Bryan Loren

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Bryan Loren
Birth nameBryan Loren Hudson[1]
Also known asBryan "The Wiz" Hudson
Born (1966-05-05) 5 May 1966 (age 52)[1]
Long Island, New York[2]
GenresElectronica, R&B, funk, soul, pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, recording artist, record producer
Years active1981–present
LabelsPhilly World Records, Arista Records, BBR Records
Associated actsMichael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Barry White, Sting, Sly Stone, Chante Moore, Will Downing, Najee,[3] Shanice
WebsiteBryan Loren

Bryan Loren Hudson (born May 5, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter, recording artist and record producer. Hudson is professionally known as Bryan Loren, although he started his music career using his given name, and has significant accomplishments credited as Bryan Hudson, and Bryan "The Wiz" Hudson as well. When Hudson was offered a solo recording contract, he began professionally using Bryan Loren for his attributions. This became the moniker Loren used throughout his music career into the present day. Loren's credits include the number one single "Do the Bartman" (1990), and the number 23 R&B single "Lollipop Luv" (1984). The latter stayed on the R&B chart for 17 weeks. In addition to Loren's success as a solo artist, he has also collaborated with superstar-performers such as Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.

Early years[edit]

Bryan Loren was born on Long Island, New York in 1966.[1] He moved to South Philadelphia[4] at a young age. Loren became interested in music at age 5 and began playing drums and other percussion instruments,[4] eventually appearing on ten Michael Jackson albums as drummer and percussionist.[5] Loren expanded his musical prowess becoming a multi-instrumentalist. He was able to play all of the instruments used for recording a complete album. Loren said that he remembers being influenced by the South Philly music scene; recalling "TSOP and Phila. International" and songwriting artists "Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and Herbie Hancock" as specific inspiring examples.[3]

Music career[edit]

Loren began pursuing music professionally from a young age. He was able to compose music by age 12, was a professional session artist from age 15, and even signed his first recording contract at age 17.[3]

As Bryan Hudson[edit]

From 1981, Loren was a session musician at Alpha International Studios. While there, Loren recorded professionally under the tutelage of Nick Martinelli. He recorded with ensembles like Nona Hendrix, Tavares, and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.[3] His credits are as Bryan Hudson for all of his early musical contributions.[6]

Fat Larry's Band[edit]

Fat Larry's Band was the first band that Loren joined as a member. He played synthesizers, and recorded on their 1982 album Breakin’ Out[7] and 1983's Straight From the Heart.[8] This is where Loren coined the nickname Bryan "The Wiz" Hudson[9] for his keyboard wizardry.[10] The success of these recordings warranted a national album tour, but Loren was too young to join them on the road. He was replaced in the band, though he would record with Fat Larry's Band again; in 1986 for their album, Nice.[11]

Cashmere[edit]

Loren was also a member of Cashmere where he composed music for the 1983 album, Let the Music Turn You On. Loren provided backing vocals as well, showing himself as a talented vocalist.[12] The owner of Alpha International Studios took notice of Loren's potential, offering him a solo recording contract with Philly World Records. Loren signed the contract, and began performing as Bryan Loren. This would endure as his professional name throughout the rest of his career.[3]

As Bryan Loren[edit]

In 1984, Loren released his self-titled debut on Philly World Records. The album featured two hit singles "Lollipop Luv", which peaked at number 23 on Billboard's R&B chart,[13] and "Do You Really Love Me",[14] peaking at number 68.[15][16] Loren performed and recorded all of the music and vocal tracks on the debut album; handling all executive production, mixing, and engineering for the initial release. The album, Bryan Loren, was re-released in 2012 by BBR Records.

In 1992, Loren released a follow-up solo album on Arista Records called "Music from the New World". One song, "To Satisfy You", featured Michael Jackson on background vocals. According to an excerpt from Kit O'Toole's book, "Michael Jackson FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of Pop", Jackson passed on this song when presented by Loren during the "Dangerous" sessions, but agreed to sing backup when Loren kept the song for himself. This song was later renamed "Satisfy You" and covered by Damion Hall, a former member of the New Jack Swing group Guy, for his solo album "Straight to the Point" in 1994. His version also featured Chantè Moore. "Doesn't Mean That I Don't Love You" had a brief stint on Billboard as this album's only known single. It is also known, according to an upload on Loren's MySpace page, that "For You" was initially given to Janet Jackson during her Rhythm Nation 1814 sessions in 1989. Under the title "Work", the demo was eventually not used, despite its industrial-mechanical feel. "Music for the New World" was released commercially only in Japan, but peer to peer (P2P) sites like Napster and Audiogalaxy had the song files available for a brief moment after its release.

Collaborations[edit]

Loren collaborated with other top recording artists including in 1990, when he produced, sung background vocals on, and co-wrote (along with an uncredited Michael Jackson)[17] the song "Do the Bartman" from The Simpsons Sing the Blues.[3][18][19] Jackson was a fan of The Simpsons, and had agreed to write a song for the planned release of The Simpsons Sing the Blues, but because he had recently signed a lucrative deal with Sony Records, giving them exclusivity in exchange for what The Guinness Book of Records recognized as the largest contract ever, reportedly worth $890 million,[3][20] and the Simpsons album was being released on Geffen Records, Jackson chose to not be credited in any manner on the album. "Do the Bartman" became a number one hit in both the UK and New Zealand, reached number 2 in the Netherlands, and number 4 in Belgium.[3] Though it was never released as a single in the US, it did spend nine weeks on Billboard's airplay chart, peaking at number 11.[16] Loren worked with Michael Jackson again, in 1991, on Jackson's album Dangerous. He played drums, and other percussion instruments, on that album.[21] He continued writing songs for other well known performers, including Whitney Houston's "Feels so Good",[22][23][24] and producing music with other well known artists, Eric Benét, Barry White, and Sting.[13]

Awards[edit]

In 1990 Bryan Loren won the Sony Innovator's award in Sound as reported in July's issue of Ebony.[25] In giving the award, George Benson said of Loren: "Bryan's got the power of talent, his imagination will take him far." concluding with "We're betting on it."

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bryan Hudson – Los Angeles, CA – MyLife.com, Retrieved January 20, 2013
  2. ^ My Record & CD Collection, Retrieved January 20, 2013
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Interview with Bryan Loren, DanceClassics.net, Retrieved January 20, 2013
  4. ^ a b Rare and Obscure Music: Byran Loren
  5. ^ Bryan Loren - Credits : AllMusic
  6. ^ Bryan Hudson - Credits : AllMusic
  7. ^ Breakin' Out – Fat Larry's Band, AllMusic.com, Album credits, Retrieved January 20, 2013
  8. ^ Fat Larry's Band – Straight From The Heart, Discogs.com, Retrieved January 20, 2013
  9. ^ Bryan "The Wiz" Hudson Discography at Discogs
  10. ^ Album credits for Bryan "The Wiz" Hudson, Auctiva.com, Retrieved January 20, 2013
  11. ^ How many of you remember Bryan Loren?, Prince.org, Retrieved January 20, 2013
  12. ^ Let the Music Turn You On – Cashmere, AllMusic.com, Album credits, Retrieved January 20, 2013
  13. ^ a b Hogan, Ed. "Bryan Loren – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". allmusic. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
  14. ^ Cherry Red Records – Bryan Loren, BBR Records, Retrieved January 20, 2013
  15. ^ Bryan Loren—Bryan Loren, DereksMusic.com, Retrieved January 20, 2013
  16. ^ a b Halstead, Craig, Cadman, Chris, Jackson's Number Ones, GoogleBooks, Retrieved January 20, 2013
  17. ^ Gloved One secret ‘Simpsons’ fan | Variety
  18. ^ Michael Jackson The Solo Years - Craig Halstead, Chris Cadman - Google Books
  19. ^ "Do The Bartman", Official video, Retrieved January 21, 2013
  20. ^ Also in 2012 Michael remains the king of Guinness World Records (+video) | Legendary Michael Jackson Fan Club
  21. ^ "Bryan Loren – Credits". allmusic. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
  22. ^ Bryan Loren Biography | SoulAndFunkMusic.com
  23. ^ Whitney Houston - Feels So Good By Bryan Loren Lyrics Archived March 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ Bryan Loren Albums | SoulAndFunkMusic.com
  25. ^ Sony Innovator's, Ebony, GoogleBooks, Retrieved January 20, 2013