Brian Chartrand’s music career has taken off since he moved from rural Massachusetts to Phoenix, AZ in October 2003. Since that time, he has performed to audiences large and small throughout the United States and Europe (in April 2013, Brian completed his fourth European Tour which lasted three weeks and took him through 4 countries). He’s performed his songs on a luxury cruise ship in Europe during the Summer of 2012. He has recorded 11 albums, both studio and live, with his various musical projects. He’s worked with amazing producers: Andy Zulla (Rod Stewart, Kelly Clarkson), Iestyn Polson (David Grey), and Clarke Rigsby (Paul McCartney, Glen Campbell, Tower of Power). He also has his music placed in television ad campaigns and in retail outlets.
Brian’s solo acoustic career is evolving. With two original releases already under his belt (“Sleeping With Giants” 2008 and “Out of the Ether” 2008), his latest album “La Belle Époque” (April 2012) is a 5-song EP of acoustic interpretations of some of his favorite songs from the 80s. In it you will find songs by Don Henley, Sting, Terrence Trent D’Arby, INXS and Peter Gabriel. This is truly a “self released” record as he assumed the responsibility of producer, engineer, and performer. These songs were all recorded in his modest home studio in downtown Phoenix. He enlisted the help of some of Phoenix’s best musicians: Todd Chuba, Mario Mendivil, Adam Armijo, and Mike Florio. Don’t bother listening, just buy the record here.
Released in October of 2011, Brian Chartrand & The Voce Project, is his first studio album recorded with famed producer Clarke Rigsby at Tempest Recording Studio in Tempe, AZ. The band Brian assembled for this project is a “who’s who” in the PHX music scene: Mike Florio (drums), Mel Brown (bass), Todd Chuba (percussion), Adam Armijo (electric guitar), and Lamar Gaines (keys), Khani Cole (vocals). This record is his “Aja”: expansive, groovy, and cerebral. Listen/download here.
“(The Voce Project) is outstanding in every way: songwriting, execution, sonically, packaging, etc. Congratulations!”– Bob Corritore, owner of legendary live music venue, The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ and host of “Those Lowdown Blues” on KJZZ 91.5 FM The Sweet Remains, Brian’s other main focus, released it’s debut album “Laurel & Sunset” in 2009. Their single “What I’m Looking For” was featured twice in a nationwide advertising campaign for Subaru. The single “Easy” was recognized by the famed New York Song Circle songwriting competition. Their single “Dance With Me” is featured on the Putumayo compilation Acoustic Cafe. TSR just released their “in the round” live CD/DVD from their residency at The Canal Room in New York City. Their sophomore studio release “North & Prospect,” released in early 2013, was highlighted in USA TODAY as their pick of the week in early March. Listen here!
Since it’s inception in 2005, Ten Dollar Outfit has independently released 6 albums, and continues to help define the music scene in Phoenix, Arizona. Voted “Best Jam Band” by The Phoenix New Times, Ten Dollar Outfit has shared the stage with some amazing acts including; Steely Dan, The Flaming Lips, Matisyahu, Railroad Earth, and The Young Dubliners.