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Debut EP out 9/16 for Bryn Christopher

posted Sep 15, 2008, 3:01 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Sep 15, 2008, 3:02 PM ]
From Girlie Action
The new boy got soul: Bryn Christopher
EP "The Quest" release tomorrow 9/16 on Interscope and playing live for the first time in LA and NY next week

Happy to tell you that the UK soul pop newcomer Bryn Christopher's music will be released digitally in America tomorrow 9/16.
And next week he will be playing live for the first time in America. Bryn, who's album has been produced by Midi Mafia (Nelly, Talib Kweli)  and who's already toured for Mary J Blige and Amy Winehouse, has been nominated for a MOBO Award "Best New Artist" in the UK.

Monday September 22nd @ Viper Room in LA
Wednesday September 24th @ Joe's Pub in NY

Bryn was born to sing, and baby this boy’s got soul in his blood! He’s a naturally charismatic performer with a voice like a runaway freight train. His talent got him the sought-after support slot on Amy Winehouse’s tour at the end of last year while he was still totally unknown, but the Bryn’s secret is out now.

Bryn got his musical start in the theater, which is where he immersed himself as an early teen. But a more the pivotal moment in his musical education came when Bryn and some school friends attended a play and heard “Try A Little Tenderness” sung on the backing track. "I was shouting out to my friends during the play," he recalls. "I was like, ‘This guy is amazing! Who is it?' I'd never heard anyone sing like that. And someone told me it was Otis Redding." A crash-course in Redding's music (along with the music of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder) turned Bryn's musical life upside down: suddenly, he knew that he wanted to make music

Bryn teamed up with co-writer/producer Jarrad Rogers (SugaRush Beat Company) and production supremos Midi Mafia (Jennifer Lopez, Talib Kweli, Nelly) to make his debut album, My World, which will be released January 13, 2009 in the United States.. Midi Mafia recently secured the exclusive rights to use samples from the infamous Stax Records catalogue and have used some of these for the first time ever on Bryn’s album, making it a rare gem indeed. The samples they used include Eddie Floyd’s ‘Big Bird’, ‘Going Home’ by Prince Conley and ‘Hot Dog’ by The Four Shells. Midi Mafia felt Bryn would be great to be the first artist to sing over these samples because his voice and delivery is so reminiscent of that era.

Interscope, which signed Bryn for the U.S., will release a digital EP on September 16, followed by his full-length, My World, on January 13, 2009

Bryn’s first single, ‘‘The Quest’’ he wrote on his mobile phone, and draws on his brother’s personal experience as a soldier stationed in Basra. ‘‘The Quest’’ is also being used in promo spots running this month for the upcoming season of “Grey’s Anatomy.”