Join the ‘Inner Circle’ on Patreon

Check Out my new Patreon Community: Where I share my work in progress and exclusive, behind the scenes content.

Click HERE to learn more & join or watch the video above/read below: http://bit.ly/brettgleasonpatreon

Whether by necessity or design, I’ve embraced being a DIY musician and have learned that the few who truly listen and support my work are my real audience. However many thousands I’ve reached in the years I’ve been recording and performing, it keeps coming back to the same hundred or so fans now friends who have been there from the start and are joining along the way who truly have my back, cheer me on and let me know when I’ve gone astray.

Some people listen to artists for years without ever spending a dollar on them and here I am, asking you to support me monthly, to help sustain the artist vision we’re building together.

Some people can’t give anything, some people can give much more. Some people can only give their time, their ears and their hearts and it all helps to motivate and inspire me to keep creating – A NEW SONG EVERY MONTH is how this has been going down.

And since I’m asking you to pledge your support, here is what I’m promising in return:

MY PATREON PROMISES:

  1. A New Song Every Month: I will record a live video of a song, provide the lyrics and the backstory to the song for ALL on Patreon – I will only post a short snippet of the song on social media. Supporters of $3+ get the .mp3 download as well.
  2. A Live Streamed Concert Every Month: With mostly new music, performed on an unlisted YouTube link only Patreon supporters get, $5+ members can watch live BUT all members will get access after, with a hyperlinked tracklist.
  3. A Welcome Video! I send a personalized welcome video to show you how psyched I am you joined the and give a few tips on how best to enjoy Patreon – I do this through an app called ‘Bonjoro’ via the email you signed up to Patreon with.
  4. Some Sort of Something in the Mail! Depending on your level of support and whatever kind of BG swag you’ve already got your hands on, I’m gonna find a way to send you something new…it might be after 2-3 months of support when I know you’re really in this but I’ll think of something…
  5. FOR THE BIG TIME PLAYERS: A one-on-one video chat or phone call for Patrons of $50+ and a one-on-one live internet concert for Patrons at $100 – both scheduled at your convenience. You deserve it!

 

What is Patreon? Put simply it’s a monthly support system that directly connects artists with their audiences, a private world to explore new work together as we bring it to life. You can jump on for as little as a $1, not get charged until 1st of the next month as well as change your Pledge at any time.

But I know you’ll love it – Patreon is our own social, multi-media account, interactive blog, messenger, live video streaming and chat service. Of course, like most internet platforms, it’s whatever you make out of it and I have some big plans for us…

Why Patreon? For many reasons – most important of all is that I’m looking for a long-term, sustainable path to making music and connecting more intimately with my supporters. Even more important than the financial support is the emotional support and with this Patreon I am committing to making music for whoever is listening, whether it’s a small, core group of supporters like I currently have or beyond. I am committing to a life of creating the most authentic, sincere and directly connected music I can – I am selling out to you.

Where does the money go? Every dollar that I make from the Patreon is being saved to get me into the studio to record the songs we choose or to purchase something I need for my home studio, I will be 100% transparent. And of course, Patreon takes about a 10% fee for us to use this excellent platform.

My truth? I’m a guy who works two jobs to fund the day to day costs of making music in one of the most expensive yet creative cities in the world. But the most expensive thing of all is my time as I not only write but play 90% of the instruments, self-record and produce my albums/videos from my home studio. I have no label or manager. I hire a publicist for 3 months when I have a record out but that’s it. By the time I release the record, the Kickstarter covers the mixing/mastering/printing costs after I’ve spent years and thousands of hours/dollars to get to that point, mostly alone. I’m then too far in debt to tour and have to get back to my day job so the record never gets to truly see the light of day…

If you can make the leap of faith and pledge a monthly support it would be a huge first step towards creating a sustainable life as a musician for me, which is the only way I can continue to create consistently. Not sure if you’re into this? Not sure where your finances will be next month? Put in a small amount to start, you can always change it – for now, the symbolism of your support is huge, as I get my bearings with this platform.

I’ve been supporting and following a few different artists and it’s been amazing, I know you’ll love it here and I know I can be a good host. I’m ready. Let’s do this.

Any thoughts? Concerns? Let me know! Check out my PATREON PAGE to see some public posts and learn more about what I’ve been up to.

xBG

 

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:

GoldMine Magazine pg 38:  “Brett Gleason makes a formidable impression with ‘Manifest’ his sophomore set and an album that lives up to its imposing title. By tunes both mystical and mesmerizing, it finds Gleason turning out a series of piano-based vignettes, theatrical in tone and strikingly unorthodox to boot. Mostly of the keyboard based variety – Gleason – plays all the instruments – the songs surge with odd and often quirky tempos, Gleason’s quivering vocals giving the songs a somewhat profound propriety. No ordinary run of the mill songwriter, Gleason steers these songs into unlikely realms, abandoning the traditional verse-chorus format for a more didactic turn that offer little hint as to where the arrangements will take them.  While Gleason was forced to overcome many challenges earlier in life – a speech impediment, depression and coming out as a gay man – he’s turned those obstacles into triumphs, and those triumphs into songs.’ – Lee Zimmerman – page 38 of October 2017

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’

 

 

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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