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Brian Kremer is a modern day crooner-songwriter who performs jazz standards, originals, and early country songs with warmth and charm. The Austin Chronicle said of his latest release, Echoes & Twirls, that “If Cole Porter’s songwriting were any less iconic, it’d be impossible to tell where his words end and Brian Kremer’s begin” and described his voice as a “velvety tenor breathing new life into cherished songs.” The independently released album, recorded live in the studio with The Carper Family, gained him a coveted spot on the 2015 roster of Austin’s musical ambassador program, Project ATX6. The ATX6 sent Brian to Angers, France for a week of performances and to official showcases at Halifax Pop Explosion and NXNE in Toronto alongside 2015 Austin Musician Of The Year Gina Chavez and four other Austin based singer-songwriters.

 

Brian recently contributed an original Christmas song to the upcoming short film Flocker, directed by Jayson Oaks, an assignment that led to collaboration with esteemed jazz pianist and producer Kevin Lovejoy (Kat Edmonson, Spoon, John Mayer). Brian premiered their co-written single “Everything’s Christmas” at his inaugural Holiday Show in December 2015 at The North Door where he also screened a music video for his song “By The Time". Produced by Field Guide Films, the video presents a buoyant and bubbly unreleased track from the Echoes & Twirls sessions.

 

Originally from Vermont, the former classical singer earned a Grammy nomination (2003 with the Dale Warland Singers) and a degree from Berklee College of Music before relocating to Austin, his home for the last dozen years. Brian only recently discovered his calling to croon from the Great American Songbook and to write songs with the masters of that classic form in mind. He’s also become involved in Austin’s theater scene as an actor, composer, and accompanist with Love Me Tinder, a musical sketch revue directed and produced by award-winning playwright Adrienne Dawes. The show featured in several 2015 festivals including Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival and FronteraFest where it won Best Of Week. A full-scale one-hour production ran for six sold-out shows in February 2016 at Salvage Vanguard Theater and the show continues its success in 2016 with headlining performances at the Dallas Comedy Festival and Sketch Fest in Austin.

 

Brian holds his solo-crooning residency at the historic Driskill Hotel Bar on most Tuesday nights, accompanying himself on guitar. He performs with his band at venues including Stay Gold, ABGB, Spider House Ballroom, and the Café at Central Market, and for private parties and corporate events. He has also performed in revered Austin listening rooms like Cactus Café and Strange Brew and in Dallas at Opening Bell. But his most adoring audience can be found at his monthly volunteer gig at AGE (Austin Group for the Elderly) of Central Texas, an adult day care facility for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, where his sincerely-crooned standards are met with sparked memories, smiles, tears, and many hugs and kisses. 

 

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