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Stories in Business

Apr 10, 2018

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On this episode, I talk to Rick Barker, former manager of Taylor Swift, founder of Music Industry Blueprint about his extremely interesting background. From being homeless and having a cocaine addiction through to managing and mentoring artists. 

About Rick:

“You Don’t Drown By Falling Into The Water, You Drown By Staying There.” You will find these words on Rick Barker’s business card and he mentions it in almost every conversation he has with either aspiring artists or those recovering from an addiction.
He is a manager, entrepreneur, author, podcaster and consultant focusing on the recent changes in the music business. By sharing his experience and insider tips, he helps his clients understand the music business and fast-tracks their steps to success. While those things describe his business life, the titles that he loves most are the ones which describe his personal life: Sober, Christian, Husband, and Father.
Rick grew up in Alabama and was raised by a single mom. Growing up with very little in way of money and resources, Rick developed a work ethic and learned to hustle at the age of 12. By the age of 14, he was helping his mom financially support his brothers and sister. Rick was not a fan of the traditional education system. He found himself doing just enough to get by in the classes that didn’t interest him, yet excelling in those that did.
At the age of 17, his life changed dramatically when he moved to California to live with his dad. He got involved with the wrong crowd and ended up quitting high school. Later, he found himself addicted to drugs and living homeless on the streets of LA. On April 4 1989, after battling a cocaine addiction Rick got on his knees and prayed that God would let him die. Yet, God had other plans for Rick. These plans included sobriety, pursuing his dream of being on the radio, marrying his wife (Jill) and having two awesome children (Brianna and Logan), and one day meeting and managing Taylor Swift. All of these trials and tribulations influenced him to become the man he is today. Like he always tells the audiences he speaks to, “Your Past Does Not Define Your Future, I am Living Proof.”
Rick currently manages American Idol Winner Trent Harmon and Consults Scott Borchetta and The Big Machine Label Group.

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