WW: Hello Bryan, how are you?
BC: Great..I just had an amazing holiday with my family and friends
and now I'm back off to Nashville to continue working on my album.
WW: Tell us a little about you, your life?
BC: I started singing in my gospel choir as a teen and got my
break into music when I auditioned for Making the Band. After the
show I put together my own group LMNT and went on to release
our CD ALL SIDES which included the single 'Juliet' , tour for two
summers including one summer with Britney Spears, record on
several soundtracks for Lizzie McGuire, Kim Possible and 101
Dalmations, and now that we're taking a break I decided to work on
some music that I've been writing for the past year.
WW: How would you describe your music?
BC: It's a combination of classic rock and old school soul. My
mom would play a lot of music around the house when I was growing up so I got a good taste of everything...the Bee Gees, John Mellencamp, Lionel Richie...so my early influences were pop, rock and R&B. I think it had the biggest effect on what I like today and the style of my voice.
WW: What made you want to become a singer?
BC: I don't know how it happened, no one in my family is an outspoken singer (except for in the shower) or had even been in a related business. It just kind of came together when I went on the Making the Band audition on a whim. Up to that point I had only sung in my choir and really had no intention of pursuing it any further then that.
WW: Who are your musical influences?
BC: I would definitely say Kirk Franklin, John P. Kee, Luther Vandross, it's more then the great voice and the hit songs. When they sing you can feel their emotion come through every word. It's an art form to them not just a talent.
WW: How was your expierence in Making the Band?
BC: It was surreal. To this day I still can't belive so much happened so quickly in such a short amount of time. Those guys are cool and it was an experience that I'll never forget,
but I'm glad things worked out the way they did for me. I don't know if I would have made it through everything theose guys eventually went through and not have to spend the rest of my life seeing a shrink.
WW: What did you learn from your time in Making the Band?
BC: That no matter what disappointments you may encounter in life there are two choices. 1. Lie down in the dirt and fell sorry for yourself or 2. Pick yourself up and make
something else happen. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for that experience, but at the same time it exposed me to a real shallow, backstabby, shady side of the business that I was glad I saw early on and was able to get out of unscathed.
WW: You got to tour with Britney Spears, what was she like?
BC: She's one ofthe most amazing performers that I've ever seen live. She constantly amazed me, she would be backstage getting ready acting like nothing was going on and in an instant she was in front of 20,000 screaming fans and she just turned it on and became a totally different person. She would nail it city after city, it's pretty inspiring to watch.
WW: You've been in the studio and on the road, which do you prefer?
BC: Oh being on the road definitely. There's nothing like the energy from the crowd - it just blows through you like ripfuel. I still get butterflies before going out on stage, but that's exciting too, they go away after the first note but it's such a rush, it's like nothing else I've ever done.
WW: When can we expect a new album? What can you tell us about it?
BC: I don't know how long it will take us to put together, but we're working as hard and
as fast as we can. I know the fans are anxious to hear something new and I'm anxious to get out and perform it for them. It's going to be a lot different then the music we had done as a group. The songs and the music are defintely more a reflection of my style and my influences so you can expect some feel good groove music. We'll post some snippets on our web site in February, make sure to check it out and let me know what you think. We just got it and it should be up in a few weeks bryanchanonline.com.
WW: Best of luck to you!
BC: Thanks Jimmy - I appreciate all your support and look forward to meeting you in person at one of our shows!