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Courtney Barnett
Courtney Barnett 2014.jpgBarnett performing in 2014
Background information
Birth nameCourtney Melba Barnett
Also known asCornetto Barnetto
Born(1987-11-03) 3 November 1987 (age 29)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresIndie rock, alternative rock, grunge, psychedelic
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, guitarist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2009–present
LabelsMilk!, Marathon Artists, Mom + Pop, House Anxiety
Notable instruments
Fender Telecaster
Fender Jaguar
Fender Stratocaster

Courtney Melba Barnett[1] (born 3 November 1987)[2] is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne, Australia. Known for her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style,[3] she attracted attention with the release of her debut EP, I've Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris. International interest from the UK and North American music press came with the release of The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas in October 2013.[4] At her well-received performances at the CMJ Music Marathon, Barnett was mentioned by both Rolling Stone[5] and The New York Times[6] as a standout performer.

Barnett’s debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, was released on 23 March 2015 to widespread critical acclaim. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2015 she won four awards from eight nominations. She was nominated for Best New Artist at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards and for International Female Solo Artist at the 2016 Brit Awards.[7][8]


  • 1 Career
  • 2 Backing band members
    • 2.1 Current
    • 2.2 Former
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Discography
    • 4.1 Studio albums
    • 4.2 Extended plays
    • 4.3 Singles
  • 5 Awards and nominations
    • 5.1 APRA Music Awards (Australasian Performing Right Association)
    • 5.2 ARIA Music Awards (Australian Recording Industry Association)
    • 5.3 Grammy Awards
    • 5.4 Brit Awards
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


From 2010 to 2011 Barnett played second guitar in Melbourne garage grunge band, Rapid Transit. They released one self-titled album on cassette. Between 2011 and 2013 she was a member of Australian psych-country band, Immigrant Union, a musical project founded by Brent DeBoer (of The Dandy Warhols) and Bob Harrow. Along with sharing vocal duties, Barnett predominantly played slide guitar and is on the band's second studio album, Anyway. DeBoer also played drums on Barnett's first extended play, I've Got a Friend called Emily Ferris.[9] It appeared in 2012 on Barnett's own label, Milk! Records

In 2013 Barnett played lead guitar on Jen Cloher's third studio album, In Blood Memory, which was released on Milk! Records. Following the release of her first EP, Barnett signed to Marathon Artists (via its imprint House Anxiety). In August 2013, Marathon Artists released The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, a combined package of Barnett's first EP and her second EP, How To Carve A Carrot Into a Rose.[10] The Double EP brought Barnett international critical acclaim, with "Avant Gardener", the lead single, named 'Track of the Day' by Q Magazine and 'Best New Track' by Pitchfork Media in 2013.[11][12] It was named the album of the week by Stereogum[13] The track "History Eraser" was nominated for the APRA Song of the Year.[14] How To Carve A Carrot Into a Rose was released on a limited run by Milk! Records as a standalone EP in October 2013. Marathon Artists / House Anxiety partnered with Mom + Pop Music for the US release of The Double EP in 2014.[15]

Milk! Records released a compilation EP, A Pair of Pears (with Shadows), on 10" white vinyl in September 2014, following a crowd sourcing campaign in July that year. The EP included a Barnett track, "Pickles from the Jar", the song was voted in at number 51 in Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2014.[16]

On 30 January 2015, Barnett released details on her upcoming full-length album, recorded in April 2014 with Burke Reid, along with two singles, "Pedestrian at Best" and "Depreston" and accompanying music videos. The music video for "Pedestrian at Best" features Cloher and Fraser A Gorman. Her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, was released worldwide via Milk! Records (Australia), Marathon Artists / House Anxiety (UK & Rest of World),[17] and Mom + Pop Music (US) on 23 March 2015,[18] and was accompanied by tours in the UK and Europe, America, and Australasia.[19][20]

Sometimes I Sit and Think was met with rave critical acclaim, with numerous publications listing it as one of the best albums of 2015, including Rolling Stone,[21] The Guardian,[22] The Times,[23] Pitchfork[24] and the Chicago Tribune.[25]

In August 2015, Barnett's UK label, Marathon Artists, in partnership with Mom + Pop Music and Milk! Records, launched a global, guerilla campaign for the release of her single Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party.[26] Billboards and posters bearing the song's title went up in London, New York, LA, Melbourne and Sydney.[27] The campaign garnered a lot of interest online and across social media and culminated in a surprise busking gig in Camden, London.[28]

In concert, Dan Luscombe (of the The Drones) has often played lead guitar, having featured on both, How to Carve a Carrot Into a Rose and Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, the latter of which he also co-produced. When Luscombe was not available, the band performed as a trio, with Barnett handling all guitar duties. Luscombe did not play on Barnett's 2015 tours, however, and she now refers to the band as the "CB3" on her Facebook page. The CB3 moniker also features prominently on drummer Dave Mudie's bass drum.

Barnett was nominated in eight categories at the ARIA Music Awards of 2015, and won four trophies: Breakthrough Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Independent Release and Best Cover Art for Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.[29]

At the end of 2015, Barnett was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best New Artist category.[30] She was later nominated for Best International Female in 2016 for the Brit awards.[31] On 21 May 2016, she was the musical guest on the season finale of Saturday Night Live's 41st season, hosted by Fred Armisen.[32] In January 2016, Barnett appeared on the cover of Australian music magazine, Happy Mag.[33] And on 27 May 2016 she was the musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Personal life

Barnett was born in Pittwater, and grew up in Sydney's Northern Beaches. When she was 16, her family moved to Hobart. She attended St Michael's Collegiate School and Tasmanian School of Art.[34] Having grown up on American bands, she discovered Australian singer-songwriters Darren Hanlon and Paul Kelly which inspired her to start writing songs.[35]

Barnett is openly a lesbian and is in a relationship with fellow singer/songwriter Jen Cloher.[36] The song "Numbers" was co-written by Barnett and Cloher about their relationship. Barnett's song "Pickles from the Jar" also details their relationship; and Cloher is mentioned by name in the first line of "Dead Fox".

Barnett is left-handed,[1] and plays guitars which are left-handedly strung.


  • "Avant Gardener" – Milk!/Marathon Artists/V2 (19 March 2013)[44]
  • "History Eraser" – Milk!/Marathon Artists/V2 (14 October 2013)[45]
  • "Pedestrian at Best" – Milk!/Marathon Artists/V2 (16 February 2015)[46]
  • "Depreston" – Milk! / Marathon Artists/V2 (2 March 2015)[47]
  • "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party" – Milk!/Marathon Artists/V2 (7 August 2015)[48]

See also

  • List of musicians who play left-handed


  1. ^ a b "Courtney Barnett on What Makes Her Different". That Music Magazine. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "SXSW: Indie 'it' girl Courtney Barnett is bracing for the backlash". 18 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Greene, Jayson (1 October 2013). "Rising: Courtney Barnett". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Newstead, Al (4 October 2013). "It's An Aussie Invasion, Local Artists Making Waves Overseas". Tonedeaf. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Hermes, Will (22 October 2013). "CMJ 2013's 10 Best Discoveries: Courtney Barnett". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Pareles, Jon (20 October 2013). "Marathon of the Formulaic and Eclectic: At the CMJ Music Marathon, Perky Bands and Less So". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
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  9. ^ Boulton, Martin (11 May 2012). "City just fine and Dandy". The Age. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Henriques-Gomes, Luke (22 October 2013). "Courtney Barnett Talks Shadow Electric, Her Double EP, & Accidentally Making It Overseas". Tonedeaf. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Courntey Barnett 'Avant Gardener' named Track of the Day". Q Magazine. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Top 100 Tracks of 2013". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Breihan, Tom (15 October 2013). "Album of the Week: Courtney Barnett The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas". Stereogum. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Avant Gardener". Remote Control Records. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Goodman, Lizzy (23 March 2015). "Meet Courtney Barnett, Music's Lena Dunham: 'I Like the Extreme Form of Not Bottling Things Up'". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Triple J: Hottest 100 2014". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  17. ^ Bakare, Lanre (19 March 2015). "Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit review – acerbic and staunchly down-to-earth". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  18. ^ Wilson, Martin. "Courtney Barnett Shares Video & Album Details". Overblown. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  19. ^ Terry, Josh (4 February 2015). "Courtney Barnett announces US tour dates". Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  20. ^ Newsdesk, NME (3 February 2015). "Courtney Barnett announces UK tour dates". Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  21. ^ 50 Best Albums of 2015 | Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  22. ^ Best albums of 2015: No 7 – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit by Courtney Barnett | The Guardian Culture. The Guardian. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  23. ^ 100 best records of the year | The Times. The Times. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 21 Jan 2016.
  24. ^ The Best 50 Albums of 2015 | Pitchfork. Pitchfork. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  25. ^ Best albums of 2015: Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett and more | Chicago Tribune. Chicago Tribune. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  26. ^ Moskovitch, Greg (19 January 2016). "COURTNEY BARNETT GUERILLA MARKETING CAMPAIGN GOES GLOBAL, CONFUSES EVERYONE". Tonedeaf. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  27. ^ Quine, Oscar (19 January 2016). "Courtney Barnett interview: The Melbourne singer-songwriter is the voice-of-a-generation". The Independent. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  28. ^ Hearon, Lisa (19 January 2016). "Londoners didn't know they were at a Courtney Barnett gig". Mashable. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  29. ^ ARIA Music Awards for Courtney Barnett:
    • Search Results 'Courtney Barnett': "Winners by Year: Search Results for 'Courtney Barnett'". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
    • 2014 winners and nominees: "Winners by Year 2014". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
    • 2015 winners and nominees: "Aria Awards Nominees 2015". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
    • 2015 winners: "And the ARIA Awards Goes to...". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 27 November 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  30. ^ "Grammys 2016 Preview: What You Need to Know About Best New Artist Nominees From Courtney Barnett to James Bay". Billboard. 5 January 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  31. ^ "Brit Awards 2016 Nominations and Winners". The Telegraph. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  32. ^ Navaroli, Joel. "SNL Archives | Episodes | 05.21.2016". SNL Archives. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  33. ^ "Happy Mag issue # 1". 
  34. ^ Young, Kane (28 April 2014). "Ex Hobart rocker Courtney Barnett wows US crowds on The Tonight Show". The Mercury. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  35. ^ "Rising: Courtney Barnett | Features". 1 October 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  36. ^ "A little snap I took of the wifey... - Jen Cloher (Official) | Facebook". Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  37. ^ "Discography Courtney Barnett". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  38. ^ "TOP 100 ARTIST ALBUM, WEEK ENDING 26 March 2015". GFK Trach Chart. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  39. ^ "Discography Courtney Barnett". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  40. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Courtney Barnett". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  41. ^ Charts, Official. "Courtney Barnett". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  42. ^ "Courtney Barnett Chart History" (select "Billboard 200" link). RIAA. Billboard. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  43. ^ Ryan, Gavin (9 January 2016). "ARIA Albums: Adele '25' Still No 1 Seven Weeks In". Noise11. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  44. ^ "Avant Gardener" (select "YouTube" link). YouTube. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  45. ^ "History Eraser" (select "YouTube" link). YouTube. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  46. ^ "Pedestrian at Best" (select "YouTube" link). YouTube. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  47. ^ "Depreston" (select "YouTube" link). YouTube. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  48. ^ "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party" (select "YouTube" link). YouTube. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Courtney Barnett discography at Discogs

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