Barrett's first experience playing live music was performing at “DIY” ska/punk shows in Poughkeepsie, NY as a teen. He relocated to North Carolina and graduated from Barton College in 2012. Shortly after graduating Barrett began teaching, performing and recording full time. As a teacher, Barrett stands by tried and tested books such as "Stick Control For The Snare Drummer" and "Syncopation".
Barrett currently performs with The Chit Nasty Band and various other artists. His newest recorded appearance is Outside Soul's 2016 release Human Race.