1.Why this name?
My birth name is Brian Jermaine Flax i just used my first and middle name.
After acheiving the right of being proclaimed one of the best singers to ever open his mouth.. i injured my voice.. i continued to try and perform but i pretty much tarnished my reputation as Brian Flax.
Renaming myself Brian Jermaine after a lengthy absence from performing was my way of re-inventing myself and trying to reclaim my "Sultry Soul Singer" Status and i am happy to report that through alot of hard work and GOD's blessings i have.
2.Do you play live?
Yes I Do. I perform at Various Venues around The Bay Area.
3.How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Yes it does. it gives unknown artists who have a multitude of talents exposure that they might not other wise get.
4.Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
At this point in my life im not sure. I Love my creative freedom, Record companies are about making money. Some guy could have the worse music ever, but if it sells a million copies because he is buff and has his shirt off on the front cover and women buy it for that reason then he is in.
My music does not sale in large quantities, but if i got the proper exposure im sure it would.
If i did sign with a major label i would prefer that it is over seas considering that my music is a lot more popular over seas than in the U.S.
My biggest hit to date "Ol Skool" went to #12 on the U.S. National Funk Charts, but went to #2 on the UK National Funk Charts(4 Weeks) and #1 in Japan(2 Weeks)
The other thing is my music is beyond one specific genre categorization, which is great for being a versatile musician but is horrible for the record business because they cant market it as 1 genre.
I'm a music rebel, I make music that sounds good and feels good, im not concerned with Trends and Fads which probably would not help me in the industry either because im not chasing the new Trend.
Over 40 years after his death Sam Cooke's Music is still relevant, so is Marvin Gaye , Luther Vandross , Isaac Hayes etc. that's the type of music i want to make, music that will last forever, music that will out live me.
Luther Vandross(Musical Father) - Isaac Hayes(#1 Favorite Artist) - Derick Hughes - Donny Hathaway - Johnny"Guitar"Watson - Calvin Richardson - Durrell"Tank" Babbs - Lionel Richie - Bobby Womack - D'ANGELO - Rachelle Ferrell(Favorite Female Singer) - Prince - Chris Brown - Will Downing - Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly - R.Kelly - Sam Cooke - Nat King Cole - Mahalia Jackson - Fred Hammond - Smokie Norful - Barry Manilow - Elvis Presley - Fedarro - Curtis Mayfield -
37 TOP TEN HITS COLLECTIVELY IN 7 DIFFERENT GENRE'S INCLUDING TWO #1'S "OL SKOOL" AND "LOW RIDER"
1. OL SKOOL(#1 FUNK)
2. LOW RIDER (#1 FUNK , #2 NU JAZZ)
3. VICTORY(#2 JAZZ)
4. MY GIRL (#2 FUNK)
5. JUNE 24TH(#3 FUNK , #7 NU JAZZ)
6. HEY GIRL (#4 SOUL)
7. YOU(#4 JAZZ)
8. WHAT U WANNA DO(#4 FUNK)
9. 50/50 LOVE(#5 A'CAPPELLA)
10. SHE TEXTED ME(#6 NEO-SOUL)
11. YES I DO(#6 SWING JAZZ)
12. MYSPACE LOVERS(#7 FUNK)
13. SUMMER NIGHTS(#7 JAZZ)
14. PRIVATE AFFAIR(#7 JAZZ)
15. SOMEBODY(#7 FUNK)
16. ON MY MIND(#8 FUNK, #10 R&B)
17. GOOD ENOUGH(#8 CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL)
18. GET UP(#2 London Funk Charts)
19. IM FINISHED LOVING YOU(#9 SOUL)
20. HE KNOWS(#9 GOSPEL)
21. PASSION(#9 SMOOTH JAZZ)
22. MR. KOOL(#9 SMOOTH JAZZ)
23. BYE BABY(#10 EASY LISTENING)
24. BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS(#10 NEO- SOUL)
25. SAVE OUR LOVE(#10 NEO-SOUL)
26. PLANET SATURN(#10 SMOOTH JAZZ)
27. SMOOTH(#10 NU JAZZ)
28. MY HEART(#10 ADULT CONTEMPORARY)
THE HITS(COVER SONGS)
1. I'M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE BABY: BARRY WHITE COVER (#4 R&B)
2. WALK ON BY: BACHARACH/DAVID/ISAAC HAYES COVER (#7 R&B)
3. I WANNA TA TA YOU BABY: JOHNNY "GUITAR" WATSON COVER (#8 BLUES)
4. FALL IN LOVE, LADY LOVE: TONY HESTER/DRAMATICS COVER (#8 R&B)
5. SUMMERTIME(VOCAL) : GERSHWIN COVER(#8 JAZZ)
6. SUMMERTIME(INSTRUMENTAL) : GERSHWIN COVER(#8 JAZZ)
7. HONEY LOVE : R. KELLY COVER(#9 R&B)
8. I'M NO ROMEO : BILLY STEWART COVER(#9 NEO-SOUL)
9. IF YOU WANT ME TO STAY : SLY STONE COVER(#9 R&B)
I am influenced by sooooo many styles of music...Country is one of them.. I Love me some Billy Dean and Randy Travis, Tim Mcgraw, Vince Gill.
I recorded an album called "Eclectic" which is a collection of songs recorded in various musical styles.. so this is my attempt at writing a Country Ballad...
You can hear the tension in my voice as im really trying to sing it as if i am a Country Singer.. but every now and then you will hear the Soul and R&B come out of me and hear me trying to tone it down and get back into character.
By the time the record is almost over Soul has won( cant deny who i am lol) but i think that a true Country Singer or Songstress could take this to the top of the Country Charts.
I wrote this in High School... i was very reluctant to promote this song because i was not sure that i had the right formula for a country ballad.. when classmates would hear me singing and playing it in the music room they would ask me who's song is that? i would say Randy Travis and they would say "it sounds like one of his songs"
I wrote it specifically with him in mind so i guess i nailed it :)
To hear "To An End" go to soundclick.com/brianjermaine
Have u been missing my songs "June 24th" and "Private Affair" ? well November 7th you can buy them and listen to them anytime you want for years to come.
Just visit reverbnation.com/store/brianjermainejazz on November 7th and purchase the 2 most definitive songs in my Smooth Jazz/Nu Jazz Collection.
If you enjoy my contributions to the Gospel Genre, enjoy those songs 24/7 at reverbnation.com/brianjermainegospel
***FOR MY JAZZ FANS*** Due to the growing popularity of my recorded work in the Jazz Genre, I have created a page Exclusively for my Brian Jermaine Jazz Fans. All My Jazz Music 24/7 My favorite Jazz Pianist has been and forever will be Edward Kennedy"Duke" Ellington, I dont know if i will ever reach his status as a Pianist/Composer but i am having so much fun trying and i thank all of you who have joined me for the ride :) (reverbnation.com/brianjermainejazz)
Its amazing how a song that wasn't even supposed to exist has become my biggest hit so far and My Signature Song.
Chart Stats For "Ol Skool" :
#1 5x's On The Funk Charts For numberonemusic.com
#1 Bay Area Funk Charts(6 Months)
#1 St. Thomas Virgin Islands
#1 American Samoa
#1 Japan(2 Weeks)
#2 United Kingdom (4 Weeks)
#12 United States
#17 In The World
This song started out as an instrumental, Thats why you hear all the brass arrangement.
Thats the only time i used to put horn lines and string arrangements in my songs is when i do instrumentals and this song was my first time putting what i do Vocally and what i do Instrumentally together in one package.
Just listen to "Rollin" or "Mr. Kool" then listen to my vocal stuff and you will her what im talking about.
As i am putting the finishing touches on the instrumental version i keep singing over and over "Im A Young Man But I Love That Ol Skool"... then i would mumble some lines then come back to that same hook.
I love Old School music , I was raised on it and i used to get teased alot for that, because while my peers were listening to the current music of the day i had Isaac Hayes or Luther Vandross or The Temptations etc... in my walkman.
I always said i was gonna write a song about that experience but i didnt know this was gonna be the chosen day lol.
I was really tired, i had already put my all into the instrumental version and i was debating if i wanted to write lyrics or leave it like it was,
But when GOD tells you to do something.... just do it....... and i did and as a result i have a #1 hit song in 2 countries... so far :)
When i perform live those who know the song and have heard it they will sit on the edge of their seats waiting for it... and if they feel the night is slipping away and dont think that i am going to play it they will ask for it and make sure they are heard when they do lol.
I pay respect to alot of the artist's that have inspired and influenced me... Old and New, but Musically Johnny"Guitar"Watson was the ultimate influence on this song... listen to it close... then if you have some JGW listen to it...and you will hear something in it and in me that you might not have realized was there at first.