At 26, Jacob Bryant has lived through more than men twice his age. Hidden behind his blue eyes andcharming smile lies a past of addiction, death, and divorce that have fueled his songwriting and pushedhim to track some of his most popular biographical anthems including “Save My Soul,” “This Side ofSober,” “Too Late to Turn Around,” “Country Went to Hell,” and “Up In Flames.” The Jasper, Ga., nativeperforms with the vigor of a seasoned road dog and delivers a show that combines the storytelling ofcountry music with the passion of rock.
“It’s Country Music done my way,” says Bryant.
His 2016 EP Up In Smoke debuted at #7 on ITunes Country Chart and the video for the single A Woman’s Touch, debuted at number one on CMT’s 12 pack countdown – and stayed in the top 5 for 17 weeks! It’s hard to imagine the up-and-comer with such rich vocals once failed middle school chorus being he was too shy to sing in front of people.
Bryant grew up in the mountains of north Georgia where he started on the indigenous stylings of hisfamily’s Bluegrass band. “I was 8 when I first started playing guitar, “he explains. “I listened to Bluegrass music over and over again while strumming my Martin. I love Flat Lonesome andMountain Heart.” As he got older, Jacob started playing in church where he served as leaderof the youth group.
The singer/songwriter continued to hone his craft and took his show on the road after graduating fromhigh school, but It was New Year’s Day 2010 when his life changed forever. “My Mom had taken a nap and didn’t wake up. I was on my way to Nashville when I got the call and my whole world fellapart.” Bryant began a downhill spiral in the throes of addiction. “I had trouble dealing with my mother’s death, and it took me looking in the mirror and realizing I wasn’t happy with the person looking back at me to turn things around. I was able, with help, to completely quit drinking for a long time and to get control of my life. My mother would have wantedme to continue on with my music; it was her dream. I kind of made her dream my dream,” sharesBryant.
He turned to songwriting to process his grief and wrote “Sometimes I Pray” as tribute to his mother andlater tracked a song that depicted his battle with demons in “This Side Of Sober.” “I love playing thatsong live. The fans always sing it back to me. It’s the one that changed my life,” says Bryant. He continues to write on his own and with pals; penning a tune with fellow country newcomer Luke Combs called “Out There.” “ I also wrote a song with my good buddy, Jon Lawhon, of the rock band Blackstone Cherry. Jon told me they were going to cut a version of Save My Soul which is so cool. It’s one of my favorites.”
2017 marks the release of his fifth EP (Jacob Bryant Unplugged Vol 2) and two new singles in anticipation of his first full length record due out in February of 2018. “I’m really proud and excited for my fans about the new record” says Bryant. “We recorded a couple of my most requested songs from our live show along with a number of new songs I can’t wait to share”.
Look for Jacob on the road at a venue near you this fall. To find out more about Jacob’s music and tour schedule visit his website at www.jacobbryantmusic.com or his facebook site www.facebook.com/JacobBryantFans.