“Tracey has an energy that is infectious and a determination that can not be ignored. Her songs speak from the bottom of her soul and reflect the sound and scenery of her West Australian roots with an elegance that is unique.” Shaun Kirk
“Always incredible when a woman straddles the Blues, whilst allowing her authentic self to shine through and give it her own. Tracey has grown into her skin and it makes for a great musical treat. She's got what it takes!” Phaedra Watts, Festival Director, Nannup Music Festival
“There’s something undeniably captivating about the music of Tracey Barnett. Over the past number of years, the Bridgetown-based artist has crafted a sound that feels simultaneously grounded and dynamic; it’s rooted in acoustic sounds, but energetically, reaches into far wider territories.” Happy Mag
"Her fluent guitar playing interspersed with the odd taste of the harmonica and her beautiful melodic soulful voice was brilliantly uplifting. Tracey managed to captivate the audience and there was not a single foot in the house that wasn’t tapping to the earthy flowing rhythms."
Barry Benfell, South West Blues Club
What happens when an alternative rock guitarist picks up an acoustic guitar and starts performing solo?
You get Tracey Barnett.
The West Australian singer-songwriter has earned a reputation for heartfelt song-writing and exhilarating shows thanks to her distinctive, high-energy brand of blues and roots. That reputation saw her crowned 'Best Regional Act' at the 2018 West Australian Music Industry Awards.
Armed with an acoustic guitar, harmonica, stomp-box and fearless vocals, Tracey weaves her emotive and passionate stories into your very soul. People love the energy and skill behind her powerhouse stage presence, and are moved and inspired by her emotive lyrics, solid rhythm and slide guitar hooks.
While some performers might choose to go down the full band path after a taste of
success, Tracey made a conscious choice to stay true to her roots and perform mainly solo. It’s a decision that’s paid off big-time for the Bridgetown local. Along side receiving West Australian Music Industry Award for 'Best Regional Act' 2018, multiple nominations in the West Australian music scene, Song of the Year awards, and national recognition for her songwriting, Tracey was also a finalist in the Gympie Muster Talent Search in 2019, and has performed at many of WA’s biggest folk, blues and roots festivals.
'Gotta Get Out' is Tracey's latest single (October 2019), following two EPs ('The First Of Many' 2010; 'Blooming' 2013) and her debut album Heart, Soul, Feeling (2017). With a bit of grunge, a bit of dirt and a healthy dash of push and shove, 'Gotta Get Out' is the perfect catharsis for the pressures of modern day life. Her distinctive, high energy brand of blues and roots is perfectly executed with driving guitar rhythm, raucous lap steel and fearless vocals. The single is from her up coming album (to be released 2020) and is receiving plenty of airplay across community radio, ABC Radio, Triple J’s Roots ‘n All program and Double J.
From festivals to intimate venues, Tracey's music fills any space with a powerful
energy and an uplifting sense of hope. Her thrilling live shows have connected with
audiences across her home state, from the Kimberley to the Great Southern, all the
way to the east coast of Australia.
A little history ...
Tracey started out as a guitarist in Alternative Rock and Metal bands during high school. Her first all girl rock band 'Slived', were the first all girl band to win Gozzy Rock. They recorded and EP but sadly disbanded shorty after as they were living too far apart and didn't even have their driver's licenses yet!
Tracey received a shake up after another band went on hiatus when the 14 year old drummer was admitted into rehab for drug addiction. She had a glimpse of her future and started to doubt the path she was on. It was then that Tracey feared there was no future for her in music full time. She graduated from senior high school with a music award in hand, a solo self recorded album under the name 'Stall' and her first spin on Triple J of a riff she'd submitted into a competition to win a Gibson Les Paul signed by one of her idols, Adam Jones from TOOL. She was the only female to have her track played on air for the competition.
After school Tracey did like many and worked in retail to afford a Diploma for a job that she felt wasn't her calling, but was secure, entered the workforce, but never lost her passion for music. In 2007 a friend persuaded her to busk on the street of the Blues at Bridgetown Festival and was spotted by a Margaret River based musician whom invited her to open for some of his shows throughout the South West and Peel Regions of Western Australia.
News of Tracey's talent quickly spread and her gigging schedule was soon a struggle to maintain along with full time work. In March 2012 Tracey has a serious horse riding accident which saw her laid up for over a month. In that time her priorities shifted realising that life is too short not to be doing what you love. She sold the business she was running to start music full time and hasn't looked back.
Nominee 2019 West Australian Music Industry Awards 'Best Regional Act'
Finalist 2019 Gympie Muster Talent Search
Winner 2018 West Australian Music Industry Awards 'Best Regional Act'
Nominee 2017-2018 West Australian Blues/Roots Song of the Year
Finalist 2018 West Australian Country Music Awards 'Album of the Year'
Nominee 2017 WAMAwards Best Regional Act of the Year
Nominee 2017 WAMAwards Best Blues/Roots Act of the Year
Winner 2016 Lancelin Buskers Festival Open Woman's Division
Nominee 2016 West Australian Blues/Roots Song of the Year
Finalist 2016 Boyup Brook Country Music Video Clip of the Year Awards
Finalist 2013 MusicOz Australian Independent Music Awards
Nominee 2013 West Australian Regional Song of the Year
Winner Blues at Bridgetown '15 mins of fame' 2012
Nominee 2011 West Australian Blues and Roots Song of the Year
Nominee 2011 West Australian Country Song of the Year
2nd in the South West Heat of the Next Big Thing Competition 2009
Blues at Bridgetown Festival (Bridgetown WA) 2019
WAM Fest (Perth WA) 2019
Strings Attached WA Guitar Festival (Margaret River WA) 2019
Gympie Music Muster (Gympie, QLD) 2019
Nannup Music Festival (Nannup, WA) 2019
Blues at Bridgetown Festival (Bridgetown WA) 2018
Fairbridge Festival (Pinjarra WA) 2018
Blues at Bridgetown Festival (Bridgetown WA) 2017
WAM Festival (Perth, WA) 2017
Derby Boab Festival Closing Concert (Derby WA) 2017
Bodd Music Festival (Boddington, WA) 2017
Blues at Bridgetown Festival (Bridgetown, WA) 2016
Lancelin Buskers Festival (Lancelin, WA) 2016
Derby Boab Festival 'Long Table Dinner' (Derby, WA) 2016
Nukara Music Festival (Geraldton, WA) 2016
Blues at Bridgetown Festival (Bridgetown, WA) 2015
Derby Boab Festival Closing Concert (Derby, WA) 2015
Cherry Harmony Festival (Manjimup, WA) 2014
Blues at Bridgetown Festival (Bridgetown, WA) 2014
Saltwater Music Festival (Broome, WA) 2014
Nukara Music Festival (Geraldton, WA) 2014
Nannup Music Festival (Nannup, WA) 2014
Boyup Brook Country Music Festival (Boyup Brook, WA) 2014
Cherry Harmony Festival (Manjimup, WA) 2013
WAM Festival (Perth, WA) 2013
Blues at Bridgetown (Bridgetown, WA) 2013
Bridgetown Regional Winter Blues Festival (Bridgetown, WA) 2013
Blues at Bridgetown (Bridgetown, WA) 2012
Boyup Brook Country Music Festival (Boyup Brook, WA) 2012
Blues at Bridgetown (Bridgetown, WA) 2011
Nannup Music Festival (Nannup, WA) 2010
Blues at Bridgetown (Bridgetown, WA) 2010
Blues at Bridgetown (Bridgetown, WA) 2009
Mental as Anything
And many more!!