Musical partners work together to make new music

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — A faculty member at Troy University has partnered with a well-known musician to make music that people will love.

Brenda Jean Hamilton is a lecturer of music at Troy University. She is also a musician.

Hamilton has released a few songs, but not without the help of her co-writer, Brandon Barnes, a Grammy-nominated musician.

Hamilton and Barnes’ partnership began in Hamilton’s office located in the John M. Long School of Music on Troy’s campus.

“The first song that was written was in this room, I was sitting at the piano,” Barnes said. “I think she was auditioning ‘Wind’ for me. It was from movie ‘Men of Honor’ that me and Brian McKnight wrote. She asked me to come by her office and sing it for me and when she got through singing it, I was like that’s gonna work, that’s great, we gotta work together.”

Brenda Jean Hamilton and Brandon Barnes

Barnes says Hamilton’s work ethic is something most people don’t have.

“Nobody I’ve really worked with, except for Brian McKnight, had this work ethic where she’s just right on it all the time,” Barnes told TrojanVision. “She’s like step ahead of me doing things and when she says she’s gonna do something, she does it.”

Hamilton and Barnes say their rapport and friendship is what makes working together professional and easy.

“We clearly have a great rapport together and you’re spending so much time in the studio with each other that you have to be able to work with one another without getting mad,” Hamilton said.

“Egos not allowed in the room and in the studio. You gotta leave that out,” Barnes added.

Hamilton and Barnes’ next song is called “You.” It’s about being grateful for the people in your life that love you.

“You” will be released on all music streaming platforms on Nov. 24.