As a piano player, Brian brings a different feel to the genre of country music. Brian's lyrics and vocals provide a deep, thoughtful, and entertaining musical experience!
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
My music best fits into the pop country mold. However, unlike most of the country artists that are making music, I am a piano player. This provides my music a distinct sound an feel from others in the country music genre. Add to this my broad range of musical influences such as The Beatles, Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Lionel Richie, and Rascal Flatts, and you get a great sound that touches on many genres.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My Mom and Dad gave it to me :-)
I'm quite fond of my name so I think I'll stick with it.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
As mentioned before, I have a broad range of musical influences. Here are just a few:
The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Rascal Flatts, Pearl Jam, Garth Brooks, Lionel Richie, Elton John, Billy Joel, Lonestar, Eagles, The Turtles, Chicago, Frank Sinatra, and Aretha Franklin.
With so many musical influences from such a wide variety of music, I am truly musically eclectic. Add to this the fact that my main instrument, the piano, is a very versatile instrument, and I have a very unique sound and feel to my music.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
This week I am in the studio to finish up recording for my three latest singles on my upcoming album. My goal is to have this album release early next year and begin touring shortly thereafter.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Great question! My goal is to have my music heard worldwide and to be recognized as an accomplished singer, songwriter, and performer. My plan of action is to complete my current album release and begin planning my tour. I am also collaborating with a number of other talented artists as I pursue this goal.
Ultimately, it is about the music! The stories that I get to tell through the songs I have written are universally recognized. From love to breakups, fun times to figuring out life's direction. I bring the emotions people feel on a regular basis to my music.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
It has to be my song, "Why the Hell Should I Do Anything Else?"
This track is a personal anthem, of sorts. For years I thought I needed to follow a traditional career path. When I finally realized that I should pay attention to my passion, music, this song just popped out. I also get to play up the story while on stage. It always gets a great reaction!
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Not fitting into a traditional mode of popular music has been one of my biggest challenges. I am a piano and keyboard play in a world of guitarists. Blazing my own trail has been fun but frustrating. As a solo artist people think of the traditional guitarist singing. It is a bit of a shit to be behind the keys or piano. Ultimately, it has made me a better musician and performer.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Songs and stories are all around us. The trick is telling them in a way that people can relate to. Once the story is in my head, the lyrics and music flow pretty quickly. Sometimes it starts with a hook, other times it is an emotion that I experience or see someone else experiencing. Often a melody comes to me with the key phrases. The trick is to put the chords and entire puzzle together from there.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social media has been a big win for the independent artist. Socials give us a way to get our music heard and to relates to fans that are outside of our geographical area. Socials also open new markets for touring and allow new venues to consider booking artists. It is a win-win for the entire industry as it lowers the barriers to getting heard.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Here's the last few from my history...
Shoot Me Straight-Brothers Osborne
When Your Lips Are so Close-Gord Bamford
Old Blue Chair-Kenny Chesney
High Horse-Kacey Musgraves
Chain of Fools-Aretha Franklin
Downtown's Dead-Sam Hunt
Break Up in the End-Cole Swindell
Only Hope-Mandy Moore
Marry Me-Thomas Rhett
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I am a college professor. I hold a Ph.D. in Business Administration and I teach graduate Business Strategy, Communications, and Leadership.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
You will not make it overnight. When you start you will be awful. Don't worry, you will get better! Keep practicing, trying new things, and find your sound. Finally, learn from others who have gone before you. Everyone needs mentors!
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
We need to break the mold. For too long top labels have replicated similar sounds and promoted "cookie-cutter music" that all sounds the same. Getting away from the same old sound and embracing new sounds and talents expands a genre. This is what I like about the eclectic world of modern country music. It spans a wide variety of sounds and feels, yet it all fits under one umbrella.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Being original is what makes a musician an artist. Anyone can learn how to play the chords just like on the album track. An artist makes it their own and tells the story in a slightly different way that portrays their unique sound.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I want to sincerely thank all the people who take a moment and listen to my music. The chance to bare my soul and share my art with others is a gift I cannot repay. I just hope that my music inspires and moves others. To everyone who listens, downloads, shares, comments, spins, and plays my music, I am humbled by your support. Thank you!
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