Well...that went fast. But then again....
NEW MUSIC COMING SOON. Photo by Andrew Gerard
For the last 7 years I've spent the better part of my life touring from city to city playing for anywhere from 4 to 3000 people. I’ve sold t-shirts in parking lots, slept in my car/on strangers couches and had the most amazing experiences getting to do what I love most. This past year I was able to step away from the road and focus on the music again. I've had the luxury of time to really reflect on this career I've been so passionately building. Looking back I feel very excited about what I've done so far and more importantly; where I'm going.
A career highlight happen We this past summer when I opened for KD Lang at the Orpheum. It’s a 3000 capacity venue and I got to play two nights. It was a rush.
According to Spotify, I had a year of growth. Here are some stats that they sent me. I couldn't believe the stadium one.
In case you didn't know, I have been working on my fourth full length album, Courtesy of Nettwerk Music Group (My label -- awesome people, I love them dearly). I have been writing for the past 2 years since releasing "Twenty Something" and feel the next step musically is something both thrilling and uncomfortable. I've never been good at change... Who is? Fyodor Dostoevsky described it best then he said "Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what men fear most". I feel that fear...and it drives me. That rush of excitement so similar to how I felt when I released Two Coasts for Comfort 8 years ago. Its like I'm back at square one, Cutting off my comfort... Well, not all of it.
Photo courtesy of Carly Dame
I wrote over 50 songs for the album which I slowly whittled down to 15. I find the songs that stick are the ones whose melodies stay with me over time. Melodies that I can recall at a moments notice. The writing process can take years but I have found that its always worth it to take that time marinating in the music.
Between October and December, I had the pleasure of recording in one of the more beautiful and well equipped studios I've ever stepped into. Its called Afterlife and it is heavenly. and I got to work alongside the very talented John Raham who engineered and produced the album. Leading up the the album release, I will be releasing a short documentary about one of the last days in the studio. Filmed by Andrew Gerard. Over the past few months Andrew has become a true friend of mine. Besides photography, he excels as a songwriter, musician, magician, hypnotist, mentalist, bitcoin owner and a best bud. here are some still from that shoot.
Although I enjoy a stationary life (currently in Vancouver), I am so eager to get back on the road and play this new music for all of you beautiful people. I can't wait for you to hear it.
Finally I want to thank all of you for the continued love and support. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't be doing this. Thanks for lending me your ears and I hope to see you/meet you in the coming 2018 year when I am touring (hopefully) in your city...til then.
Ciao for now xo
P.S. I have added a chat feature on my site www.jonbryantmusic.com. The messages go directly to me so please feel free to get in touch. Its a little "chat bubble" in the corner of the page. You'll see it.
Heres a picture I took a few days ago. Not bad right...
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