Pennan Brae
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Pennan Brae

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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"91.5FM's Interview With Pennan Brae"

Pennan Brae's Interview With Michael McCartney (at the 21-minute mark) can be heard at: - Pennan Brae

"Artist First Radio Interview With Pennan Brae"

Artist First Radio's Interview With Pennan Brae With Pennan Brae can be heard at: - Pennan Brae

"The Vinyl Experience Podcast With Pennan Brae"

The Vinyl Experience Podcast With Pennan Brae can be heard at: - Pennan Brae

"KSCL 91.3FM's Interview With Pennan Brae"

KSCL 91.3FM's Interview With Pennan Brae can be heard at: - Pennan Brae

"MusicDish TV Reviews Pennan's Video 'Goin' Down'"

Singer/songwriter Pennan Brae released two full-length works in 2009, one of which is called 'Amber Glow' and features, among other billiant songs, Goin' Down. The tune is as soft and laid-back as all Brae's repertoire. But the track soon unveils its distinctive edgy sound, spiced with blues. The video was released on March 1, 2010. Brae's songs have been widely appreciated last year, receiving airplays and charts placements not only in North America, but also in Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The video of Goin' Down was directed by Thomas Smith and stars actress Raquel Riskin.

Pennan Brae's voice is soft and gentle. His songwriting quite often involves romance and love. Instrumentally, he's a master on keyboards, having played the piano since the age of 5. He is also a great guitarist and on many tracks you can hear him playing harmonica. Find out more on his music at - MusicDish TV

"Pennan Brae Releases New Album"

"Shaded Joy" a Welcome Addition to Canadian Music Scene; Nov 27, 2008.

Musician Pennan Brae releases new album, which was recorded on PEI. Read this interview for insight into the inspiration behind Pennan Brae's album "Shaded Joy".

Vancouver-based musician Pennan Brae recently traveled 6000 kilometres from coast to coast to record his album, "Shaded Joy". Recorded at A Major Sound studio in Malpeque, Prince Edward Island, Pennan is excited about the release and can't wait to take his music on the road.

Recently, Pennan Brae stayed put long enough to share personal stories and insight into the creation of his album "Shaded Joy".

Musical Influences

Pennan is a singer, pianist, and harmonica player who also plays a bit of guitar and bass. For those who haven't heard Pennan's music, it's a subtle fusion of rock, light rock, and acoustic melodies. Pennan thoughtfully sums up his music, "We keep the songs melodic, with a fun harmonic structure beneath and a solid, tight beat throughout."

When describing his musical influences, Pennan gets animated.
"Well, it starts with the blues first and foremost. Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Elmore James. There's something essential and foundational in that music. It cools you out and sets you straight. After that it's a chronology of 50s rock, with brilliant writing from Buddy Holly & Eddie Cochrane, the 60s a la the Beatles, Stones, Dylan. The 70s with Steve Miller, Springsteen, Mellencamp. "

With well-placed harmonicas and irresistible piano undertones, Pennan has successfully blended his musical influences into his own unique, well-rounded sound.

It's obvious by Pennan's passion for the musical greats that music is integral to him. "Oh, music is vital. It calms you down and brings you up. And it can offer some extra support and inspiration when you need it. I think art generally, be it painting, drama, fashion or literature is vital to the soul's growth and nurturing. It softens us up, makes us creative, keeps us understanding."
"Besides," he laughs, "music is fun to dance to!"

"Shaded Joy" Album

There are seven songs on his recently released EP. The song lyrics span diverse topics, but they are unified by a central musical theme: shaded joy.

Pennan Brae opened up about each song's inspiration:

• "Anyways" refers to a girl in high school;
• "Have You Ever Been" considers that we're never alone, and we can relate to what others are experiencing;
• "Pathways" deals with reuniting with someone that you haven't seen in a long time;
• "Won't You Spend The Night With Me" is self-explanatory;
• "The Forgotten Man" is about a man losing his wife to Alzheimer's disease;
• "Blind Love" is when you're just too oblivious to note the obvious; and
• "Something's Missing" touches on what we might be missing in life.

Pennan's inspiration for the album title itself came from a trip to Thailand. "I saw this lone tree in a field in rural Thailand. There was nothing about; just this lone, solitary tree. It looked like it had been there for a while, as in hundreds of years. I wondered if at one time it had a bunch of other friends--as in trees. I'm sure it did."
"But the tree looked impressive and romantic; kind of indignant that it was not going to move from this spot, even though everything else had been cleared around it. Then, add a person strumming a guitar under the shade of it and what do you have? Shaded Joy!"

Toward the Future

Pennan Brae, as always, is looking toward the future. In fact, he's already working toward recording his next EP.

But Pennan doesn't take his successes for granted. Nor does he forget how fortunate he is to be living in the now. "We're so fortunate to live in an era where music is so easily broadcast," he says. "Imagine centuries past! You'd have to get to a symphony hall somewhere to hear the latest Bach or Beethoven."

Thankfully, if you'd like to read more about what Pennan is up to or would like to purchase his album "Shaded Joy", you don't have to travel as far as the days of yore. Just visit Pennan's site.

In the words of Pennan Brae, "Life without music would be like TV without colour...and sound for that matter! Keep your ear to the ground!"

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"Junior's Cave Interview With Pennan Brae"

If you are in the mood for something laid-back and chilled with a pop-rock edge to the sound, then Pennan Brae promises to be the perfect choice. His style of music easily sets him as a music entertainer who captures the softer side to Rock/Pop music. In this recent spotlight with our Webzine, Pennan speaks briefly about his music. Enjoy!

Isaac: What was the best part of 2009 so far for you musically?

Pennan: I reached the Top 10 (at #9) on FMQB's AC Top 40 for my lead single, 'Anyways'.

Isaac: What do you feel was your biggest accomplishment for 2008?

Pennan: I recorded my debut CD, 'Shaded Joy'.

Isaac: Describe the music scene in your area.

Pennan: Vancouver has a great music scene; it's very West Coast, attracting lots of artists from around the world.

Isaac: What has been the best venue to perform at and why?

Pennan: My very first gig in high school at a music hall; the first time's always the best!

Isaac: Elaborate a little about whom were your biggest influences in the music industry and why?

Pennan: My biggest influences have been musicians, such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, AC DC & Elton John. I admire their professionalism.

Isaac: Let's talk about what you feel you will bring to the music industry?

Pennan: I play laid-back, chilled pop-rock, which I hope people will enjoy & relax to.

Isaac: If you had an opportunity to work with one artist or group, who would it be and why?

Pennan: I would love to work with The Rolling Stones, for I feel they are the best at what they do.

Isaac: How would you describe your music to others?

Pennan: My music is relaxing, mellow pop-rock.

Isaac: What type of feedback have you received from fans about your music?

Pennan: So far it's been positive; that they enjoy the music.

Isaac: Where can fans locate you at online?

Pennan: My music is at

Isaac: What can fans expect from you in the next five years?

Pennan: I plan on recording, releasing & performing many more albums.

Isaac: Time for some shout outs to your family, friends, and fans.

Pennan: Thanks to everyone for their time in listening & support.

Isaac: Final words…

Pennan: Relax & be happy!
- Junior's Cave

"FMQB Interview With Pennan Brae"

Get To Know... Pennan Brae

Town and state you grew up in: I grew up in Toronto, Ontario.

Town and state you live in now: I live in Vancouver, BC.

First instrument: My first instrument was the piano.

Instruments you currently play: I currently play keyboards, harmonica, guitar, bass & sing.

First performance: My first performance was in Grade 10 at a High School Musical at a Hall for 1,000 people. It was a fantastic experience. I played Bruce Hornsby's “The Way It Is” with a drummer.

Last book you read: I read “The Pursuit of Happyness” by Chris Gardner. An inspiring story.

Favorite movie: My favorite movie is “Trainspotting.”

Song you wish you had written: “Yesterday” by Paul McCartney.

Favorite song: “Happy” by The Rolling Stones.

Three people (alive or dead) you would want to have dinner with: 1) Keith Richards, 2) Robert Johnson, 3) Buddy Holly

Three CD’s you can’t live without: 1) “Forty Licks” by The Rolling Stones, 2) “Highway To Hell” by AC/DC, 3) “Hail Hail Rock 'n Roll” by Chuck Berry

Your most recent project: My “Shaded Joy” CD.

Message to the world: Focus on your dreams, live positively & treat others as you'd like to be treated. - FMQB

"Indie Showcase Review Of Pennan Brae's 'Amber Glow'"

'Amber Glow' Review By Australia's Indie Showcase
Australia's DJ Shashona of Indie Showcase, below reviews 'Amber Glow', the 2nd release from Pennan Brae.
'This amazing singer / songwriter hails from Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. Pennan Brae has captured the listener with outstanding lyrics and uniquely presented vocals. This laid Back and Sexy Artist brings us slow and easily into his world. Amber Glow, has within its cover catchy and upbeats songs, bluesy and sexy tracks, along with ballads. He takes you on a journey through relationships and human emotions. His songwriting skills show through out Amber Glow. He has used the harmonica, piano, Organ and guitar on these tracks in such a way that they will leave you weeping with joy. Very Nicely done indeed.
I have chosen three tracks off Amber Glow to single out here to review. These three are my personal favorites from this amazing Album:
Goin Down - This is the 2nd track off Amber Glow. I choose this one for its sexy bluesy feel. Pennan Brae will have you swaying along from the first note.It is a catchy melody that you will buy into from the first note. He sings about Falling and rising up. Goin' Down speaks of this roller Coaster we call life. Broken Relationships and getting back up on our feet to go on. He has nailed it on the head with this track. The Organ and harmonica seals the deal!! The lyrics will touch the soul of anyone who has gone through this. Brilliantly done!
If I lose you - Pennan Brae has allowed us to see into his heart on this track. He speaks of the fear of loosing one he loves. The feeling of isolation and loneliness. The lyrics cry for a soft place to fall, resolution and hope. Brilliantly composed. Once again , he has used the harmonica to showcase the song successfully. Pennan Brae has the ability to tell a story within his songs that we can all relate to. Terrific Job on this track Pennan Brae!!
I need you now - This is an upbeat song from the Amber Glow Album. I dare you not to tap along! Fantastic drums / percussion work on this track. Pennan Brae will convince you that He "Needs You Now"!!! It is a celebration of human relationship, friendship and Love. This track will leave you smiling. Once again Pennan shows us his songwriting abilities with "I Need You Now". I love the upbeat vocals on this. I am convinced! Pennan Brae is the Bomb!!
Pennan Brae has done a wonderful Job on this Amber Glow Album. Give yourself a treat today and grab it! Its one of those albums you will want in your car, your home, well, everywhere.'
Yours in the music always
Shashona & The Indie Showcase Team
Indie Showcase
Indie Showcase Review of Amber Glow
[The 2nd CD cover (Amber Glow) back.] - Indie Showcase


Early Rise - 2011
Amber Glow - September 2009
Shaded Joy - April 2009



“There is a lot of success in finishing something and enjoying the moment of how all of the parts came together. I get a lot of satisfaction in that.”

Hailing from the east coast of Canada, singer-songwriter Pennan Brae has carved out an incredible niche for himself as a truly independent music artist. Making his own way with his talent and passion as a guide, he has achieved a level of success normally reserved for artists with a team of executives pulling the strings. For Pennan, there was no compromise when it came to his art, it has been an obsession for as long as he can remember; he always knew he wanted to play music, and have the ability to express the emotions that were driving him.

Taking his name from his grandfather’s Scottish heritage, Pennan’s journey began in Toronto, when his parents signed him up for classical piano lessons at the age of five. While he was an excellent piano player, he began to tire of playing other people’s songs. The performance bug bit hard when Pennan and a friend performed in his school auditorium at an end-of-school celebration, playing to over a thousand people. But it was a lonely New Year’s Eve (his family had moved from Toronto to Vancouver in his last year of school and he was spending that New Year at home) that resulted in Pennan really finding what moved him: writing original music. It may not have been a great song, but it was an inspiration. He had focus.

His first year at University brought something else into the spotlight, the seven-note blues scale, taught to him on piano by his Jazz Professor. Pennan, who could play any piece of sheet music you put in front of him, started to experiment with creating his own sound. He began to experience the music as he was playing, giving him a feeling that like no other. “It was like an addiction. I just wanted to learn about new sounds and new chords. I experimented by putting notes together, so that I could continue to discover what sounded good, and what could be produced from me musically.”

Shortly thereafter, Pennan continued to challenge himself by buying a low-priced guitar, teaching chords to himself while his fingers suffered on the inexpensive strings. It wasn’t until he was comfortable with his skill on the guitar that he treated himself to an upgrade. He also made a move to Prince Edward Island, the smallest province in Canada. It’s a very tiny island, and also a home to the arts. Pennan came with the desire to work on his music and to start recording some of his original songs. He was surprised to find producer Paul Milner owned a studio on the Island. Milner, who has worked with Keith Richards, Queensryche and Eddy Grant, to name a few, agreed to produce Pennan’s first release, something that Pennan, a huge Stones fan, could hardly believe. Their work together would yield three albums, a triptych of sound that showcased Pennan’s musicianship and songwriting. “Shaded Joy, Amber Glow and Early Rise are mostly sequential, with seven songs on each release. I thought seven songs was the right focus for each album, and while there is a lot of development, musically, within the series, I believe the albums are consistent. They have a similar sound and intention.”

While experiencing some success on Triple A Radio and doing promo – once driving 10 hours from Canada to Idaho for a radio interview and acoustic performance – Pennan hooked up with Venezuelan guitarist Yonny Vizcaya. Originally, Yonny accompanied him on some acoustic dates, but they decided to join forces musically, the result of which is Pennan Brae’s fourth release, Turquoise. The recording was meant to be a straight piano/guitar acoustic record, with Pennan wanting to experiment with a different sound from his previous three releases. However, the music and emotion took on a life of its own, with Pennan, along with Vizcaya and producer Kaj Falch-Nielsen, deciding to add drum, trumpet, pedal steel guitar, and, for the heck of it, a little FX. “There are two versions of Turquoise – an FX and non-FX version. Growing up, I loved those odd bits of strange noise in a song. To me, it made a tune fun and memorable. This album has more songs then I’ve ever had on a release – ten this time – and I wanted to give my audience something unique with the music.” A personal high for Pennan’s on this album was having legendary Canadian DJ Bro Jake help to end the last track, “Signs.” “I contacted him on Facebook and thought for sure I’d get no reply, but he jumped in with both feet. It was a huge cherry for me, I’d grown up listening to him, and he just couldn’t have been nicer.”

Also unique is Pennan’s experimentation with music video. His YouTube channel [] is a cinematic goldmine, and also a nod to the story telling videos he loved as a kid. From kamikaze filming at San Francisco’s AT&T field, to a 26 hour shoot with no sleep in a 1950s classic car to getting permission from NASA to use actual footage from an Apol