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"Johnny Cash & June Carter, Joan Baez & Bob Dylan, Graham Parsons & Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Shovels & Rope ● If you like these great duos, you'll love Mike Herz & Emily Barnes (Closer to Home) ● These two young, talented, up-and-coming, musical artists write and perform original songs in the classic tradition of other great singer-songwriters." ~ Music in the Park


Closer to Home is the contemporary folk duo of singer-songwriters Mike Herz & Emily Barnes based out of northwest, New Jersey. These two artists combine heartfelt harmonies, penetrating songwriting and a natural artistic chemistry that makes for a captivating live show. The union of Herz’s rich vocals with Barnes’mesmering voice  creates an inimitable sound and style that is turning heads. Combined they have hours of original material, from tear jerking love songs to foot stomping anthems. Touring throughout the U.S. Closer to Home is a new force to be reckoned with on the folk/americana scene.