Bennett Brier was born in Beaumont, Texas, he lived his teenage years in
Houston, Texas, served as a VISTA volunteer in Arkansas, and currently
resides in Austin Texas. He hopes to retire to a life of musical creativity
as soon as possible!
Bennett has composed music for over 30 years and has written over 150 songs
to date. He is a member of BMIÂ®, the Nashville Songwriters Association
International Austin Chapter, and the National Academy of Recording Arts &
Sciences, Inc. - Texas Chapter.
ANTHEM, his 1st album of original music, was recorded with the help of such
outstanding musicians as Van Wilks, Christine Albert, Jay Sims, Jeri
Arsenault, Chris Maresh, Art Kidd, Conrad Deisler, Deb Schnack, Richard
Bowden, Joe "King" Carrasco, Gene Elders, and his daughter, Jessica. ANTHEM
received airplay in the US, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, and Slovenia
and was even pirated in Sweden. He is now preparing to record a 2nd album
Bennett's songwriting is recognized by the Southern Songwriters Guild and by
Songwriter's Monthly magazine. If it must, his music can be classified as
AAA, Adult Contemporary, Americana, or folk-rock. Bennett blends folk,
blues, country, rock, pop, and bluegrass influences into his work.
He cites his major musical influences as Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Joni
Mitchell; the talented friends he's played with over the years and the
sensational musicians he's seen perform countless times in Austin. Bennett
says, "The greatest little club that ever was in Austin, was called
emmajoes, with a small "e". For $3 dollars tops, night after night after
night, I could watch and listen to folks like Nanci Griffith, Butch Hancock,
Lyle Lovett, Townes Van Zandt, David Halley, Lucinda Williams, Robert Earl
Keen, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore!" For a short time, he and a friend performed
in Austin as the duo, the Stragglers.
"When I was 17, I saw Bob Dylan perform twice the same night during his
"comeback" tour and left those concerts overwhelmed and transformed by the
raw poetry and timelessness of his music, words, and performance," says
Bennett. "Inspired by these shows, I learned to play guitar and began
writing songs. One day I wrote something really good that seemed to come
from a place I never knew existed. I realized then that maybe I could write
songs that mean something to myself and to others." Bennett adds, "They say
that you spend your whole life making your first album. I feel that with my
first CD "Anthem", for whatever it is worth, I've realized a lifelong dream
to share, through my words and music, something timeless about myself."
You can contact Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org.