The impressive young artist has a way with words, captivating his feelings coming up in the music industry with his title track, “Million Eyes.”
We had a chance to chat with Barber backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, where he gave us his story as to what the track means to him.
“I named (the EP) ‘Million Eyes’ because the top song is “Million Eyes.”
The song is kind of about me coming up through my music and being a kid that knows nothing about anything business-wise and music-wise…and just trying to do my best. As it’s grown, I have a million eyes on me now, and I think it was kind of my career coming full circle as a “Million Eyes.” That’s why I wanted to name it that.”
The title single exemplifies the songwriting many years beyond Barber’s age.
The acoustic track tells a complete story about being a kid and learning the ropes as you are forced to grow up. As Barber mentioned, the song serves as a full circle moment and allows listeners to glimpse into how he depicts his childhood and upbringing.
“One thing I miss most about the place I was grown Was no one saw me as more than just a kid As this machine tries to buy me out, I scream out to the crowds I’m a busted-ass boy that was built on honesty Mama always said to me, “Well, son, you’re somethin’ to see” Where would I be without you believin’ in me? I got some boys that would die for me and a girl that would never leave What else could a man ever need?”
The track was a personal early favorite and continues to grow on me the longer the EP sits with me.
Sam also quickly addressed the other two new singles that appear on the project:
“I have two other songs that I really enjoy myself and had a fun time writing them as well.”
Sam had been promoting the release on social media over the past few weeks, giving some killer live performances of his tracks and insight into how the new songs came to life.
The EP is home to the singles that Barber has previously put out, along with three new tracks, “Million Eyes,” “Save Me,” and “Till I Return.” All new tracks follow the same promising songwriting that Barber has shown since his early work.
The title track of the EP “Million Eyes” is a beautiful song that highlights new beginnings and the thought of having a million eyes on him. While he might not have at the time writing the song, he sure does now, making it a full circle moment for Barber.
“It’s the fastest song and probably the most meaningful song, at least to myself, I’ve ever wrote.”