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Blaine Braun / Bio

This page is a compilation page of songs with bands/persons that I have worked with over the last number of years, maybe someone will pick up on something, somewhere, sometime.... I will add new songs as new songs come along... or not... :)

Blaine Braun
Singer/Songwriter/Actor

Blaine was born the son of a minister in the small prairie town of Morden, Manitoba. Being brought up in the church created a lot of stage time, a lot of criticisms and the comfort of performing in front of an audience. This led to high school theatre, musical theatre, and soon gave way to co-hosting an independent high school television show with fellow actor and friend Scott Bairstow (Party of Five, The Postman).
Hiring a voice coach for his performances in operettas and attending acting classes and workshops led to a nomination for best actor in the M.A.C. Theatre Awards and Blaine relocated to Vancouver to expand his career options.

Struggling as an actor, Blaine started in the Vancouver music scene in 1994 fronting a band called Mother Made This. The band developed quickly by playing alongside bands such as DDT, Damn The Diva, Noise Therapy, and Flybanger and in 1996 had a single released onto the Turtle Records Compilation Volume 1 under the band’s new name, 351 Cleveland. Also in 1996 Blaine moved on from the band, citing personal differences and found a new home with new band mates in a Vancouver based quartet called Flux. The band had an intense work ethic and the focus was entirely on breaking away from mainstream radio rock at the time and developing “the next great thing”. This would prove to be the breaking point only a short 2 years later, when the band dissolved.

In 1999, Blaine was invited to audition for the band Twist, being developed by a small independent label called Igroove Recordings. The band had the added appeal of having two former members of the platinum selling Canadian rock band, Econoline Crush, while the president of Igroove was a major contributor of the song writing and the band’s guitarist. Two Canadian tours, two music videos, and multiple media events followed, including soundtrack work (Ripper: Letters from Hell, NSX 5: Lights Out) and a live national television performance on Canada’s premier late night talk show, Open Mike with Mike Bullard, Canada’s version of the David Letterman Show. In the late summer of 2001, the band split with the label due to financial mismanagement, and subsequently decided to call it quits.

During this time, Blaine had a website designed to exhibit his talents to prospective management, labels, and agents. Through this and what was the beginning of the online era, Blaine had the privilege of working with various bands and musicians across North America. While Blaine was working in Memphis, TN in August of 2002, an email came through from Andy Skov, a guitarist from Vancouver, WA who was looking for a singer. But instead of Blaine staying in the US, he flew home to Vancouver, and discussed an idea with his good friend and bass player, Mark Radloff, to put a band together with this young American guitarist. This would be the very start of what would become to be "Tourist".

In the summer of 2003 Blaine began recording with Tourist, and began shopping a three-song demo to industry by December 2003/January 2004. Interest in the band grew and Tourist won the 2004 Vancouver Seeds competition with 99.3 CFOX. Previous winners include Nickelback, Default, and Matthew Good. Tourist was also competing in international song contests, winning from New York to Los Angeles. In August 2004, the band went into the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver to work with veteran Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, The Cult, The Cure). The band was invited to be a part of the Budweiser True Music Tour 2005 and moved to NY based management in August 2005. They have had songs in over 50 television shows in North America, on networks including ESPN, CBS, MTV, Global Televsion, and CTV.

In summer 2006 Tourist signed a deal MTM/Psychoactive in Germany, however the label became a victim of mergers and not only was the band shelved, but was not honored on it’s contract.
The band consequently broke up in 2007.

Blaine has since been writing with Rob Lulic (Rhymes With Orange) whenever their personal lives allow and looks forward to continued songwriting into the future.

General Info

Band Members
various
Artist Name
Blaine Braun
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/blainebraun
Active Since
01/94
Genres
Rock / Folk / Alternative

Contact Info

Location
Vancouver, BC, CA
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