Clive Barratt was born near Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Now, he lives near Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. His recently released debut album 'WALL of STORMS' is available on most online music stores including iTunes, CD Baby, ArtistSignal & more.
Clive wrote all lyrics and music for all 12 songs on WALL OF STORMS. He sings lead & back-up vocals, plays 12 & 6-string acoustic guitars, electric lead, slide & bass guitars, mandolin, synthesizers, harmonica, percussion & piano.
WALL OF STORMS was recorded & produced at Marpole Recording Studio by Rob Begg; The Bathouse Recording Studios by Nyles Spencer; the GDrumsB Studio by Gary Barratt and mastered at Gotham City Studios by Craig Waddell. The CD was partially financed through contributions of fans from 13 different countries, via a music crowd-funding company in Germany.
Musicians joining Clive on WALL OF STORMS include Rob Begg, drummers Rogé Belanger, Gary Barratt, Ron E. Wells, bassist Bill Patterson and vocalists Lisa Adrianne Witt, Andrea Petersen & Michelle Szulc.
Rob Begg is a gifted multi-instrumentalist and plays lead, acoustic & bass guitars, keyboards and sings background vocals on some songs.
Drums and background vocals on "Tonight You're Going Out" are by the late Rogé Belanger, who passed away on 27 September 2012, soon after recording of this album began. Rogé spent 15 years touring with the Randy Bachman jazz band as Bachman's drummer and back-up vocalist. Rogé's distinctive harmonies will also be heard on the Clive's punchy song "Dance The Night Away".
Gary Barratt, (Doctor Drums), originally from England is now based in Kingston, Ontario. He plays drums on five tracks. Gary has over 40 years of drumming experience in pretty well every genre possible, including orchestral. Gary has worked all over the British Isles, in mainland Europe, Ireland, Canada and the USA.
Lisa Adrianne, Andrea Petersen and Michelle Szulc are gifted & experienced singers from British Columbia, each with distinctive vocal styles.
Bill Patterson is a bassist from Vancouver, BC, with live gig and studio experience. Several bass guitar tracks are played by Bill, many with a McCartney-esque style.
'My wish', Clive says; 'is that listeners will be intrigued by the varied themes, lyrical complexities and diverse musical influences which are laced throughout my music. Nothing would make me happier than to hear from fans that they are still singing these songs to themselves long after the stereo, MP3 player or radio has been turned off'.
Five of Clive's songs; I'M WITHOUT YOU (original, slow version); I MISS YOU; DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY; THESE ARE THE RULES; and I'M WITHOUT YOU (fast version) have been voted as Song of the Week on TalentCast, a weekly, radio show out of The Netherlands, featuring original music of artists from around the world. I MISS YOU was also the Feature Song of the Week for December 17, 2014 edition of Canadian Musician Radio.
Clive got his first guitar at the age of 12, had basic music training in both the UK and Canada and wrote his first song at the age of 16. He has written songs in a variety of styles, interweaving influences of rock, contemporary pop, folk-rock, blues-rock, alt-country-rock, gospel and instrumental. Knowing that versatility is an invaluable trait, Clive performs solo, duet, trio or full band gigs on a casual basis, in between his day job as a pilot. He says the creative world of music provides an ideal opportunity to escape from the fatigue and stress of the aviation business.
CLIVE"S MUSIC PLAYS/HAS BEEN PLAYED ON:
TalentCast Radio Show (Netherlands) www.talentcast.nl
Canadian Musician Magazine Show (Canada) www.canadianmusician.com
CBC Radio 3 (Canada)
EDE FM 107.3 (Netherlands)
440 South Indie Radio (NJ, USA)
The Pack Show (CA, USA)
The Rendezvous Show (South Africa)
Globetrotter Mix Radio Show (Belgium)
Zeroes and Ones Radio Show (USA)
WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY:
'Clive's music just touched my ears in a pleasant way! I like it! Real songwriting skills here - Dick Roseboom (artist - Resistor) The Netherlands, www.myspace.com/resistor
'There's something a little mysterious in your voice... love that' - Angie Arsenault (Artist) - Canada http://www.angiemusic.com/
Just listened to "Weirdos On The Loose"; "Why"; and "I Miss You" - Ultra cool lyrics, fantastic vocals and harmonies, excellent musicianship and superb production! - Marilyn Mac (Artist) - USA
'It was "I'm Without You" that did the trick' - Peter Skirenko, (Fan) - UK
'Your music is pleasing to my ears, especially "Tonight You're Going Out". Great work'. - Judy Shire (Rock Artist) - Northampton, UK
'Wow, I can hear the Kinks in there, plus a bit of Supertramp...even shades of Floyd and Jethro Tull....most excellent!' - (Comments refer to "Tonight You're Going Out") - Shaun C Bryant (Artist) - UK
'...just want you to know, your new song "Tonight You're Going Out" hits a chord with me...that's kind of been my life. Probably will for a lot of women' - Name withheld - Canada
'Hey Clive, what a great story! (In "Tonight You're Going Out"). The instrumentation is so perfect in describing the daily grind that so many of us experience, day in and day out. But then, the tempo picks up and the anticipation of going out on the town erases the struggle. Nice vibe; good job!' - Wolfman - USA
'I really enjoy your new song "Tonight you're Going Out" about being overworked. It's the story of our lives and my wife loves that song. You write great lyrics'. - Staneth W. (fan) - Canada
'I didn't realize Clive could sing that well. His voice isn't just good; it's excellent!' - Dennis H.- Canada
'Basketball Shuffle is musically well arranged. Great easy listening music' - Judy Shire (Rock Artist) - Northampton, UK
"I enjoyed listening to "Why" - nice job". - Bill Wenglicki & Friends (Artist) - Philadelphia, PA, USA