Written by Andrew Greenhalgh
Faith. Family. Passion.
All of these are key building blocks for a life, let alone an artist and theyre qualities that up and coming Urban Gospel artist, Brian Donald, possesses in spades.
Brians musical journey began like most playing in school bands up through high school while, along the way, his mother provided him with toy organs and Casio keyboards that further fueled his play and his skills. At the age of ten, he even took to doing a poor mans multi-tracking with two cassette recorders. This passion for innovation, and gadgets, would stick with the artist in the years to come.
His father, a jazz musician who played piano, drums, and bass, also provided a keen influence. Storing all of his equipment right in the living room, his father provided the budding artist with plenty of easy access where, at the age of fourteen, Brian began recording a series of living room tapes, fueled by his fathers purchase of a drum machine.
Church also played a large role in the young artists life as well. Being raised in his home church, Macedonia Baptist Church of Detroit, currently pastored by his uncle Pastor Charles D. Twymon, and being led to Christ at the age of nine by his grandmother left Brian with a lasting impact, one that has colored his life ever since, influencing his music greatly.
Fueled by musical influences as diverse as Prince, Kirk Franklin, Deitrick Haddon, and more, Brians taken his talents, honed to an even keener edge while performing with his church singing group, Men Up, and used them to develop, New Life, his upcoming debut album due out in July.
Featuring twelve new tracks, including modified remastered versions of Crazy, Hes Alive, and To The Cross, Brian does it all, writing and performing all the parts himself, vocally and instrumentally, drawing upon his influences, creating a sound that offers up elements of 80s funk, R&B, pop, and techno with modern sensibilities as well.
With a heartbeat and appreciation of music that acknowledges the art forms entertainment appeal but also its deeper value, Brian keeps his focus on those deeper elements. Hes out to create the best art possible, for sure, but his ultimate aim is that listeners hear and know of his belief that Jesus Christ died on a cross for our sins, rose from the grave with all power, sits at the right hand of the Father, and will return.
Brian Donald lives and believes those truths and, on New Life, he invites listeners to do the same.
I grew up listening to my Dad play Jazz piano, bass and drums. He inspired me to start fooling around with the piano and drums. I was also raised in the church so I am definitely influenced by Gospel music. My mother got me a keyboard when I was very young and when I was about 14 years old, my dad bought a drum machine and that's when the creating began. I made a bunch of basement tapes. Check out Power Surge Productions here on Soundclick for some of my old stuff.
I am looking for Christian singers, musicians, writers and producers to join me. If you are in the Metro Detroit area contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Musical Influences (I'm all over the place):
Dad, Prince and related artists, Kirk Franklin, Mint Condition, Teddy Riley and all things New Jack Swing, Stevie Wonder, Deitrick Haddon, Fred Hammond, Darius Twyman, The Winans, Richard Smallwood, Hezekiah Walker, J Moss, Tye Tribbett, EW&F, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, mostly all the old school hip-hop artists, P-Funk, Michael Franks, BabyFace, Kraftwerk
A few of my favorite spiritual fathers:
Pastor Charles D. Twymon, Pastor Emery Moss, Pastor Claude A. May, Pastor George Bogle, Dr. Charles Stanley, Bishop Joseph Walker III, Dr. Tony Evans, The Late Dr. Frederick Sampson, Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pastor Rod Parsley, The Late Pastor Jack Wallace, Hank Hanegraaf.
A buncha stuff.
God is Faithful!