BrittonJack

BrittonJack

BandCountry

Acoustic Duo or Full Band, BrittonJack get it done! Infectious Harmonies is how they are described best. Check it out for yourself in the audio and video portion of this site or vist them at myspace.com/brittonjack

Biography

Perhaps the music of BrittonJack is so effortlessly melodic, inescapably infectious and perfectly textured because its members have been playing, singing and writing together since they were kids.

Years of practice have made this duo one of the most ear-catching success stories of 2005. At the Country Radio Seminar convention in Nashville, BrittonJack was recently named the winner of “The Next Big Thing” competition, as judged by some of the nation’s top broadcasting experts.

Worth the Wait, BrittonJack’s debut CD, is aptly titled. Britton Cameron and Jack Sizemore have spent their whole career working up to this collection. Years of touring fronting bands, years of working as guitarist sidemen, years in the studio and years with their heads and hearts together as a songwriting team have resulted in a collection that is uncommonly polished and undeniably listenable.

“Fallin,’” the album’s debut single, perked up ears everywhere with its jaunty, exuberant, airy and incredibly catchy sound. The collection also includes BrittonJack’s cowritten “Doghouse,” which has become a standout song for the superstar country band Lonestar. The punchy “There I Am” is slated to become the second BrittonJack single from this outstanding CD.

“BrittonJack is about both of us,” says Britton Cameron. “We’re both singers. We are both guitar players. We both already had lots of experience before we teamed up.”

“We were both songwriters, too,” adds Jack Sizemore. “But not nearly as good as we became together. That’s why we moved to Nashville at the end of 1999. We kept meeting these other writers and wanted to be around them. In a way, I wish we’d come earlier. But we were having so much fun doing what we do. We’re very lucky. We’ve both always managed to make a living making music.”

Jack Sizemore grew up in South Florida and moved to Gainesville to attend college and play in local bands such as Paragon and City. By then, he’d been exposed to a wide variety of music.

“My dad played guitar,” Jack reports. “His family is originally from Kentucky. He has seven brothers and sisters, and they all play. My dad listened to Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard. My sister was a big influence with James Taylor and that kind of stuff. As a kid, I was a Jackson 5 freak. So I went from my dad’s country all the way to The Eagles, America and Toto.

“I was a late bloomer, though. I picked up the guitar at 15 and started playing in bands about a year later.”

It was almost inevitable that Jack would run into Gainesville native Britton Cameron. Britton was playing professionally as a teenager, and as it turned out, the two men had neighboring rehearsal spaces in the same self-storage warehouse.

“My dad always listened to AM country radio,” Britton recalls. “I loved Don Williams, even at a young age. But my mom was probably my main musical influence. She teaches ballet, tap and jazz dancing. So she turned me on to a lot of cool music – everything from K.C. & The Sunshine Band to Bill Withers. My older brother turned me on to all the rock music. But the first concert I ever saw was Alabama. I started taking guitar lessons when I was nine.”

Jack picks up the tale: “My band played at Dub’s, which is Gainesville’s big rock club where everyone played. Tom Petty came from there. We’d been playing there forever. Eventually, Britton started doing the lights for our band. And I would always get him to come down and sing a song by Journey or somebody.”

“Britton’s guitar player quit his band, Lyps,” Jack continues. “We knew each other, so one night at the warehouse across the way he came and asked me if I’d be interested. It was literally that quick. Started playing with him immediately. Wrote a song right away.”

“We’d both already written, but never to this degree,” adds Britton. “This was like, ‘OK, this is what we really need to do now, what we’re going to do a lot of.’ I also remember the day I went over to talk to Jack, he said, ‘I’m not going to come over there just to play guitar. I’m going to sing, too.’ That’s how our sound started.”

Britton Cameron and Jack Sizemore hit the road as soon as Britton graduated from high school in 1986. Within months, they were on a lucrative Southeastern club circuit that kept them working around the clock, all year. The pace was intense, but the experience made both of them much stronger guitarists, singers and writers. They were billed as House of Dreams for about 10 years.

House of Dreams recorded two albums and was then signed by RCA Records, thanks to superstar producer Keith Olsen (Foreigner, Rick Springfield, Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, Santana, etc.). While working on its major-label debut, the band was discovered by Nashville producer/engineer Justin Niebank (Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, Blues Traveler, etc.).

“Justin tried to salvage our House of Dreams record,” says Britton. “He was trying to save the day. But the truth is, the boat was al

Lyrics

Worth The Wait CD " Song by Song"

Written By: Britton Cameron / Jack Sizemore

BRITTONJACK WORTH THE WAIT CUT-BY-CUT

“Fallin’” (Jack Sizemore/Britton Cameron)

Britton: This is one of the songs where Jack had the chorus ready to go. We took the energy of that and started writing the verses on top of this guitar riff he had started. A lot of people compare us with Keith Urban, especially on a song like this. Which is fine with us. What a great person to be compared to. “Fallin’” was the song that introduced to country radio as a duo.

“Another 9 Rounds” (Jack Sizemore/Britton Cameron)

Britton: I was watching a movie and the woman said, “Well, I don’t mind going another nine rounds on this thing.” I think it was from I Am Sam. I immediately got up and wrote that down, thinking, “That’s a good saying.” I didn’t really know what it meant – I guess it’s related to boxing. Anyway, that was the basis for the song. I went to Jack and said, “Dude, I’ve got this song. It’s all about your life. You’re gonna love it.”
Jack: At first I kind of blew it off. I just went, “Yeah, that’s cool, man.” But three minutes later, I was totally into it.

“All I Need” (Jack Sizemore/Britton Cameron/Hunter Davis)

Jack: The majority of what we write comes from a kind of “pleading” place. It’s like a lot of the time we’ll write from the point of view of the underdog. But we have a way of making something negative sound positive.
Britton: This one is positive and it sounds positive. To be honest, I wish we wrote more songs that were always positive.

“The Last Thing” (Britton Cameron/Jack Sizemore/Kenny Lamb)

Jack: When it starts out, you think it’s going to be wonderful. He’s falling in love. Then all of a sudden, it turns on you. This is one that Richie McDonald of Lonestar particularly liked.

“Shine” (Jack Sizemore/Britton Cameron/Billy M. Thomas)

Britton: If I had a pill that made me feel the way this song feels, I’d take it every day. It’s the emotion in this song that I like, the life in it.
Jack: It was written a couple of years ago, so we’ve performed it a bunch. But it sounded good from Day One.

“Everything Or Nothing” (Jack Sizemore/Britton Cameron/Patricia Conroy)

Jack: Patricia Conroy is a country star in Canada, and she recorded a couple of our songs on her last record. And we’re got two or three on her next record. But she hasn’t recorded this one that we wrote together. The other ones we wrote with her, were with her in mind as the artist. This one was more obviously written for us. It is more from a guy’s perspective.

“These Are the Days” (Britton Cameron/Jack Sizemore)

Jack: This one was all Britton’s, really. I only wrote the bridge, so this is one that I don’t take credit for.
Britton: It’s about the most honest song I think that we have.

“Worth the Wait” (Britton Cameron/Jack Sizemore/Bart Allman)

Britton: This is going to be the title track of the CD. It’s perfect for what’s going on in our lives right now. We have our first real album. Jack is newly remarried. My wife and I just adopted a little boy after trying for years to have a kid. So all these things in our lives just kind of came together at this point. We weren’t really writing this with all that in mind. It just happened to come out that way.

“I’ll Be Waiting” (Britton Cameron/Jack Sizemore/Bart Allman)

Jack: This is obviously our James Taylor influenced ballad. It’s melody also kind of leans toward the sound of an old standard. We felt like the album needed another ballad, since so many of our songs are upbeat.

“Doghouse” (Britton Cameron/Jack Sizemore/Jeff Stevens)

Britton: We had the song finished. We were set to release it as our first single. That’s when Lonestar said, “We want to cut the song.” We were, like, “Absolutely. Go for it.” Richie McDonald asked us to work on the second verse to make it fit him better. We tossed around various ideas. He actually came up with the ideas that wound up on their version of the song’s second verse, but he refused to take any credit or any money. Honestly, he did make it better.
Jack: He made it believable for Lonestar’s audience. I respect him for that. When he sang the new verse, I went “Yeah, I like that. We’ll work out the legal stuff.” He said, “No. It’s your song.” He’s a real gentleman.

“There I Am” (Britton Cameron/Jack Sizemore/Bonnie Baker/Jason Mowery)

Britton: Actually, we started writing this song because of a little ring I wear that says, “Wherever you go, I shall follow.” That’s how the verse started. Then we just worked on it until the rest came together.
Jack: One of the great things about Nashville songwriting is collaboration. And there sure are a bunch of us on this one!

Discography

Current Single is Fallin' has been on the R&R Indicator chart for the past 10 weeks.

Their next single "There I Am" you can listen to the demo version by clicking the audio button at the top of this page. Justin is in the studio mixing the single and their will be a special guest vocalist.

Justin is in the studio finishing up the BrittonJack debut CD "Worth the Wait"