New website & New Release(s)!

Greetings friends. 

Some time has passed since this site, as well as my social networks, have seen any updates. For the better part of the past 24 months I've been knee-deep in building The Sound Shelter, which, thanks to many of you who supported our fundraising campaign, has now been my creative home for just over a year. In that time, I've put my producer hat back on, working behind the glass with many other artists that I love. While I will continue to play that role, the time has come that I re-focus my attention to this other part of myself. You know, the part that keeps late hours alone with a notepad and tries to say the unsayable. 

See, I'm a tunnel vision kind of guy. Wherever the laser is pointed, that's where I'm headed. Until, of course, the laser burns through. Then it's like some kind of mental whiplash.  

What I'm trying to say is, I'm back. You'll be hearing more from me, and more frequently.  Matter of fact, got some stuff on the verge of completion that I'm excited about releasing. Keep a look out for an EP, it's a collaborative project called "The Here and The Far".  Been chipping away at it as we built the studio.  

On top of that, now that I've settled comfortably into "The Shelter", I will be recording more often, and releasing quicker. (I made a resolution to try and not overthink the songs and the production. I can change, I promise!). 


With all that said, let me suggest keeping in the loop in one or all of the following ways:

Those will be my main channels of tapping your virtual shoulder and inviting you to partake in the mess I've made of things.. ahem, in my new releases. 

So. A bunch is coming soon, but in the meantime, we're officially releasing this song out into the world. It's a song called "The Enemy", and it's a demo that never saw the light of day. It was originally written during the Necessary Lies sessions, but wasn't demoed until after the release of Tilt. I could never say, confidently, if it were "finished". After a few years away from it, I'm going to say yes, it is. Perhaps some day this demo will get a proper production. Maybe that's not even required. Either way, Here it is, in it's rawness. It's free. Please enjoy and share! (Click the DOWNLOAD tab on player to Share, which will then let you download)   -B

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Ok, it's not entirely free. You do have to Share the song to download it. But that's not too awful, is it? You'll be helping me get the word out, for which I give you a virtual hi-five. So thank You in advance. 

PS. Also, please enjoy the free collection of my covers we've compiled on one compact page

My Birthday Gift, to you!

I just had a birthday. Two things happened. I got a tattoo, and I recorded a song. I did both in the company of good friends.The song is my take on a Leonard Cohen song, "Bird On A Wire". Not coincidentally, so is the tattoo.

I want to share both with you, but not before I say how grateful I am for this life, and to all of you (if you're reading this, I'm referring to you) for the endless support and kindness. Each year I'm reminded how many good people inhabit this planet, and particularly how many I'm lucky to know.

With that said, it's an uphill battle, for each of us. Every day presents new challenges. Challenges to our spirit, our faith (whatever that may be), and to our will. It is a great virtue to be able to continually get knocked down, only to rise again to push that boulder up the hill. It's an even greater virtue then, to stay true, and free, in the face of this hardship. Yet, we hear stories every day of just that: The resilient human spirit.

This inspires me. I hope it does you, as well.

Now, without further ado, it's time to share my birthday gifts to myself, with you!

First, have a look-see at my brand new piece...

I've tried, in my way, to be free.

I've tried, in my way, to be free.

And second, have a listen to my brand new version of "Bird On A Wire". It's yours if you want to DOWNLOAD it, all I ask in return is that you SHARE or TWEET this player so others can find me.

Below are TWO OPTIONS to get Your exclusive download and spread the word. Each take Only a few clicks. Choose the one you prefer. And THANK YOU! I Hope You Enjoy.

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Thank you and please leave me comments!

*Special thanks to Amy Purifoy, Melissa Kohne, and Jason Knight, for belting out those big choruses with me.

For Mom, Everyday. (Springsteen to Stewart)

I didn’t send my Mom a card for Mother’s Day this year. Instead, I recorded this song for her. It’s a Springsteen song called “Jesus Was An Only Son”. Before you get nervous, it’s not a religious song. It’s a story about the Mother archetype, to borrow terminology from another hero, Carl Jung.

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I found it fitting because it tells of the lasting, binding love between a mother and child. But it also speaks of ALL Love. The Big Picture kind of Love. The kind that you share with a friend, a parent, a spiritual deity, or maybe with your own Soul. It’s the Love that walks beside you as you struggle, and carries you when you’ve fallen and feel as though you cannot go on.

The line that brings it all home, for me, is the last one. Gives me chills singing it. You can probably hear it in my voice.

So. I wanted to give it to my Mother first. Now I want to share it with you. It’s a free download. Yours forever.

All I ask in return is that you SHARE or TWEET this player so others can find me.

Below are TWO OPTIONS to get Your free download and spread the word. Each take Only a few clicks. Choose the one you prefer. And THANK YOU! Hope You Enjoy.

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*Special Thanks to the lovely Alexandra Grace for contributing her cherubic vocal tones to the chorus.

My take on Nick Drake

I've been a long time fan of Nick Drake. Like most, I was introduced to his music via the Volkswagon commercials from some years back. What you may not have known is that his popularity came decades after his early death. He once said outside the recording studio he was working at, "If I'm so good, why am I so broke?". This is a sad truth that many artists face.

He hailed from the age of the Major Labels, when an artist's fate was determined at the hands of the bean-counters at the top of the music business pyramid.

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Luckily for me, and for you, things have changed. Back then, I wouldn't have the ability to do what I'm about to do, RIGHT HERE, on this page, WHICH IS....

SHARING a BRAND NEW SONG!!!

My trusty partner, Chris Tench, and I recorded one of my favorite Nick Drake songs called "Free Ride".

I want you to have it.

All I ask in return is that you SHARE or TWEET this player so others can find me.

This is how the new music world operates. You guys are the Label. Mr. Drake would be proud.

Below are TWO OPTIONS to hear the song and spread the word. Each take Only a few clicks. Choose the one you prefer. And THANK YOU! Hope You Enjoy.

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Music Featured on "So You Think You Can Dance" on Fox TV

Recently I'd learned, through a friend on FaceBook, that my song "Needle & Spoon" was featured on last weeks episode of So You Think You Can Dance on Fox TV ( Season 8, Episode 10, airdate 6/29/ 2011 ). This was the Top 16 Show, and the song (sans lead vocal track) ran for 90 seconds over the rehearsal scene with dancers Ryan Ramirez and Ricky Jaime, aka Ryan & Ricky.

This beautiful dance was choreographed by Sonya Tayeh , who fans of SYTYCD will contest is THE best on the show. If you watch this piece unfold I think you'll see why.  I was touched by how closely her description of the emotion behind the dance fit the context of my song... love and loss. I'd never previously heard "With Every Heartbeat" by Robyn, but the transition from "Needle & Spoon" gave the entire scene a certain grace, in my opinion.

Have a look: (song starts at :42 mark)

Now have a listen to the full version, with vocal track:

AND...

"Tilt" is Here!! OFFICIALLY RELEASED.

After over a year in the making, we're so, so proud to announce the Digital Release of Brett's 2nd full-length Studio album.... "Tilt".

You can now:

A BIG Thank You to all of You who've been following this journey, and if you just hopped aboard, Welcome, and Thank You too.

Leave us comments about the songs!

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1 Week!

The long awaited release of "Tilt" is ONLY 1 Week away!!

Here's a Brand New video for the opening track, called "Wide Awake".

We hope you love it as much as we do! Please give us feedback by Leaving a Comment below...

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If you do love it, you can Pre-Order it NOW in the Store

Thank You dearly for all the support :-)

Sneak Peek of "Monsters"

For the next 48 Hours ONLY we're giving newsletter subscribers a Sneak Peek of another song from "Tilt", called "Monsters". Listen Below (if you 're not a subscriber, it'll give you a prompt to sign up after a 30-second preview)

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LIVE Version of "Closer"!

Brett performs "Closer", from his debut album, Necessary Lies, LIVE at LP Field (where the Titans play) in Nashville TN, June 18th, 2010.

Thanks to Josh Vegors for the fantastic recording.

Joining Brett on stage that evening was: Chris Tench on guitars and backup vocals Tres Sasser on Bass guitar and vocals Kevin Cuchia on drums Randy Leago on keys.

Keep an eye out for the album "Tilt" from BRS in February of 2011.