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Bryan White To Be Part of 2015 Country Music Cruise Lineup
Seven Day Cruise Travels from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau, St. Thomas,
St. Croix and Private Island Half Moon Cay,
Hosted By Television Personality Lorianne Crook
Following the success of this year’s sold out, inaugural 2014 Country Music Cruise, StarVista/Time Life and Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (ECP) reveal the lineup for their 2015 Country Music Cruise with concerts by superstars Martina McBride (who will be onboard for a very special appearance on 1/21/15), Charley Pride, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Aaron Tippin, Darryl Worley, Asleep at The Wheel, Restless Heart, Wade Hayes, Bryan White and Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys among others. Beloved television personality Lorianne Crook, of the long-running talk show Crook & Chase, will return as the official host of the seven day voyage aboard the luxury Holland America ms Eurodam, which travels throughout the Caribbean from January 18-25, with stops in the picturesque ports of Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and the private island Half Moon Cay.
"From This Moment On" Hits Top Ten Country Wedding Song List
Top 10 Country Wedding Songs
So get out your hankies as we travel down that musical, rose-strewn path with some of the most romantic matrimonial tunes ever recorded in our list of the Top 10 Country Wedding Songs.
#8 "From This Moment On" -- Shania Twain (with Bryan White)
The Knot-Tier: "From here on after let's stay the way we are right now / And share all the love and laughter that a lifetime will allow."
Strait plucked the heartstrings of country gals everywhere with this tearjerker that anchored his movie, 'Pure Country,' back in 1992. Since then fans have danced that special first dance to this sweetly sentimental tune and longtime favorite.
Interview with Bryan White - Singer/Songwriters's Showcase
By: Amanda E.H. Pritchard News-Aegis
Hit maker, named one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People and a huge Sooner fan are just a few of the characteristics that come to mind when folks talk about Bryan White.
Born in Lawton, Oklahoma this singer-songwriter found his way to Nashville through hard work and a love of one of the most important things in his life—music, along with being a dad and husband to his One Life to Live soap opera star, Erika Page.
Raised on and around music throughout his life, White believes it’s important to infuse music in a person’s life at an early age.
“Music has played such an important role in my life,” White said. “It teaches you such discipline. It’s very mathematical in its execution and really rewarding. Music allows you to be a part of your own creativity. I remember when I first started creating my own beats and experiencing that first taste of independence.”
Inspired by his musical mentor, Steve Wariner, who he was first introduced to through his musicians parents who constantly rehearsed and were learning one of Wariner’s songs.
“Oh my gosh! There’s something about his voice. There’s a timber and a tone in his voice,” said White. “His phrasing is really unique. He’s like a late 80’s version of Glenn Campbell. It was a defining moment for me. If he does a new guitar thing or a production trick I say to myself, ‘I want to be like Steve Wariner.’ He’s still a major influence on me.”
As for his personal process, White says music just comes to him. “Sometimes I start jotting down titles or thoughts. I’ll send a melody to a lyricist. I’m all over the map.” Encouraging newcomers to develop a thick skin and learn from every experience, White says he’s doling out a healthy dose of reality. “I’d say to newcomers how amazing it is to be in such a creative world like the music industry.” In regards to being a singer, songwriter or both, White says longevity is in songwriting. “Songwriting is blind. You can do that for the rest of your life. It’s about building your catalog, and it doesn’t matter what you look like.”
Recalling the first time he heard one of his songs on the radio, White said he was in Tucson, Arizona with a record label rep. “It was so bizarre. We were on the way to the radio station we were listening to and someone called in requesting my song,” said White. “Hearing your hard work coming through the speakers of your car is a surreal moment.”
Drawing inspiration from anything and everything for song and album titles, White says it jumps out at you.
“You start looking at your project and the subject matter of your record. It’s about where you are at that moment in time.” For instance, with his latest project with the working title of Shine!, he said he was inspired by another great day in the sun.
Excited for The Heart Behind the Music Songwriter’s Showcase on Friday, November 22nd at 7 p.m. at the historic Ritz Theatre in Talladega, White says a special energy is generated at a songwriter showcase.
“They’re great because everybody is generally an admirer of one another. It’s also a spectator sport for us too. These songs are ones we’ve loved since we were kids. So, it’s a concert for me too,” White said. “There’s a great energy creating that synergy.”
Looking forward to meeting old and new fans from St. Clair County, Talladega and beyond, White will explain the stories behind such chart toppers like Shania Twain’s From This Moment On. “Shania and Mutt Lange called me personally. I was on my bus asleep and thought it was a joke,” he said. “I was honored to do it. It was a big privilege, and we had a good blend.”
Music lovers and White fans can look forward to Bryan performing hits people know like Rebecca Lynn, From This Moment and perhaps sneak in a new song. “The audience is going to hear the stories behind all these songs, and a lot of people really love that. It’s more about the songs.”
Greg Barnhill, Richie McDonald and Kim Carnes will also join him center stage at The Heart Behind the Music Songwriter’s Showcase.
From the fella whose first concert was Loretta Lynn, Bryan looks forward to relaying to the audience the heart behind his music.
“It’ll be an intimate evening hearing about the craft of songwriting.”
Reserve your tickets by visiting www.ritztalladega.com.
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Grammy award-winning music artist Bryan White visits Tortolita Middle School
The seventh- and eighth-graders at Tortolita Middle School were treated to a small concert from Grammy award-winning country singer Bryan White last week. He also spoke about having and persuing a dream – something each child can do.
He has worked with Shania Twain, Sawyer Brown, Diamond Rio, LeAnn Rimes, and numerous other country singers, and last week, he stopped by Tortolita Middle School.
Bryan White, who has charted 17 singles on the Billboard’s Country Charts, sang & spoke to the seventh & eighth graders at the school. Though most of the time was spent singing and signing autographs for any student that wanted one, White encouraged the kids to surround themselves with good people, set goals, & reach for their dreams.
“Everything in life is going to be a challenge, but there is something that we all have been given. And that’s a dream,” he said to a student-filled gym. “I still have dreams, too. I still have lots of dreams. And I still think they are going to happen. That’s what’s so great about them – you can believe that they can happen. But, you have to believe that they will happen.”
When White was young and growing up in Oklahoma, he had the dream to become a singer and make records. With $500, which was given to him by his family, he took his first steps toward his dream by moving to Nashville, Tenn.
“I wanted to prove something to the world. I wanted to write songs to make an impact.”
Together, Shania Twain and White sang “From this Moment on,” which went to number four on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. On his own, White has received a Grammy, a CMA Horizon award and an ACM Top Male Vocalist award.
Tortolita Middle School’s Associate Principal Todd Ponder and White have known each other for the past four years. The two met while Ponder was working as a teacher at Rebecca Boone Elementary in Missouri. The two stayed in touch and as Tortolita Middle School is currently making a push to have stronger male roles in the lives of children, they made this unique experience happen for the students at the school.
White did not charge anything for the event, but the school’s student council paid for his air travel.
White, who doesn’t normally speak to large groups of students about his past, felt that talking to the students was a way to give back to those who helped him along his way growing up.
“I remember there were a couple instances when some people came to my school when I was a kid,” White recalled after performance at the school. “Now that I look back on it, I see what they were doing. It’s so important to bring people who have some sort of story or success to some degree to come in and share a little bit about how they got there and their struggles.”
White is hopeful that the kids were, if even in the slightest, encouraged to be a leader and to strive to make changes not only in their lives, but the lives around them.
“It’s fun being able to be in your platform and do something positive, like today,” White said.
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