Country Music artist Laura Bryna (pictured here with Ace Of Cakes star Duff Goldman and Catherine C. Martens, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic) has been involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation since she was a teen. Bryna saw her own dream come true when she spoke in front of a large benefactor audience at the recent 25th Anniversary Celebration of the foundation’s mid-Atlantic chapter. The event in Washington, D.C. honored members of the Chris Greicius Society – named in honor of a seven year old boy who suffered from leukemia 25 years ago and received the first wish which started the Foundation. More
Make A Wish
Laura Bryna has been surrounded by heroes and amazing experiences the past year and a half. In January of 2008 Bryna’s year started off with a proverbial bang as she was approached by Master Sergeant Bob Hall and retired Lieutenant Colonel Randy Johnson to represent the Air National Guard in an upcoming advertising campaign. Honored by this opportunity it was easy for Laura to show her excitement. Says Bryna, “That was such a compliment. I have such an appreciation for the military. To be an outsider looking in, they really allowed me to become a part of their family.” More
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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