About Brett Perkins
I'm originally from Southern California, but have called Copenhagen home for several years now, where my time is divided between touring, co-writing, artist career consulting, leading workshops on songwriting and presenting the LISTENING ROOM CONCERT SERIES and the LISTENING ROOM INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITER RETREATS, held annually in BIG SUR/CA, SAMSØ/DENMARK, INISHEER/IRELAND AND GOTLAND/SWEDEN, where songwriters from around the world gather to share their works and create together in remote, inspiring natural settings. Info: myspace.com/listeningroomsongwriterretreats
My touring has taken me to 33 countries so far, with ten of my co-written songs appearing on other artists albums in the past three years, including the DK hit single 'BREAKING NEWS' with Copenhagen Records artist MADS LANGER. Further co-writes with ANNETTE BJERGFELT (DK). UNA HEALY (IRE), BOO HEWERDINE (UK), TOM KIMMEL (US), SIMON LYNGE (DK), DR. MILLAR (IRE), TEITUR (DK), KEVIN WELCH (US) and many more have received extensive live play. I've also done harmony vocals on several commercial releases, including Scottish supergroup RUNRIGS' 'In Search of Angels' CD, and the latest release by AMALIE RIIS on Songcrafter Records, DK.
Over the past 20+ years, I've had the pleasure of working with and presenting hundreds of songwriters in several countries, ranging from the legends like Burt Bacharach, Jeff Barry, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Randy Newman, Jackson Browne and more, to numerous emerging voices including Jonatha Brooke, Lisa Loeb, Tina Dico, Simon Lynge, Ron Sexsmith, Teitur, Juliet Turner and Dar Williams.
I started my songwriting and performing career in the early 80's as lead vocalist for L.A. based Power Pop band The Sneaks (early videos of which can now be found on YouTube), then going on to become a volunteer, staff member, Marketing Director, Managing Director and ultimately C.E.O. of the National Academy of Songwriters ('89-'96). Other past positions include Publisher, SongTalk Magazine, Producer, Salute To The American Songwriter Awards, Executive Director, Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation (TX), ten year screener for TAXI, host of the Notes From The Acoustic Underground Radio program (L.A.), and founding partner of the Unisong International Song Contest. (And lastly, a brief mid-80's period of exploring other areas of performance, which included fashion modeling, a couple of tv appearances, and a season as a feaured dancer on Soul Train in the mid-80's:-)
I believe music truly is an international language of the soul, and feel deeply fortunate to have discovered and developed a life based in pursuing my own expression, intuition and free spirited living, while offering others the encouragement and opportunity to do the same.
I also believe we are, each of us, so much more than we're taught to believe, and I look forward to meeting and encouraging more of you who sense the same...Namaste
"Songs and vocals in the company of George Harrison, Elvis Costello and Neil Finn" REAL ROOTS MAGAZINE
Pop/folk songs that embrace the listener like a warm blanket on a cold winters day" BT
When it comes to discussing songwriting in Denmark, Brett Perkins is one of three names most mentioned" - JYLLANDS POSTEN
'The voice of great experience' GAFFA.dk
'One of the best kept secrets of the Danish music scene, but not for long' POLITIKEN.