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Past Shows

23 Jun 2017 Brooklyn, NY ( United States ) Petes Candy Store Petes Candy Store
10 Jun 2017 Brooklyn, NY ( United States ) Brooklyn Pride Brooklyn Pride
06 Jun 2017 Brooklyn, NY ( United States ) Wayward Social Wayward Social
03 Jun 2017 Brooklyn, NY ( United States ) King Killer Studios King Killer Studios
26 May 2017 Washington, DC, DC ( United States ) Ebenzers Coffeehouse Ebenzers Coffeehouse
11 May 2017 ONLINE 'Manifest' Online Release Concert 'Manifest' Online Release Concert
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

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.

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‘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

 

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

(follow link for full article)

 

 

 

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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