|You Make Me Smile|
|A New Way|
|I'll Be Your Light|
October 17, 2009 - BRC featured in Steubenville, OH Herald-Star Newspaper. Read the full story here: Herald Star Online
October 10, 2009 - BRC’s single “A New Way” was featured on Episode 16 of the Iron City Rocks Podcast. Listen Here!
September 18, 2009 - BRC music added into rotation on WVBC 88.1 FM based out of Bethany, WV.
September 15, 2009 - BRC music added into rotation on WPHP 91.9 FM radio station based out of Wheeling, WV.
September 12, 2009 - “A New Way” receives airplay on Clearchannel radio station WEGW Eagle 107.5 FM out of Wheeling, WV.
I began playing the guitar in high school after receiving an acoustic guitar for Christmas. Music quickly became a passion for me. I enjoyed the freedom to create sound and the ability to jam along with my favorite CD’s.
As I progressed in my guitar playing skills, I began to write my own music. I stopped focusing on learning complicated guitar solos performed by my guitar heros and started to focus on songs as a whole. For some reason I felt led to create a whole story instead of a small part of one. Of course, I still love guitar solos... but, I think you get what I’m saying.
Once I graduated high school, I started college and formed a band and named it Vigilant. My band and I played a lot of local venues and some national ones as well. We released two EP’s and one full-length album entitled “A Common Misconception.” I earned recognition from Grammy Award Winning songwriters and producers in 2006 for my songs and was invited to perform for them in Houston, Texas. The year prior to that, my band and I were selected to play in the first annual battle of the bands at the Creation East festival in Pennsylvania.
During the Vigilant years, I learned a lot about myself musically by writing a lot of songs and I developed my skills as a producer. I never had a ton of money to hire a producer and rent out a studio to record my music, so I bought my own digital recorder and learned from a lot of trial and error. I’m glad I did it that way. It was real hard work, but I learned a lot about how to produce records and it bettered me as a musician. At one point, I submitted my album “A Common Misconception” to a couple of professional CD reviewers and received positive feedback. One of them noted how young I was and how well my CD sounded. That really made me feel good and has pushed me even more to keep honing my production skills.
Near the end of 2007, I graduated from West Liberty University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business and ended Vigilant. The members and I were being led to different things, but we had a good time together through our college years. So, I took about a year and a half to look for corporate work in a very poor economy and tried to land a secure job. I eventually landed one and quickly realized that the nine to five corporate lifestyle was not for me. I was miserable, and pursuing a musical career always haunted me. I knew that’s what I should have been doing.
During that year and a half away from music, I met my wife Meghan. While we were still dating, Meghan turned to me one night after working a long day waiting tables and said, “Brandon, you have been blessed by God with a gift. If you don’t start using it again, it’s going to go away...” That really hit home with me. I had dodged pursing music long enough...
After that night, I decided from that point on that I was going to do what God made me to do. I can do what I can do for a reason. Not everyone can write music. Not everyone can produce records. Not everyone can play different instruments. Most of all, I have an unexplainable PASSION for this. It moves me.
I recently had a friend ask me what the difference between music is for me now compared to what it was before with Vigilant. I had never quite thought about it, but I knew I had felt different about music since that night after work with Meghan.
So I answered him, and it went something like this. “I used to want to do something big for God, and that was music. Now... I feel like God has given me no other choice, and this is what He wants.”
That’s a really fine line, isn’t it? But man, it feels so different... it feels so right.