We had the good fortune of connecting with Aaron Bryan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aaron, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think for me, it’s my tangibility and the authenticity that goes into my music. Behind each song is a real story about real life and the things I’ve been through. There’s no safety nets or holds, I gamble everything with my honesty and emotions in hopes that it’ll turn into great art, because I think that’s what people connect to the most. I want fans and new listeners to listen to my music and feel that we’re in that moment together. Whether that moment is falling in love, leaving home, a broken heart or whatever it may be…I’m right there with them. If they can feel that when the listen to my music, that’s when I know I’ve done my job as an artist.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think my differentiating traits are a few things, my storytelling for sure! And the most obvious one is that I don’t look like most, if not all country music singer/songwriters out there. I’m not saying I’m the only one that looks like me, but it separates me from the majority and I whole heartedly am intending on using that to my advantage. I’m most proud of the fact that people are beginning to really discover me and my music. I actually got recognized by someone in a public a few months ago, which was kind of crazy, but I loved it! Getting to where I am today, I wish I could tell you that it was a stroll in the park, but it wasn’t. There was a lot of moments of obscurity, but also amazing moments as well. I overcame the hardships by holding the good memories close to me and repeating to myself that I have exactly what it takes to succeed in the industry. I learned that I had to qualify myself. With or without a publishing deal, a record deal….I’m still a super star and nothing can ever change that or take it away from me. One of my favorite Lady Gaga quotes is “I’ve always been famous, it’s just no one knew it yet.” I want the world to know to jump on this bandwagon, before it’s launches like a rocket! Because I have exactly what it takes to get me where I’m bound to end up, I’m ready!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I think we’d check out the Dallas Farmers Market for sure, one of my favorite places!! Then check out the Arboretum with some cold coffees, hop on over to Klyde Warren Park and close the night out at Glorias with some margaritas. We’d also go the Dallas Museum of Art, the Perot Museum and the West End! All amazing and super fun places to check out!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes! My shout out goes to my friend Adrian Blanasay, he is the Executive Director of Music Helps Org. It’s a non-profit organization that brings musicians together for benefit concerts and 100% of the proceeds go towards good causes and helps people in need. You can reach out to him on instagram @adreyyy and @musichelpsorg. It’s a great organization, if you’re a creative person, please reach out to him! He’s always been super supportive of me and my music.
Photos by Kris Davied and Carl Flowers