Meet Musician Brett Copeland! Brett Copeland's incredible vocals, electrifying stage presence, and transcending, anthemic songs have branded him as a world-class singer, songwriter, and performer. There is definite star power about him. The Los Angeles-based frontman has shared the stage and collaborated with some of the world's most successful bands and music producers. He has performed with members of Guns N' Roses, INXS, Chris Cornell, Grandson, Billy Idol, Justin Bieber, and many more. Having worked with multiple Grammy award-winning super-producers who have written and recorded with The Rolling Stones, Queen, Alice In Chains, Jane's Addiction, and many other world-renowned acts, Brett has risen from the depths to become a compelling presence whose music reaches the core of all who are fortunate enough to discover it.
Brett has been passionate about music since he was a child. He was not shy about singing and entertaining and took to performing whenever he had the opportunity -- whether it was a relative's wedding or the church choir. He has a strong stage presence and describes his music
as versatile, upbeat, and high-energy. Gemma Magazine wanted to speak with Brett about his creative journey, what inspires his craft, and of course, fashion.
Can you tell us about your musical background and how you got into music?
Since my earliest memories, my entire life has been about singing and entertaining. I was in the church choir for many years, starting in second grade. I was in school musicals. There are even photographs of me at 8-10 years old singing with the band at relatives' weddings. I would ALWAYS ask the band at any of my relative's weddings if I could sing "Lullaby On Broadway." I promise – there are photos.
Who are some of your biggest musical aspirations, and how have they influenced your style?
I have so many. However, Elvis and Paul McCartney are at the top of the list. Not only were they the greatest of all time, but they also seemed to have the most fantastic attitudes. The positive, friendly, and approachable rock star appeals to me. I loved the 90s Seattle scene as well.
How do you approach the creative process of writing a song or composing music?
I like to write on acoustic guitar or bass, but I have written songs on a cheap keyboard or off a voice recording on my phone. Some songs write themselves. There are many songs I look back at in wonder - I don't even remember writing them. Some, however, take a lot of time. Various songs are never finished. Certain pieces are inspired by one line or even one word. Songs are hiding everywhere. I recently wrote a song and borrowed a few lyrics from another song I wrote 15 years ago.
What is your inspiration when it comes to your music?
I am a sucker for a stage and an audience. It's become a spiritual endeavor for me. I look forward to spreading the high vibrations to whoever is in the audience. I love and live to see the joy. I used to perform for "me." There was a lot of ego attached. Now, it has become a service. My service is to make people happy and help them forget their problems for an hour or so. To have that gift and not use it would be a sacrilege.
Do you love fashion and pick out your apparel?
I do love fashion. My wife is a fashion maven, and I have learned much from her. However, I must admit that I don't always apply it when performing. Frequently I want to. We pick out excellent options. However, I change my mind a lot right before I go on. The same thing happens at photoshoots. I want to feel comfortable and natural. I am less daring and more practical these days. But she still makes sure even my essential attire is above average.
What are some of your favorite looks?
I love the Beatles look in "Get Back." But that's not me. I love leather – for instance, the 1969 Elvis comeback tour or Jim Morrison in his leather pants. I like the simplicity of a button-down and jeans. Cut sleeves. Cool jackets. Streamline, rock, yet still somewhat upscale.
How do you connect with your audience and make sure they have an enjoyable experience?
I love people, and I love what I do. It's genuine. When that happens – when it's natural, and coming from a particular place, and the talent is there, everyone will become intoxicated by the spirit of the moment. I don't know what happens up there sometimes. The few times I look back at a recorded performance, I am stunned. I don't remember doing all that up there; it's very in-the-moment and inspired.
It's like being at an inspiring event with many people you love. You get caught up in the energy, and it all flows naturally. I want to think that helps make it enjoyable as well. I confess with all humility: I do not get nervous when performing. I spend hundreds, if not thousands, of hours, working on my craft. I get excited. I say, "I can't wait to have an amazing time with these people. We are all so lucky!"
Can you tell us about any upcoming collaborations or projects you have coming out?
I just co-wrote a song for a movie (but I can't discuss that right now.) I also sang in a movie coming out about Bob Marley. This weekend I am shooting a video in the desert with a band featuring me in a new song we co-wrote. I am finishing an original song titled "Medicine Man." I am also performing in Vegas in two weeks in a project with the drummer from The Cult. Life is good! I have a full schedule of casino performances and some private parties.
How do you see the music industry evolving over the next 5-10 years, and how do you plan to adapt?
Hmmm. Somewhat regretfully, I see legends who passed on years ago being generated into holograms on stages, singing songs written by AI with their voices… That's the "evolution" of music. I don't think I will be out of a job by any means. Maybe I can sing a duet with Elvis? I am down.
What advice would you give to young musicians just starting?
Never, ever, ever stop working on your craft, always stay humble, remain grateful, don't rely on anyone else to get you there, and, no matter how significant or insignificant it may seem, never sign anything without letting a lawyer see it first.
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Website: brett copeland.com