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David Patrick Bryan
2003 Unity Award Winner
Hi David! First off, congratulations on your Unity award!
What a well deserved honor! It sounds as though you discovered your
musical gifts at an early age,
and found great success as a young artist. Can you tell us about your
transition to recording Christian music and your background with the
DPB: I AM A CRADLE CATHOLIC SO IT
WAS AN EASY TRANSACTION FOR ME FROM SECULAR
MUSIC TO RELIGIOUS MUSIC . JUST LIKE MANY THINGS IN LIFE, ONE THING CAN
LEAD TO ANOTHER. I WENT FROM SONGS ABOUT LOVE FOR A PERSON TO LOVE FOR GOD.
FOR ME IT WAS A NATURAL CHANGE OF VALUES THAT DEVELOPED OVER THE YEARS. IT
WAS ALSO THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKING WITHIN ME. I THINK WE ALL ARE BEING
PREPARED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT EVERYDAY OF OUR LIVES TO DO MORE FOR GOD, TO
MAKE HEAVEN ON EARTH. PLEASE THINK ABOUT JESUS WORDS IN THE OUR
FATHER,"...THY KINGDOM COME THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN." I
BELIEVE THAT THIS IS GOD'S WILL FOR US, TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE, BY
WHAT WE SAY AND WHAT WE DO WITH WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR HEARTS.
CM: Please tell us more about your
family, and the impact they have had on
DPB: MY FAMILY IS GREAT, THEY HAVE
ALWAYS SUPPORTED ME AND ESPECIALLY MY WIFE
LAURIE. I CAN'T BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I'VE BEEN DOWN THAT LAURIE
HAS PICKED ME UP WITH HER UNDERSTANDING OF ME AND MY LOVE FOR MUSIC. SHE HAS
ALWAYS ENCOURAGED ME TO KEEP WORKING ON MY MUSIC. EVEN WHEN I WAS PLAYING IN
NIGHTCLUBS. THAT TAKES A WHOLE LOTS OF LOVE FOR YOUR SPOUSE TO DO THAT BUT
LAURIE TRUSTED ME AND TRUSTED IN GOD. I AM SO LUCKY TO HAVE HER FOR MY WIFE
AND THE MOTHER OF MY 3 CHILDREN. WHO ARE JASON AGE 25 A FILM AND VIDEO
GRADUATE OF SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, COREY AGE 21 WHO IS MAJORING
IN DRAMA AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, AND MELODY AGE 20 WHO IS MAJORING IN
BUSINESS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE.
CM: Your sound is so rich and
interesting? Who are your musical
influences, and who would you list as some of your favorite musicians?
DPB: I ALWAYS LOVED RAY CHARLES FOR HIS SOUL AND SOUND. RAY HAS
ALWAYS HAD THE
ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE TO ALL TYPES OF AUDIENCES. I WAS ALSO INFLUENCED BY
COUNTRY SINGER MARTY ROBBINS, HE ALWAYS HAD SO MUCH PRESENCE IN HIS VOICE.
AS FAR AS MUSICIANS GO I WOULD HAVE TO SAY SEVERAL JAZZ PLAYERS COME TO
MIND. ALSO, ANYONE WHO IS GOOD I REALLY APPRECIATE, CAUSE IT TAKES SO MUCH
TIME AND HARD WORK TO DEVELOP YOUR SOUND.
CM: "One With You", your album of
original compositions, earned the UCMVA
award for Country Album of the Year. I especially loved the song "Mother of
Love". Can you describe your composition process and the inspiration for
DPB: I USUALLY WRITE THE WORDS
FIRST AND THEN PUT THE MUSIC AROUND THE WORDS, BUT
THAT IS NOT ALWAYS THE RULE. ONE THING I DO IS A LOT OF RE-WRITING, I AM
NEVER SATISFIED WITH A SONG UNTIL I HAVE DONE EVERYTHING I CAN TO MAKE IT
CLEARLY COMMUNICATE WHAT I AM TRYING TO SAY. I HAVE SPENT MONTHS AND EVEN
YEARS ON A SONG, NOT ALL AT ONCE BUT I HAVE PUT IT DOWN FOR A WHILE THEN
PICKED IT UP LATER AND WORKED ON IT SOME MORE.
"ONE WITH YOU" DID WIN THE COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR BUT IT WAS IN THE FINAL
NOMINATIONS FOR ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR AS WELL. I SAY THIS BECAUSE I LIKE TO
WRITE IN MANY DIFFERENT STYLES. THE SONG YOU MENTIONED "MOTHER OF LOVE" IS
MORE OF A JAZZ STYLE. CALL ME CRAZY BUT I LOVE WRITING IN WHATEVER STYLE
WILL BETTER COMMUNICATE THE MESSAGE OF THE SONG. I JUST LOVE MUSIC. IT SEEMS
TO BY-PASS THE BRAIN AND GO STRAIGHT TO THE HEART!
CM: You're a great traveler! Tell us
about some of your recent journeys
and how you have used your music to spread the Gospel.
DPB: LATELY I'VE BEEN PERFORMING
ON TV, BOSTON CATHOLIC TV, FAMILYLAND TV,
CATHOLIC TV SAN ANTONIO, AND SOME OTHER STATIONS, BUT REGARDLESS IF I AM ON
TV OR PERFORMING IN A LIVE CONCERT, I KNOW THAT GOD IS WITH ME. THAT HE
GIVES ME ALL THESE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE IN FRONT OF ME TO LOVE. I ALWAYS ASK HIM
FOR MORE LOVE. THAT I MAY TAKE HIS DIVINE LOVE AND GIVE IT TO MY AUDIENCE.
FOR I KNOW THAT THEY BECOME CLOSER TO GOD WHEN THEY HEAR HIS WORDS AND FEEL
HIS LOVE THROUGH MUSIC.
CM: Please share about some of your
other recordings, and any future
projects you may have in the works.
DPB: I AM VERY EXCITED WITH MY
NEXT PROJECT. I AM RECORDING IN JANUARY. THERE
WILL BE SONGS ABOUT THE "SHROUD OF JESUS', "ANGELS", FINDING CHRIST IN YOUR
LIFE, AND OTHERS. I HAVE DONE A LOT OF RESEARCH AND HAVE HAD SEVERAL
DISCUSSIONS WITH DR. GILBERT LAVOIE WHO IS AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERT ON THE
SHROUD OF TURIN AND THE IMAGE CHRIST LEFT OF HIMSELF ON THE SHROUD. JUST
THINK ABOUT THIS; WHAT IF ALONG WITH HIS WORDS AND EXAMPLE, CHRIST ALSO LEFT
US HIS IMAGE AS WELL? I BELIEVE HE DID JUST THAT AND I SING ABOUT IT ON MY
NEXT ALBUM, "THE SHROUD OF JESUS".
CM: Are there any additional thoughts or comments you'd like to share with
our CatholicMom.com readers?
DPB: I WRITE MY MUSIC FOR THE
WHOLE FAMILY. I LOVE SEEING THE WHOLE FAMILY AT MY
I BELIEVE THE FAMILY SHOULD PRAY TOGETHER AND ALSO PLAY TOGETHER.
OUR TIME IS THE GREATEST GIFT WE CAN GIVE EACH OTHER AND WHEN WE GIVE OF
OURSELVES WE TRULY RECEIVE A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD ... HIS UNCONDITIONAL