Brooklyn, NY – January 19, 2021 – Inspiring hope and invoking change. That is the definition of success by David TV Barnes, award-winning American musician and plus-sized model who continues to inspire those who dream of attaining success in their chosen careers irrespective of their size, color, or background.
In a recent interview, Barnes revealed that he has started playing the saxophone since when he was 8 and has been big his entire life.
“Those 2 things put me on the path I’m on now. I’ve been playing music professionally for 10 years and modelling for 2 years. Both career paths have been a rollercoaster ride,” said Barnes.
David Taelon Vosges (T.V) Barnes started his musical career very early, playing musical instruments as an 8-year-old in Brooklyn, New York. By the time he was 18, he had attained several milestones, including playing for the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg at the Gracie Mansion and marching in Walt Disney World’s Parade of Lights with The New York City All-City Marching Band.
Barnes has had a successful solo music career, working with some of the most in demand artists and musicians. He is a much sought-after artist in the Greater New York Area, including New York City and Long Island. Barnes has opened for several world-renowned musicians, including Gladys Knight, Boyz II Men, Jimmy Cliff, and Beres Hammond. He has also taught musicians and vocalists at Columbia University Teachers College Improv Camp.
Growing up as a black boy in a turbulent New York neighborhood, Barnes once revealed that music has kept him away from a lifestyle that would’ve either killed him or landed him in jail. His story is an inspiration to other kids growing up in such neighborhoods.
“Go after what you want instead of focusing on how people perceive you. Oftentimes we worry about failing to the point that we think about failing more than we do winning. Stop overthinking and go get it,” he said, advising those who desire to find success in their life.
He has also been modelling for 2 years now. To Barnes, his size has been the biggest advantage as well as the biggest drawback in his modelling career.
“The world of big and tall/ plus size modelling is bizarre. People are very for it or very against it and there isn’t much middle ground. I keep going in hopes to spread awareness through unconventional methods. I usually laugh about it. Disguising the truth through jokes is like giving someone gum-flavoured medicine.”
One of the things that makes Barnes a uniquely gifted artiste is his ability to weave fun into work and bring an energy that is conducive to getting work done.
Barnes also revealed that he would be focused on getting more work done in 2021. He has some new releases (collabs with Chris Bedward & Dan Noel) scheduled for early 2021, as well as recordings with Sting International and more photoshoots/modeling content.
“There’s some more things in the works that aren’t quite ready yet, but I will be announcing them soon on my Instagram,” he added.