In the spring of 2019, I sat in on a few studio sessions for my friend’s debut full length project, Journey. It’s been in the works for years and has gone through tons of creative adjustments, but one thing was always for sure- the title- Journey. Brian Brown was very intentional on the meaning and message behind this project. His entire team worked meticulously to make every bar and every melody fit perfectly. Witnessing an artist in their element made me reflect on how I create and operate. Here are 3 things I learned from Brian Brown.
Journey had a lot of release dates, which is normal. But Brian’s fans have been relentless on social media. There was so much anticipation around the project that could’ve forced its release, prematurely. But Brian kept his own pace and stayed true to himself. He didn’t release it until it felt right to him. That type of discipline is what separates the good from the legendary.
During production, it was necessary for everyone involved to step away from Journey and come back to it with fresh ear. Some breaks were a few days; some were a few months. I’ve applied that lesson to things in my life. Relationships, work projects, personal goals- everything. Whenever something gives me anxiety, I step away and give come back when I can give it fresh energy.
Creating anything is hard. The creative process is hard. And it looks different for everyone. It was quite literally, a journey. Production crossed state lines; it happened in state-of-the-art studios and in bedrooms. While in Atlanta, we drank, we laughed, we sang. I was so inspired just watching my friend in his element. It reminded me that we all have our own process. What works for one artist could spell disaster for another.
Brian Brown made the entire city of Nashville proud with this one. Journey is out now on all streaming services.