Annemarie Barnes | Trenches of the Ordinary

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Trenches of the Ordinary

by Annemarie Barnes

Bohemian indie-folk with influences of atmospheric pop, blues, jazz, and Americana; an eclectic combination of powerful lyrics and soulful melodies, featuring Barnes' haunting and dynamic vocals.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dreaming of Freedom
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2. Escape With Me
3:55 $0.99
3. Winter Into Spring
2:57 $0.99
4. Fire in My Bones
4:03 $0.99
5. Siren
4:24 $0.99
6. Ripe
3:54 $0.99
7. Only Life We Know (Farmers' Song)
4:37 $0.99
8. The Airplane Mechanic
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9. Rescue Anthem
5:22 $0.99
10. Arms That Carried Our Nation
3:59 $0.99
11. True Love
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12. Thank You
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Album Notes
Annemarie Barnes is singer/songwriter from Montana of eclectic influences, including the genres of indie folk, Americana, blues, pop and alternative Christian. Her first album, "Trenches of the Ordinary," features lyric-driven and powerful melodies, as well as Barnes' soulful vocals which range from haunting to soothing to quirky. Annemarie plays guitar and piano, and writes story songs, love songs, spiritual songs and everything in between. She is especially drawn to write songs inspired by ordinary people who make extraordinary sacrifices, such as veterans, farmers, teachers, blue-collar workers, social justice advocates, freedom fighters, and lovers.

The concept for "Trenches of the Ordinary" was born when Barnes worked for many years at various jobs in recession-challenged small towns of Western Montana. Specifically, as she served as a caregiver for elderly people, she listened to seldom-told stories of sacrifice and hardship from the depression era. "Arms that Carried Our Nation" was written in remembrance of her WWII veteran grandfather who never complained a day in his life, but it wasn't until after his death that Annemarie realized the horror of what he went through in Guadalcanal.

"Trenches of the Ordinary" is a collection of the stories of those around her as well as her own struggles and experiences. Other songs were inspired by her interaction with children in an orphanage in Thailand and ElSalvador, and the work of Samaritan's Purse ("Fire in My Bones"). "Rescue Anthem" was written upon listening to those in addictions recovery at the Portland Rescue Mission. "Dreaming of Freedom" is a song about brave souls who have laid their lives down for a cause greater than themselves, and paved the way for others' freedom. Other songs tell stories of farmers struggling to keep the family farm afloat, blue collar workers attempting to make a living and a difference, and the generosity and support of family. Intertwining each song is a current of faith and redemption. At the core, the grace and mercy of Christ influences her songwriting and reason for singing.

Barnes has been working with talented Missoula-based producers Jason and Deborah Hicks for the last decade. Due to Barnes' health issues, the album has been a process that has spanned almost a decade, but has been a dynamic and beautiful life project. Some songs such as "Siren " were written in her early 20s, and mark the beginning of her songwriting and studio work. The most recent song, "Fire in my Bones" was completed in Barnes' early 30s. Each song on the album captures a different feel and era of her spiritual and artistic journey.

Annemarie Barnes' songs highlight themes of social justice, gratitude, faith, redemption, and stories of sacrifice and courage. Therefore, she often sings at events to raise support for veterans, impoverished children, cancer awareness, autism advocacy and other great causes. Missoula Veteran's advocate Lisa Radcliffe Wallace reviews, "Annemarie is the whole package - stunning voice, plays piano and guitar, genuine personality and she is beautiful. She sang at the Buck Up for Wounded Warriors banquet and the entire room was blown away."



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