BARKLEY began writing music as a tween, but her move to LA was originally motivated by her desire to study comedy screenwriting in college. Quickly, her skill for composing pithy dialogue began to naturally influence her song craft and lyrics to become more simplistic, potent, and heartfelt. However, it was after graduation that she chose her mother’s maiden name as a moniker and became obsessed with putting her unique spin on pop music.
BARKLEY’s lyrics can be unapologetically foul-mouthed yet always honestly raw as she often writes about the dysfunctional times of her life. She’s a self-labeled cynical romantic who takes blunted aspects and gives them sentiment —a feat that only a perpetual outsider can truly emote.