About Max T. Barnes

Max T. Barnes CMA Award Nominated and Top Billboard Producer/Songwriter

Max-T-Barnes in studio NashvilleMax is a CMA award nominated songwriter and producer living in Nashville, Tennessee.

He has had numerous #1 hit records at the top of Billboard’s Country Music charts for multiple, consecutive, weeks during his more than 30 year career in the music industry.

His songs helped launch the careers of performers such as Collin Raye, Randy Travis, Diamond Rio and John Schneider. Max’s #1 hits have included “Love Me” and “That’s How Your Love Makes Me Feel”, as well as a number of movie scores including “A Letter from Death Row” for HBO, starring Martin Sheen. His work has resulted in the sales of over 20 (twenty million) albums.

Max wrote his first hit song at the age of 19 Vern Godsin’s, “Way Down Deep”. He gets his talent naturally! He grew up at the feet of Nashville country music legend and Hall of Fame member – “Max D Barnes” whose songs includeChiseled In Stone” and “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes.


MAX TPerhaps one of his biggest challenges yet accomplishments came when he was up against his father at the 1991 Country Music Awards (CMA) for “Song of the Year”. They were the first and only father/son competition ever in the CMA’s. However, Max’s dad took home the award that night for “Look at Us”, co-written with Vince Gill. Max was extremely proud of his father, but he did not stop for a minute.

Max T. went on to acquire additional awards and song writing credits for music from Ralph Stanley to Montgomery Gentry, and from Poison to George Jones. Among his singles are two Joe Diffie hits, “A Night to Remember” and “Tougher than Nails”, as well as the title song and single from the Billboard #4 Comedy album, “We The People” by Ray Stevens.

Max’s successful career has been supported by his wife Robin, also known as “The Chief”, his children Riley and Etta, and a host of great friends and associates. Today he continues to write, produce, manage his late father’s publishing empire, and help new songwriters and artist with Backwoods Recording Studio providing Song Critiques and Artist Consultations.