With a blue-collar, everyday working-class background, Bryan Martin lives the stories he writes. Those real-life emotions and experiences expressed in song resonate with audiences because the two are one and the same.
From the oil fields in Louisiana where he was a “roughneck” on the rigs, to pursuing his hobby of writing songs and learning to play guitar, this self-taught musician/songwriter is quickly becoming recognised as one of country music’s emerging new talents.
Music was part of Bryan’s upbringing from an early age. His mother, who sang with such traditional country artists as Faron Young, Allison Krauss, and David Houston, recognised his talent at age six. By the time he was eight, Bryan started singing at local festivals and fairs. As a teenager in high school, he stepped away from music to focus on working after school and summer jobs. He’d write songs on the side“for fun.”
“Songwriting has always just been a hobby - a passion,” said Bryan who is celebrating the success of one of his songs, “Beauty In The Struggle,” which went viral on TikTok and hit the radar of music industry executives. “I started this for fun, but now I’m doing what I love for a living," Bryan remarked.
Influenced by those traditional country music artists that he grew up listening to, Martin honed his songwriting and performance skills through the years. As a songwriter, his diverse catalog of songs numbers over 3,000 ranging from traditional country and southern rock to outlaw country and country gospel.
Martin has had the privilege of opening for some of country music's biggest acts, including Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Warren Zeiders, and Colt Ford. On August 29th, 2023, Bryan achieved a significant milestone in his career by making his Grand Ole Opry debut, showcasing his remarkable talent to a legendary audience and making his lifelong dream of stepping into The Circle come true.
Bryan’s sophomore album, Poets & Old Souls, arrives as a collection of deeply personal and introspective songs that showcase his growth and evolution. Known for his raw and emotional storytelling, Martin has always been open about his struggles with addictionn, loss, and mental health. With its mix of haunting melodies, poetic lyrics, and heartfelt vocals, Poets & Old Souls is a powerful and moving testament to the enduring human spirit. The project is now available on all major digital platforms.
Martin hopes to be the greatest that he can be with the talent that he’s been given and strives to work harder than the next guy. He lives by the best advice he ever received –“Don’t let your head outrun your feet… follow your heart and stay true to your roots.”