Logan Brill is an artist who strays from the norm. With a stunning voice that could go toe to toe with Nashville’s finest, the young singer-songwriter opts for grit and authenticity over pristine pop in her song choices, citing artists like Patty Griffin, Bonnie Raitt, The Band, Alison Krauss, and Ryan Adams as influences. Beginning performing at an early age, Logan released her debut album, ‘Walking Wires’, on October 15, showcasing original music with a country/Americana edge. The Knoxville native is sure to be one to watch in the coming years, as she shows a real promise of authentic, creative music and a great career. I caught up with Logan just before the release of her album to find out a little more about her as an artist, and how she’s feeling on the brink of success.
Hi Logan! Your debut album ‘Walking Wires’ comes out October 15. Can you describe how you’re feeling about it?
I’m feeling really excited! It’s been a long time coming so it will be a great feeling to finally release it into the world and see what happens.
How would you describe your sound on this album?
The sound is a little rock, a little rootsy, a little country, and a little blues.
Tell me a little about the writing and recording process for this LP. What was that experience like?
It was a great experience. I don’t think I realized how much goes into the writing and recording process until I started working on this album. It takes a lot of time and energy and whole team of people who are committed to the project to make it a success. Luckily, I was backed by a fantastic group of people who really believed in me and the vision for the record.
Favorite song on the album?
I’m not sure I can easily answer that question…Each one of the songs on the album was recorded because it means something to me. Having said that, the ones that I probably had the most fun with in the studio were “Month of Bad Habits” and “Ne’er Do Wells.” It was really incredible watching those songs evolve with the handiwork of the musicians that played on them.
Who are your musical influences in general?
I’m influenced by a lot of different people, but to name a few of my favorite artists…Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, and Patty Griffin.
Do you write all your own music, or do you love to collaborate?
I really enjoy collaborating with other writers. I think creating music with other people and bouncing ideas off of each other is a beautiful thing because everyone has something unique to offer. It can be really inspiring to write with other people.
Your voice is quite original, and also quite powerful! How do you take care of it?
Thank you! I wish I could say I had a health routine for my voice, but the truth is I don’t focus on it as much as I should. I just do my best to eat well, exercise, and get a lot of sleep. If I’m feeling healthy my voice is usually healthy. I also don’t mind partaking in a little whiskey before a show to warm everything up.
Let’s go back to the beginning. Tell me a little bit about your life growing up in Knoxville, and the road that brought you here. I know you were in a blues band with your brother?
I grew up in a great family that always has had a love for music. My parents were always playing CDss and records when I was growing up, and my Dad helped me learn how to play the guitar when I was around 12. I started singing with my brother’s blues band around that time. Then in 2009 I moved to Nashville, and little by little I started trying to plug into the music scene. I signed a publishing deal with Carnival Music in 2012.
Were there any times that you were close to giving up on your dream? If so, what inspired you to keep going?
I’ve definitely had my doubts about pursuing music full time, but at the end of the day I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Where do you situate yourself in the country music landscape? Where do you fit?
I’m not sure exactly where I fit yet. I’m hoping that this album is seen as fresh and different.
What’s been the highlight of your journey so far? Any stand-out amazing memories?
There have been so many highlights so far…being asked to be the guest performer with the Knoxville Symphony this year is definitely one that sticks out. Other than that, I’ve been lucky to share the stage with artists I admire like Josh Turner and Leon Russell. And the release of this record will be a highlight of course!
You record covers lots of negative emotions too. What kind of struggles led to those songs? Heartbreaks?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have avoided any major heartbreak in my life. However, I have always been fascinated with struggles and emotion, and I enjoy putting myself in the mindset of people who have dealt with heartbreak and loss. They seem like some of the most genuine human emotions.
I hear you’re going out on tour this fall. Where are you headed? And do you have any other upcoming projects?
I’ll be touring throughout the Southeast and the Midwest mostly. As far as upcoming projects, I’ll always be writing and working on improving myself as an artist to prepare for the next record.
What are your goals and dreams in the long term?
I hope to continue trying to make music that touches audiences in some way. And I hope to continue touring and sharing my music.