Max T. Barnes

(born October 25, 1962) is a country music singer, songwriter, studio musician, and producer. He is the son of songwriter Max D. Barnes. He has written songs on albums that have sold over 20 million records.

Max T. is most known as an ASCAP award winning songwriter. Artists like Vern Gosdin ("Way Down Deep"), John Anderson ("Let Go of the Stone"), John Schneider ("At the Sound of the Tone"), Randy Travis ("Before You Kill Us All"), Diamond Rio ("How Your Love Makes Me Feel"), and Colin Raye ("Love, Me") have recorded his songs, as have many others. "Love, Me" released in 1991, became Raye's first Number One single on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts; the same year, the song received a Song of the Year nomination in 1992 from the Country Music Association. Other artists that have recorded Barnes' songs include George Jones, Jo Dee Messina, Montgomery Gentry, Alabama, Gene Watson, Mark Wills, Cledus T. Judd, Ralph Stanley and Ray Stevens.


Barnes' production credits include the album Real Life by Jeff Carson, the self titled album by the Marie Sisters, and A Letter from Death Row, a film produced and directed by Bret Michaels starring Michaels, Charlie Sheen, and Martin Sheen. Barnes also produced the Major League: Back to the Minors soundtrack and several singles by the Smokin' Armadillos.

Studio Work

Other credits to Barnes include backup vocals on Roadhouses and Dance Halls, an album by Lonnie Mack recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama,[8] and lead guitar and vocals for several Joe Sun albums including The Sun Never Sets, recorded in London.

Barnes also played acoustic guitar on How Do I Live by LeAnn Rimes

Live Performance

Barnes has performed on live tours throughout North America and Europe with country music artists Joe Sun, Bobby Bare, Shelly West, Skip Ewing, Linda Davis, and Tanya Tucker, among others.

ASCAP and BMI Awards

"Love, Me" - 1992 CMA Song of the Year Nominee"Let Go of the Stone" - 1992 Country Award"At the Sound of the Tone" - 1986 Country Award"Before You Kill Us All" - 1994 Country Award"That Girl's Been Spyin' on Me" - 1996 Country Award"How Your Love Makes Me Feel" - 1997 Country Award"A Night to Remember" - 1999 Country Award

"Way Down Deep" - 2002 Country Award

"Tougher Than Nails" - 2004 Country Award