Marc-Alan has been an incredible mentor to me on my songwriting journey. He is an excellent song writing and performance coach who is now helping my daughter strengthen her writing and performance skills. I owe much of my strength as a songwriter to Marc's insightful song critiques and his knowledge of both the craft and the business. I made the choice to invest in learning from one of Nashville's finest songsmiths...a decision that has played a key role in helping me to be the songwriter I am today!
Julie Moriva - Songwriter / Big 98 Publishing
Meghan Linsey of "Steel Magnolia"
Meghan Linsey - Artist
..."Songwriters Marc Alan Barnette and Walt Aldridge became boosters, collaborators and friends. Marc produced Electric Hillbilly, a CD for Frankie to sell at his Michigan shows. Up there, Frankie won Kenny Chesney’s “Next Big Star” regional talent contest. This led to him opening for the superstar at two Michigan arena shows in the spring of 2008."..
Marc has taught me everything there is to know about the music business. From songwriting to live performance, to behind the scenes networking, Marc has helped me develop the skills needed to have a successful career. A one day session with Marc is all that is needed to open your eyes to everything you are doing wrong. Marc has been able to direct me away from wasting time, money, and poor decisions that I would have made, without his direction.
Since working with Marc, I have secured a record deal, shared the stage with countless major acts, received national exposure on GAC, and have received radio airplay nationwide. Thanks Marc!
John Maison - Artist / Songwriter
Jimbeau Hinson - Hit Songwriter
Marc Alan Barnette, is the singing-est unsung name in Nashville. His powerful voice and stage presence can only be described as intense and entirely entertaining. I've done so many shows with Marc over the years and always feel completely at ease with his timing, his humor, and his heart. We have hit many a stage and witnessed mouths agape turn to smiles, and explode into applause. Always a treat to work with MAB. He is also very generous with his time and talents to those coming up in the ranks of writing and performing. He provides a great service with a no bull approach to grabbing the next rung on the ladder. He is my friend and I am one of his biggest fans. Love the guy!
Jimbeau Hinson - Hit Songwriter (Party Crowd; Setting Fancy Free)
Joie Scott - Hit Songwriter
Working with Marc is like a masters course in the music business rolled up into one knowledgeable, talented and energetic nutshell. There is absolutely no one else out there who provides a better over-all learning experience on what to do and, just as important, what NOT to do, to better your chances of success. Speaking from my own personal experience with Marc ... he gives a thousand percent of himself to every person that he works with because of his genuine, unselfish desire to help others succeed.
I love that guy!
Joie Scott - Hit Songwriter (Not That Different; Shoes)
Gary Hannan - Hit Songwriter
MAB....is one of the most talented singer/songwriters I have ever had the pleasure to work with!.....He knows the music business inside out and will always have your best interests in mind and will steer you in the right direction ......He is a true friend!
Gary Hannan - Hit Songwriter (Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off; Back When I Knew It All)
Jennifer Kinley of "The Kinley's"
Marc-Alan is someone I have known for years and is someone who has always been a loyal and trustworthy friend. I feel like we have "grown up together" in this crazy, often challenging, but always interesting town. He has an incomparable passion for his craft, which has always been inspiring to me. His talent and commitment have resulted in his rise to success in the music business, which is a very common but rarely achieved goal in Nashville. He has been in the Nashville music scene for years and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to his craft and how this city works.
But as amazing as he is when he sits down with his guitar and channels his gift of putting together lyrics and a melody...and as amazing as he is when he gets up on stage and guarantees a fun and entertaining show...there is something much more important to me.
He'll always be more than just a friend...he is part of my family.
Love you Marc!!!
Jennifer Kinley - Sony Recording Artist
I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing if it wasn't for you, that's for damn sure! Thank you so much for teaching me, mentoring me, hanging with me and helping me be a better writer, performer, demo-er, and business person. And mostly for writing with me. I wish that I had more time to come out and write and that you could make it out here to do some writing and whatever else. I'm working on getting some of our tunes into the act as wells a demoing that song "Pulling for the Underdog". Great stuff.
Keep doing what you are doing and know that lots of us out here in the OC love, admire, and respect you and what you have done for us!
Dave Smith (the one drinking the beer!) - Losers Like Us