Bryan is currently spear-heading a new project
Bryan clearly recalls one of his first guitar lessons because “there was a media frenzy around the rumor that Paul McCartney was dead. I recall watching the news instead of having a lesson.“ While that brief interruption didn’t hinder him from becoming a great guitarist, it likely propelled Bryan in a unique direction as a songwriter with tunes fueled by mystery, spirituality, pop culture and all things human. Independently releasing his first studio CD on his own sassafrasongs label in 2004, "Way" is an uplifting collection of acoustic-based songs that read like a spiritual road map: suggesting we can get there from here while acknowledging there will be twists and turns along the way. Guest artists include Dale Baker, David LaMotte, Laurelyn Dossett of Polecat Creek and producer Rob Seals.
Bryan’s calculated vocals draw comparisons to some of his contemporary influences - James Taylor, Bruce Cockburn, and David Wilcox - while his precisely-picked guitar work owes more to an experience he had when he was young: “My parents took me to a Chet Atkins concert when I was three and I was mesmerized.“ Though his songwriting seeds were sewn as a youth, it took a 1983 Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Maryville College in Tennessee, a 1987 Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky, and a career as a local church pastor and campus minister to send him in the direction he’s headed these days.
Bryan combines spirituality and emotional storytelling into a sentimental yet lighthearted style. He tours listening rooms, theaters and coffeehouses AND leads workshops and retreats at colleges & universities, churches, conference centers, and private venues. Bryan also provides programs as artist-in-residence and offers services as a worship-leader.
As Salem Presbytery's Hunger Action Advocate, Bryan staffs two committees who collect & distribute the presbytery's Pennies for Hunger offering AND he speaks/sings/lobbies on issues of hunger and social justice. Bryan has served local PCUSA congregations in Kentucky and Indiana AND as campus minister at Maryville College, the University of Louisville, and the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Bryan lives in Greensboro, NC with his wife, daughter and their pets.