She was born in Texas, spent some time in Hawaii and has written in a Castle in France with some of the best songwriters in the business. Her name is Brianna Sage and she is appearing at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel on April 23rd, 2014 during Rascone Writers Night.
I sat down and spoke with Brianna about her songwriting career and journey. She told me she was considering moving to Nashville. We talked about the difference between trying to develop a music business and songwriting career in New York where she currently resides verses doing the same thing in Nashville. I told her that it is definitely more dog eat dog and high stress in New York. I asked her how long she has been working on her music career in New York?
A I absolutely love New York and it has been my home for 13 years and it is very hard to get it into my head that I could leave but I just feel that at this point in my life, it might be a good change to get out of New York. I would always be able to go back and visit so yes I am thinking about moving to Nashville.
Q I don’t hear a southern accent?
A You don’t hear a southern acctent?
Q No I don’t.
A Yeah, you know I think our time in Hawaii was my formative years for my accent. My mom got rid of her accent at a young age. She made a decision to not have it so I just didn’t really pick it up plus my Dad was from New York. I didn’t really grow up around it that much, you know?
Q You sound more like a New Yorker than you do somebody from Texas.
A Well technically I guess I have been there longer than anywhere else.
Q So tell me about your experience when you got noticed by Miles Copeland, the former Police manager and you’ve done South by Southwest. How many times have you performed at South by Southwest?
A Well I have done it probably about five or six times but not always as an artist of my own. Like I have done some back up singing for different artists when I have gone there. By myself I only did it once which was the year that I met Miles. I mean it was a different time then. I feel like now it has really changed. Unless you are already signed it is really hard to even play any shows there. It has really changed in that sense. Back then it was still very much a lot of people coming there to see unknown bands. There is this thing they do down there called the Mentor sessions, I am not sure that they do them anymore but they did that year. What it is, you sign up to spend 10 minutes talking to a mentor.
They have different managers and producers and agents, different people like that so it was actually kind of a happy accident that I ended up with Miles. I applied to somebody else and they called me in and said that they were sorry, the other guy was already totally booked but they had an opening for Miles Copeland and I was like okay sure. I didn’t know who he was. I talked to him and he is a very intense person, he is very business oriented so I sat with him for ten minutes and he kind of just dismissed me. I gave him my demo with three (3) songs I wrote on it and about a week later and he called me up and said he listened to it and he told me he liked my writing and he saw potential.
I did not even have a lawyer or anything and it happened all so fast, he told me to get a lawyer. I got a lawyer and we got it all done over fax and phone. I was on a plane to France the next month for the songwriting retreat that he hosts in the middle of France at his castle. I was invited with 23 other songwriters to attend this writing retreat and I got to write with some really incredible songwriters like Carole King, Mark Hudson and Gary Burr. We stayed in his castle eight (8) days long and we wrote a song a day. We had to write the song and also record a demo of it that same day. It was pretty intense especially at the age of 17. I had not really co-written with anyone ever before.
Q That must have been mind blowing and especially with writing with writers of their caliber.
A Yeah it was pretty crazy but I loved it.
We talked about her upcoming show at Maxwell’s located in the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, TN. She invited some great songwriters to play with her. Hit Songwriter Jeff Cohen, hit songwriter Phil Barton and award winning songwriter Dianna Corcoran will be on the bill that night with Brianna as well as several others. The venue is saying that people need to get their early to get a seat. There is no cover charge. The music starts at 7:00 p.m. Find out more about Brianna by visiting her website at: www.BriannaSage.com
The address is Millennium Maxwell House, 2025 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN, 37228