Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Usher
Be Without You
Don't Forget About Us
You Got it Bad
a very talented, Grammy award winning, songwriter and producer. Toni Braxton, Tamia, Ron Isley, Monica, Keyshia Cole, Jermaine Dupri, Jagged Edge, Faith Evans, Kelly Rowland, Danity Kane, Destiny's Child, Brian McKnight, Brandy, Bow Wow, and Aaliyah are just some of the amazing performers Bryan has written for. It was with great pleasure that I had the privilege of speaking with Bryan this week as he prepares to be inducted into the
on September 19.
: You've worked with some of the biggest musical artists today. I won't ask the unfair question as to who's been your favorite, however, would you share a moment, memory or experience that has stuck with you?
: Every artist is different and unique but meeting Mariah Carey in 1999 left me a little star-struck. I knew that I'd be meeting major artists in my line of work but Mariah had such a super star presence as she walked into Jermaine Dupri's home with her bodyguard. I didn't know what to say. I just melted. Once we got to the recording studio, she turned out to be so down to earth and humble - a really sweet person. I learned never to judge a book by its cover.
: Tell me about Mary J. Blige!
: Let me just say, Mary J. and Monica are like my big and little sisters. Every woman I date must meet their approval!
: Congratulations on being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (GMHOF). How does this award differ from winning a Grammy, which you have one or two or four.
: When I got the call, I was very surprised because I'm only 31 -- I was floored. Beyond thrilled! This is one of the biggest honors for me. When I was starting out in this business, sure I wanted to win a Grammy, but being inducted into GMHOF goes beyond any dream I can imagine.
: Lets talk about fashion. Will you share some insight on the evolvement of Hip Hop's style?
: It is a testament of how Hip Hop has grown up. It's really a global thing.
: What do you think of music artists producing their own fashion labels?
: It's great! Music has always had a connection with fashion. Sean John's label, for example, is so dope! Its good when you get your vision out there and branch out. Back then, everyone embraced designers like Polo but
we are getting into Tom Ford and it's a great look. We can influence young people and (dressing up) can give a kid from the hood something to look up to.
On Saturday, September 19, join in the excitement and celebrate with
as he gets inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The 31st Annual Awards show, hosted by
begins at 6:30 pm at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 770-491-9494 ext. 15.
who are also being inducted, will be rockin' live on stage! Get your tickets today and sparkle with the glitteratti in what promises to be an exciting evening of dinner, music and stars.
Now that's a hot ticket!