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Christa Fletcher
Date
February 13, 2012
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Brendan James

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“I think music discovered me,” said singer-songwriter Brendan James when we talked to him before a bus ride on his concert tour. “I was 19 years old when I realized I wanted to be a songwriter. I was teaching myself and enjoying it — finding pianos in old dorms or in the music department.” In addition to cultivating his piano and song-writing skills at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, James also received his degree in Communications.

Since then, music has become his “passion” and “obsession,” leading him to create two full-length albums, The Day is Brave and his self-titled album. Originally from Derry, New Hampshire, this Los Angeles local considers himself a “traveling fool,” as he gets to be an “observer of the world” while touring. In fact, Brendan James counts his trips and shows across the country as inspiration for his writing.

James really likes “exploring the country and different cultures and ways people live.” The varied perspective has helped him be more creative, “My goal is to write in a universal sense and it helps me understand everybody,” he said. And, his experiences have produced songs like “Emerald Sky,” and “Let It Rain,” two songs about the challenges and changes he and others face in life — whether they are about the struggles of city life, or chasing one’s dreams.

“When I’m on the road, it’s the fans and the shows — the confidence you get from that gets you excited and gives you a purpose,” explained James. For James, whether he’s writing in his studio every morning at the piano or playing packed shows across the country, he’s living his own story, while sharing others’ through his songs. “I try to relive each song as if I’d just wrote it,” said James about performing. “It’s like I’m in another place.”

Transport yourself to another place by listening to songs below written by Brendan James, an Everyman with a heart for the journey, and don’t forget to check his tour dates to catch a live show.

Christa Fletcher

“Anything For You”


“Different Kind of Love”


“The Fall”


“Stupid For Your Love”


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"I love my first album," James says. "It's a snapshot of what my life looked like then, coming off a bit of music business trauma and persevering to get my career off the ground.

Now I'm looking forward to my fans and people who have yet to hear my music to discovering who I am as a person and an artist all around on my new album."

--Brendan James

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"Different Kind Of Love" Lyrics
By Brendan James

Driving in a trance through your lost and lonely town
Something in the air that could blow your whole house down
Something like a tragedy
Something that you think you need

Turning on a dime you pull into your local store
Aisles going by and you forget what you’re looking for
Maybe it’s a pot of gold
Maybe you’re too lost to know

Maybe what you need is a different kind of love
One that you have never seen
Maybe all you are is a part of a star on a long journey

Maybe what you need is a better kind of love
One that you could only dream
Maybe it will take all the sorrow away
And let you feel free

Nothing like a storm in your heart to wake you up
Someone by your side and you know their not enough
Maybe you should try and stay
Maybe you should walk away

Maybe what you need is a different kind of love
One that you have never seen
Maybe all you are is a part of a star on a long journey

Maybe what you need is a better kind of love
One that you could only dream
Maybe it will take all the sorrow away
And let you feel free

Maybe you wake up to a brighter sun
Voices in your head screaming now the change has come
With a different kind of love
Maybe what you need is a different kind of love
One that you have never seen
Maybe all you are is a part of a star on a long journey

Maybe what you need is a different kind of love
Maybe all you are is a part of a star on a long journey
Maybe what you need is a better kind of love
Maybe it will take all the sorrow away and let you feel free

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"Anything For You" Lyrics
By Brendan James

I woke up early from my bed
With a secret in my head
In the back of my backyard
I keep a spaceship in the shed

I lit the engine and took the sky
From up here it looks so nice
I didn't stop until the moon, where I
Picked a flower just for you

Refrain:
And I fell down to you in a parachute
of newspaper rubber bands, tape, and glue
So you would see I would do anything for you
Anything for you

I didn't want to wake you up,
so I put the flower in a cup
On the floor next to your bed
Without a sound I laid my head

Drifted off into a dream
Of what has been and what could be
I saw your tears, I saw you fall
But I saw us rise, I saw it all

Refrain

And I never want you to know
All of the lengths I've gone
To find where the flowers grow

Love is never supposed to be
A present under our tree
I do it because I believe

Refrain

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