Brandon McSwain

Brandon McSwain

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BMB can be described as "Fuzzy Rock" = Funky, Jazzy, Acoustic Rock. It is soulful, powerful, and passionate. Brandon bears his soul in the lyrics and the band plays music to fill the rafters of cathedrals and amphitheaters alike. The music pulls you in and once it ends, you're left wanting more.

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Biography

Emerging from a background beginning in the typical middle class American family and spanning to the reality that suddenly hits when families are broken and the security blankets of childhood are prematurely stripped away, the power of music to transcend and unite became not only an avenue of expression and focus for Brandon the frontman, singer/songwriter of BMB, but also served as a dependable constant among the chaos in his life. It was this passion that led him to develop his musical talents and still continuously strive to push the boundaries of all that quality music can be.

The drive to travel and perform began early as Brandon toured Europe the summer of 1999 as a part of three National Honors performance groups including a jazz band, choir and symphonic band. Brandon landed a scholarship to ASU in 2000 and spent 4 years performing and honing this craft of songwriting. Beginning in 2004, he toured with an independent rock band throughout the East Coast, ranging from Miami to Canada and has since then formed the Brandon McSwain Band. Throughout the past five years, Brandon has worked with, or shared stages with artists such as: Nickel Creek, John Mayer, Sister Hazel, OAR, Matt Nathanson, Casting Crowns, Radial Angel and BarlowGirl.

Soulful lyrics and a solid musical backdrop that encompass each song play out as a chapter in the progression of the human spirit. The evident passion for music and live performance that each member possesses is contagious to anyone who comes out to see a show and it is this appeal that has led to an ever increasing fan base and demand for the bands appearance at venues throughout the East Coast.

The Brandon McSwain Band has been featured on the PBS special "Playing for Change" in Charlotte, NC. This featured artists including Bono of U2, Reggie McBride, Peter Bunetta, Roberto Luti, and many more world class musicians from around the world. The group was chosen for this spotlight due to their presence as a staple talent within the Charlotte music scene and the overall theme of BMB that music is a form of storytelling and the universal language that connects us all.

The Brandon McSwain Band continues to keep a very heavy tour schedule and explore where the music will lead them on stage, every night being different from the performance the night before.

In May of 2010 the Brandon McSwain Band hit the studio with 38 time Multi-platinum and Grammy Award winning Producer Andy Kravitz. Andy has worked with artists such as: Imogen Heap, Sting, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Joan Osborne and James Taylor and Will Smith. "Back to Life & Dreaming" was released March of 2011.

Lyrics

Afraid

Written By: Brandon McSwain

Afraid to live
Afraid to love
Im afraid, I'll never be enough

To see your face
your warm embrace
I'm afraid, you'll walk away
and never find your way home

Now, every-time I see you fall
I catch my breath and start to call
you back to me just one more time
but you can be free, its time for you to live.

Where are you going so fast
I cant go with you,
until you find your way back home
I know you want this to last
But you cant be scared
to not face the world alone.

Afraid to fail
Afraid to try
I'm afraid, for what's missing in your life

To find yourself
your happiness
I'm afraid, I have to walk away from this
I pray you find yourself

I know its hard sometimes to catch your breath
Just hold on, you'll be fine
And though I know your strength is gone
Just hold on to me, and I'll bring you home.

You

Written By: Brandon McSwain

You're Beautiful
Its so amazing to me
How Incredible
You make me feel

In this life
I missed you so this week
Your so far away
But you meet me in my dreams
and I cry out...

*Chorus
When everything around me is falling apart I feel so far away but I need you
From these dreams tonight
I feel you near me and I can see your love.

You blow my mind
With just how perfect you are
I wish that you were mine
I love you...

more everyday
The girl of my dreams
You came into my life
and showed new life to me
and I love you

When everything around me is falling apart I feel so far away but I need you
From these dreams tonight
I feel you near me and I can see your love.

Its time to stop playing games, we know we can't win
Its time to just love, the time we're given on this earth to walk together
We're given on this earth to love each other.

You're Beautiful
Give me your hand to hold
You're wonderful
Please stay with me for life..

When everything around me is falling apart I feel so far away but I need you
From these dreams tonight
I feel you near me and I can see your love.
Your Love
Your Love

Between the Lines

Written By: Brandon McSwain

The clock ticks, morning comes so fast
Only a few hours left to, fix it and make it last
Just let go and say the things you mean
i think we both know , is it too late for apologies

Have we lost ourselves, in the search to find,
the love between the lines, and all the sacrifice.
stuck in the middle with you.

Morning breaks, darkness fades so fast
decisions we both came to, to fix it and make it last
Decisions made, but what all does this mean?
what if I change my mind, can I let go and just be free?

Have we lost ourselves, in the search to find,
the love between the lines, and all the sacrifice.
stuck in the middle with you.

Just call out my name
Just call out my name
and I'll be there
I'll be there.
cuz I love you
I love to hate you too
I'm stuck in middle with you

Back to Life and Dreaming

Written By: Brandon D. McSwain

Coffee Stains, windows break, and mornings they come to soon
broken glass and all the broken pasts, another day to make it through
Car doors slam, another fight we had, it's taking over the life we knew
broken pieces of our painful past are showing their way through…but…

I'll be the man you were waiting for
to give you my everything
I'll be the one you were praying for
we're back to life and dreaming

Rainy days and all the bills to pay, another payday to make it through
kids at play and all the beds to make, a full house and everything to do
but before the dawn another speechless morning, restores all of my faith in you
If we try each day to chase our fears away, I know we can make it

I'll be the man you were waiting for
to give you my everything
I'll be the one you were praying for
and you'll be my everything.

We won't have to fall asleep tonight
to dance on the stars in the pale moonlight
we have a whole life full of plans we've made
and I don't want to miss a thing
back to life and dreaming.
back to life and dreaming.

If we lose our faith again and we can't see
We'll find our way in Him
love truly called me here to stay, by your side
to hold on everyday....so we can fly

Fly so far away from here
and dream like lovers do.
We will dance among the stars
and your dreams, they will come true for you
back to life and dreaming.

Fall Away

Written By: Brandon D. McSwain

This life comes at you fast
before you catch yourself, you crash down.
It's all gonna work out right.
Before you know it, you'll be fine.

You gotta keep moving
You gotta keep moving on
You gotta keep moving on to fight
You gotta keep holding
You gotta keep holding on
Holding on to your faith tonight, inside.

Wish I could take away all the pain
Wish I could change the world to what it should have been
I wish I could stop time, and make it start again
Hope you see the strength inside of you, my friend.

You gotta keep moving
You gotta keep moving on
You gotta keep moving on to fight
You gotta keep holding
You gotta keep holding on
Holding on to your faith tonight.

I see you run, and then I see you falling down
calling on things that you can't believe in.
I know its hard, your backs against the wall
you've gotta find a way to just keep moving.

There will be a brighter day, a better way to new beginnings.
Just let go, trust your faith, and see whose left standing.
There will be a brighter day, a better way to new beginnings
Just let go of the things you think you need, let them fall away...
fall away.
so fall away
fall away.

You gotta keep moving
You gotta keep moving on
You gotta keep moving on to fight
You gotta keep holding
You gotta keep holding on
Holding on to your faith tonight, inside.

Save Me

Written By: Brandon D. McSwain

Call me, lover lay down.
Release yourself, but don't touch the ground.
As the stars fall, the mood in your eyes.
I lost myself in your ways tonight.

My love, your mood it calls to me.
My love, your eyes they feed my weakness to be free,
take me.

Pull me into your space.
Just don't let go whatever it takes.
As your world shakes, hold on to mine.
Lose yourself, let's get lost tonight.

My love, your movements call to me
My love, your eyes they feed my weakness to be free,
take me.

It's getting so late don't you think you should go or stay with me tonight?
We will both lose our way, black and white fades to gray, racing hearts make the heaviest sound.

If we don't walk away, if we let ourselves go,
everythings changed, but what have we found
what then have we found?

My Love, your eyes they feed my weakness to be free,
save me.

Eternal Hope

Written By: Brandon D. McSwain

where do i fit
where am I going
I have lost my sight
I cant see you anymore

when is my time
where did you leave me
I cant seem to find you anymore

Its nights like tonight
When the world is so cold
With these questions in my mind
I feel you the most.
Run through my veins
And make me whole
You, the giver of life
My eternal Hope.

when did I fall
why did you catch me
I have lost myself,
just leave me here tonight

what have I done
why do you love me
I deserve to die,
just leave me here tonight

Its nights like tonight
When the world is so cold
With these questions in my mind
I feel you the most.
Run through my veins
And make me whole
You, the giver of life
My eternal Hope.
My eternal Hope.

Take me away, far from the
pain of yesterday...from all I've known
Take me away, far from the
life I live today my eternal Hope.

58 East

Written By: Brandon D. McSwain

Heart beats so loud
it shakes the ground.
Five years lost so fast
doesn't matter now.

Four lives torn apart
all the pain forgot
where do we even start
to love again.

This is home for now
Life tore us down, but in love we were found.
If we fall again
we'll pick ourselves up, and fight to the end

I'll stay by your side
and I know you'll stand by mine
we'll see this to the end of time, you and I.

Four walls closing in
say grace, begin.
Time standing still
but we laugh so loud

For a moment now
our childhood faith is found.
Memories fill my soul
did we lose it all?

This is home for now
Life tore us down, but in love we were found.
If we fall again
we'll pick ourselves up, and fight to the end

I'll stay by your side
and I know you'll stand by mine
we'll see this to the end of time, you and I.
we may fight, we may fall but
with love restored, we find our way
Hallelujah for, a brand new day

and I'll stay by your side
I know you'll stand by mine
we'll see this to the end of time.

Now that You're Here

Written By: Brandon D. McSwain

I know you see me
did I disappear somehow
I know you need me
at least I hope for now
that your here
that your near
that I'm loved

Is it just enough
to be still and not turn away (from your love)
Am I what you thought
I would be when we fell in love
now your here
please be near
oh my love
don't turn away, cause I can feel that your here
please be near
oh my love
am I enough?
am I enough?

What do you find in me
That you would seek to redeem
What do you find in me
that you would suffer freely.

What did you find in me
That you would seek to redeem
What did you find in me
That you would love..

Unseen

Written By: Brandon D. McSwain

Beauty so deserving, so rare to find.
Love so amazing, love so blind.
Have you lost your way, innocence intwined?
In a sea of longing you're drowning tonight.

Beautiful blue eyes, lost at sea
all of your mistakes staring back at you and me.
Beautiful blue eyes, can't you see
you deserve the world, and all its good things.

All the silly games we play, searching to find.
Love everlasting, love so blind.
Did you stumble and fall, into these arms of mine?
Or are you holding onto what your longing to find.

Beautiful blue eyes, lost at sea
all of your mistakes staring back at you and me.
Beautiful blue eyes, can't you see
you deserve the world, and all its good things.

Move yourself to find
the truth through the lies.
Move yourself to see
the truth through the unseen.

Discography

"Brandon McSwain Band" (Self-titled) LP 2008

"BMB LIVE July 4th, 2009" (released only to LightHouse Fan Association Members)

"BMB LIVE in NoDa" (recorded August 1, 2009 in Charlotte's North Davidson Arts District)

"Back to Life & Dreaming" (recorded and produced by Grammy Awarded Producer Andy Kravitz in his Philadelphia, PA studio)

Set List

Originals:
Back to Life and Dreaming
Afraid
Between the Lines
Fall Away
Save Me
Hold On
Eternal Hope
58 East
Now that You're Here
Unseen
Winter's End
Best Friend
Dreams
The Way
Mis Leading Lady
Just Wanted to Say
She
Ordinary Life
You
My Beloved
Summers Day
My Love
Audible Silence

Covers Library:
Edge of Desire - John Mayer
Funny the Way it is - Dave Matthews Band
Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
You and Me - Dave Matthews Band
You Found Me - The Fray
Only Hope - Switchfoot
All Around Me - Flyleaf
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Gravity - John Mayer
Your Body is a Wonderland - John Mayer
Grey Street - Dave Matthews Band
No Such Thing - John Mayer
You and I both - Jason Mraz
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Lets stay Together - Al Green
Heartless - Kanye West/The Fray
Just the Way You are - Bruno Mars
I'm in Love with a Girl - Gavin Degraw
Beautiful Day - U2
One - U2
With or Without You - U2
All Alo