy your new song “Tonight you’re Going Out” about being overworked. It’s the story of our lives and my wife loves that song. You write great lyrics. Stan" – Staneth W. (Canada) 

“I didn’t realise Clive could sing that well. His voice isn’t just good; it’s excellent…” – Dennis H.(Canada)

“I listened to the songs on your profile and they’re really good. Added you to my “I’m A Fan”-list" – Fabian Grabeau (Germany)

 “Clive!!! I’m so happy to know that you finally decided to share your beautiful music with the world!!! You have a great talent and an immense love for music that will get you very far.” – Gisel de Marco (Artist-Argentina)

“Nice songs, really love the vibe of “I’m Without You”. Cool song!" – Radius (Artist-Netherlands)

“You are an impressive lyricst.” – Ray Baisden (USA)

“I’ve heard from different people outside the band, say how they really like the versatility and listenability of your vocals. I’ll second that. Dan Woyke, (Singer/Songwriter, Drummer, Guitarist, Keyboards & Audio Engineer) 2 Sep 2009

“Dance The Night Away” is a very infectious song! WOW! Congrats! I can just see all those people dancing away to you whilste you are on a gig.I am still singing it in my head" – Lori Greco (Artist – Australia)

“I listened to your tracks and while they are not really my thing I think they are strong and well-performed.” – Richard M. (UK)

“You have a great songs and a good sound , I like it.” – Isabelle (France)

“Interesting, unique, unexpected…”-Wildcat Artist (Germany) www.sellaband.com/wildcat)

“Just had a listen and absolutely loved Dance the Night Away”. – Lawrence Thomas (Writer – Canada) www.sellaband.com/strorytime

“I am amazed, but not surprised! Dance the night away is a hit in the truest sense of the word.  From an ex-radio perspective, and an old friend…keep pursuing your dreams ’til they are reality!!” – Kim Bloom Andres (Former Producer CHAB Radio-Canada)

“Wow, I can hear the Kinks in there, plus a bit of Supertramp…even shades of Floyd and Jethro Tull….most excellent!” (Comments referring to the song TONIGHT, YOU’RE GOING OUT) – Shaun C Bryant (Artist – UK)

 

Clive got his first guitar at the age of 12, had basic music training in high schools in the UK and Canada and wrote his first song at age 16. He has written over 55 songs in a variety of styles including rock, contemporary pop, folk-rock, blues-rock, country-rock, gospel and instrumental. Knowing that versatility is an invaluable trait, Clive performs solo, duet, trio or full band gigs on a casual basis.   

Published Songs from this Songwriter

  • "Tonight You're Going Out"
    Copyright 2011 Clive Barratt
    Recorded in 2011

Available Songs from this Songwriter