Barry Haugen has spent the last 40 years as a tireless promoter of Canadian country music. His efforts at RCA Records and BMG (now Sony) provided powerful assistance to the careers of legends such as Carroll Baker. The Family Brown, Tommy Hunter, Dick Damron, The Mercey Brothers, Ronnie Prophet, The Good Brothers and many more.
Barry Haugen was the very first national “Country Music” promotion manager for a major record company. Hall of Fame member Ed Preston had the vision to create this position and chose Barry to fill it. When Artist and Repertoire duties were added to Barry’s responsibilities, he became the point man for RCA Canada to discover talent, sign them, and arrange for production of their musical gifts and then market those albums both domestically and internationally. Barry was instrumental in creating opportunities for his artists in Nashville, at the Wembley Festival in England and on TV specials here in Canada.
Barry Haugen was a founding member of The Academy of Country Music Entertainment which became the CCMA. He served on the Board of Directors for two terms and was co-chair (with Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson) of the committee which created the categories and criteria for the CCMA Awards and continues on the committee to this day. He also co-produced the very first CCMA Awards Show in Halifax. He was the recipient of Record Label “Person of The Year” honours on two occasions. As well as a winner of numerous “Promotion Person” Awards from Trade/Consumer Magazines.
He began his country music life as a DJ at CFCW in Camrose, Alberta where he learned what makes Country Music from Hall of Fame members Bev. Munro and Curley Gurlock He also helped produce and record Dick Damron’s “Canadian Centennial” album.
He was involved with Carroll Bakers LP on RCA which became the First Canadian Country Artist to be certified Platinum, he also co-A&R’d one of the largest selling Albums in Canada “Charley’s Best”. Barry also developed the first in-store use of Artist Videos.
Since retiring from BMG he was involved in a management and booking company based in Saint John NB as well as doing private consulting. He is the former President of the Country Music Association of Ontario.
Barry Haugen has built close personal friendships with international stars like Charley Pride, Dolly Parton the late Waylon Jennings and Hank Snow. These folks know a winner when they see one, and so do literally hundreds of people on the Canadian Country Music scene. It’s his abiding belief that Canada’s country stars are world-class that has endeared him to industry people everywhere. He currently works with artists in Ontario to develop and manage various aspects of their careers.