Brianne Chasanoff

Brianne Chasanoff

 New Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Brianne's angelic voice captures listeners and takes you on a personal journey through life's experiences. She has a unique way of expressing herself through her passionate vocals accompanied by her own piano skills and creative arrangements. You can detect a touch of Sarah Mclachlan along with Fiona Apple, however, she is truly her own artist and a master at creating arrangements to frame the story she is telling. She touches your emotions and pulls at your heart strings, in her own style of m

Biography

"Brianne Chasanoff is known for her sultry voice, and she writes dark, melodic songs about love Laurel Tuohy ; Danbury News Times. Brianne's passionate vocals speak to the listener intimately through her sensitivity and her depth of emotional expression. Her angelic voice has a soothing, natural clarity.

"Beautiful, creative, and original music, Brianne Chasanoff is a phenomenal performer, which is rare for modern music. Her CD, "Broken", is a must for any audiofile collection."
- Billy Dee ; Dj @ WAPJ 89.9 FM Torrington, CT Folk-n-Rock Show

Brianne has shared the stage with various national touring artists inlcluding Mary Fahl of the October Project, Susan Werner, and Grammy Award winner, Bill Miller. Some of her performances include The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artists Showcase), Hillsdale, NY, Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT, The Merryall Center for the Performing Arts, New Milford, CT, The Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling, NY, Bodles Opera House in Chester, NY, Cafe Vivaldi in New York, NY, Googies Lounge, New York, NY, Leftfield on Ludlow, New York, NY, Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT, Post University in Naugatuck, CT, Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY, The Mews in Provincetown, MA, The Fairbanks Inn, Provincetown MA, The Highlands Inn, Bethlehem, NH, and The Space, Hamden, CT. Brianne's music has been aired on various local radio stations including: Hudson Valley's WHUD 100.7 FM (Artist Spotlight), WXCI 91.7 FM, Harris Radio (Live 365 internet radio), WVKR 91.3 FM, WFCS 107.7 FM, WAPJ 89.9 FM, WSHE 105.5, 101.7 FM and WPSR 1610 AM.

Brianne is a classically trained vocalist and pianist, who's been accompanying musicals, chorus ensembles, church services, and recitals for years, playing various styles of music from Broadway and classical to pop. She has also performed as a vocalist for various church services, weddings, and other private venues such as a Benefit Concert for the Canter Fitzgerald Fund for 9/11and a Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook. Brianne's experiences and love for various styles of music shine through in her compositions, reaching listeners of all ages and tastes. She is a local music teacher at Pawling Elementary School in Pawling, NY where she passes on her love of music to children ages K-4.  She was a semi-finalist in the National Pro Voice Singer/Songwriter contest for two consecutive years for her songs, Does it Still Sound the Same and Blinded and won open mic competitions at Bodles Opera House (Chester, NY) , and Towne Crier (Pawling, NY).  She also earned 2nd  place in the Big Stage Open mic Competition at Infinity Hall (Norfolk, CT).

A graduate of Western Connecticut State University, Brianne received her Bachelor's of Science in Music Education with a concentration in classical voice and piano. She attended a Songwriting Workshop at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA. and went on to complete her Master's Degree in Studio Composition at SUNY Purchase, where she had the pleasure of working with professors Joel Thome (arranger for Frank Zappa), Jim McElwaine (Muppet Babies), and David Gluck (virtuoso mallet performer/ drummer and founder of "Rhythm and Brass). Brianne released her second album, Breathe, in October of 2013.

Lyrics

Broken

Written By: Brianne Chasanoff

What once was clear to me is now a mystery
Life is so strange I can't explain my history
My heart has locked itself and thrown away the key
My eyes are tired , now I'm blind I cannot see
I shut the door I try to feel
what's left inside my soul that's real
I close my eyes
I try to dream
And so I drink the night away
as the tears I cried begin to fade,, across my soiled face
I feel so Broken
so lost and scared
I'm Broken, my happiness has turned to grey
I'm Broken
so lost and scared
I'm Broken
My happiness has turned to grey
I've been lost inside my skin for years
and somewhere I drowned beneath my tears
I cannot breath
I gasp for air and then I see
the one who cast this spell on me
How could you be so cruel?
From time to time I fall and see
Images of you and me
the past becomes reality
my head i spinning....crazy

Pretend

Written By: Brianne Chasanoff

When you've seen so many winters and walked so many miles..
When you've lost so many friends and you've forgotten how to smile...
And you've had to say goodbye one too many times...
The silence is loud and there's nothing to say...

After all Life's only pretend
You're thinking too much now and then
Watch all of the children at play
while they dance all around
Hear them say, "Let's build a castle. I'll be the queen. We'll have silver and gold. We'll make believe.
You be the king and we'll live happily."
Are you watching out your window as life passes by?
While the world is turning faster, you're frozen in time.
Just close your eyes and find a place to hide.
Imagine the place. It's all in your mind.

After all Life's only pretend
You're thinking too much now and then
Watch all of the children at play
while they dance all around
Hear them say, "Let's build a castle. I'll be the queen. We'll have silver and gold. We'll make believe.
You be the king and we'll live happily."

The One I Knew Before

Written By: Brianne Chasanoff

These days I can't even recognize your face
Your eyes, your smile, your cheap embrace seem so strange
Guess I was wrong, 'thought I was so strong.
Could we please get along like before when you listened to every word I
said.

Take me again
to the place where we'd dance
Maybe then I'll see the one I knew before

It's always the same excuse
Red wine tastes oh so good when we're afraid of ourselves.
I know you had too much to drink.
Close your eyes and re-think what you're doin' here with me.

Take me again
to the place where we'd dance
Maybe then I'll see the one I knew before

Escape

Written By: Brianne Chasanoff

Somewhere deep within we all possess an angelic side
You may be a devil but I see the angel in your eyes
I can see the beauty in your eyes
I can sense your longing to be free
Escape the chains of torment
and run, run away with me
Built up anger from years ago controls your fragile soul
Escape the demon, run away from this dark desolate hole
Fight your past and leave it all behind
and don't let it control your soul,body, and mind
You transfer your hurt into my veins
and through my blood I feel your pain
Let your wounds pour out into the ocean
Let them pour out into the sea
I can see the beauty in your eyes
I can sense your longing to be free
Escape the chains of torment
and run,run away with me
And in your eyes I see your past
and finally I see through you at last

Unworthy

Written By: Brianne Chasanoff

This time you went too far, you went out of your mind
you think everyone is so unkind
You said,"I just can't live here, my life is at stake
won't you take me with you? Please, I made a big mistake!
I am unworthy, I don't belong,
someone's out to kill me for all the things I've done
I have no choice now, I must runaway
Forget the ones I love, they don't love me anyway
I love you, I hate you but please don't go away
Promise me you'll love me, for always
and you better obey me if you wanna live
please don't betray me trust is a hard thing to give
I am unworthy, I don't belong,
someone's out to kill me for all the things I've done
I have no choice now, I must runaway
Forget the ones I love, they don't love me anyway
I know you don't understand, your just a kid
I'm a couple years older but it's a long time I've lived
Shhhh, don't say a word, don't tell anyone
They'll all think I'm crazy, little do they know!

Breathe

Written By: Brianne Chasanoff

Did you ever have to deal with real frustration?
To deal with someone's anger and interrogation
You want to disappear into obliteration
The only true escape is through imagination

So I'll breathe in the good air
And I'll breathe out the old
Once again I'll start over and I'll try to take the time to live again

Your world exists in black and white
You suffer from starvation
Now every time you talk I take a mental vacation
Reality is for those who lack imagination
Please take my thoughts into consideration

So I'll breathe in the good air
And I'll breathe out the old
Once again I'll start over and I'll try to take the time to live again

Breathe out all the old air, ya gotta breathe in all the good
Breathe out all the old air, ya gotta breathe in all the good air

The Missing Page

Written By: Brianne Chasanoff

I drove the miles that led me to my past
I was hoping to find some answers
I was hoping to find them fast
From the days that paint my future
from my childhood through my youth
There it was I closed my eyes to protect me from the truth

The missing page from this journal can no longer be replaced
Not by you or anyone
It's mine to recreate
I know you want to save me but I'm the only one who can say
"Hey, It's all okay"

I followed my footsteps down the path that I once played
and I pieced together memories I still remember to this day
I could see myself, a child again
In front of me she stood
I took her hand we played a while
I swear I did all I could

The missing page from this journal can no longer be replaced
Not by you or anyone
It's mine to recreate
I know you want to save me but I'm the only one who can say
"Hey, It's all okay"

Here Forever

Written By: Brianne Chasanoff

Swing sets too small
Suddenly I can't fly as high

Summer's at the lake
Too young to think things would ever change
And I loose you one more time as my memory runs dry

Never said goodbye
You just always seemed so far away
And I loose you one more time when the picture slowly dies

I thought you'd be here forever
Eighteen years ago
I thought you'd be here forever
Eighteen years ago

Sweet Sixteen
What did we have to celebrate?
Not all wishes can come true my first birthday without you

I thought you'd be here forever eighteen years ago
I thought you'd be here forever eighteen years ago
I thought you'd be here forever
I thought you'd be here forever
I thought you'd be here forever

Don't Do Anything I Wouldn't Do

Written By: Brianne Chasanoff

So,ya need to find a way to escape
Well take your pick
What will it be
A movie ticket
Turn on the TV
Will it be alcohol or basketball?
A smoke or two, but between me & you, don't do anything I wouldn't do!

Well, ya need to find a way to escape
Why don't ya take a walk down to the park
Enjoy the scenery, the birds and the trees
How 'bout a diet coke, a root-beer float, a chocolate cake, a coffee break, but don't do anything I wouldn't do!

So,ya need to get away for a while
Take a "happy pill"
Spend your last dollar bill
Stay out all night, take a midnight flight
Turn out the lights and dance away the night
Don't think twice,
No one has the right to tell you anything you shouldn't do!

Moving On

Written By: Brianne Chasanoff

"Moving On"

Start over again
This journey's ended
Face the world head on
There's no turning back at all, at all,
No more, no more

Tear the pictures off the walls
They've lost their meaning when time flew out the door
Empty boxes waiting to be filled with all the years gone by and all the pain you've ever known at all, at all.
No more, no more.

I smell the perfume that defined your scent and I'm lost inside my mind
remembering times we spent when I was young and you were still alive
Too young to die

I'm standing still in this empty room before I walk away
Leaving eighteen years behind and one last picture in my mind
So long, So long
So Long, So long

Start over again
This journey's ended
Face the world head on
There's no turning back

You Are The One

Written By: Brianne Chasanoff

Let's show all the world the meaning of love and what its like to be happy
Come take my hand to another land where theres no-one but you and me
And lets run away and lets dance
All through the night
And we'll take a plane, and we'll fly up to the sky
Cause you are the one, you are the one, you are the one for me

Let's go get lost for a while let's walk together just you and me
With you by my side I finally know what it's like to live life happily

And lets run away and lets dance all through the night
And we'll take a plane and we'll fly up to the sky
Cause you are the one, you are the one, you are the one for me!

You're Mine

Written By: Brianne Chasanoff

Years of waiting for what could be
Never thought I’d be living in my fantasy
You’re just what I hoped for and even more
You bring me higher and higher and higher

At the end of the day I have you to run to
At the end of the day you’re just what I need
When the day is so long and the night drags on
At the end of the- end of the day, you’re mine

Something tells me you’re here to stay
Never knew I’d be missing you when you’re away
You’re just what I needed and even more
You bring me higher and higher and higher

At the end of the day I have you to run to
At the end of the day you’re just what I need
When the day is so long and the night drags on
At the end of the, end of the day, you’re mine

You’re just what I’d hoped for and even more
You bring me higher and higher and higher

At the end of the day I have you to run to
At the end of the day you’re just what I need
When the day is so long and the night drags on
At the end of the, end of the day, you’re mine

At the end of the, end of the, end of the day
At the end of the, end of the, end of the day
At the end of the, end of day, you’re mine

Discography

Broken 2007
Breathe 2013

Set List

Set One
Breathe
Here Forever
Don't Do Anything I Wouldn't do
Annabelle
You Are The One
Hallelujah (cover)
Pretend
The Missing Page
Chasing Cars (cover)
Nobody Knows
Run Away
You Can't Fool Me

Set Two
Broken
Moving On
You're Mine
The One I Knew Before
Who know's Where the Time Goes? (cover)
Both Sides Now (cover)
Sew This Up
Does It Still Sound the Same?
Unworthy