B i o g r a p h y
A Texas native, Bryan began his professional career as the opening act for legendary jazz guitarist Larry Carlton. A graduate of University of Southern California (BM, DMA), and University of Texas (MM), he does session work in Los Angeles, Austin, and Nashville, collaborates with modern dance troupes, spoken word artists, and is in demand as a film composer, sound designer, producer, songwriter, and guitarist. In addition to being an artist, he is also the founder of Rainfeather Records, a Nashville-based independent record label.
His music is regularly featured on FOX, ESPN, VH1, Lifetime Network, WB Network, the History Channel, and the Food Network. Bryan was one of the principal composers for globally syndicated, network TV series: “America’s Next Top Model” and “Project Runway”. He has worked with a wide range of artists: Bonnie Raitt, Lisa Loeb, Larry Carlton, Scott Henderson, Neal McCoy, Phil Keaggy, tele-master Jerry Donohue, Upchurch, and Kelsea Ballerini to name a few.
This year, he mixed and produced John Dennis' "Mortal Flames" which spent 5 weeks at #1 on the Americana charts.
Bryan produces exclusively at Blackbird and also teaches at the Blackbird Academy in conjunction with University of New Haven teaching audio production, engineering, and publishing. Bryan has been on faculty at Belmont University’s School of Music and Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music where he taught electroacoustic composition, sound design and synthesis, songwriting, composition, jazz guitar, ear training, jazz harmony, computer music, contemporary music production, and the history of American song.
As an Americana artist, his discography has garnered wide-spread critical acclaim both in the US and Europe. His website: receives and average of 200,000 hits per year, over 50,000 downloads/streams, and has over 3,000 Facebook fans. His music is distributed online through his label and supplemental physical and digital distribution partnerships with The Orchard and other major retailers including: iTunes, Spotify, Rhapsody, and Napster.
Bryan has won major awards in: Unisong International Songwriting Competition, Billboard World Songwriting Competition, MOVA international songwriting competition, Great American Songwriting Competition, Performing Songwriter Magazine and John Lennon Songwriting Competitions.
Bryan’s bluegrass quartet – Honeywagon – has: released 5 CDs to date, sold over 100,000 copies, over 1 Million collective YouTube views, over 4000 Facebook fans. Their CD “Green Day, Blue Grass” stayed on Billboard Magazine’s Bluegrass Top 10 chart for 18 months (peaking at #3) and was #6 on the Billboard Bluegrass sales chart. Their most recent release, produced, mixed, and engineered by Bryan, debuted at #11 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart.
Recently Bryan has been performing and touring in China with the world-renowned Erhu virtuoso Xiaohui Ma. Xiaohui Ma gained worldwide attention along with Yo-Yo Ma with the Oscar-winning soundtrack recording "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon". Bryan and Xiaohui performed in Shanghai for a televised Chinese New Year special that was seen by an estimated 900 million people throughout Euro-Asia. Bryan is the only Western artist ever to be inducted into the Chinese Cultural Heritage Guild.
He also is a featured monthly columnist for Premiere Guitar Magazine, and has also profiled in Guitar Player Magazine, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Billboard, and Mix Magazine.
Professional Affiliations: NARAS/Grammy, Leadership Music, AES (Audio Engineering Society), IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association).