Gordon Barry is a singer/songwriter from Wexford, Ireland. He has performed with an array of international acts & featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Hot Press Magazine. In 2014 Gordon released his debut EP 'Sojourning' & completed a tour of New York. While in the US, Gordon met renowned country artist Steve Earle who invited him to take up a scholarship role at his school for songwriters in the Appalachian Mountains. Established in 2014 Steve Earle's Camp Copperhead is now in it's sixth year and has attracted hundreds of songwriters & musicians from all corners of the globe. Earle has since gone on to say "Gordon Barry is the best songwriter that's come out of Camp Copperhead, but make no mistake he was already a special songwriter when he got there".
Having played alongside acts such as Earle, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Marah, Mick Flannery, Eddi Reader & more, Gordon then released his debut album in 2017. Titled ''The Best Way To Kill a Monster'' it was recorded both in Ireland & the US and was mixed by legendary Seattle Producer Steve Fisk, who was the man behind the wheel of early recordings by Nirvana, Soundgarden and a whole host of acts that sprung from the Seattle/Sub pop era.
The albums first single 'Devil & St. Jesus' was released and went on to win the top prize for lyrics at The 2017 International Songwriting Competition in Nashville. An annual event which is judged among others by Tom Waits, Lorde, Rickie Lee Jones and many more, The ISC is considered the most prestigious songwriting competition in the world and according to the New York Times, "is the songwriting competition to take note of".
Previous ISC winners include Gotye, Passenger, Gregory Porter and Bastille and Gordon joined Cork Songwriters Mick Flannery and Jack O' Rourke as the only other Irish artist to have won the award. Speaking of Gordon's win, Founder & Director of The International Songwriting Competition, Candace Avery remarked that the judges highly rated Gordon's lyrics and had this to say of the win "Irish Troubadour Gordon Barry's work shows that classic lyric writing is alive and well in the 21st century. With vivid imagery and the deft turn of phrase, Gordon's lyrics are certainly worthy of winning First Place at this year's International Songwriting Competition"
Speaking of his win Gordon said "I am really honoured to win the award knowing how much regard the ISC is held in and i'm obviously really proud of the song itself. I was notified that over 20,000 artists from 137 countries had entered and i had won so that is really something else. Some of the judges are a huge influences on me, none more so than Tom Waits, who i consider one of the greatest lyricists of our time, so for him to have a say in the win is very pleasing and to think that the words stand alone as a solitary piece and are recognised by such people is something i am really grateful for."