"Bryard is up to something really big! Impressive, keep it up!"
Grammy-winning saxophonist and recording artist
“Seeing and hearing Bryard brought back so many great memories of me at age 19, a student [and musician] at Howard University. Keep pressing forward with your gift, as it was given to you by purpose and design! Keep up the good work!”
Award-winning gospel artist
“Bryard’s CD is a masterpiece! Keep up the great work. Your music is extraordinary!”
–Sherry Winston, Smooth Jazz flutist - “The Sherry Winston Band”
"Bryard is a multifaceted phenomenon, artfully fusing dreamy elegance with infectious, in the pocket urban funk and Smooth Jazz. He taps into a multitude of influences - pop, jazz, chill, and acoustic vibes - to create his fresh tapestry of incentive sounds and grooves.
Founder/CEO of Smooth Jazz Global Radio
Bryard is a 23-year old composer, producer, and recording artist from Nashville, Tennessee. Since the tender age of 4 when he stumbled upon his God-given gift on the piano, he has since developed into a prolific pianist and performer. His music is timeless and intricate, yet relaxing and modern. Bryard describes his composing process as simple: a song could come into his head at anytime. No initial thought involved. His gift allows him to then develop that simple melody into a complete song, composing and arranging all the instruments to bring the song to completion.
Bryard exploded in the music industry with the release of his debut album Artistic Touch in 2011. Artistic Touch combines world music vibes with traditional jazz and contemporary jazz and new age elements. Bryard still describes it as "the one that started it all".
2013 saw the release of Bryard's second album Visual. Recorded at the famed Potter's House in Jacksonville, Florida, Bryard went into the studio with producers Michael Taylor and Mo Henderson, working around the clock to bring Visual to life. Meant to be his fresh new album on the heels of him starting his freshman year at College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati, Visual mixes fresh, fusion and electronic elements with pop, reggae, and bossa nova. It received high praise from the university upon its release, being featured in a university-wide press release by the director of his major.
In 2014, at the end of his freshman year at CCM, Bryard premiered his third release The Way Home, based on his homesickness while at college and his love for his hometown of Nashville. Accompanying this album was a single - Bryard's first - entitled "Wildlife", a song he composed at age 13. The Way Home fuses relaxing, smooth jazz with pop and R&B elements, with just a hint of acoustic soul. It was recorded at Sixteen Ton Studios on Music Row in Nashville.
2014 also saw the release of a children's album with Butter Pecan Productions LLC., a children's book company headed by New England author Gloria Respress-Churchwell. In January 2015, a full album was recorded to accompany the company's first book (more info in the Children's Music page). Bryard produced and composed the music and continues to do so with the pending second book release.
2015 was a series of ups and downs for Bryard in many ways as he will tell you, but it only inspired him to keep the faith, persevere, and stay motivated. Born out of all the stress of that year was The Gospel Sessions, his fourth release. So far his most popular work, the album is a series of acoustic piano arrangements of some of the most recognizable gospel tunes and hymns. An accompanying music video for Bryard's arrangement of "When The Saints Go To Worship" was shot on November 8, 2016 and released that December, garnering over 3K views and counting.
The year 2017 was a momentous year for Bryard. It began with his graduating cum laude from CCM with a B.M. in Commercial Music Production. Bryard was given the incredible opportunity to work with Volition Sound Branding under CEO and award-winning TV/Commercial composer Wendell Hanes as a composer for TV and advertising. Bryard was also hired to produce and arrange the music for an upcoming Broadway musical, a project that is in the works. 2017 concluded with the release of Bryard's turquoise 5th album release Calhoun Street (premiered November 2nd). Calhoun Street marries pop, jazz vibes with rock, folk, and acoustic sounds.
2018 started off with a bang with Bryard's music attracting the attention of Smooth Jazz Global Radio, the largest smooth jazz radio station in the world. A prestigious honor for any smooth jazz artist, Smooth Jazz Global featured and promoted Bryard's latest Calhoun Street project in their New Artists of 2018 Listening Loft, amongst other greats such as Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Maysa, and Kirk Whalum, to name a few. In May of 2018, it was #16 on the Top 50 World Listening Charts.
One of the many words that describes the artistry of Bryard is versatility. Bryard's music is diverse as one can see so it is hard to nail down one genre to exemplify him. Instead, let's call him for what he is: composer - from jazz to fusion, from new age to children's music, from music for commercials to film scores, from Broadway-style musicals to symphonies; producer - arranging every instrument in every single one of his works, collaborating with musicians and clients, overseeing musical projects from conception to completion; recording artist - five albums, three singles, two children's albums later...need we say more. Bryard can do it all, no matter how outrageous no task is too big. It is these qualities that will make one remember his name - Bryard - as, to use the words of Mark Kibble of the award-winning group Take 6 when he described Bryard, "he is bound for the top."