His friends knew it before he knew it. Kris Barclay was going to be a country music star. Barclay, from Ajax, Ontario, got his first guitar for Christmas when he was 13 years old and would sing along with his favourite country songs when nobody was around. As he got older and a little more comfortable, he started bringing the guitar with him on his hockey team’s weekend road trips. It quickly became a team rule that Kris was not allowed on the bus without his guitar.
Now in his 20s, Kris is ready to let the world in on his craft and let them experience the unique twist he puts on country music. Kris has been performing for the past 8 years, opening for such artists as Brett Kissel, The Road Hammers, Gord Bamford and Dean Brody. At the 2018 Boots and Hearts Music Festival, Kris was voted by fans as the wildcard entry into the Emerging Artist Showcase, allowing him to compete against six other artists in front of a jury of country music artists and industry execs. Kris went on to become the first ever wildcard artist to win the showcase. This earned him a spot on the mainstage to close the weekend’s festival, and a trip to Nashville to write with some of country music’s top songwriters. 2019 also saw Kris earn his first Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) nomination in the Rising Star category.
Currently, Kris is using his platform for positivity, teaming up with Wounded Warriors Canada to create and host an event benefiting Wounded Warriors Canada in support of our Veteran Community. You can check that out now by searching Kris Barclay’s Rucksack March for Remembrance.
Following Kris’s debut single, “Loved You Like That”, which garnered over 1,000,000 streams, his brand new single “360”, produced by Brian Bunn, Josh Reedy and Chris Kimmerer (Thomas Rhett) is an energetic, upbeat love song that keeps the party going! This highly anticipated follow up single will not disappoint and will leave you wanting more.