Hometown Jams: Bryan Martin (09/29/2023)
With a blue-collar, everyday working-class background, Bryan Martin lives the
stories he writes. Those real-life emotions and experiences expressed in song
resonate with audiences because the two are one and the same.
From the oil fields in Louisiana where he was a “roughneck” on the rigs, to
pursuing his hobby of writing songs and learning to play guitar, this self-taught
musician/songwriter is quickly becoming recognized as one of country music’s
emerging new talents.
Music was part of Bryan’s upbringing from an early age. His mother, who sang
with such traditional country artists as Faron Young, Allison Krauss, and David
Houston, recognized his talent at age six. By the time he was eight, Bryan started
singing at local festivals and fairs. As a teenager in high school, he stepped away
from music to focus on working after school and summer jobs. He’d write songs
on the side “for fun.”
“Songwriting has always just been a hobby – a passion,” said Bryan who is
celebrating the success of one of his songs, “Beauty In The Struggle,” which
went viral on TikTok and hit the radar of music industry executives. “I started this
for fun, but now I’m doing what I love for a living,” Bryan remarked.
Influenced by those traditional country music artists that he grew up listening to,
Martin honed his songwriting and performance skills through the years. As a
songwriter, his diverse catalog of songs numbers over 3,000 ranging from
traditional country and southern rock to outlaw country and country gospel.
Martin hopes to be the greatest that he can be with the talent that he’s been
given and strives to work harder than the next guy. He lives by the best advice he
ever received – “Don’t let your head outrun your feet… follow your heart and stay true to your roots.”