Brian Jarvis Heals Old Wounds With Beautfully Broken
Talent, determination and a big dream, are some of the attributes one needs to succeed in any type of creative career, but especially music and singer/songwriter Brian Jarvis has that in spades. Every artist has that one goal to make his mark on the music scene and Jarvis is no exception. Jarvis has put it all on the line in pursuit of his passion. After being influenced by artists like John Mayer and Vertical Horizon Jarvis has come up with a signature sound that’s catchy pop rock with a country and indie edge. His sound has drawn comparisons to the likes of John Mayer, Pat McGee, The Gin Blossoms and Sister Hazel. Jarvis and his band’s music have evolved over the years due to the experiences and changes Jarvis has gone through both professionally and personally. However, this Connecticut native hasn’t let the music business change who he is but rather define who he wants to be.
These changes have included touring with artists like Sister Hazel, the Kin and Matt Nathanson and the struggles to balance his love for music with a day job. Deciding to gamble on himself, Jarvis quit his day job and pursuing music full time after a personal tragedy. After parting ways with friends and suffering the devastating loss of his father, Jarvis was at a crossroad. Jarvis has taken those losses as stepping-stones realizing the opportunity to fulfill a not only his dream but the dream his father had for him. Realizing, there is no time like the present, Jarvis is branching out on his own once again since 2008’s Honestly with his sophomore solo album Beautifully Broken due out February 2012 on Soundwave Records.
With his latest album Jarvis has managed to create an album filled with emotion that is easy to listen and relate to. The melodies are derived from country, pop, rock and jazz this album and has something for everyone, however most of the songs fall into the pop/rock genre. Some of the standout tracks on the album include “ Any Other Way”, “Hardest Break”, and “Honestly”.
“Any Other Way”, has a twang to an otherwise acoustic guitar-driven country track. An inspiring, uplifting melody and catchy hook, it has the perfect elements for commercial pop radio.
On the other end of the spectrum, is “Hardest Break” one of the songs that show Jarvis’s vulnerable side. The song is one of the calmer, more introspective and reflective songs on the album. It’s one of the songs where Jarvis just let’s himself “go”. His feelings seem to spill out into a musical stream of emotion that is displayed in its lyrical and musical arraignment. Perhaps one of the most distinctive tracks on the album that separates itself from the pack is “ Honestly”.
“ Honestly” is an up-tempo rocker whose dark chords create the illusion of dissonance, which give the song an edge. It’s that edge that makes it really standout from the rest of the tracks on the album; it wakes you up and makes you take notice. Making the whole album more complex and you can see a glimpse of what we can expect from Jarvis in the future.
Jarvis’s talent, determination and hard work have paid off and Jarvis is one step closer to achieving that “big dream” every artist wants, to make it in the music industry with ‘Beautifully Broken’ Jarvis is off to a good start. For more information on the album or tour dates fans can visit www.GotJarvis.com and find him under Brian Jarvis Band on Facebook and Twitter.
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