One of the latest sensations breaking into the pop music scene is Washington native Brett Hite who grew up far from the artistic realms of music competing athletically at a Division 1 college level and briefly professionally. His smooth and unique voice has captivated audiences all over the country drawing comparisons to legendary artists such as John Mayer, James Morrison and many more. While playing soccer at the University of Washington, Hite blew out his knee, which sidelined him from the soccer field for a year and coincidentally started his music career. During his absence from soccer Hite released his debut album "Beyond Myself" in 2006. Since then Hite has made leaps and bounds toward a bright future in the industry writing catchy tunes with insightful lyrics such as “I Don’t Wanna” and “Make You Mine” which can be found on his new album to be released May 18, 2010.
Brett Hite- vox, guitar, (occasionaly keys)
Other possible instrumentations are...
Joe Varela- keys, drums, guitar
Patrick Ross- Drums
Visible (released May, 18 2010)
Beyond Myself (June, 2006)
Brett Hite Serenades the SUB
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Spokane singer-songwriter Brett Hite brought soulful vocals, expressive guitar strumming and a lit...
Spokane singer-songwriter Brett Hite brought soulful vocals, expressive guitar strumming and a little bit of humor to the Student Union Building Ballroom Tuesday night.
Hite’s performance was ASUI Vandal Entertainment’s first small concert of the year, and the first concert to take place in the newly renovated ballroom.
Hite played several songs from his 2006 album Beyond Myself, as well a few covers, including Belinda Carlisle’s, “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and Ben E. King’s soul classic, “Stand By Me.”
It took Hite a few songs to hit his stride. He said he was battling a cold and having some vocal difficulties. Eventually, Hite got comfortable onstage and evoked an enthusiastic response from his audience of almost 200 students, many of them sorority girls. Vandal Entertainment was sponsoring a free, private concert by Hite the next night for the on-campus living group with the most members present. The women of Alpha Phi were the winners, with over 20 members in attendance.
Hite’s performance was accented by his dry, self-deprecating humor. His anti-rock star attitude ironically created a strong stage presence, and he had his audience laughing throughout the night.
“I’ve got a frog in my throat,” he dryly remarked at one point, “and in the middle of the next song, it’s going to come out. And it’s going to be awkward.” What really set Hite apart from most acoustic singer-songwriters were the diverse beats provided by his percussionist, who used a blend of a traditional drum kit, shakers and cajon to create a dynamic background for Hite’s guitar strumming.
The emotional climax of Hite’s performance came when he played “Shayla’s Song,” a tune he wrote for Shayla Holwegner, who was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer at 16. Before he played, Hite shared the story of the time he got to play the song for her in person a few months before her death, and spoke about the inspiration her story brought him.
At the end of the show, the audience cheered for an encore from Hite, which he humbly provided. But instead of plugging back in and using a microphone, he stood on the edge of the stage with no amplification and shared an intimate moment with his audience.
Hite’s concert was well received, both for his music and his charming personality.
“If the songs don’t it,” Hite said, “I hope the jokes do.”
From Fields to Frets
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In front of a sold-out crowd of people standing shoulder to shoulder at The Nectar Lounge in Fre...
In front of a sold-out crowd of people standing shoulder to shoulder at The Nectar Lounge in Fremont, former Washington soccer player Brett Hite calmly and casually ascended the stage with a coffee cup in one hand and a guitar in the other, ready to start his show.
Former Washington soccer player Brett Hite is now a musician.
Had he not been on center stage with the spotlight focused on him, Hite, wearing nothing but a pale green T-shirt with jeans and a red baseball cap, could have easily been mistaken for just another member of the crowd, the majority of which were college students.
He began with a few anecdotes dotted with some dry humor and sarcasm regarding the crowd, but then he delved into his first song.
Though the majority of the audience may have been in attendance for the show’s headliner, Tyrone Wells, or even Well’s tour opener, Jason Reeves, the crowd’s reaction to Hite’s deep voice and the comforting tone of his song was clear – it was a pleaser.
Continuing with what was to be a pattern for the evening, after the song, Hite got into a story-telling mode. Even if his stories were rehearsed, they had a natural flow that made the crowd laugh with ease. He was even successful in getting the audience to sing “Happy Birthday” to a friend.
It may be hard to imagine that not too long ago, Hite was playing for a different kind of audience.
In 2005, when Hite was a sophomore, he scored the tying goal with just six minutes to go in a dramatic game against Air Force, which ultimately resulted in a 3-2 Washington victory.
Unfortunately, the forward’s career came to an end early in the following season, with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The injury, along with other events, finally led to the end of his soccer campaign at Washington.
However, the end of college athletics made time for the emergence of a new talent – music – that Hite hopes to someday make his main focus.
“Eventually I would like to be able to make a living from it,” Hite said. “It’d be great to get to the point where you don’t have to do all the work, and you can pay other people to do it. There’s a lot of contacting venues and trying to get people to show up involved, but that’s just how it works.”
Hite’s hard work paid off last Monday night when he received hearty applause from the audience. The ladies in the crowd were gushing almost as if they were in middle school again, throwing their arms out to the latest teenage heartthrob.
Hite hasn’t quite gotten used to the vast amount of attention.
“That was new,” he said. “There were a lot of girls. I’ve never had that many. It was fun. It’s cool to feel popular.”
Hite said he even had a girl come up to him after his set and invite him to a hookah bar, although he politely declined.
“I’ve never smoked hookah so that was my excuse,” he said.
It’s hard to blame the girl, though, as Hite effortlessly hooked the audience with his soothing, yet catchy, chords on the guitar and incredibly pensive lyrics.
One song in particular, titled “Shayla’s Song,” had especially haunting lyrics.
The song tells the true story of a young, talented local volleyball player who was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer. One verse in “Shayla’s Song” goes, ‘Why is she the one fighting for her life when I can’t even bring a tear to my eyes?’
“The story blew my mind,” Hite said. “It makes me realize that I’m lucky to have the gift I have to even walk or do whatever. Just things we take for granted. It makes me ask why, like, ‘Why am I so lucky?’”
Although the song is melancholy, it was clear that he got his message through when the crowd gave Brett the loudest applause at the end of this song than any other song throughout the night.
“I’m trying to become a better writer in, like, fun, happy songs,” he said. “But I don’t usually write about those times, I just kind of enjoy them. If something happens or I’m trying to figure something out, then I’ll write about it and it kind of helps. That’s why they always end up being kind of sad songs.”
Hite might also be conflicted, as he is fully recovered from his torn ACL and is currently training with the Seattle Sounders, as well as finding concert venues to play in.
Music and soccer has always manifested two different sides of Hite.
“Growing up, music has always been kind of different from soccer,” he said. “It’s helped me get out my frustrations. I always wrote what I was feeling.”
Although he started playing at a young age, it hasn’t always been easy for Hite.
“I picked up a guitar around eighth grade, and I played the drums before that,” he said. “I was pretty terrible up until college where people were like, ‘It sounds pretty OK.’”
With a significantly better grasp on his music skills, Hite has been able to pursue soccer at the next level.
“I’m trying to sign with the Sounders,” he said. “I’m kind of trying it out since I’m not sold on what I want to do yet.”
He said he is in a transition period at this point in his life.
“It’s kind of an awkward time in life when you’re trying to figure it all out,” Hite said.
Although he hasn’t settled on which path to take, Hite is determined to succeed either way, regardless of what obstacles may lie ahead of him.
“You kind of have to get used to hearing the word ‘no,’” he said. “They say that when you’re touring, for every 10 venues you contact, you’ll get one. It’s tough to get your name out there, and you may be the best musician in the world, but if they don’t know you, they don’t know you. The best thing to do is, when you hear ‘no,’ just keep going.”
Brett Hite CD Release Show
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Brett Hite CD Release Show on Tuesday, May 18th at the Empyrean Coffee House Matt and I walked ...
Brett Hite CD Release Show on Tuesday, May 18th at the Empyrean Coffee House
Matt and I walked in to a very packed Empyrean for a Tuesday night in Spokane. The place was full of fashion forward kids, family, and music fans. I hope Brett Hite has a brother because if not his twin was there. Brett mentioned that it was a dream come true to see everyone there, very thankful.
Brett Hite’s album “Visible” came out today and when you pop it into your CD player or check out his tunes on Myspace you here more than just vocals and an acoustic guitar. However when he played tonight he captured an entire room with his acoustic guitar and drummer. It is rare to have a room that full be silent; Brett did it. I think the breaking point for the silence was when he started to talk about his friend Shayla. Shayla passed away to a battle with bone cancer and Brett asked her what she wanted to tell the world. After a few days she responded with “Gods got my back.” Brett wrote a song called “Sing Me to Sleep” for Shayla, you could hear a needle drop in the room when he sang it tonight.
That was actually how we knew about Brett. He has come to the KIX 96 Radiothon for CMN and has played this song live and talked about Shayla. Matt met him there; we think that is so cool for him to take the time to support CMN, and share his story about Shayla. Very touching and genuine person. On a lighter note Brett has perfect pop vocals and can write beautiful lyrics. His new album Visible has ten tracks all written by Brett himself. I can’t decided if “I Don’t Wanna” or “Make You Mine” is my favorite so I guess it will have to be a tie. He is fun to see live too not only because it is acoustic but he tells a lot of stories in between the songs and they make the concert so much more personal.
Outside of playing his original tunes he also managed to mix in “Replay” by Iyaz. It seems like Brett has a wide taste of music, which is always a good thing. His acoustic pop songs are perfect for a music fan of all ages. He kind of reminds me of a Jason Mraz meets Mat Kearney, which is a great thing because I love both of those artists! I am so glad we were able to catch his show and here more of Brett’s music! I have the CD right next to me and I am looking forward to indulging into it a bit further! Thank you Brett for all you do, congratulations on your new album!
All set lists vary according to the requirements of the show but here is a general set list.
I Don't Wanna
Make You Mine
Sing Me To Sleep
By My Side
Covers are often performed in a medley style song.
Kings of Leon
Blessid Union of Souls
Ben E. King
There are no upcoming dates at this time.