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By Rachel Snyder

Longtime country music artist Bryan White played a heartfelt show in his home state Friday night.

White, 40, performed at the Simmons Center as part of the Chisholm Trail Arts Council’s CTAC Live concert series.

He’s a Lawton/Fort Sill native who grew up in a musical family. Throughout his career, White has had 17 singles on Billboard’s Country charts, six number-one singles, two platinum records and two gold records.

“I love music because it’s blind to color or gender,” he said. “It brings people together.”

White now lives in Nashville, Tennesee, but makes frequent stops in his home state. He took the stage at the Simmons Center last New Year’s Eve and attended the Lt. Governor’s Turkey Hunt in April.

“It’s always a privilege to come home, I’m glad to be back in Oklahoma,”  he said. “I get calls to come to Oklahoma during the holidays.”

White performed some of his older tunes, music from his new album, “Shine,” and classic Christmas songs.

White performed the upbeat song “Sittin’ On Go,” and the more somber “I’m Not Supposed to Love You Anymore,” and “So Much for Pretending” from his 1997 album “Between Now and Forever,” as well as the newer “Dustbowl Dreams” inspired by a book about living in the Dustbowl.

“I re-connected with my roots and I’m a product of people who stuck it out,” White said. “I’m an Oklahoman.”

He also performed a Gospel-style tune, “Amen,” from his new album, and Christmas music, including “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” and “Our Savior Is Born.”

For one night only on October 29th the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon in Tarzana, CA was home to singer-songwriters Bryan White and Scotty Emerick as the final stop on a west coast run. Having seen these two long time best friends perform before I knew it would be magical and fun. The evening was presented by the California Country Show headed up by local artist country radio podcast host Dave Bernal. Dave keeps country music alive and well in Southern California.
Opening the evening was local Fullerton, CA country singer-songwriter Alice Wallace. Her sound is a mix of country, folk, blues and rock bringing to mind Bonnie Rait, Emmy Lou Harris and the twang of Loretta Lynn yet continuing to stay true to herself. Since the release of her debut album in 2011 Alice has gained national attention and praise for her uniqueness and style.
When I mentioned earlier that Bryan and Scotty together would be magical and fun I was right on the mark. The acoustic set was filled with stories, jabs, music and laughter. The respect these two friends have for one another is so evident and refreshing to see. Bryan treated the room to some of his hits, “Rebecca Lynn,” “So Much For Pretending,” “Sittin On Go” and “Amen” from his latest album release, “Shine.” Scotty sang some of his songwriting hits, “I Love This Bar,” “Beer For My Horses,” “Love Me Like My Dog,” “I Can’t Take You Anywhere” and a new song he has written (which I hope I am pardoned for possibly not getting the title correct. I got lost in the music and did not grab my note pad fast enough) “There’s No More Where That Came From.” It was small stage, but a big show.

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Raising close to $35,000 on Kickstarter enabled Bryan White to release his first new album in almost five years. This project is a true labor of love for him. This is the seventh album for this handsome native of Lawton/Fort Sill, Oklahoma whose talent quotient is set to max. He has enjoyed a successful career for nearly two decades and regardless of which hat he may be wearing, be it producer, songwriter, or singer well, the end result, quite simply, allows him to Shine.

He has had seventeen singles on Billboard's Country Charts, six number one singles, two platinum records, two gold records, and who can forget “From This Moment On” when he joined forces with the dynamic beauty, Shania Twain. He has been awarded a Grammy, a CMA Horizon Award, the ACM Top Male Vocalist award, and People magazine named him one of their “fifty most beautiful people”. What you may not know is that his songwriting abilities helped put some of his famous peers on the charts. Sawyer Brown and Diamond Rio both made it to the top five slot with songs co-written by White and several other artists have recorded songs he's written; Wynonna, Love and Theft, and LeAnn Rimes, among them.

White says he has always been grateful for all he’s been given throughout the years but now looking back in retrospect, he is more grateful than he’s ever been before. He says that taking a career break allowed him to concentrate on his marriage to his beautiful wife, actress Erika Page White, and his two sons, Justin and Jackson. *I found my true identity, not only as an artist and a songwriter, but as a human being. I realize now that life is an incredible gift and it’s meant to be lived on purpose and outwardly. Music is a gift and a great vehicle but it’s really about what happens beyond the music for me. What kind of legacy did I leave as a husband, as a father, and a friend?

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By: Shea Conner

Shine CVR"What happened to you?" "Where did you go?" "Why aren't you on the radio anymore?"

These are the kinds of questions that Bryan White fields on a consistent basis, but he realizes most of them aren’t mean-spirited. They come from genuine curiosity.

After all, it’s been a while since White was prevalent in the public eye.

In the mid-1990s, White stood at the top of the country music genre. He fit perfectly into the post-Garth Brooks climate of Nashville with his big voice, easygoing personality and catchy, streamlined sound.

He rode those qualities to a huge amount of success, notching six No. 1 hits: “Someone Else’s Star” in 1995, “Rebecca Lynn,” “I’m Not Supposed To Love You Anymore,” “From This Moment On” (with Shania Twain) and “So Much for Pretending” in 1996, and “Sittin’ on Go” in 1997. His first two albums reached platinum status, and the gold-certified “The Right Place” followed in 1997. During that time, he gathered a sweet collection of ACM, CMA and CMT awards as well as a Grammy.

He also picked up a case of severe stress and depression. In his early 20s, White says he couldn’t handle the pressure of such prosperity. He became increasingly critical of himself, overly analytical of his work and he wrapped his entire identity into his music persona. When his fourth album didn’t meet the commercial expectations he’d hoped for, he finally decided to take a step back.

“You can really get burned out, and it can really become mundane, as it has at times throughout my career,” White explains. “You get bored with what’s going on and you become uninspired.”

White says it took a long time to re-discover his creative spark. He worked on a Christmas-themed EP years later, but it would take an entire decade before White released another full-length original album. After the death of his grandfather and some much-needed introspection, however, White wrote, recorded and independently released the album “Dustbowl Dreams” in 2009.

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The wait is over!  SHINE is available now!  Click here to order a signed copy!

Track Listing:

Shine

Another Day In The Sun

Amen

Call Me Crazy

Born To Be Somebody

Another Man's Shoes

What I Already Know

 

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