19-year-old student releases self-produced album online

Barney Packer singing into microphone
Barney (19) started playing the guitar aged eight, and wrote his first song when he was 10.
Photo: Jarrad Johnson

After the success of Nottingham’s Brit-award nominee Philip George (22), are self-producing musicians on the rise?

Nineteen year old University of Lincoln student Barney Packer will certainly hope so because he, like Philip George, self-produces his own music from his bedroom.

Recording everything on a mobile phone, he has now released his first album called One which is free to listen to and download online.

Philip George burst onto the scene in 2014 when his song Wish You Were Mine reached number two in the UK charts after producing songs in his bedroom.

Barney self-produced and wrote the nine-track album in under a year by using just his mobile phone.

He’s studying Journalism and PR and would like to be a music journalist, but still aims to make music as a career.

He said: “Hopefully, I’ll just keep on climbing the ladder. I need to go out gigging at some point so I’m looking to put a band together.

“If I could make a career out of something that I love, that would be amazing.”

Here’s a clip of Barney singing Boys and Girls:

Barney’s album is available to listen to and download for free on Soundcloud.