What is a "Country Barbie" ?
Someone who is at home at any type of event, large or small!
They have a style all their own and can fit in anywhere!
" Wanna Party.... Call Country Barbie "
The Country Barbie Band is about bringing the passion of performing , entertaining and song writing to the world.
"Meet the band"
Brooke Ritchey-DeShane (Lead / Harmony Vocals, Guitar, Percussion)
Born and raised in Vernon , B.C. , Brooke began singing at age 9.
She developed her skills as an entertainer working in musical theatre , playing car shows and many other special events.
Before coming to Alberta, Brooke performed as a single act doing both original and cover songs in small and medium venues in the province of British Columbia.
Music is Brooke's passion and it shows in her performances.
Peter Friesen (Drums & Percussion, Guitar, Lead / Harmony Vocals)
Born in Wpg. Manitoba, Peter began singing and playing piano at age 8. He began playing drums at age 11.
He auditioned and began his singing/drumming career at age 12.
He has played many styles of music and enjoys performing for a live audience.
Peter has played for CCMA legend Mr. Ray Griff and has opened for April Wine and Kim Mitchell.
He has played with many indie artists including indie country recording artist Mark Lorenz.
When he isn't performing, Peter works as a music instructor teaching drums, percussion, guitar and ukulele.
J.P. Poirier (Lead Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass, Percussion , Lead / Harmony Vocals)
Jean-Pascal was born in Gaspe Quebec and grew up in a small village 45 minutes away.
He was surrounded by music growing up. His mother sang and father and uncles played many instruments,
which inspired J.P. to play guitar.
Later he sat in with his father's band playing drums.
J.P. studied Classical guitar for 3 years and then completed a 4 year Jazz degree from the University of Quebec under Claude Dyotte.
Moving to Alberta in 1999, he toured across the U.S. with Edmonton based "Shameless" till 2001.
Moving to Vancouver in 2001, he then joined Vancouver based "Steel Horse" working with them till 2005.
He then played with various artists in B.C. until moving back to Alberta in 2011.
Since then , J.P. has played with various Alberta based indie artists.
When not performing, J.P. works as a music instructor teaching guitar, bass and percussion.
John F. Patrick (Bass Guitar , Lead / Harmony Vocals)
John has played in many types of musical situations in venues stretching from Montreal to Calgary, playing rock, pop, country, blues, R&B and Latin music.
He has opened for April Wine and Kim Mitchell and others.
With his original band the Biscaynes , he released both a c.d. and music video.
Mike Malibu (Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Backing Vocals)
Mike began playing professionally at age 15.
He has 4 years of jazz college and many years of live performance/recording experience.
He has played in many types of musical situations, playing rock, pop, country, blues, r&b, jazz and Latin music.
Mike's passion is playing for a live audience!
We are very happy to have with us, a person with over 40 + years experience in the area of Sound & Light production.
John Ouellette of Ouellette Sound and Light Productions 1- 403 - 869 - 1538, has done everything from small corporate events to large festivals.
Thank you John for all your past and future help!
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