Preston D Barnes, real name David Barnes from Lancashire, is a British forces veteran who served a 22-year career in the British Army. Rank – Staff Sargent, a musician in the Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers, Drum Major, and PT Instructor was deployed to Iraq in 2003 on Operation TELIC1. Travelling extensively across the globe to over 38 countries, he has played with world-renowned artists such as Jools Holland, Russell Watson, Catherine Jenkins, and JLS. In 2010 he was invited to be the backing vocalist on the re-release of ‘In The Army Now’ by Status Quo.
In 2016 Preston appeared on ‘The Voice UK’ successfully making it through the all-important Blind Auditions. Viewers learned that Preston had a successful career in the British Army as a highly qualified musician and became a firm favourite, securing a place on Team Ricky (Ricky Wilson). This journey took him to the final knockout stages.
Preston performed the National Anthem LIVE at Twickenham stadium for the Army vs Navy Rugby Match (LIVE on Sky Sports) and again at Wembley Stadium for the NFL game alongside Gene Simmonds (American Rock band – Kiss).
In 2019 Preston starred in touring Musicals ‘California Dreamers’ & Europe’s leading 80’s tribute show, ’80’s Mania’.
He is a patron of The Holy Clacy Foundation which works to recognise and reduce stress in children and No Duff UK, a military mental health charity.
In November 2022, Preston releases the single “Still Believe In Crazy Love”. Written by Nashville heavyweights Andrew Dorff and Jerry Flowers, the song is a truthful and unapologetic anthem of heartbreak with a hopeful message of strength. With a military drum feel, the track pays tribute to Remembrance/Veterans Day.
The release of “Still Believe in Crazy Love” follows the success of “Castles on Quicksand’, which hit the no.1 spot in the UK Country Music Charts in September 2022. A nominee for best UK Male Vocalist at the 2022 BCMA Awards, Preston has been championed as the best new breakthrough country music artist in 2022.
Capturing the essence of modern pop/rock country inspired by the likes of Luke Combs, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts he has become a firm favourite on country radio internationally. Warmly accepted by the Nashville music community, a tour of the US is planned for the Spring of 2023.