I've sung backup for Brenda Lee, Pat Boone, Sandi Patti, Gary Morris, and Lou Rawls. I'm a singer/songwriter and have written in Nashville with several well-known writers. I have performed on the National Mall on the 4th of July, at the Grand Ol Opry, Opryland, Hersheypark, and several Off-Broadway shows.
I have been a professional singer for several decades and have performed alongside accomplished recording artists. I am a male vocalist and available for both lead and backup vocals. My voice is rock/pop/soul tenor with color beyond the standard vocal. I have covered U2, Beatles, George Michael and many others.
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Interview with Brian Milner
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: It was an album I put together of songs I had co-written with others. A lot of work went into writing the songs and producing the final versions of each one. We took our time and got it right. I was proud to have my name on that one.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A pop piece for a songwriter. Single song that they need help with the melody line and vocals on.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I have several others I've worked with on here. If you need a recommendation, just ask!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. The difference is so slight now that I don't see the point in going out of your way for such a small margin of difference. Digital is easier and just as good these days.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I'll partner with you and get it right. I'm most interested in your being satisfied with your end result and will do whatever I can to make it right for you.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I've loved singing since I was a kid and wanted to be a singer since then. I love everything about it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you do another song for us? The answer is always yes. :-)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That anyone can do it. If I've learned anything from Karaoke bars it's that everyone thinks they can sing. Nailing a vocal takes a lot of hard work.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What emotion are you trying to convey? What's the central idea of this song? Who are you speaking to in this song? What's the most important thing to you to get right in this song?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to the samples and see if what you hear is what you need. The samples tell the story.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Gear? I would want a guitar, piano, a notebook (or ipad), and something to write with. Wouldn't need the 5th.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started in the 90s working for theme parks and cruise ships as a featured singer. I moved on and did some backup work for live performances with some legends. Then I moved to New York and worked the Broadway theater scene for a while before transitioning to singer/songwriter.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Pop/Rock with some funk thrown in.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Paul McCartney. Huge Beatles fan and I admire him for his singing, musicianship, and songwriting ability. I'd walk on hot coals to co-write with Paul.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If I produced, I would!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop / Rock / Soul music. Gospel as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Bringing life to a piece of music. I like to personalize it and sign to one person. I feel like this makes it more personal for the listener and gives the best performance.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think my vocals bring a rich color to the song. I'm not interested in just hitting notes but also want to bring a shape to the piece from start to finish. I can do the more whispered vocal or the strong, rock voice depending on what is needed.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For recording, I like to listen to the song and live with it for a day. That gives me time to play with the melody and know how I want it to sound before I start recording. For songwriting, I follow a similar pattern in that I like to listen to whatever I have and then add to it.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've experimented with several types of microphones but have ended up with an original Blue Snowball as my default microphone to record with. I have a line6 box I occasionally use to add an effect to a sound but usually provide just the raw vocal to work with.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Beatles, Billy Joel, U2, and dozens of others. Recently I've loved bands like the Black Keys and Reignwolf for their return to more traditional Rock sounds.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Lead Vocals. I've done backup and can harmonize well but I get more calls to sing lead on pieces.