South Carolina native Bryson Jennings has been making the rounds in Nashville for approximately three years, and he’s already picked up co-writing sessions with with artist-writers including Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell and Gloriana.
The singer-songwriter has parlayed his writing talents into a forthcoming EP (co-produced by John Kennedy) and a debut single. Jennings stopped by MusicRow this week to preview some of his tunes for staffers.
“Young Nights,” his current single, released to radio on Feb. 16. The song is a tribute to his South Carolina upbringing. “As songwriters, cell phones have replaced pen and paper for a lot of us,” he said. “I had this idea for a song written in my phone and went to hang out with some guys at Hilton Head. We do this trip every year, and we usually get into a bit of trouble on those trips. I came back and I was in that mindframe of seeing all your buddies you haven’t seen in a while.” Jennings is gearing up to shoot a video for the song in April.
During his MusicRow visit, Jennings also offered tunes “I Can’t Right Now” and a song he calls “a failed pickup line,” titled “Buy You A Drink.”
Prior to his career in music, Jennings worked as a first mate on sport fishing boats. “It took a lot of long hours. The first mate maintains the boats, and there is a lot of fishing technique involved as well. These guys are on these expensive boats and could spend up to $7,000 in fuel, so they don’t want to miss a bunch of fish. You might leave the dock at 4:30 a.m. and get back at 5 p.m., and put in a few more hours of work maintaining the boat.”
His job took him up and down the Eastern seaboard, as well as to Bermuda, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and other locales, before Jennings gave up life at sea to make the move to Nashville to pursue music full-time.
Jennings’ professional and personal life are both in fast forward. The singer-songwriter is getting married this weekend in South Carolina.
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