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LOGAN BRILL: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT
Logan Brill’s debut album, Walking Wires, scheduled to release Oct. 15 on Carnival Music, mixes earthy (“Tricks of the Trade”) and ethereal (“Fall Off the Face of the Earth”) narratives with sharp storytelling. Edge (“Seven Year Rain”) and energy (“Month of Bad Habits”) frame her elegant sense of lyric.
“Logan’s is not just a pretty voice,” says Mando Saenz, Brill’s Carnival Records label mate and occasional co-writing partner. “She has a very honest voice that touches people when they hear it.”
“I hear elements of what I enjoy from artists like P!nk, Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride,” adds Grammy-winning engineer and producer Richard Dodd. “Her style sounds fluid, experienced and in control. Logan obviously understands the songs she sings, which is why her performance is convincing. She’s chosen songs wisely and the record is a perfect vehicle for her.”
“Logan’s absolutely amazing,” agrees fellow Carnival songwriter Troy Jones. “She has a voice that makes me close my eyes and just listen.”
“I’m generally an extremely happy person,” the 22-year-old Knoxville native says with a laugh. “I only have very few days a year that I’m down, but I’m really into depressing music. I’m really into music that’s intimate in that sense, even if it’s something that I’ve never experienced before. I’m drawn to the level of depth that you don’t get in upbeat songs.”
“I have too many of them to choose just one, but some of the notables are Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffin and Jackson Browne.”
What CD is in your stereo?
“Dawes, Stories Don’t End. I’ve been wearing that album out the past few months.”
Who is your dream duet partner?
“If I could go back in time, my dream duet partner would be Ray Charles and we would sing ‘Georgia on My Mind. ‘”
What book is on your nightstand?
“A collection of love poems. It has everything from Shakespeare to Dickinson.”
What do you sing in the shower?
“It kind of depends on what I’ve been listening to. For some reason this week it’s been ‘Kiss,’ by Prince.”
What’s your pet peeve?
“Negativity. Keeping a positive attitude will always get you farther in life and make you a happier person.”
What song do you wish you had written?
“‘Late for the Sky’ by Jackson Browne is artistic genius. I wish I could say I had written such a well-crafted, beautiful song.”
Do you have a lucky charm?
“Before I play a show, my two main men are Van Morrison and Jack Daniel.”
What do you hope people will say about you when they look back on your life?
“I hope that people remember me and my music as sincere, and I hope I will be known to some degree for my musical career. “
If you weren’t a musical artist, what would you be?
“Believe it or not, I would maybe be a schoolteacher. I think kids are incredibly inspiring.”
What was your greatest performance to date – and why?
“This year, I was asked to be the featured guest artist with the Knoxville Symphony, and it was one for the books. I got to perform a few of the songs from the upcoming album with the whole symphony backing me, so it was a big thrill.”
What is your favorite food while on the road?
“The veggie burger at Burger King with a large fry and some zesty sauce. Delicious and easy to eat on the go.”
Where was your first gig? And how did it go?
“The first gig I ever played was when I was 12 years old and I sang with my older brother’s blues band. We played at an Italian restaurant in Knoxville called Cafe Europa to about 25 people.”
photos: Cassandra Leete