“My life has been a battle between my creative and self-destructive tendencies. Sometimes the self-destructive side actually feeds the creative side. As a songwriter, I try to put all those experiences into each one of my songs.” - Brian Lee Robinson
The best songwriters tap into life’s ups and downs and then deliver those powerful emotions through lyrics and melody. Perhaps no one knows this fact better than a singer/songwriter from Texas named Brian Lee Robinson. Over the years, armed with only a pen and six-string, he has turned his own demons into demos and life stories into songs.
Brian Lee was only eight years old when his dad passed away. Although they weren’t close, it was an event which greatly affected his musical life. He explains, “My dad’s demons took him at an early age, but not before his love of country music wore off on me.” Brian was in his mid-teens, when he began to morph from a poet into a lyricist. “It was because of this ability to see the song lyrics in my head, I decided I’d better learn to play the guitar,” offers Robinson. By the time he was in his late teens, he was not only playing guitar and composing songs, but performing in a Houston-based band.
At the age of twenty-two, after graduating Texas A&M, Brian packed up a trailer and headed off to Music City, U.S.A. He found himself working odd jobs on Music Row in Nashville, “I was living that starving artist life - I was crazy, constantly battling my self-destructive habits.” Brian’s big break came when he met guitarist and musical virtuoso Jerry Barlow - who helped him get a job as a copyboy at Merit Music in Nashville.
During the 1980s, Brian met many other songwriters including Roger Alan Wade, Keith Palmer, Mentor Williams, and Steve Cropper. He also landed many cuts from the likes of “Whispering Bill” Anderson, Roger Alan Wade, Tom Grant, Hank Thompson, and Jack Greene.” However, Brian’s most celebrated chart success came in 1985 when a song of his entitled “You Lifted Me High Enough” - performed by The Mercey Brothers – peaked at number ten on the Canadian Country Charts.
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