Louisville, KY singer-songwriter Jamie Barnes grew up spending his Saturdays playing loud rock music in the garage and his Sundays singing four-part acapella hymns from the church pew. Graduating from the confines of car storage to various music clubs around town, adulthood found him taking cues from artists like Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Low. His lo-fi demos managed to make it out of the bedroom and onto the desk of the owner of Silber Records based in Raleigh, NC. By age 20, He had quit school, gotten married and had signed his first record deal. Two LPs and an EP later, Jamie built a small following in the college-aged market as well as overseas in Belgium, France and much of Scandinavia. His 2007 release, The Recalibrated Heart (released by NYC's Sonablast Records) found its way on over thirty AAA top 40 lists, gained him top billing on stages all across the United States and earned his songs onto several movie soundtracks. Barnes made his Sojourn Music debut with his own arrangement of "Joy to the World" from Advent Songs in 2007. A year later, he became a full time music minister with Sojourn and focused more energy into writing tunes for the church. Now closing in on 30 years of age, Barnes' latest offering, The Mercy Seat EP, is comprised of a few revised hymn texts, tracks of deep spiritual introspection and lamentation over the darkness of the human heart and the hope of light beyond its mortality.