Barnes is a singer/songwriter, actor and accomplished
violinist. Born and raised in New York City, the style
and content of her music represent the vast melting
pot she grew up in. Aurora's performance career has
taken her to many stages including City Center in NYC,
the White House, the Kennedy Center, Madison Square
Garden, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, 92YTribeca, Knitting
Factory, Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poet’s
Café, The David Letterman Show, The Conan O'Brien
Show and VH1's Concert of the Century and Fashion Awards.
She has also performed at the Town Hall in Zurich, Switzerland.
Aurora's music fuses jazz, folk, soul with catchy pop
melodies to create an indefinable sound to support her
powerful voice. Her lyrics combine personal reflection
with stories of inner struggle that define her generation.
This is what caught the eye of independent record label,
Dramatico Entertainment, who signed Aurora to a publishing
deal in the winter of 2009. In 2010, Michele Wiles,
principal dancer from ABT, chose to dance a pas de deux
to Aurora’s original song, “Bring On The
Fire” for YAGP’s annual gala. As Michele
and her partner, Wang Yi, danced, Aurora sang to a sold
out crowd at New York City’s, City Center. Aurora
studied at Columbia University and graduated from SUNY
Binghamton with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Law.
She is the winner of the 2001 MERIT AWARD for Popular
Voice from the National Foundation of the Arts.
Aurora has been a staple on the New York City Theater
scene since she was very young, beginning with TADA!
Youth Theater and The NiteStar Program. She grew to
perform in pieces by such writers as Suzan-Lori Parks,
Jeanine Tesori and work with the likes of Ruben Santiago
Hudson, Eisa Davis, Ben Vereen and Gwen Verdon. In 2010
she composed vocal selections for “Paradox Of
The Urban Cliché” by Craig “muMs”
Grant, produced by the LAByrinth Theater Company and
Andre Royo. She made her feature film debut in 2009
with small roles in “The Last Film Festival”
(Donnell Rawlings, Jacqueline Bisset, Dennis Hopper)
directed by Linda Yellen and “Get Him To The Greek”
(Jonah Hill, Russell Brand), under the direction of
Nicholas Stoller. Aurora currently studies in NYC with
acting coach, Harold Guskin and vocal coach, Adrienne
Angel. She has performed on the stages of the Negro
Ensemble Company, Abingdon Theater Company, New Dramatists
Theater, The Public Theater and The Zephyr Theater in
"Aurora has a beautiful singing voice with wonderful
technique and has made great impressions in the acting
industry." -Bernadette Peters.