Brett Ryan Stewart is a Nashville singer/songwriter whose lyrics lend a deep look into the artist’s life experience of loss, purpose and hope. Having songs appear on numerous soundtracks, including a recent feature on the hit TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance”, this Delaware transplant and self-taught guitarist has a distinct indie/pop sound peppered with a southern influence which named him “…a talent worth watching!” by Performing Songwriter Magazine.
Stewart’s new record, Tilt, is a LIMITED-EDITION Double Disc CD which was featured in Relix Magazine's "On The Rise" section, with his song "Bring Your Love Back" showcased alongside Wilco on the companion CD. A culmination between Stewart and guitarist/producer Chris Tench, Tilt gives listeners a window to the landscape of Stewart’s heart and mind. Together with Nashville based producer Tres Sasser (Will Hoge/ James Dunn), and Roger Moutenot (Guster/Lou Reed/Yo La Tango), the clean elegance and effortless power of Stewart’s voice confronts the inevitable and the unknown from Stewart’s self-professed “awakened state of mind”, which he attributes to the recent, sudden loss of two friends. The release of Tilt symbolizes a “…rebirth of sorts”, and, compared to his previous work, Stewart considers Tilt to be “more of an offering than a group therapy session”.
Leading the album, the aptly titled “Wide Awake” is a confrontational piece that sets the tone for Tilt – “I just can’t watch the years go by, I’m too young, I’m not ready to die … I’m wide awake now.” Stewart’s “Sunshine” is optimistic for change, “Sunshine you’re running late, but I can wait, I can wait.” Stewart and Tench have a synergy identified by both as “spontaneous…where great ideas just come, and you don’t know where they come from.” The two where introduced after Stewart’s move to Nashville in 2006. Initially forming Wide Eyed Sleeper, a rock quartet, Stewart and Tench released Choking On Menthol, a five song EP in early 2008. Continuing to develop their relationship, in January 2009 it was decided to drop the band and further develop Stewart’s original sound. The next two years the duo would produce a vast catalog from which they hand picked the best of their collaborative efforts to create Brett Ryan Stewart’s Tilt.
Brett Ryan Stewart’s artistic influence came at age 7 with the untimely passing of his father. Urged by his mother to put his thoughts into written word, Stewart combined the inheritance of his older brother’s vinyl collection and the passion of writing to prompt a singular career goal… to one day make records. A guitar at Christmas led Stewart’s endless practice, shortly turning into songwriting. Crediting his Uncle, Nashville singer/songwriter Will Webb for turning his ear to such music legends as Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen, Stewart’s writing efforts began developing into a broad artistic range, and with the addition to 6 years of recording and producing over 30 different bands, Stewart was set to complete his debut record, Necessary Lies. Produced and Recorded at home by Stewart, Necessary Lies (2007), received critical acclaim and steady rotation on Sirius Satellite Radio, Internet Radio, European National Public Radio as well as a Featured Artist spot on Nashville’s Lightening 100 WRLT. Two songs, “Yet Again” and “Face To Face” topped the charts on Neil Young’s “Living With War Today” website, holding the number 1 & 2 position for over a month. The song “Appalachian Heartache” has been featured by Heineken and Microsoft, as well as being successfully auctioned at SongVest.
Lately, Brett has been spending most of his time producing artist / songwriters from around the globe at his creative home, The Sound Shelter, in Nashville, TN.