Born and raised in Oklahoma, Nashville was an easy choice for Brennin with its small town feel, but it was Nashville’s ability to lend a musical environment that allows for creativity, regardless of the genre, versus “taking a number” in other locales where assembly line production is praised that attracted Brennin the most. “Every single night in Nashville, you can find a different flavor of music from rock to metal to R&B. It’s really exciting to be a part of this new movement and to watch groups like Kings of Leon, Paramore and numerous other rock bands help put Nasville on the map as the ‘place to be’ for originality like Los Angeles was 30 years ago,” explains Brennin.
Brennin wrote or co-wrote all 12 tracks on his latest album, Bring Back Tomorrow, with its title and its lyrics representing this generation’s foresight to actually learn from the social blunders made over the past decade and its desire to socially, and personally, tackle mistakes before they happen. The first single, On and On, speaks to the frustration humanity can ensue when necessary change somehow remains debatable, “Promises we always break, we can love like there’s no tomorrow, but can’t remember yesterday” asking “Are we ever going to change? No, we never seem to change.”
Portraying similar musical sentiments derived in the late 60s, Brennin hopes this album can communicate that the only indisputable language we all understand is love. “We gotta learn to meet our differences with peace,” from the track Try, he hopes will encourage action over ineffective reaction.
With a dichotomy of musical influences from the Eagles and Michael Jackson to Marvin Gaye and Chris Cornell, Brennin has closely studied his idols. These various influences can be heard throughout his third album, Bring Back Tomorrow, resulting in what’s being described as a strikingly unique sound that is truly “honest,” courageously surrendering trepidation over perfect chords and perfect notes. His vocal prowess remains as strong as in previous albums, but this time underlined with a softened maturity and accentuated with his Joe Walsh guitar style.
Scotty Huff at 16 Ton Studios produced Bring Back Tomorrow. Kip Winger, from the multi-platinum selling band Winger, also assisted with the recording and appreciated hearing all of Brennin’s influences rolled into one. Jeff Juliano, who has worked with the likes of John Mayer, Lifehouse, Dave Matthews and Jason Mraz, agreed to mix the album after hearing the originality portrayed within Brennin’s music, calling Brennin’s sound “timeless.”
For the past five years, Brennin has opened for national acts throughout the south and the Midwest, toured with a national recording artist as a backup vocalist and guitarist and has produced three albums. Brennin began his musical aspirations at age 9 playing drums, but as he describes, “It was when my grandmother gave me my father’s 30-year-old Epiphone guitar at the age of 12, I knew I had found home. It felt right; it felt natural; it felt like this is my future.”
by Erin Boyd