My name is Bryan McPherson. I am Singer Songwriter. I have been writing songs for as long as I can remember. Some of my first songs were written on street corners in Boston. At some point I decided to learn how to play guitar so I could really put these words to music and from that point on my life has never been the same.
I started playing in clubs, cafes, subway stations, and art galleries about 10 years ago. My song-writing and performance had developed to a point where other people started liking what I was doing and I made a record with a small label in Boston called Fourteen Stories. It did well locally and I started performing all around the Northeastern United States from Boston to Philadelphia to New York City. I also started to get the attention of some well known artists and secured some great opening slots for Rock and Roll Legend Chuck Berry(opening for Chuck), Celtic Punk Heroes The Dropkick Murphys(me w/dkm, me solo) Shock-rock guru Alice Cooper and countless other awesome bands and artists I was lucky enough to share a stage with.
In 2010 I toured the West Coast of the US. Upon my return to Boston, the familiar “go west” call that rings in the ears of many an eager artist, entrepreneur and pioneer got my attention and wouldnt go away. I put all of my stuff out on the sidewalk and watched it disappear. I got on an airplane with just a couple of bags, a guitar, some songs, and a dream. I moved to The San Francisco Bay Area and settled down in Berkeley.
2010 Brought a flurry of intense songs centered around the state of America, civil rights, injustice, my early experiences here in California, as well as songs I wrote from the guts of Boston- growing up in the 80's under mobster Whitey Bulger, stories of murder, addiction and other street realities I lived through to tell about. I immediately began performing all over the Bay Area.
In 2011 we began production on "American Boy American Girl" and got lucky enough to work with seasoned engineer Willie Samuels on this project and get the sounds and performances I was going for. The fact that this record was made is amazing to me and shows that with a dream, hard work, good friends and awesome fans, impossible dreams happen. I am incredibly grateful for all of the help I got in making this album.
I got involved in the Occupy Oakland Movement and was warmed and incredibly excited to be around all of these people who were saying what I was singing about and what I was thinking about. The synchronicity was truly mind blowing and I am incredibly proud to have been involved. I played along side Amanda Palmer and Michael Moore while helicopters buzzed above us. I was teargassed and shot at by police in the street, rubber bullets whizzing by my head. All for standing up for what I believe in. No regrets.
2012 brought the much acclaimed music video for "Black Man" and a flight to London to perform. It was only suitable to end my “American” record where it all began, in England! London blew me away. It's opportunities like this, to see the world playing music, to meet all of these amazing people I get to meet, but mostly to share these songs with people and have them make a difference in their lives is what keeps me going in this crazy racket. I often do not get paid and invest countless hours and days working on my art and my craft. It is the ultimate thanks when I get emails and letters from folks telling me how my music has helped them get through their day or some of life's other challenges. It's this that I hope to continue to keep doing and this is why I need your contribution.
Help me get a reliable tour vehicle in 2012!
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