专辑名称：The Day I Brave
其实 有时候 听的多只是数量上的 很多唱片也只是一扫而过 然后就彻底搁置一旁
只有8G的iPod 却始终填不满 并且其中还有很多是一直待在里面没有拿出来过的
而这张《The Day I Brave》绝对是不该错过的一张 如果不是看了鸟先生的Top110 这又是张错过的专辑
可以是写爱情 亲情抑或只是借山水抒发情怀 但都是那么自然流露又积极
今天的重点推荐 不是那种安静到让人很容易入睡的专辑 但肯定能让你的心平静
Though James was always told he had a powerful voice, he didn’t begin writing songs until his sophomore year at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While at home in Derry on Christmas break, James was approached by a local music teacher, Kevin Kandel, who had heard him sing “Candle in the Wind” at the funeral for James’ best friend’s mother. “Kevin said to me, `I can’t get your voice out of my head. You have something very unique inside of you and I think you should learn to play an instrument and try to write your own songs.’ We then spent the whole night listening to hundreds of records by classic artists like the Beatles and Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder, and he’d point out the phrasing and songwriting style of each one. By the next morning, I was hooked. It just fueled this thing inside me and I went back to school with a brand-new fire.”
James taught himself to play piano and took a year off from school to spend time in L.A. writing songs. “I was so passionate about songwriting, I wanted to get involved in the music scene and start performing,” he says. In 2002, he returned to Chapel Hill, graduated, and moved to New York City, where he toiled at Urban Outfitters by day and performed at open mics around Manhattan’s East Village at night. To gain access to a piano to practice, James would sneak into hotel ballrooms around the city. “I’d dress to look like a guest at the Plaza Hotel, so I could walk in there unnoticed,” he says. In 2003, James’ manager was able to get a demo James had made to Carly Simon at her home on Martha’s Vineyard “just to see what would happen,” James says with a laugh. Two weeks later, he received a call from the legendary singer/songwriter, who told him that she couldn’t get enough of his voice and had begun singing his songs around the house. “It was surreal,” James recalls. “She was so complimentary, not only of my voice, but of the songs. She told me I needed to keep writing.” Simon asked James to come to Martha’s Vineyard, where the two recorded a version of her Oscar-winning song “Let the River Run,” for the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.
Encouraged by his new mentor, James continued to write and perform and eventually caught the attention of Capitol Records, which signed him to a recording contract in 2005. However, when the infrastructure at the label imploded, James became a free agent. Seeing a golden opportunity, he took the money from his termination agreement with Capitol and recorded As Oceans Rise on his dime and his own terms, enlisting producer Mikal Blue before James even knew how, or if, the album would be released. Blue, who would go on to score a platinum record with Colbie Caillat, helped James capture the intimacy of his live performance. “I said to Mikal, `I’ve done a lot of shows over the last few years and I want to give the audience as real and genuine a performance as possible when it comes to the vocals and piano playing.’ And what I like most about Mikal is that he really listens to the artist and tries to figure out how to give them what they want.”
James finished tracking the songs on The Day Is Brave in June and released a four-song digital EP via iTunes, entitled The Ballroom Break-In in honor of his days sneaking into hotel ballrooms. The EP reached #13 on iTunes’ Alternative/Pop chart and the digital retailer’s editorial staff dubbed James a top singer/songwriter to watch in 2008. Since then, James, who’s played with Carly Simon, Joss Stone, Corrine Bailey Rae, Robert Cray, and Keb Mo, among others, has kept busy performing in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Chapel Hill as he waits for The Day Is Brave to be released by his new label Decca/ Velour Records.
”It feels great to make this record on my own terms,” James says. “These songs have been pent up in my mind for years and to get them finished and out there for people to hear is extremely exciting. I’m looking forward to playing for anyone that will listen.”
With his warm, rich tenor and emotionally powerful songs, Brendan James announces himself as an artist-to-watch on his dazzling debut album The Day Is Brave. Rooted in the classic singer/songwriter tradition, with its introspective lyrics and unforgettable melodies, the album is 11 tracks of stunning songcraft: elegant, earthy, and displaying a total lack of artifice that is rare in the pop world these days.
Influenced by the understated simplicity of the Carly Simon, James Taylor, and Carole King records he grew up with, James knew he wanted his debut to sound natural and unaffected. The phrase stripped-down is so overused, and bare-bones doesn t really describe it, he says, but I wanted the simplicity of the art to come through. I wanted it to have tasteful blend of folk and pop influences.
2. All I Can See
3. Hero’s Song
4. Early April Morning
5. The Other Side
6. Run Away
8. The Sun Will Rise
10. Let Your Beat Go On
11. Take The Fall