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 roadtrips. It quickly became a team rule that Kris was not allowed on the bus without his guitar.
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.
Also part of the win was a recording deal with Warner Music Canada, that sees the label release his debut single Loved You Like That, a song about the one that got away, co-written by Chris Kimmerer, Josh Reedy and Brian Bunn (Thomas Rhett). “This song is about seeing that person you wish you still had being as happy as you wanted to make them but with someone else and wishing you could go back and do things over,” he says. “I hope people can relate to the lyrics of the song when they hear it.”
On top of having new music on the horizon and a summer full of performances lined up, 2019 also sees Kris earn his first Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) nomination in the Rising Star category.