BIOGRAPHY 

    Spanish Guitar - Urban Grooves - Pop Vocals   
HIGHLIGHTS
  • #2 Most Played Album on Sirius/XM Watercolors Christmas Eve & Day 2017
  • Billboard's "Critics Choice" Single - First Noel
  • Top 10 Played Artist Sirius/XM Watercolors Christmas Day & Eve 2017
  • 5 Grammy Award Winners Recorded With
  • 2 Songs - Top 100 St. Louis B96 FM
  • Performed for over 1,000,000 people
  • 9 Major Radio Singles
  • Live performances with over 12 Grammy winners/nominees
  • Tuscan Sky spent 15+ Weeks In The Top 20
  • Vineyard Groove - Theme song for Microsoft Product launch
  • Billboard Magazine - Tuscan Sky was top 5 added to radio
  • #7 Album Any Genre Chicago Area - 2013

An editor with Billboard Magazine once said that Bryan  weaves a tapestry of fiery Spanish Guitar and cool Urban Grooves into exhilarating and romantic live shows and recordings. The striking and sensitive ballads coupled with the exciting flamenco styles from his CD's have proved to a new generation of music lovers that the contemporary elegance of Spanish guitar is more powerful today than ever before when combined with the grooves of his Latin and urban band.

His first performance in the Smooth Jazz genre was with Tower of Power superstar saxman Richard Elliot - after a standing ovation Bryan believed he might have hit on something and began work on an instrumental CD "Acoustic Vineyard".   His goal was for people to be able to listen to a CD front to back while chilling on the deck with a glass of wine...smooth.    Over 10,000 CD's sold initially told him he hit the right chord with wine focused music and Vineyard Groove - his second CD was born again to rave reviews and it was even used as a theme song to Microsoft's product launch at the time.  

 

Following that he worked with Billboard top 10 artist Johannes Linstead on a Holiday CD "We Three Strings" which was ranked by legendary radio promoter Rick O'Dell as one of the top 10 holiday CD's of ALL TIME in any genre.  Four songs fro the album can still be heard on major radio stations every holiday season.

His most recent release "Tuscan Sky" has garnered the best reviews to date and included 3 Grammy award winners in project.   Its spent 15 weeks in the top 40 of the Smooth Jazz radio charts and the single Tuscan Sky was listed by Billboard as one of the top 5 songs added to radio.

With concert credits that include most of the legends and greats of the industry including Richard Elliot, Jim Peterik, Rick Braun, Mindi Abair, Brian Clulbertson and Craig Chaquico to mention a few he has honed his show into a perfect blend of romance and high energy songs that have mass appeal across age, cultural and genre differences.  
 

Both recorded music and live music that is hard not to have swimming in your head long after the listening is done or dancing in the isles.

The more distant past....

At age 10 Bryan was fortunate to have a music teacher that not only taught guitar but also piano, bass, drums and Mandolin.   She put her top students together in a group called Small Favors and at age 13 Bryan was touring the Midwest playing in festivals, special events and churches.

After exploring a career in acting and dance in high school he continued guitar, acting and dance through his college years and become one of the main stage performers at Six Flags St. Louis.   He also performed in a number of regional summer stock theatrical productions.  

He returned to his guitar and songwriting roots in his mid 20s learning the art of studio recording from Dave Carlock who would go on to win a Grammy with Pink.   From there he continued to create music until his big break performing with 9 time Grammy nominee Craig Chaquico as mentioned above.

News Articles and 3rd Party Links

Billboard Magazine - Bryan is Critics Choice (Page 88)

Top 10 Ranking - Northwest Indiana Times - Tuscan Sky

Review Of "Sydney's Way"  - Smooth Jazz Therapy

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South Bend Tribune - News Article 2016

Interview - Ball State University 2017

Review - Album Tuscan Sky - Detroit Jazz Magazine

Review - Album Vineyard Groove - Smooth Jazz Ride

News Article - Herald Argus - Acorn Theater 2016 Show
 

Live Interview - Talking Smooth Jazz - 2013

News Article - Michigan City Dispatch - 2017

Interview - Smooth Jazz Reviews 2013

Review - We Three Strings - 2006

Review - Acoustic Vineyard - 2004

Article - Chicago Tribune - 2017

Podcast - Cress ONeal Jazz Em Up - 2005
 

Article - Northwest Indiana Times - 2013

Feature - Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine - 2012

Article - Northwest Indiana Times - 2010

Article - Goshen News - 2015

Review - Smooth Jazz Therapy - We Three Strings