The Brian Lee Robinson Legacy Project
Brian Lee Robinson is a Texas Singer/Songwriter that has face more hurdles than most.
At 16 he was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Something that qualifies most people for disability. But he struggled to get through Texas A&M, dropping out one semester to have surgery for the Crohn's. But he bounced back and finished his degree with honors. But his career was not in his degree,
He took off to Nashville a year after graduating to pursue his dream of being a songwriter. Worked as a maintenance man, and Bartender at a Music Row hotel, until he landed a job at a publishing company. The Crohn's Disease continued to haunt him, although never as bad as before. After a divorce and shortly later being laid off from the publishing company. He went back to Houston to regroup. Once he got there, he realized he could not afford to return. He couldn't find a decent job because as he said, “Its hard to find a job when they realize you've been screwing around with music for 8 years.”
So, he went back to College to become a Registered Nurse because he knew he could go back to Nashville and work anywhere with that degree.He delivered pizza and work as a security guard in Nursing School to pay bills and Child Support. In the 90’s he was in Memphis to be close to his daughter. Traveled back and forth to Nashville, and started a Publishing Company with long time friend and songwriter, Roger Alan Wade. Roger landed a major record deal and cut an album with 5 of the songs they owned publishing on. But the album was never released
He started struggling with alcohol, and went through treatment. In 1999, still struggling with alcohol and Crohn's Disease, he returned to Houston to regroup. He quit drinking and continued working as an ICU Nurse. Of course, the common thread was always songwriting. He said “In Nashville, everybody cowrites songs together, I had to learn to write alone again”.
Around 2000 he started having a lot of shoulder and knee pain, and by 2005 he started having severe back and neck pain. He discovered that the long term use of Prednisone, that he had taken for years when first diagnosed with Crohn's Disease caused bone deteriorationand Arthritis later in life. It had saved his life, but he was paying for it now. As the pain got worse, he continued to work and write songs. “Music always kept me going.” By 2013, he had a shoulder replacement, and recently a discectomy and fusion of 4 of his neck vertebrae. Still struggling with lower back pain, and being told it was so bad he needed a “Spine Transplant” He has struggled with depression, as well. He marches on, writing and singing his songs. “Music is the only thing that keep me going.”
He started the Brian Lee Robinson Legacy Project for several reasons. “1) We don't know how long we are going to be in this world, 2) To get my message of hope out, that we can survive anything if we have a passion for something, like I do music. And, 3) To help me record my best songs to leave as a legacy to my children and grandchildren. I have written well over 300 songs in the last 10 years, not all of them are hits, I am sure. But I have 20-30 that are.” He plans to record them and pitch them to singers, record himself, or pitch for movies and TV. He already has one movie cut in a new movie called Surge of Power, Revenge of the Sequel, as well as a Top Ten hit in Canada, and many recordings, including cuts by Country Music Hall of Fame members Jack Greene, Bill Anderson, and Hank Thompson. The Brian Lee Robinson Legacy Project will “allow me to get my best songs out there before it is too late” Brian Lee Robinson has faced and overcome things that would have left many hopeless. He wants to spread his message that we can overcome anything with God at our side, and a song in our soul.
For information go to: www.gofundme.com/brianleerobinsonlegacy
Writer: Burn Roberts for Country Music News International