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Brian linne's long-in-the-making musical debut has a vibe straight out of the singer-songwriter's handbook.

BrianPerhaps it is Linne's Neil Diamond-like voice. Perhaps it is Dave Kujat's smooth saxophone solos, the type that turn up on Billy Joel's greatest hits. Perhaps it is the thick layers of vocal harmonies that recall early Yes and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

BrianLyrically, the songs on Uniqueness in Me reflect a faith full of humbleness and acceptance. While it features such straight-forward gospel songs as Let Your Love Reign Down on Me, it is not a typical Christian album. Never Mind Time is an energetic lament about aging. Little Spell is a ringing love song about a woman who is "a beacon in the night, a refuge of delight, she brings me my Bud Light."

BrianThe album's professional quality is enhanced by the musicians Linne recruited. In addition to Kujat -- well-known in the Blue Water Area as half of the duo Sax Appeal -- the band includes Dave Taylor of Rumblefish and Robert Kerrigan, formerly of The Creeps, who produced the CD at his home studio in Port Huron.

BrianUniqueness in Me currently is available at Music Station in Fort Gratiot and eventually online through CD Baby. In a few weeks, you'll be able to check out www.brianlinneband.com for more details. - Port Huron Times Herald


On Tuesday night inside Robert Kerrigan's RAK Studios in Port Huron, the Brian Linne Band was preparing for its big debut April 26 at Military Street Music Cafe.

"This is three-part harmony here, too," Linne told the band.

With that, Linne, Kerrigan and David "Kooj" Kujat started belting out an acappella version of the serenity prayer - the one that starts, "God please grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change."

Linne certainly has been granted a dose of courage to change the things he can. An amateur guitarist and songwriter for 20 years, Linne decided he was going to do and spend whatever was necessary to get his songs out of the living room where people could hear them.

"He has a lot of drive and determination," said Kujat the saxophonist. "He's really going at it full force. I give him a lot of credit, and I believe he's got good material."

Linne started almost five years ago by hiring Kerrigan to help him make a CD. Kerrigan brought in Dave Taylor of Not Guilty to record the drums. Linne pays them all to record his songs - a second CD is nearing completion - and rehearse twice a month.

"I can't get the buddy down the street to play with me," said Linne, a pharmacist by day. "I need high-quality players, and that's what these guys are. They feed off each other and take it to another level."

Between Linne's 12-string guitar and Kujat's sax solos, the music has a soft, jazz-rock fusion vibe, recalling such '70s singer-songwriters as Van Morrison. (Among the few cover songs the band does are Brown Eyed Girl and Moondance.)

For all his confidence in his songwriting, Linne has little faith in his performance abilities, especially compared to his band.

"I'm the weak link to the whole thing," he said. His gig last year at the Roche Bar in Port Huron "was the first time I played out of high school."

He now does solo sets on Saturdays at Bean & Brew Co. in Port Huron. Performances with the full band are rare, however, which is why he is excited about the upcoming show.

"I'm getting better all the time," he said. "I'm the type of personality that doesn't quit. I just got to keep working at it." - Port Huron Times Herald


Discography

CD: "Uniqueness In Me"
Song title, "Come Back To Me", has recieved airplay on the local college radio station.

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I am a singer songwriter that believes I have a gift from God when it comes to music. All my life I have been writing music, however I never focused my energy in this direction. Partly because over the years the only thing I did was either to save me money or make me money. Music has just been a passionate hobby. I believe all human beings have gifts untapped and never developed because of responsibilities, the lack of vision, or work ethic to see it thru.

I have assembled some of the best and most creative musicians in the region. They feed off of each other musically and enjoy each others company. That's because I know for it to work they need to share similar core qualities.

First, none of us is bigger then the music we create. Second, we realize the skill each person brings to the table. Third, we are nice humble human beings that respect all people in our world. Let the music speak for itself. I believe it will carry us to heights few achieve. I can write prolific and timeless music based on rhythm primary, harmony and melody secondary and lyrics last, but makes a song timeless for all generations to come.