With over 100,000 views of “Vegas Breeze” and 155,000+ streams on Spotify, Canadian jazz master Micah Barnes is extending big thanks to his Canadian fans as he completes his creative and inventive digital cross-country tour.
The 14-date national tour was held virtually to celebrate the release of his new album, Vegas Breeze — which also hit #1 on the iTunes Jazz Album charts!
“I’m one very grateful jazz singer,” Barnes shares of the experience. “COVID-19 has effected so many people in so many ways, and I appreciate the opportunity to ‘travel’ into the ears and hearts of so many with this unique concert series we offered.”
Home to #1 chart-topping hits “That’s Life” and “When In Rome (I Do as the Romans Do)” — Vegas Breeze is available now!
Following the success of his #1 iTunes Canada Jazz Chart album, New York Stories, the new album sets its new stage immediately, transporting listeners back to Sin City’s yesteryear of legendary showrooms and iconic entertainers working ‘the strip.’
“Finding the songs for Vegas Breeze was a gas,” Barnes recalls of his meticulous search of 50s and 60s-era pop. “It meant hours and hours of enjoyment, discovering lesser known material of the classic showroom era.
“Although most people think of The Rat Pack as the classic ‘Vegas’ sound, my whole focus for Vegas Breeze was to look beyond them, and explore the many other showroom headliners who were popular back in the day.
“On the album’s title track, ‘Vegas Breeze,’ we pay tribute to the mid-60s Vegas vibes of Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, and Dusty Springfield,” he continues, for example. “It’s a flashback to a simpler and easier time when the world just wanted a little distraction and fun, and a little something to dance around to at the backyard BBQ!
“And wait until you see the video,” he teases, if you haven’t yet. “We tried to create a ‘24 hours in Sin City’ feel, featuring a certain ‘former Nylon’ as the headline entertainer in every showroom on the Strip. It’s a loving look back at the city in its most classic era, and I hope it takes audiences into three and a half minutes of pure fun and escapism!”
Born in Vienna and raised in Canada, Micah Barnes cut his teeth in the cabarets and jazz clubs of the city while still a teenager, before joining a cappella vocal group The Nylons in 1989. A JUNO Award-nominee, the years since have seen Barnes’ catapulting solo career has proffer extensive International touring, top-charting at #1 — including but not limited to Billboard hit “Welcome To My Head” and debuting #1 on the iTunes Canada Jazz Chart for Vegas Breeze and also singles “That’s Life” and “When In Rome (I Do as the Romans Do)” — and an extensive coaching roster for some of the industry’s most elite entertainers.
Vegas Breeze is available now.