Even at an early age Brian discovered he had a gift for words. He began filling up his notebooks with songs and ideas. This pattern of "distraction" continued all the way through college. "Maybe if I had taken better notes in class I'd be a doctor or scientist now, but I guess it worked out all right." Brian moved to Nashville in 1988 to go to Belmont University. "It's a miracle I graduated from college, like so many other music business majors I was out working in the business most of the time. I missed a lot of class." Gowan interned at CBS Records, Capitol Records, and Tour Management Booking to name just a few. The internship at Tour Management Booking led to an introduction to Vin Maddox who was handling the merchandising account for Waylon. "Vin needed someone to go down to Texas and sell merch for Waylon. He was playing at Billy Bob's; I jumped at the chance and wound up doing that for a little over a year. I'd shut the stand down and watch the show every time I could."
Before he even received his diploma from Belmont University, he had signed his first publishing deal with Evanlee Music. "Kent Blazey, owner of Evanlee Music and writer of numerous hits for Garth Brooks, Clay Walker and many other acts took me under his wing. He taught me how to write commercial songs." To make ends meet Brian had to supplement his publishing draw. "I worked for a pressure washing company that had the Postal Service contract. I bet I washed every postal truck in Nashville rain or shine, sleet or snow. The water tank in the truck would be iced on top and we'd still be out there trying to clean them"
Producer Chuck Howard (LeAnn Rhimes, Hank Williams Jr., Trick Pony) approached Brian about signing a publishing deal at Tower Street/ EMI music. "The first thing Chuck Wanted to do was send me back to Texas to play with my band. I'd go back to Nashville once a month to write songs and drive back to Texas to play as many clubs and dancehalls as I could." In 1995 Chuck paired Brian with Blake Weldon, another Texas boy, and signed them to Curb Records as a duo (Blake & Brian) where they enjoyed two top forty singles as well as having the opportunity to record a song with Brian's heroes Waylon Jennings and Charlie Daniels. The duo disbanded in 1999.
"The only thing I knew to do was go back to Texas and play, keep the wheels moving, keep writing songs and make as much noise as I can." His songs reflect the life experiences he has under his belt and the maturity of someone who has paid his dues...in some cases more than his share. His first independent solo CD "Warm Spanish Wine" has produced one top ten, two top twenty and one top thirty singles on the Texas Music Chart.
FACT SHEET - CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
* "I've Got A Good Mind" - debut at #8 on the Progressive Country.com chart
* "Who's Countin'" - #15 on the Texas Music Chart
* "If Guitars Were Guns" - two weeks top 10 on the Texas Music Chart
* "Warm Spanish Wine" - top twenty on the Texas Music Chart
* Two top 40 singles "Another Perfect Day" and "The Wish"
* Two videos aired on CMT and GAC
* Three appearances on TNN'S Prime Time Country
* Appeared on TNN'S Live At The Wildhorse Saloon
* Celebrity Co Chair of Children's Miracle Network Telethon 2002
* Has recorded with country superstars Waylon Jennings and Charlie Daniels and Linda Davis
* Has been in new artist feature of Country America Magazine
* Interviewed guest on American Forces Network, BBS, American Country Countdown, Nascar Country, Country Crossroads, After Midnight, The Branson Radio Network as well as hundred's of R&R and Billboard reporting radio stations.
* Has appeared across the nation opening for acts such as George Jones, Charlie Daniels, Clay Walker, Clint Black, Wynona Judd, Vince Gill, LeAnn Rimes, Trace Adkins, Patty Loveless, Alabama, Lee Roy Parnell, Blackhawk, Bryan White, Wade Hayes, Mark Wills, Sara Evans, Ricky Skaggs, Chely Wright, Micheal Peterson, JoDee Messina, Toby Keith, Deryl Dodd, Tracy Byrd, and Trisha Yearwood
* Appeared onstage with Charlie Daniels at Country Jam USA, Texas Motor Speedway for performance of Long Haired Country Boy
* Appeared on Wal-Mart Tour
* Produced and recorded "I Am Strong" Children's CD for Scott & White Memorial Hospital's Designs for Hope project benefiting children with cancer and blood disorders.
PLEASE VISIT www.briangowan.com TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BRIAN GOWAN
Check out the artist's website:
1. If Guitars Were Guns
2. One More Lonely Man
3. Angelica's Fire
4. I Spent A Week One Day
5. Who's Countin'
6. One Good Woman
7. I've Got A Good Mind
8. I'm Still Catching My Breath
9. It's Yours
10. One Reason
11. On My Way
12. Warm Spanish Wine