John Barrell began his musical journey in Northern California in 1980 and has been living and playing in various bands in Alexandria, Louisiana since 1982. His 1st solo project, TRANSITIONS, was a compilation of his various styles, influences and talents as a musician. His second solo project, REFLECTIONS, built upon those various styles and expanded on them, reflecting his growth between albums. John enjoys playing music both as a member of local rock band RELIX and creating music on the side as a solo artist. Along with being a strong vocalist his primary musical instruments of choice are Rhythm Guitar and 12-String but is also accomplished at the Bass and Lead guitar and some Ukulele & Sitar. About 2006 John began playing music with some local musicians and they formed the band RELIX. Since then they have developed a small but loyal following and keep very busy playing local venues every weekend and on occasion even two shows in the same day. Performing live once again ignited a passion within John and he began to write and record on his own with the blessings of his band brothers. One song, “Breaking Away” features the talents of the entire band at that time. On many songs you will also find the talent of friends, family and fellow musicians, both local and from all over the country. TRANSITIONS is a compilation of songs that have defined stages in John’s life as a musician. Some songs are over 30 years old, such as “Plastic Foxes” while others, such as “You & I” and “Every Little Thing” have been written more recently and reflect the relationship he has with his wife. That love for his muse of course was carried over onto REFLECTIONS with songs like "Always and Forever," "She Hurts", Lullabye" and "Love Drive" while another song written in his youth, "Faces on the Shore" got a fuller tropical rendering for REFLECTIONS. The opening "Welcome to the Show" slams you against the wall and blows the roof off while it's bookend closing song, "The Curtain Call" - although based around the same chord structure, has more of a New Orleans Jazz feel to it. He further developed his writing skills and performances on his third album, ILLUSIONS. It again features many great anthemic rock sing Alongs as well as British Invasion/Acoustic & Surf Rock influenced numbers (& again, his wife's inspiration continues to shine on songs like "Queen of my Everything".) The song "Darkness Reigns" has been a favorite amongst those who've heard the album in advance of its release, as has "It's an Illusion" which features Angus Clark on lead guitar. The album closes with "Life (a Celebration)" which sounds very Beatle-ish due to use of the Baglama, but a third of the way through it becomes a hip hop/rap song before returning to its initial groove. One of the most unique aspects of all of his albums is the fact that each song has a different vibe to it. There is a musical style to meet everyone’s taste. Some songs are melodic ballads while others definitely fall into the head-banging, anthemic, sing along & fist pumping genre; some are lushly orchestrated or sound like modern retellings of songs from the bygone 50's or Surf Era of music and the rest fall in-between to the more classic rock vein. TRANSITIONS is a musical journey of John’s life as an artist whereas REFLECTIONS shows a broader diversity and the growth he has undergone since his 1st album. And ILLUSIONS just goes to show that when you think you may have figured him out, that John Barrell simply pulls off yet another mask and reveals a new layer of musicianship beneath.