T.J. Barends

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   "When I was a kid I remember riding around in my dad’s little blue pick-up listening and learning new melodies that grabbed something inside me and didn’t let go. I loved music all my life growing up, but never understood the power of it. Then it seemed like everything started to “click”. 

I started singing with everything I did. I started playing guitar when I was 14 and quickly developed a passion for songwriting and recording. I couldn’t wait to explore whatever ideas I had. 

I soon began recording. I just loved being able to give the gift of music, even if I wasn't so great at it yet. I had just started playing guitar, but I couldn’t put it down. It was all I did.

Not long after, I found a new passion in teaching. I wanted to bring the joy and challenge of music to others. I found a job at a local music store and eventually went on the road as a “traveling guitar teacher.” I found wonderful families who welcomed me into their homes. I’ve always had a relentless want to share, teach, and create music with others.

After all this time being mobile, through the support of my wife, my family and my clients, I have finally found my own home in Bare Sounds. It’s been amazing to have the opportunity to try to bring our local music scene together. Ponchatoula’s newest music shop will provide a place for musicians to create and learn together."