Most of us have similar stories for what we were up to at the age of 13. We definitely were all chasing around someone with those googly, adolescent, heart-shaped eyes, trying our damnedest to deal with raging hormones. Some of us were skating around the neighborhood, avoiding harassment from the police and concerned citizens. Some of us were playing team sports, competing for coveted trophies that would later do nothing more than collect dust. Some of us were getting into things we rightfully shouldn’t be – cigarettes, booze, and worse. While most of us can check a few of those boxes, we can safely assume that nearly none can relate to what Spencer Barnett was doing.
Just last summer, this incredibly gifted teenager entered Shangri-La Studios in Malibu with Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind. After initially catching Jenkins’ ear with a stunning rendition of “Hallelujah,” the two decided to work together on his debut EP, 13 Summers In.
We’re fortunate enough to bring you an exclusive, debut look at this budding young artist, as he spills his soul vocally through Bon Iver’s painfully beautiful lyrics. With his take on “Blood Bank,” we’re left jaw agape and pleasantly aghast at not only the raw vocal finesse, but also the refined maturity displayed. It’s difficult to imagine that this is a 13 year old boy behind the microphone, as his persona carries strong associations of a much older soul.
Following today’s release, newly developed fans can expect to hear renditions of John Legend’s “All of Me,” Death Cab For Cutie’s “I Will Follow You Into The Dark,” and Calvin Harris’ “Summer.” On top of which, you’ll also start to see releases on his own label, Mission Records, where the proceeds are used to give back to the community.