Some artists practice a lifetime in order to break it big, while others excel at their craft from a very early age. A passionate soul, Brenda Burch has been pursuing music for quite some time, and performing at local venues at the mere age of 3. I had the auspicious chance to interview this talented artist about her involvement in various musical projects, most notably with relief efforts, her country music career, as well as her involvement in Konami’s “Dance Dance Revolution” series. Her dedication to her work, as well as her genuine and unique sound, makes her a great inspiration to thousands.
– When did you start thinking about a career in music? My first live performance was at age 3 for a crowd of 2,000. I had fun, so I kept singing and began recording professionally at age 6. Music has always played a large role in my life even when I was quarter-back for my junior high Powder Puff Football Team, or Team Captain of my high school volleyball team. Even in college I had diverse interests, but music was always a mainstay whether I was performing on stage or recording in the studio between final exams. I started writing and recording in Nashville thereafter and continue working on all facets of my music career.
– If you did decide to do something else other than music, what else would you do? I’ve lived a bit of a dual life working in Corporate Communications, Public Relations and Administration while working on my music career at the same time. I can’t imagine my life without music.
– What was your favorite collaboration? I’ve had the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented people from Grammy award-winning songwriters and producers to sharing the stage with Collin Raye, Neal McCoy, Diamond Rio and other headliners. It’s tough to choose a favorite because I enjoyed each experience.
– Do you have a favorite instrument to play along with? The cow bell. You can never get enough cow bell. Actually, I had a great time in the studio recording with a full string section for a song I wrote called, “I’m Still Standing.” The musicians added such a beautiful tone to the piece.
– Looking at the bio page, it says you have worked on a lot of musical projects. Which ones stand out, and what was your favorite project during your career? I’ve loved working on a variety of projects ranging from music videos to voice overs, but one of my favorite projects was the Nourish the Children song. When I first learned about Nourish the Children (an initiative that helps feed malnourished children around the world), I was inspired to write a song about it. I teamed up with talented producers, musicians and a children’s choir to create the final product which has since been adopted as an international theme song for the cause. We also made a music video to help bring awareness to the initiative and inform others of the difference Nourish the Children is making in the lives of so many precious children around the world.
– Are there any times when you feel nervous before a performance? I know I get a bit scared when I play for a big thing at my church. Sure, in fact, I think a little nervousness works to your advantage as an artist…keeps you on your toes and reminds you that you care about how the performance goes, which is a good thing.
– What are your main inspirations for your music? I find that inspiration can come in many shapes and forms. Sometimes an event or a news headline will spark an idea, but most of the time it’s the interactions I have with others and everyday life that inspire me to write.
– Do you have any advice for someone that wants to have a career in music? It’s definitely not the easiest career path to take. It requires a ton of hard work and dedication. It’s pretty much a 24/7 business, so you need to have a strong passion for it in order to keep pushing through the ups and downs. Learn the craft of songwriting and get out there and perform. Putting together a plan of action with the end goal in mind is helpful to narrow your focus so you can take the steps necessary to accomplish your ultimate goals.
– I heard of your great performance of “Nourish the Children” at a Japanese convention. Are you interested in working with Asian countries? One of my favorite events was performing at the Tokyo Dome. It was a gigantic stage, and the audience of over 30,000 was amazing. I loved Asia and would go back anytime. Some of my music was released in Europe and ended up topping the European Country Music Charts, which was a nice surprise. I would love to do a music tour in Europe and Asia some day.
– Other than music, you also work on podcasts and other material. Does it sometimes get hectic doing various projects? I’ve always loved variety, so I enjoy working on multiple projects, but yes, sometimes it can get a bit hectic. I’ve pulled a few all-nighters to meet deadlines, but it’s all for the love of music.
(These next questions are a bit Music game-centered)
– This one’s a given, do you play video games? When I was a kid, I definitely played my share of video games. Now, I love doing music for video games, which are full-blown productions. DDR games are great, and they can be quite a workout!
– How did you get the opportunity to be featured in 2010’s edition of DDR? I’ve had the opportunity to work on Konami and Disney DDR games over the past several years through a studio that produces much of their music. A lot of times I write the lyrics to the songs. For instance, “A Brighter Day” is one that I wrote, which was the title track for DDR X2 and Hottest Party 3. I also had a good time writing and singing, “Baile La Samba,” which was featured on DDR Ultramix II, DDR Revolution Str!ke and DDR SuperNOVA. It’s always a fun challenge to write DDR songs.
– I noticed that your main genre of music is Country; what inspired you to try new things, such as providing vocals for the DDR songs? I love Country music, and it’s who I am as an artist. Along the way, I’ve also worked as a studio vocalist. When the opportunity came up to write and record for Disney and Konami video games, I was happy to be a part of it because I knew it would be a fun project, and I’m a fan of DDR games.
– I’m really enjoying DDR II right now (it released last month for the Wii), do you have any plans for being featured in an upcoming music game? We’ll see…it would be a pleasure!
– A comment on the DanceDanceRevolution megamix on DDR II: Both of your songs were featured there and I must say the transitions were awesome. Thank you! I’m glad you like the music. We had a great time putting it together. The team at DDR is an awesome group of people who truly care about the end product.
You can purchase Brenda Burch’s music on Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. You can also visit her website.