After Laura Bryna found success in Las Vegas performing at the Luxor Hotel, her most recent single “Hometown Heroes” earned her extra attention from the Air National Guard who is using the song for their television and radio campaigns. So, the decision to re-issue her debut album to include the new song was made. Another new track included on the album is “My Mistakes,” in which Bryna offers a positive look at living life through your poor decisions as hard as it may get. With the re-issue you also get a second glimpse into areas of the original release that you overlooked before that now make the album as a stand out. One of the most impressive things is the list of writers she has on it that range from Tony Mullins, to Jennifer Hanson, Mark Nesler, and Keith Urban. Bryna’s delivery of the upbeat, ultra-positive “Life Is Good” kicks off the album, and if upbeat, modern, pop driven country is your thing then look no further than tracks like the bluesy, country twanged “Same Dog” or “No Man’s Land,” a sure fire ladies anthem. While all of the upbeat material, as well as the two new tracks all make for a solid effort, it is her debut single “Make A Wish” that still makes this album stand out. The touching lyric takes you on a journey of a little girl who is asked by volunteers at the hospital just what her dreams and wishes are. Overall, Laura Bryna did a lot of things right with this album. Her voice is not as powerful as artists like Martina McBride, but delivers the lyrics with the same passion and heart, she found the best writers, and also showed her own writing skills as well. This is an album that has a little bit of something for everyone making for an easy to relate to album that will attract the modern country music fans.
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Bryna considers herself a rebel—at least when it comes to fashion. “I wear funky clothes, eye glitter and love big hair,” says the Mount Airy, Md.-born singer, 29. “We call it country-politan. That almost makes me a black sheep in this industry.” It’s a rep she is determined to keep. “The label tried to get me to tone it down, but I said, ‘Nope,'” she adds with a laugh. “If Justin Timberlake can bring sexy back, I can bring big hair back.”
Laura Bryna, for those of you that don’t know her, please do!! I had the pleasure of chatting it up with her and got to know some interesting facts about the Maryland native. This touring country singer is talented, beautiful, and smart…a true triple threat! I could seriously write a novel about this girl, but I’ll try and keep it brief, so here is just a glimpse into the world of Laura Bryna.
A singer since she could talk, this country girl at heart always reached for the silver spoon…to use as a microphone that is! A tragedy however hit at the early age of 3 when her father died, followed by a traumatic period of a coma that her brother resided in. These difficult times were comforted with country music, the melodies and lyrics of pain and love reflected real life events. A volunteer at Make a Wish was a time she was able to help the kids like that of her brother, and was inspired by one girls wish, her wish was that all the children received their wish. This selfless act would be forever remembered. It was a true blessing that her brother pulled through, but that event left a lasting effect on her life and carrier. Her hit song “Make a Wish” is a tribute to the children and the organization and a percentage of the proceeds goes back to Make a Wish, as Laura says, “I’m living my dream, so they should be able to live theirs”. Honestly it is refreshing to hear inspirational stories like these in media, of individuals that truly care.
Laura’s personal style, well let’s just say I want her hand-me-downs! A fan of Roberto Cavalli, you can find this funky fashionista sporting big hair, designer dresses, cowboy boots, and her signature scarves. You may wonder, what might a girl like this carry in her purse, well me having no shame asked, and it holds: Hairspray, Mac Lip Glass, lip liner, cell phone, checkbook, wallet, sunglasses, business cards, silver Sharpies, Guitar Pick, and a Chrystal rhino that her mom gave her for protection on the road because “a rhino has thick skin”. Her must have beauty item is Joico Joi Fix Firm Hairspray. As Laura says, “Forget sexy back, I’m bringing big hair back”(ahh I love this girl, so cute). Her beauty tip: Spray perfume in your hair, it will leave that subtle fragrance that will linger in the air as you walk by.
As if her life isn’t enough of an inspiration, her words of wisdom are “Believe in yourself, be prepared for any situation and learn from every situation…I would rather fail at being myself than something I’m not”. There’s an amazing quote if I must say so myself!!
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What are you doing today?
I’m having my dress for the CMAs—that’s the Country Music Awards—fitted at Roberto Cavalli. The dress is so fabulous I can’t even explain it. It’s black, and it’s got this spiderweb effect on it, and it’s the only one in the country right now. There’s also this fabulous alligator jacket that I’ll wear with it for a rock-star kind of effect. And I’m going to wear these boots. They’re Jimmy Choos.
Are you a country-music singer?
I am! My single is coming out January 30, and the album will come out in the spring. So the whole dream is coming true. I don’t know what I’m going to call the album, but it will definitely say Laura Bryna on there. Big.
Tell me about your style.
Funky chic, but with class. Funky fun, but with aspects of being a lady in there. I kind of like to push the edge.
What differentiates country style from the look of Hollywood or pop music?
I think there’s a whole perception that country women don’t dress as feminine or as fashionable. But I think this is changing. I know that a lot of popular culture is trying to go back to the forties, and we’re into that! People always think we’re in the sticks, but we’re ladies. We’re classy ladies, and we express ourselves.
Living her dream, Laura Bryna has made the right moves to secure a place in country music. Wisely, she moved to Nashville and enrolled at Belmont College while working as an intern at Sony Tree Publishing and later DreamWorks Publishing. This helped Laura learn about the music business. More significantly, Laura continued her involvement with the Make-A-Wish foundation, helping chronically ill kids realize their own dreams. Laura was inspired to help others when her 13-year old brother suffered a brain aneurism that left him in a coma for six months.
Laura’s burning ambition to be a country artist was tempered by her involvement with the Make-A-Wish organization, where she met many friends and celebrities. This altruistic work inspired her to write the song ‘Make A Wish,’ which appears on her debut CD, to be released in January 2008. Recently, Laura scored a major coup by being invited to tour with Clint Black on his Up-Close-and-Personal tour. She will be performing with Clint at the Florida Theatre on October 13th.
Last Wednesday, I chatted with Laura about her rising career as a performer and recording her debut album on Equity Records, owned by Clint Black. During our confab, we talked about the wise decisions that brought her to Clint Black’s attention.
EU: Did you write the songs on this album?
Laura Bryna: No, only ‘Make a Wish.’ For now, all my material is written by other artists. However, I’m getting more into songwriting.
EU: I know you have been working with the Make-A-Wish foundation for a long time. Does working with these kids give you satisfaction, joy and a sense of being grounded in the real world?
LB: Yes, it’s my passion that got started when my brother got sick with a brain aneurism. I would see him in a coma and think there must be something I can do for other chronically ill kids. So, now I think of the kids like Jerry Lewis thinks of his work with the Muscular Dystrophy organization. I call them ‘my kids.’ It’s an inspiration for my music.
EU: When you went to Nashville did you struggle before you were signed to a record deal?
LB: Well, I always wanted to learn as much as I can about the things I’m interested in, so I enrolled in Belmont College to learn about the music business –the inside out of the business. I did a couple of internships. What better way to meet people and be in touch with the business? There I made many contacts that helped me get ahead.
EU: So how did the classes and internships lead you into being a country artist?
LB: I always had the dream–it had to be Nashville–the songwriting capitol of the world. Here [in Nashville] I could immerse myself in the whole scene, learn the business and how everything worked. I practiced and I learned as much as I could. Then all that led me to the right people, and here I am.
EU: Did you play out in the regional scene before getting signed?
LB: I did some of that, but I mainly concentrated on perfecting my voice and learning music. One thing led to another and I was blessed to meet Clint Black who liked my voice and style.
EU: How has hooking up with an all-time legend of country music like Clint Black been for you?
LB: It’s so amazing. He has been so nice and such a great mentor. He has taken me under his wing and showed me how everything worked and what and what not to expect. Wow, I was really fortunate when Clint liked my singing and signed me to his record label and invited me to tour with him. I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. This tour has been exciting. I’ve had a great year. I’ve opened for EmmyLou Harris, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers. And now, I’m opening for Clint Black. Wow!
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