Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Travis M. Barker (Tacoma) is a singer/songwriter born, raised, and currently residing and working in Tacoma, Washington. At fourteen, he began playing guitar and began writing and playing his own music at 24 years old. He began performing with his high school jazz band, progressing to "open-mic" nights at local establishments and forming two local bands, Black Sails and Elk and Boar. He has also contributed songwriting skills and performing with other artist's, both in music and in the performing arts. 

Travis received 2017 GAP Award funding for his first solo project, a 10-song LP Smoke Perkins & The Bad Winter Cough; Vol 1 & 2, produced at Tacoma's Pacific Studios. Tacoma has been a great influence on his formation as a musician and human being; he endeavors to make this album as Tacoma-centric as he possibly can. Everything from the song selections, musicians he is working with, and the place that he is recording at are influenced by and located in Tacoma.

He completed initial recording of Smoke Perkins for submission to music festivals and booking agents. Travis is working on additional background tracking at this time. GAP will enable him to complete the mixing and mastering phase of the full 10-song album. All music on this album are new compositions written and arranged by him.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

I truly appreciate the support, faith in my art and me as an individual that Artist Trust has shown. This grant will allow me to complete my solo debut album in a shorter amount of time enabling me to make submissions to music festivals and promotors a whole year earlier than I previously thought. In this music community it is a huge boost to an emerging artist to have this kind of support.

Travis M. Barker