When speaking about his childhood, hometown, and music, Brian Fuente is as humble as can be, acknowledging his parents and his small urban town for contributing to his success in music today.
Born and raised in Ridgeland, Mississippi – a small town on the outskirts of Jackson – Fuente found musical inspiration in his blood at a very early age. “I was born into it,” he begins. “My parents are musicians: my mother is a jazz vocalist, my father is a guitar player, my stepfather is a guitar player, and my grandfather was an opera singer; it was handed to me at birth.”
At the age of 9, Fuente picked up his father’s guitar and began writing music and performing wherever and whenever he was able. This experience allowed him to further recognize his passion for music, which encouraged his move to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007; although, it was not what he had expected at first. “I was a bit intimidated,” he confesses. “I came from being a big fish in a small pond to feeling like a minnow in an ocean.” His persistence allowed him to make lifelong friends and work with the industry’s top professionals – which were events that would not have occurred had he not moved to Nashville.
This move led to the formation of his band, Newmatic. Newmatic allowed him to see bigger crowds and bigger success for four years. However, there were still detours that discouraged Fuente from continuing a musical career, until he received a miraculous phone call in 2011. “When I got called to audition for The Voice, I was a bit skeptical at first,” he admits. “Music almost became secondary for me at that point. I truly felt like I had enough.” Nonetheless, he took a leap of faith that renewed his love for music. He worked with Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson and shared the stage with Maroon 5, Counting Crows, and Robert Randolph, to name a few, according to his website. “If it wasn’t for that audition, I probably would have taken a hiatus from music for a while. That show encouraged me to not give up and to keep moving forward.”
That show also introduced Fuente to former Disney star and girlfriend Jordan Pruitt. With hit singles of her own, most commonly known for The Outside Looking In, Pruitt released two albums – No Ordinary Girl and Permission to Fly – under Hollywood Records in 2007, and had the opportunity of touring with Demi Lovato. Pruitt moved to Nashville and auditioned for The Voice in 2012, though continuing on her own path when being cut. She is currently recording her third album, but first country EP, and credits Fuente for much of her learning. “Brian’s been a huge inspiration in my life and I wouldn’t be able to be here without him,” she explains in Naked Magazine in October 2013. Naturally, the feeling is mutual for Fuente. “It’s truly amazing to share music with someone you love; I hadn’t experienced it prior to meeting Jordan,” he says. “We challenge each other everyday and encourage one another to keep the wheels turning.”
The challenge and encouragement led to Fuente’s first solo, self-titled, free album release on February 25 of this year. Each song has an empowering message, resilient guitar tracks, and a bold voice to ascend the entire record. He pours his heart and soul into his music, and the result is as gratifying as his attribution to the music industry.
Although Fuente has not visited the Coachella Valley, he is ready to make his debut. “I am ready to make my way past LA,” he answers. “Any time I can play the West Coast, I am there! I did a West Coast run last year and that was by far the most beautiful and encouraging tour I’ve been on to date.”
In addition, he provides words of encouragement for aspiring musicians in the Coachella Valley who are not fortunate enough to have many local places to perform. “I understand that. I grew up in small town Mississippi, where there’s not a whole lot of opportunity for artists, but you make the best of it and play everywhere you can. Networking is key.” Though, for Fuente, fate holds a stronger key. “If it’s your passion and it’s your destiny, music will find its way through this world, no matter where you live.”
To receive a free download and listen of Brian Fuente, visit http://www.noisetrade.com/brianfuente. Said by Fuente himself, “It’s a tough industry and only a few survive.” It is safe to say that this is only the beginning of his everlasting, successful music career.
Article published in College of the Desert’s The Chaparral: http://thechaparral.net/2014/04/23/former-the-voice-contestant-releases-new-album-and-encouragement-to-the-coachella-valley/