Upcoming Shows

26 May 2017 Washington, DC, DC ( United States ) Ebenzers Coffeehouse Ebenzers Coffeehouse free
23 Jun 2017 Brooklyn, NY ( United States ) Petes Candy Store Petes Candy Store free

Past Shows

24 Apr 2017 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ( United States ) Kung Fu Necktie (upstairs) Kung Fu Necktie (upstairs)
21 Apr 2017 Somerville, Massachusetts ( United States ) PA's Lounge PA's Lounge
14 Apr 2017 New York, NY Pianos Pianos

Brett Gleason’s direct connection with listeners allows him to sing to the emotional truth, cutting to the core of the matter to address the experience and not just the story. In doing so, Brett writes songs that speak to the universal while writing in abstractions.

A multi-instrumentalist and self-produced artist, Brett Gleason constructs deceptively complex songs that twist and turn but effortlessly stay in your head to burrow in your heart. At first glance his 2nd album ‘Manifest’ is a piano based folk rock record but it is so much more than that. After years of dealing with mental illness it is Brett’s re-initiation with reality, a re-birth, a declaration and a triumph. The ten song cycle approaches the great themes of life such as love, sex, death & time with the grateful but hesitant approach of the newly recovered.

The result is both sad and hopeful at the same time – ‘I’ll break your heart, so I can put it back together, stronger than ever’ Brett sings on ‘Rough Love’, daring you to face your truth and be better for it.

From Brooklyn NY by way of Long Island – Brett’s early life was hampered by a severe speech impediment, leading to a solitary childhood immersed in the arts. His struggle to communicate led to a mastery of multiple instruments and a fiction degree from the New School University in NYC. Both an out gay artist and bi-polar sufferer, Gleason knows what it’s like to live a life of intensity outside the mainstream and his unique music & writing reflect this.

Also an avid contributor to the Huffington Post, Brett consistently contributes to the conversation on issues of mental health, politics, pop culture & LGBT equality. His first self-titled debut album was a dark mix of piano pop and electro rock that debuted in the Top 100 of the iTunes Alternative Charts in 2014. It produced 5 music videos & was called, ‘An absolute winner’.

Though a classically trained pianist, jazz guitarist & fiction author, he sees the combination of the written word and composed sound to be the most powerful form of artistic expression and has focused his early career primarily on songwriting and recording.

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‘Manifest’ is OUT NOW

‘Manifest’ is OUT NOW!

At long last & 3 years in the making, I couldn’t be more proud to present Manifest‘. My 2nd full-length album feels more like my first as I strip down my sound to address the basic themes of humanity such as love, loss, death and time with the fresh perspective of an artist reborn.

The best way to experience ‘Manifest’ is in its native environment where you can listen, order an autographed CD, t-shirt & 3 posters all directly from me:

Whereas my debut album of dark, electro-rock dealt with the drama mental illness – ‘Manifest’ is my re-initiation into the life of the living as I finally try to live and love in the light of the world. It’s not easy but armed with my piano, acoustic guitar, and poetry, I’m starting to navigate this complexly beautiful world and have devoted ‘Manifest’ to my first forays into its depths. It’s a more acoustic, melodic driven record that slowly builds in style and complexity…

Of course, Manifest’ is also available through every digital outlet such as iTunes & Spotify if you have such preferences – ‘Manifest’ goes with you.

So much gratitude to all who helped make this record! From the Kickstarter backers who funded it, the fans who cheered me on & the loved ones who stood patiently by as I threw myself into a project that encompassed much of my life.

xBG

 

New Single: ‘If I Could’ Premiere

The opening track & 2nd single to ‘Manifest’ is called ‘If I Could’ and it recently premiered on ‘FourCulture’ –  introduces a drastically different sound to my arsenal using entirely acoustic, folk-based instruments I played entirely and addresses the faulty thinking that starts with the phrase, ‘I’ll be happy when…

Head over to ‘FourCulture’ for the exclusive premiere and their in-depth analysis of the track.

 

The Expiration Date Music Video

 

After a year of hard work, I’m proud to present the ‘Expiration Date’ video – a haunting story of love & loss.

It’s the first time I included gay content in my work, despite being an ‘out artist’ for as long as I’ve been creating.

Why? Because it’s the first time I’ve written a song about love.

It’s a same-sex vision that shows we love & lose just like everyone else and when we’re hurt, we cry the same tears too.

Thanks to PureVolume.com for Premiering the video:

http://www.purevolume.com/news/PREMIERE-Brett-Gleason-Expiration-Date

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HuffPost Article: ‘Love is Not Forever’

(originally posted on Huffington Post)

Love is not forever and neither are you. Forever is make-believe and that’s okay too.

Like every emotion, your love will change. It can become a new love but it will never the be the same. You will not be who you were last year and your lover won’t be who you fell in love with the next.

If this sounds like the dark ramblings of a single man on Valentine’s Day let me correct you: I am in love and in an excellent relationship. I have a boyfriend who treats me like a prince. I am fortunate.

After a break up a few years back, I wrote a song, to sum up the experience of love’s conclusion – it wasn’t about the situation but the feeling it was inevitable, another cycle had run its course.

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