Wonderful Women Interview with Country Music Singer Laura Bryna
Having toured the world performing with Taylor Swift, Emmylou Harris, Clint Black, Carrie Underwood, and Tim McGraw, along with features in New York Magazine, The New York Times, Billboard and more, Laura Bryna is a multi-talented, genre-blending musical powerhouse.
Bryna’s latest single ‘Stars are Falling’ was just released and is already climbing the charts. Megastar DJ and producer, Klaas, has recently signed on to remix the track which will be igniting dance floors around the world.
Laura Bryna is a force of nature who doesn’t just sing, dance and act, but is also a radio talk show host, a children’s book author, and a U.S. military advocate.
Now with several Billboard Top 10 singles under her belt and a dynamic new sound rooted in country, inspired by elements of New Wave and Electronica, Laura Bryna’s music is modernizing country while remaining true to herself.
Her new music, produced with Grammy-winner Damon Sharpe (Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, Big Time Rush), represents a major stylistic shift for the country star, whose debut album ‘Trying to be Me’ was released by Equity Music Group.
The album features her tribute to the military, ‘Hometown Heroes’, which she co-wrote alongside Grammy-Award nominated songwriter Jeff Batson from the national campaign for the Air National Guard, where she’s an honorary member and spokesperson.
Bryna’s hit single ‘Sweet Revenge’ has amassed over 2.1 million views on YouTube and climbed to #10 on the Billboard Dance Chart. The track is a banging ‘80s New Wave number that recalls Blondie, even though it’s Damon Sharpe production that puts it firmly on the cutting edge. “Damon managed to take from my country side and make it consistent with these new songs” says Laura of her new album. In addition, there is a dance remix of “Sweet Revenge” by Dave Aude (Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson, The Greatest Showman), who holds the title of the most #1 songs on the Billboard Dance Club Chart.
Additional new tracks include the sensual come-hither ‘Body First,’ which brought out another side of Laura, and ‘Counting All the Ways,’ the ultimate kiss-off song in the manner of Pink or Kelly Clarkson. ‘I feel like I’m coming into my own,’ she says, citing Grace Potter, Chris Stapleton and Etta James (‘That voice slays me’) as inspirations.
Laura grew up entertaining her parents in the family basement in Mt. Airy, MD, a small town between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. that she describes as ‘green grass, turn left at the cow and right at the church… It’s home to me.’ She sang lead with her two sisters and brother as back-up. Laura grew up on the classic rock, blues, country and soul music she listened to on the car radio in her dad’s ‘60s Corvette on the way to Sunday School. ‘I’ve always loved to sing,’ she says. ‘And I love helping people, giving back.’
Her support of the U.S. Military includes work with such organizations as USO, Wounded Warriors, Homes for Our Troops and Wounded In Action Family Foundation as well as an active participant in the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
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 the foundation. Her single “Make A Wish” debuted at #7 on Billboard and lead her to become a board director for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
It’s a joy to interview Laura here.
Describe a typical day for you?
I love to wake up with sunshine!! I’m definitely an early riser. A typical day for me, when I’m not on the road touring, seeing my fans, promoting a record, or volunteering with my various charities, is a combination of dance classes and rehearsals as well as recording in the studio, taking meetings or doing interview interviews so I can get read to record and tour. I love spending time with my family and friends too.
What do you feel are your greatest achievements?
The connection with my fans!!! They’ve been there there for my whole journey and have been so supportive of me and my most recent single and music video ‘Stars are Falling.’
They are loyal and they have watched me grow into who I am now and I love having their support. The best is when they sing my song back to me. I love what I do and I love that I can help people along the way. Adore my relationship with the US military where I volunteer and raise funds for them. I also raise awareness for several military charities, Homes For Our Troops, Folds of Honor, Wounded Warrior Project, USO, to name a few.
Am blessed to have become the spokesperson for The Air National Guard’s Advertising Campaign where I co-wrote and recorded a song for them called, ‘Hometown Heroes.’
It debuted on Monday Night Football and the campaign took off from there. I have traveled all around the country and the world promoting and supporting our heroes, our veterans, as well as our enlisted heroes.
What’s in your handbag/ satchel?
My must-haves in my purse are lipgloss and lipliner, dental floss, my phone, Gummi Bears, a bottle of water, a post-it note pad, my glitter pink pen and if I could I’d carry a can of Reddi-Wip Whipped Cream with me.
What are your ambitions in life?
To be happy! And to be happy doing what I love, with the people that I love. I always say that life is like a big tree. Yes, you have your dreams and aspirations but you always have to be open to climb to another branch nearby. You have to be ready for all different kinds of opportunities.
You stay on the path of the dream (the trunk) but know that the different branches represent opportunities and things can grow and things can change along the way.
What do you wish you’d known at the start of your career you now know?
Always learn, listen, and take that lunch break! You never know who you will meet along the way.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Touring the world, making music, giving back and helping people…doing what I love!!
What advice would you give a budding singer/songwriter?
Always learn!! Be a sponge!! Experience everything, plus it makes for good songwriting and opportunities.