Saturday, July 12, 2008

Byran Loren

Bryan Loren (born in 1966 in Long Island, New York) is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. He moved to South Philadelphia at a young age.

Bryan became interested in music when he was 5 years old, playing the drums and other percussion instruments. By the age of 12, he was able to compose music, became a professional session artist from the age of 15 and signed his first recording contract when he was 17 years old.

In 1981, Bryan was a session musician at Alpha International Studios where he recorded professionally under the tutelage of producer Nick Martinelli. He recorded with artists such as Nona Hendrix, Tavares & Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. For all of his early musical contributions, he was credited as "Bryan Hudson."

Bryan was a member of Fat Larry's Band where he played synthesizers and recorded on their 1982 album, "Breakin' Out" and their 1983 album, "Straight From the Heart." He was given the nickname "The Wiz" for his keyboard wizardry.

The success of the recordings sent the band on a national album tour, but Bryan was too young to join them on the road. Even though he was replaced in the band, he later recorded with Fat Larry's band again for their 1986 album, "Nice."

Bryan was also a member of music group, Cashmere where he composed music for their 1983 album, "Let the Music Turn You On" where he provided backing vocals as well.

The owner of Alpha International Studios noticed his potential and offered him a solo record deal with Philly World Records. Bryan signed the contract and began performing as "Bryan Loren" which became his professional name throughout the rest of his career.
In 1984, he released his self-titled debut album. It's unknown how or if the album made the Billboard charts at all. He performed & recorded all of the music & vocal tracks, handled executive production, mixing, and engineering on the album.
The first single, "Lollipop Luv" peaked at #105 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #23 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Do You Really Love Me" peaked at #68 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 7 weeks.

Throughout the '80s, he produced music for artists such as Rose Royce, Vesta Williams, Sting, Shanice, the Brothers Johnson, Sting, and Johnson & Johnson.

In 1990, Bryan produced, co-wrote and sung background vocals (along with Michael Jackson, who was uncredited) on the song, "Do the Bartman" from "The Simpsons Sing the Blues" album which became a #1 hit in the United Kingdom. Bryan played drums and other percussion instruments on Michael's "Dangerous" album.
In 1992, Bryan released his sophomore album, "Music For the New World" on Arista Records, but it was only released in Japan.

During the '90s, he continued writing & producing music for artists such as Whitney Houston, Eric Benet, Barry White, Najee, Will Downing, Rebbie Jackson, and Damion Hall.

These days, it appears that Bryan continues to produce & perform music.

To see a fan-made video for "Lollipop Luv," go to:

To see the music video for "Do You Really Love Me," go to:

[updated on 02/26/13]

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