Artist Of The Week // BRYAR
With irresistibly hooking vocals and breezy melodies, Bryar is an artist you won’t be able to get enough of as she shares infectious new single Good Life.
Hailing from Nashville and having graduated from Berklee College of Music, Bryar is the newest name to keep your eye on, a rare gem amidst the saturated field of pop. Bringing you bouncy melodies and buoyant rhythms that will make you immediately want to jam alongside, her sound has an immediate charm that will have you hooked from the very first note to long after the last note has faded out. It’s clear that we’re not the only ones smitten by her either; she has featured on multiple TV networks and movie screens, with her previous single Second Chances being the trailer soundtrack for Lucy Hale’s film ‘A Nice Girl Like You’.
With her most recent release Good Life, she continues honing her captivating sound and brings a sparkle of optimism that is sure to be a welcome retreat no matter what situation you find yourself in. Penned in Los Angeles, the track is sure to permeate into many aspects of your life with its hopeful lyricism and appreciation for the mundanities that we don’t normally give second thoughts about.
Sharing more about the track, Bryar says:
The last time I was in LA I was struggling to get by, this time I’m staying in this bougie Beverly Hills hotel spending everyday in the studio writing. It was one of the strangest moments in my life; It didn’t seem real. I made some of my best memories on that trip and when we got to the studio ‘Good Life’ sort of wrote itself; the words fell out onto the page. This song is fun and carefree and I hope the joy I had living it is contagious. The song is also set to be featured on MTV’s Teen Mom 2.
Feeling curious and excited about this burgeoning songstress, we chatted with Bryar further about how Good Life came about, and her own ideals for a good life.
What’s a motto you live by?
I really like the idea that everything happens for a reason. I don’t think that’s 100% the truth, but keeping that outlook allows me to not get stuck on my mistakes, and enables me to keep moving forward thinking about the future instead of being stuck in the past.
If your sound had a colour, what colour would it be?
Wow I love this question, I’ve never thought about it before but if I were to pick I think it would be a light blue. My songs are usually a mix of happy and sad vibes. Good Life is probably one of my only songs that’s purely happy. Usually I’m right in between crying and laughing.
Can you explain more about how your collaboration with Teen Mom 2 came about?
I work with the amazing sync team and Lyric House LA. They’re the ones behind the MTV placement. I actually haven’t even seen the episode yet, so I’ll be watching it for the first time with everyone else when it airs Tuesday Oct. 6th.
What inspired the writing trip back to LA?
LA is an amazing city for songwriting. There’s so much talent there. I also have a lot of friends that I love working with, so it’s a place I often go for writing trips.
What were some of the most memorable moments of the trip that makes it one of the best trips of your life?
Being back to LA after almost two years felt super nostalgic. LA has some of my favorite food, restaurants and coffee. I mean, drinking Philz every morning is for sure one of the best parts of living in LA. Getting to catch up with a bunch of amazing friends, going to album release parties, it was Grammy week so there was a lot going on in the city and a lot of people visiting from out of town. I had one day of pure down time, I drove to Malibu and walked my favorite beach there. Truly there’s nothing like the California coast.
Do you have any behind-the-scenes stories of writing and producing Good Life that you can share with us?
I have a clip of the voice memo from when we wrote the song. I’ll share it below.
What’s your idea of a good life?
I think happiness is my idea of the good life. Finding joy everyday in the little things and having good people in your life to laugh loud with.
What advice would you have given to your past self in LA?
I think I lacked a lot of self confidence back then. I was scared to put myself out there, and allowed a lot of negative people to influence my choices. I learned a lot from that season and I’m stronger and more confident today for it, so I’m grateful for the lessons when I look back now because I grew into who I am today and I’m far happier now.
It sounds like you have a few collaborations in the pipeline for the near future, which one are you most excited about and why?
I do, I have a lot of new music coming out this month. It’s hard to pick a favorite because they’re all super different. I have a fun almost sarcastic song about falling in love coming out with the amazing Quinn Karter this Friday, and next week I have a dark cinematic song coming out with the amazing UNSECRET. They’re both awesome songs and I can’t wait for them to be released.
And finally, slightly cliché but what does music mean to you?
Music to me means connection. That’s what I love about songwriting. I can write something super personal but when a stranger hears it they feel like I wrote a page out of their own journal. It taps into our deepest core of humanity and allows us to bridge past our differences and simply feel the music. Whether it’s happiness, excitement, or more moody and sad. We get to be in the moment together and that’s what music is for me, connection.