A multi-instrumentalist and self-produced artist, Brett Gleason’s sophomore album ‘Manifest’ is a piano-based folk rock record that 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 – 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.

Birthday Concert 2017

Thank you so much for joining me for my now 4th Annual Birthday Concert! This one was extra special as you gave me the opportunity to share a bunch of new songs I’m currently working on in a private, supportive environment – something the internet isn’t always…THANK YOU! Here is the concert in full – please don’t share this link or video as it’s JUST FOR US! I’m currently thinking up some ways to nurture and share these new songs moving forward but for now, this will be our little secret. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
xBG

  1. If I Could (sound check, cut short)
  2. The Strong & The Silent 4:00
  3. New Space 10:00
  4. Jealousy 17:00
  5. Versions of Love 24:00
  6. Grey Lines 30:00
  7. Real Love 38:00
  8. Cruel 43:00
  9. Second Guess 50:35
  10. p.s. My apologies but my fancy microphone was messed up and I had to use my laptop mic 🙁

ALIVE Official Music Video

I’m so proud to release an aspirational new video for my ALIVE – my first guitar based song and tribute to dreams. Thanks to Music News for premiering!

Isolation isn’t just a large theme in Brett’s life. He makes it a recurring theme in his music, and music videos. His new video for “Alive” features Brett waking up on a deserted beach, dressed all in white and unsure of his situation. As he explores the shore to get his bearings he finds his ring, necklace, and guitar which serve to rebuild his confidence and help reclaim his dreams. His visual presentation is captivating and intense, taking his guitar up to the dunes to sing to the sky before descending to the ocean and disappearing back into the water. Complex and deeply emotional, Brett delivers a striking performance uniquely his own while inspiring the viewers to boldly declare dreams of their own.

‘Manifest’ Album Reviews

Some great reviews of ‘Manifest’ have been coming in! I’ll be posting some highlights here:

Atwood Magazine Review‘Brett Gleason’s Manifest (independently out 4/14/17) is a perfect example of a great sophomore album that shows an artist truly finding his footing as a great songwriter…..Gleason can also write a catchy tune that’s impossible to not sing along with….Brett Gleason’s sophomore album is a lush work of excellent music from a growing singer/songwriter. Where so many rock artists tend to rush out a second album and it just seems like a lite version of the first, Gleason’s Manifest shows an artist that put a lot of time and effort into making a genuine improvement from his first.’  –  James Crowley ‘Atwood Magazine’ 

Newsday ‘Manifest Review’- LI’s Brett Gleason is a True Original:  ‘Gleason sounds radio-ready….Throughout his new album, “Manifest” (Brett Gleason), the Huntington native tries out different approaches to his particular brand of piano-driven indie rock. The lush single “Expiration Date” shows how Gleason is most successful when he tries to stretch the boundaries of a catchy rock song.’ – Glenn Gamboa ‘Newsday’

The Lowdown Under –  ‘A work of introspection and dazzling musical flourishes. He finds such ease in being intimate as he does theatrical and it’s all on display here.’ 

Music Junkie Press‘Multi-instrumentalist Brett Gleason returns with his sophomore album, Manifest and it is fueled with a depth of emotion and passion’

 

 

‘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

 

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