Having toured the world with Taylor Swift, Emmylou Harris, Clint Black, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and featured in New York Magazine, New York Times, and Billboard – Billboard Top 10 artist Laura Bryna’s career is definitely on fire!
Bryna’s previous single “Sweet Revenge” has amassed over 2.1 million views on YouTube and climbed to #10 on the Billboard Dance Chart. Now with several Billboard Top Ten singles under her belt, Laura’s forthcoming single “Stars Are Falling” is produced with Grammy-winner Damon Sharpe, who is known for his work producing Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez and more. With a dynamic new sound rooted in country music while inspired by elements of New Wave and Electronica, Laura Bryna’s music is helping to modernize country music while still keeping it true to herself.
From seeing firsthand the power of the Make-A-Wish foundation after her brother suffered a brain aneurysm at the age of 13, Bryna has been actively involved with Make-A-Wish. Her single “Make A Wish” debuted at #7 on Billboard and lead her to become a board director for the Make-A-Wish foundation, a position which she still carries to this day. Her passion for marrying her musical pursuits with philanthropy also extends into her support for the military. Her song “Hometown Heroes” was used in a campaign for the Air National Guard, which involved Bryna embarking on a seven-country USO tour where she sang for thousands of U.S. troops.
StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Laura Bryna to discuss her journey in the music industry and her new single here’s what went down:
How were you actually ‘discovered’?
We had just finished writing “Make A Wish” and I ran into the recording studio to lay down a vocal on the track, when a couple of record executives walked by, my dream took off.
What do you like most about singing?
I love touching people’s hearts and making them feel something. I love looking out into the audience and seeing my fans singing my songs and having a great time. I love to see people smile!
Can you tell us about your new single “Stars Are Falling”?
It’s an uplifting, inspirational song. “Stars Are Falling” is about hope, love, and how we all come together in a time of need.
What sort of person is going to love this single?
I hope that when people listen to “Stars Are Falling” they feel love, and they feel hope. I think we all need some positivity, hope, and love right now. The world needs something uplifting and I only hope that my song can help in some way. We will get through this together as “one!”
What inspires you to be creative?
Life Experiences…I like to draw upon my life experiences. That’s when you can truly sing about something.
Is there anything special that you do to get into a creative mindset?
Believe it or not, ideas usually come to me while I’m blow drying my hair!! (laughs) I guess I spend a lot of time doing that,
What message, if any, do you try to put into your work?
I try to be true to myself and my feelings. Because your fans will know when you’re not, you have to be YOU! The most authentic YOU!
What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?
I loved The USO Tour I took this past summer with The Chief National Guard Bureau during the week of July Fourth. We visited six countries in eight days, on the Blue and White United States Of America Plane. It was so exciting! I loved that we got to bring a little piece of home to those brave men and women who protect our country. One night in Kuwait, I got to sing The National Anthem. I took the stage and stood there for maybe a minute or so and just soaked up that moment, looking out into an audience full of military pride. It was incredible! I teared up when I finished the anthem. Truly one of my most memorable moments of my life!
What was it like touring with Taylor Swift, Emmylou Harris, Clint Black, Carrie Underwood, and Tim McGraw?
It was really incredible watching these legends perform night after night like it was the first show of their tour! They were also a bunch of fun! Everyone likes to have a good time, especially when they love what they do.
Do you ever find yourself unable to express your creativity to the fullest? What kind of things inhibit you?
I think sometimes we get in our heads and/or overthink things. Hmmm…Me!
Who is your greatest influence?
My parents…I am who I am today because of my parents. They taught me how to love, to give, and work hard.
Do you feel that you chose your “passion,” or did it choose you?
We chose each other! We found each other and we’ve never separated, despite the ups and downs, the good and the bad. We’re stuck!
If you hadn’t chosen your field, what would your alternate field have been?
I love archaeology.
Can you tell us more about your involvement with Make-A-Wish foundation?
I have volunteered with many chapters of The Make-A-Wish Foundation: Nashville, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and I’ve sat on the board of The Mid-Atlantic chapter. I’ve stuffed envelopes, made phone calls, and I’ve also gone out and granted children’s wishes. It’s an amazing experience to make a child’s dream come true. To see these children smile and their faces light up because they are going to Disney World, is truly an incredible experience. I feel very lucky to be able to meet these children, these beautiful rays of light.
What was it like singing for thousands of U.S. troops?
It’s definitely a pinch you moment! I love what these brave men and women do every day and I appreciate the time they give away from their families to protect our freedoms. Their job is 365 days a year, 24/7, they are the most appreciative audience. I especially love when they sing with me.
What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.
To continue living my dream…making music, entertaining, and creating lasting relationships with my fans
The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:
1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Judy
2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Children are beautiful. They dream, they love…their innocence. They know no ill feelings. They are beautiful!
3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Perform for a President of The United States.
4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” Bungee Jump
5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? My sensitivity.