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Bryan Wayne Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Bryan Wayne Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Answer: I am a traditional leaning, contemporary country artist. My story is unique in that I am not your typical artist. I have always considered myself to be a songwriter first. But when I was diagnosed with terminal ALS- also called MND outside of the US- I knew I would eventually lose my voice. So I decided to make a record, to put MY voice on songs I've written throughout my career, so that my wife and sons, friends and family and perhaps even the world could hear me forever no matter what.

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Answer: This record was unique in that I didn't include beer drinking, party in the field uptempo type songs.  I have plenty of those in my catalog, but my intent was to record songs with positive, inspirational messages, and/or songs that were inspired by my wife and sons. I wanted my sons to be able to hear me down the road, and have my songs remind them how best to live life,in case I'm no longer here to advise them.

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Answer: It would have to be What If She's An Angel.  We wouldn't even be talking if it wasn't for that song. It was inspired by a daily devotional that I read that in essence posed the question- what if the people you might least expect are "angels"? It hit #2 on the country charts and changed my life. We decided to record a more broken down version for my project, and we chose to make it the last song on the record. I feel that it's still a message that resonates today.

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Answer: I have people that were inspired to be organ donors by What If She's An Angel.  Since my ALS/MND diagnosis, people have said that the messages in my songs have inspired them to be better people, to be more kind, etc.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Answer: I've been told that both my great grandmother and grandmother were extremely creative and loved music. My wife and sons inspire me in terms of my creativity, but really life in general is my muse. Garth Brooks as at the top of my list from an inspirational artist standpoint.  Again we wouldn't be talking if it wasn't for his influence in my life.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?    

Answer:  I have no idea what the future holds, other than it seems that music ebbs and flows. There are a lot of 80's/90's inspired tunes on today's radio.  I feel like there's less originality these days, but that's in a way expected as there are only so many topics you can write about, and only a limited amount of notes that you can use.

Lamitschka:  If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Answer: Making digital royalties more on par with radio royalties.  The industry has really taken a hit with the more modern what that people hear their music. I don't think people had the foresight to handle the popularity of streaming, and we are as a result now playing catch up.

Lamitschka:  What was your big break that got you into the music business?

Answer: I recorded a four song CASSETTE that got on local radio and won a few local music awards. That opened the door to me making contacts in Nashville, who encouraged me to move to the Music City and take a shot.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?  

Answer: The prospect of losing my voice due to my ALS/MND diagnosis. 

Lamitschka:  What has been your greatest challenge in music business? 

Answer: Trying to get my music and story out there to the world as an independent artist with limited resources.

Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

Answer: Hearing a song I wrote on the radio for the first time, hearing a song I wrote performed on the Grand Ole Opry.  Seeing the music video on CMT.  Being at a concert and hearing the crowd singing along to a song I wrote. What If She's An Angel hit #2 on the country charts and changed my life. Making this record- While You Wait- and experiencing my sons hearing their dad on the radio.

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Answer: Thanks for giving me a listen!  Beyond that, my message to European fans is my message to the world.  To quote a song that I wish I  had written- live like you're dying- because we all are.  We all have a terminal disease called LIFE, no one is getting out of here alive. So do your best to live in the moment, to be kind, and to leave the world better than you found it.

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