Shawn Barker was born and raised in the metro St. Louis area where like most entertainers,
Shawn’s first experience with music was attending church with his family.
From singing in church, playing drums in the school marching band or singing in cover bands
and coffee houses, music and entertainment has always been in Shawn’s blood.
In 2004, Shawn auditioned for the part of Elvis Presley in the Broadway production of “Million
Dollar Quartet”. The Director, Floyd Mutrux, (“Dick Tracy” & “American Hot Wax”) recognized
Shawn’s unique talent and requested Shawn to submit an audition for the part of Johnny Cash.
Shawn agreed and was instantly cast in the part with Mutrux saying, “We have 100 people who
can play Elvis, but we only have one that can play Johnny Cash.” Since then, Shawn has performed his unmatchable tribute to Johnny Cash all over the world.
While performing as Johnny Cash for Legends in Concert in Branson, Missouri, Shawn heard that they were going to open a new show, Legends of Country®, in 2021 and that they were looking for some top- quality country acts. A long time Waylon Jennings fan, Shawn decided to put an act together and see what would become of it. The production department at Legends in Concert was blown away by his transformation. He looks and sounds just like the outlaw, Waylon Jennings. You can currently see Shawn Barker performing as Johnny Cash in the Legends in Concert cast Thursday – Tuesday and as Waylon Jennings in the Legends of Country® show, Sundays at 3:00 PM at Legends in Concert in Branson Missouri.