My childhood hero, Booker T. Washington, declared that “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.” This statement is an ever-present guidepost for me as a voiceover talent.
I seek to take the common act of reading and bring life to the words which will, in turn, propel the spirit. This is made possible through close examination of the context, intent, motivation and conveyed in an “uncommon way”.
The expressive voice of Andrew L. Barnes brings diverse characters to life. As a narrator, voiceover artist, actor, and singer, the multi-talented Barnes uses his exceptional bass-baritone voice and acting skills to add depth and meaning to vocal performances.
The most recent Audio Book release is the authorized biography of the late evangelist, Billy Graham. This audio performance of “Billy Graham: A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist
Written by W. Terry Whalin” is an honor that marks another high point in his career. .Other recent projects include the audiobook Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington; Martin Luther King’s Biblical Epic: His Final, Great Speech (Race, Rhetoric, and Media) by Keith D. Miller; UX Lifecycle: The business guide to implementing great software user experiences by Jeremy Baines, Clive Howard; Reclaiming God’s Original Purpose for Your Life: God’s Big Idea Expanded Edition by Myles Munroe; Mississippi in Africa by Alan Huffman; The People Could Fly,” African-American folktales written by Virginia Hamilton. Barnes called on his theatrical background to deliver an unforgettable vocal performance of each character, over 30 in all. Barnes is also the voice of the Official National Monument to Booker T. Washington in Franklin County, Virginia. As a result of his contributions to this project, Barnes was awarded the highest honor by the National Park Service of America. As an opera singer, Andrew Barnes got his start in the Southwest region of Ohio.
A graduate of the highly regarded School For the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, he also trained for the stage privately for several years and has worked with the Sorg Opera, Ensemble Theatre Company, and Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra. Barnes has sung with the Sorg Opera Company for more than 5 seasons, in Carmen, H.M.S. Pinafore, La Traviata, The Student Prince, and The Barber of Seville.
His most notable roles have been “Otis Burrows” in The Mighty Casey; “Jim” in Moonlighting Theatre’s production of Big River; “Minister Allen” in Ensemble Theatre’s production of Anne of Green Gables (Avonlea); and “Uncle Tom” in River of Freedom. Published reviews describe his voice as “compelling” According to a critic for City Beat, “He captures… complex emotions in his booming bass voice, making his songs some of the show’s best.”