Brandon McGuiness

Brandon McGuiness

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Brandon’s original songs emote his passion for life, the promise of relationships, and the joy of living. His music is influenced by U2, The Goo Goo Dolls, John Mayer, ColdPlay, and Matchbox Twenty.

Biography

“No matter what my future holds, my music will always be with me because a person can not just leave his soul behind and let his body continue the journey alone." Brandon

Brandon’s songs are about life, the parts of life we all experience and can relate to as our own. He sings about relationships: two people coming together, their efforts to become one, their long term joy, or the struggle of heartache. He sings about the hope each day brings, the fullness of life gained by those who seize it.

Brandon will draw you in with his voice and move you with his lyrics.

Brandon was invited to open for Justin Moore at the Augusta (GA) Chronicle Newspaper's 225 Anniversary in August 2010. Brandon drew over 400 of the eventual 1,000 people as he opened the concert line up some two hours prior to Justin Moore taking the stage.

Brandon's songwriting is a result of life experiences, both personal and from what he observes.

"Not Here" explores the simple, daily beauties of life that are experienced by most, except for the Homeless as the singer laments from a perspective of those needing the assistance of the shelter, "Not Here."

"Morning Light" expresses the trials and tribulations for someone who could be anyone of us, then the singer holds out the light of hope, "and the Morning Light will break through, and the day will bring something new."

"A Picture of Me" lays out two pictures of the singer, his own self-doubt and that of a friend or loved one who sees the singer as someone special. As the singer explores who he is and incorporates the perspective of this other person, he starts to see himself differently as he sings, "I think I'm starting to see, your picture of me."

“Must Go Own” is a perspective on life as seen when life is over. The singer reaches
back to what he once had, grieving for those left behind while assuring himself that he is O.K. “But you don’t worry about me, wasn’t ready but I’ll be fine, I have but one regret, you must go on without me.”

“Game of Love” explores the effort to understand love and the one you are attracted to in that sense. You can not always explain it but you know it is worth pursuing. “Come on girl, let’s agree to disagree, all I know is that I want you here with me!”

Inspired by Bono's (U2) social activism, Brandon partnered with the Campus for Human Development in Nashville to present a concert for the agency. The agency works with the homeless to get them on a path to become self-sufficient. Volunteers and people assisted by the agency enjoyed a 60 minute performance featuring 10 original songs Brandon wrote to raise awareness of the varying fates of Nashville's homeless. He wrote songs that reflected the viewpoint of an outside witness while other songs were written from the viewpoint of a homeless person. The song titles provide insight to his compassion: "Not Here," "Morning Light," and "What Do You Say." He was invited back for a return engagement.

Brandon's vocal talents are being enlisted to cut demos for songs from a variety of genres.

Brandon's personal interests beyond his music include his family, his friends, and movies. His family provides him love and support, his friends keep him grounded, and movies provide entertainment, which goes beyond the theme and plot to the music, special effects, and scenery.

Brandon sees life as a journey and has this to say about that journey:
“Opportunities are everywhere and the ones we take advantage of, as well as the ones we do not, shape our lives and who we are as an individual."

Brandon appreciates you taking time to get to know him through this biography.

Lyrics

Morning Light

Written By: Brandon McGuiness

She cries tears of rain but it’s not enough to ease this pain
and all the times he said it would be all right is not enough to fill this empty night

But the morning light will break through
And the day will bring something new
Don’t waste away yourself in vain
I will be the one to take away your pain

She picks up the phone
No one’s there
She’s all alone in her despair
And all the unheard cries consumed by silence
The night gets colder as her dreams they fade away
And when everyone has left you and no one seems to care
You scream at the world cuz it’s not fair
And you give up hope cuz it’s all in vain

But I will be the one to take away your pain

Darkness falls like sudden rain
And this emptiness inside isn’t going away
And you try to reach out
To someone, anyone
But there’s no one there who understands

But the morning light will break through
And the day will bring something new
Don’t waste away yourself in vain
I will be the one to take away your pain

Game of Love

Written By: Brandon McGuiness

There’s something in this life I don’t know a lot about
It’s the heart of a woman, I know that without a doubt
Is it wrong for me to not know when one game ends and one begins
As hard as I try, I just don’t think that I can win
Come on girl let’s agree to disagree
All I know is I want you here with me

You’re in my thoughts and in my dreams
There’s no escape for me it seems
You’re on my mind from dawn to dusk
And every second in between
I can’t find a way to beat you at this game
This game called love

I read between the lines, try to find their meaning
But you’re a puzzle I can’t wait to figure out
Girl you drive me crazy, I’m tangled up inside
You’re an angel in disguise but an enigma to my mind
Come on girl let’s agree to disagree
All I know is I want you right here next to me

You’re in my thoughts and in my dreams
There’s no escape for me it seems
You’re on my mind from dawn to dusk
And every second in between
I can’t find a way to beat you at this game
This game called love

Come on girl can’t we just agree, that you want me and I want you with me

You’re in my thoughts and in my dreams
There’s no escape for me it seems
You’re on my mind from dawn to dusk
And every second in between
I can’t find a way to beat you at this game
This game...

You’re in my thoughts and in my dreams
There’s no escape for me it seems
You’re on my mind from dawn to dusk
And every second in between
I can’t find a way to beat you at this game
This game called love

Discography

Picture of Me EP released August 2, 2008
Available at: www.digstation.com
www.cdbaby.com
www.iTunes.com

Brandon recorded a duet that has been released as part of a charitable 9-11 DVD (July 2007) honoring the NYC Policemen and Firemen who perished on that tragic day.

Set List

Brandon can provide 2 hours of original music and expand that entertainment with a mix of covers that explore life's love, joy, and relationships with a performance tied together with that most important of life's ingredients, fun!

Original songs

A Picture of Me
Paradise
Drowning (Fade Away)
Take It On A Whim
Game of Love
Let Me In
Come Back to Bed
Full Speed
Home
Must Go On
My Story Now
The Road That Leads to You
Can’t You See
Morning Light
Not Here
What Do You Say
The Drifter
Mere Mortals
5:30
Say It Isn't So
Where is Our Heart
In A Moment
All These Feelings
Breaking Point
Along The Shore
Forgetting Loneliness
When The Pain Subsides
Undone
The 7 Minute Love Song

Cover Song Artists

Goo Goo Dolls
Here Is Gone; Slide; Black Balloon

U2
Beautiful Day; Where The Streets Have No Names

Nine Days
Story of a Girl; If I Am

John Mayer
Why Georgia

Counting Crows
Mr. Jones

Edwin McCain
I’ll Be

Dashboard Confessional
The Brilliant Dan