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Meet Brett Hardin
Music has mattered to me since I can remember. It has been the most fascinating and important thing in my life, and my only A-game. It’s all I’ve ever done. My grandparents used to love to tell the story of me taking the AM radio apart when I was really little, trying to figure out where the music was coming from, and put it back together. I think I was about four when I did that. It still worked; by the way… Later on, I began to “play drums” along to records on anything and with anything I could get my hands on until finally I got a real pair of drumsticks. Then a real snare drum for school, and later, a drum set.
My first band rehearsed in my parent’s garage and the guys would leave their gear there between practices. Being curious by nature, I began to experiment with their guitars, bass, and keyboards, slowly teaching myself how they worked and how to play them. A singer we had couldn’t sing some of the songs we wanted to play, so I learned how to sing by imitating my heroes. It all became my lifetime homework assignment. I worked and honed the process in many bar bands early on, and with many artists on the road and in the studio. Along the way, I started writing and crafting my own songs, and that process, too, entered into my homework.
I moved to Nashville, TN in 1999 and went on the road with the country group Lonestar for a year. One of the highlights was playing their hit song, “Amazed” with them on their first Tonight Show with Jay Leno appearance. In 2003, I set up shop with my own recording studio and began recording songwriter demos, indie music, and my own material. In 2011, one of my projects, 13B, released its debut album, “Bedlam”, which yielded two number one singles on the Indie Music Channel’s Radio Café, and two IMC Music Awards for Best Song and Best Dance Group.
In 2010, I got a chance to go on tour with Blake Shelton, and it was at one of the shows that I met Taylor. I was immediately taken with his voice, songwriting, and personality. When I came off the road with Blake in 2012, we decided to record a few songs. It was like, “instant rapport”…I understood his music, and he trusted my approach to the production of it. So, when the opportunity to go to Italy arose, it was a no-brainer. We have showcased the music, and have had many favorable meetings. We decided after consulting with several music business people we both know and trust that it’s time to make a full-length debut record.