Brett Detar

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Brett Detar
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Camden Underworld, January 2006
Background information
Born (1978-04-30) April 30, 1978 (age 38)
Origin Greensburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Folk music, film score, country, Americana, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, film composer, singer-songwriter, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, banjo, bass guitar
Years active 1996–2006, 2010-present
Labels Epic, Tooth & Nail, Solid State, Ravensong, Paper Fist
Associated acts The Juliana Theory, Zao, Pensive

Brett Detar is an American singer, songwriter,[1] film composer,[2] and music producer.[3] He was formerly the lead singer of the now defunct band The Juliana Theory, as well as former guitarist/bassist for metalcore band Zao. Born April 30, 1978 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Detar currently works as a film composer and solo singer-songwriter,[4] in Los Angeles, California.[5]

On November 9, 2010 Detar released his debut solo album, Bird in the Tangle, and distributed it for free on his website along with a limited edition vinyl album.[citation needed]

On October 8, 2013 Detar released [6] his second solo album, Too Free to Live, as a free digital download on his website along with limited edition vinyl.[citation needed]



Detar's music career began by playing guitar and singing backing vocals in the band Pensive. The group was formed in 1995 and featured a line-up including Juliana Theory and Zao alumni Chad Alan on vocals, Brett Detar on guitar, Martin Lunn on bass, and Josh Walters on drums.[7] Pensive released one EP titled The Subtlety of Silence, released in 1997.[8] They also released a split EP, The Psalms of Arian, with PA hardcore band Seasons in the Field, through Akeldama Records.[9]

At the age of 19, Detar co-wrote and played guitar, bass, and piano for the metalcore band Zao on their Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest album in 1998, as well as the split CD with Training for Utopia. Detar toured with Zao for two years, replacing original guitarist and founding member Roy Goudy, when Jesse Smith hired him, and bringing in new lead-vocalist Dan Weyandt to the band. Detar eventually left the group to concentrate on side project The Juliana Theory.[10]

In 1997 while also playing guitar in Zao, Detar (along with Chad Alan, Joshua Fiedler, Neil Hebrank, and Jeremiah Momper) formed a part-time side project called The Juliana Theory. Lasting much longer than the proposed summer-long tenure, Detar eventually left Zao to work on the Juliana Theory full-time. The band toured and recorded full-time for nine years from 1997-2006.[11]

The Juliana Theory recorded four full-length albums, along with various EPs and six live recordings.[12]

Throughout their career, they were signed to Epic Records, Tooth and Nail Records, Rykodisc, and Abacus Recordings. In 2005 The Juliana Theory, along with manager Josh Karchmer, started the Paper Fist record label on which the band released their final album, Deadbeat Sweetheartbeat.[13]

On October 5, 2009 Detar announced via his website that a Juliana Theory rarities and b-sides album would soon be available.[14] The album was released September 7, 2010 through digital media outlets such as iTunes and Amazon.[15]

On January 20, 2010 The Juliana Theory announced they would be playing six reunion shows in August 2010. These would be the final shows they played together as a group.[16]

Film Composing[edit]

Detar's first feature-length film score[17][18] was Paramount Picture's The Devil Inside, which debuted in America on January 6, 2012 as the US box office's number one movie of the weekend.[19] The Devil Inside broke the box office record for the best early January opening ever.[20]

Detar's second feature-length film,[21][22] FilmDistrict's 2014 action thriller WER.[23]

In early 2015 Detar composed all of the music for the short film Track [24]

Solo career[edit]

On November 10, 2010 Detar released his first solo album Bird In The Tangle. The entire album is available for free download on his website in mp3 format. The album is also available for purchase with four exclusive bonus tracks (released on November 23, 2010).

Detar toured the U.S. in 2011 on a 28 stop tour opening for Tiger Army's lead vocalist Nick 13, who also recently released his first solo album.[25]

On January 8, 2013 Detar released the single "A Soldier's Burden"[26] as a free digital download on his website followed by a series of singles leading up to his second record.

On October 8, 2013 Detar released [27] his second solo album, Too Free To Live as a free digital download on his website along with limited edition vinyl.

Detar again toured the U.S. in 2013 on a 28-date run with Juno Award Nominee[28] Lindi Ortega.[29]

Songs Featured on Television Shows and Movies[edit]

Detar's solo music has been featured regularly on network and cable television shows including Daredevil,[30][31] Nashville,[32] Supernatural,[33][34] Elementary,[35] Jersey Shore,[36][37] Friendzone,[38][39][39] Snooki & Jwoww,[40] Teen Mom,[41] Party Down South,[42] and as songwriter for The Juliana Theory - Universal Pictures' American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile,[43] Disney's Motocrossed,[43] Dawson's Creek,[44][45][46] Smallville,[47] and Joan of Arcadia [48]

Side projects[edit]

Detar appeared in tandem with Chris Evenson of Sense Field for a song under the moniker "Belasana" which was featured on the 2004 compilation Maybe This Christmas Tree.[49] It was never a true band but really "just a couple of ex-band guys trading music files over the internet which, when re-assembled on our computers do resemble songs".[50][51]

In 2005, Detar was featured on two tracks for the album Sixty Forty by the hip hop artist Origen aka Will Stanton, including the song "Mid Winter Cold."[52]

Personal life[edit]

Before his music career, Detar worked on a farm while growing up. He also worked at Carmike Cinemas in Greensburg. Detar enjoys ice hockey and played the sport growing up. A fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Mario Lemieux, Detar has travelled to Canada to watch Stanley Cup and international hockey.[11] In an interview with Detar mentioned that he is a big fan of The Sopranos.[53]



Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2012 The Devil Inside William Brent Bell Paramount Pictures N/A
2014 WER William Brent Bell Film District N/A


with Zao[edit]

with The Juliana Theory[edit]

Special edition Instant Live Juliana Theory albums[edit]

with Pensive[edit]

  • 1997 - The Psalms of Arianna
  • 1998 - Pensive / Seasons in The Field Split CD


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  8. ^ "The Subtlety of Silence by Pensive (EP, Emocore): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music". Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  9. ^ "The Psalms Of Ariana - Pensive/ Seasons In The Field - Cross Rhythms". Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  10. ^ "ZAO BIOGRAPHY". Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
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  33. ^ "Supernatural". TuneFind. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
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  35. ^ "Elementary". TuneFind. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  36. ^ "Music from Jersey Shore Episode 10 Season 5". soundtrack. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  37. ^ "Music from the Season 6 Finale of Jersey Shore". soundtrack. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  38. ^ "Music from Friendzone Season 4 Episode 7". soundtrack. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  39. ^ a b "Music from Friendzone Season 3 Episode 10". soundtrack. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  40. ^ "Music from Friendzone Season 4 Episode 3". soundtrack. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  41. ^ "Music from Teen Mom Episode 3 Season 4". soundtrack. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  42. ^ "Party Down South". CMT Artists. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  43. ^ a b "American Pie Presents The Naked Mile (Video 2006)". IMDb. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  44. ^ ""Dawson's Creek" The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest (TV Episode 2002)". IMDb. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  45. ^ ""Dawson's Creek" You Had Me at Goodbye (TV Episode 2000)". IMDb. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  46. ^ ""Dawson's Creek" None of the Above (TV Episode 1999)". IMDb. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  47. ^ ""Smallville" Cool (TV Episode 2001)". IMDb. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  48. ^ ""Joan of Arcadia" Bringeth It On (TV Episode 2003)". IMDb. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  49. ^ "Maybe This Christmas Tree". Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  50. ^ "Belasana Are Back". Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  51. ^ Bittersweet Eve - Belasana. YouTube. December 23, 2007. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
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