Brian McKenzie

Brian McKenzie

 Providence, Rhode Island, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

"Brian McKenzie is an old soul in the body of a modern day singer songwriter. He takes the roots element of Americana and adds his clean, smooth vocal style to create a sound once described by a club owner as “Ameri-Crooner”. Brian draws on influences that range from those crooners of the 1940s and 50s, to early country, rockabilly and rock n' roll, to the singer songwriters of today. He blends the ingredients into a cohesive, well mixed drink that you can easily get lost in.

Biography

Brian started out his music career in the early 90s as the founding member, music writer, and guitarist of the heavy-rock band: Warner/Giant Records recording artists "Kilgore Smudge". After parting ways with the band (and the genre, itself) at the end of the decade, Brian continued to pursue his career as a singer songwriter. He released two solo albums, before releasing "Resolution" in 2011. The Recording Academy placed him on the Official Ballot for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in the following categories for the album:


Best Country Solo Performance "Because of You"
Best Country Song "Isabel" and "Tennessee"
Best Country Album "Resolution"
Best Short Form Music Video "Waiting For You"

Brian has been endorsed by Blueridge guitars, Shubb Capos, and LRBaggs electronics, has a song in the Jonathan Silverman directed film "A Bet's a Bet", and is continuously performing throughout the Northeast and Nashville. 

His latest album, "Looking Over Yesterday" is due out in early 2015


Lyrics

Because Of You

Written By: Brian McKenzie

Wake up Sunday morning and I’m feeling fine,
'till something comes and kicks me to the end of the line
and I don’t know why. There’s no excuse.
But I lie instead and say it’s because of you.

Wake up Monday morning and I hold my breath
Getting over something that hasn’t happened yet
And I don’t know why. There’s no excuse.
But I lie instead and say it’s because of you.

I’ll bet you know that I don’t believe a word I say to you
I’ll bet you know that I love every single thing you do.

Wake up Tuesday morning and I’m feeling fine
‘till Wednesday comes along and then I lose my mind
And I don’t know why. There’s no excuse.
But I lie instead and say it’s because of you.

I’ll bet you know that I don’t believe a word I say to you
I’ll bet you know that I love every single thing you do.

Wake up Sunday morning and I’m feeling fine,
'till something comes and kicks me to the end of the line
and I don’t know why. There’s no excuse.
But I lie instead and say it’s because of you.

Copyright 2010 Brian McKenzie

Tennessee

Written By: Brian McKenzie

The first time that I made on my own, I can tell you that it felt so free
And looking back I wonder how I was brave enough, seein’ I knew nobody

I’m sure that somebody was watchin’ over me
Was where I’m supposed to be.
Supposed to be.
Still miss you, Tennessee.

I’ve been to all the places, ran into faces I had only seen in magazines
My heart’s been broken by some of the prettiest girls that I’ve ever seen

Well at least I can say that I’ve been in love
And that’s enough for me
Guess it has to be
Still miss you, Tennessee.

And the reason I picked up and left is fast asleep in my arms
And my sister’s got a smile ‘cause her baby’s got an uncle that’ll be around

Because family means so much to me
They’re so very close to me.
They’re supposed to be.
Always miss you, Tennessee.


Copyright 2010 Brian McKenzie

Ruined The Air

Written By: Brian McKenzie

You’re something I was trying
But I won’t, ‘cause you ruined the air
It’s not that I don’t want to
But I won’t, ‘cause you ruined the air

There’s nothing I will play in your house of game
Honest to goodness.
There’s nothing I will do
I was there for you. Were you there for me?

You’re something I was trying
But I won’t, ‘cause you ruined the air
I told you that I love you
But I won’t ,‘cause you ruined the air

There’s nothing I will play in your house of game
Honest to goodness.
There’s nothing I will do
I was there for you. Were you there for me?

I’ll be so fine without you. Not feeling so sorry for myself.
So fine without you. But I’m feeling so sorry for you.


Copyright 2010 Brian McKenzie

Discography

"Days Like These" released 2003

"...And Always September" released 2006

"Resolution" released 2011 by Cloverdale Music and available through iTunes

Video for the single "Tennessee" from the album "Resolution" can be viewed on YouTube.

Video of live acoustic performance of "Ruined the Air" can be viewed on YouTube.

Set List

Brian McKenzie's sets are 45 minutes to an hour and consist of original songs and can play two sets worth of music.

Set List Example

1. Because of You
2. Never Like It's Been
3. Ruined the Air
4. Before
5. For Rose
6. Tennessee
7. Later On
8. Between You and Me
9. Summertime Without You
10. Find Your Way Home