Michigan is known for having heavy musical influences in soul music and rock ‘n’ roll, but Michigan is also becoming known for country music. Brian Lorente and The Usual Suspects have arrived on the scene and are determined to make their own impact on country music in Michigan.
Brian Lorente and The Usual Suspects will be opening for country male superstar, Lee Brice at The Intersection. “Once again I’m honored and lucky to be put in a situation where I can get the chance to open up for such a national talent! There is already a lot of hype around this show so we are just excited to be part of it,” said Lorente.
Lorente is bringing his unique country music style to The Intersection next week. Lorente brings a southern rock sound with a modern country influence to every live show. Fans who pack the venue to see Lee Brice, will likely leave with a great first impression of Lorente and his usual suspects.
I had the chance to interview Brian Lorente, we discussed everything from what is like to be opening for Lee Brice and how social media helps him to connect with fans. The entire interview is below.
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C: When did you first discover that you had a strong passion for music?
B: Music has always been part of my life since I can remember! I might have been four or five when I was singing in my church choir….singing performing in front of people just something that has always felt right to me!
C: What would you consider to be some of your most notable music influences at a younger age?
B: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, (my mom was a big oldies fan) Garth Brooks grabbed me and pulled me into the high energy entertainment world! Basically any great entertainer that could light up a stage with their presence and showmanship. First country music love was Alabama, “Song of the South”.
C: In a few words, how would you describe the your musical sound?
B: My sound is a mix of southern rock and contemporary country. High energy country music! My band the Usual Suspects are the key, Buddy Sebastion, Bill Molitor, Kurt Stone and Phil Steel have been the boys behind all the noise for several years now, I am a lucky man to have such a backing crew of musicians partners and friends.
C: What musical influences do you pull from when you are performing or writing music?
B: In performances I always catch myself shaken my hips like Elvis, stomping my leg like Johnny Cash, screaming to the crowd like Metallica and throwing water on the crowd just for fun!
Writing, life is the influence, real life situations whether my life or someone else’s story I can pull from. Random example I am working on a new song based on the Male character in the Katy Perry video Teen Age Dream, inspiration can come from any where at any time!
C: You have gained quite a large following in the Midwest, what was the process of coming up in the industry like?
B: Persistence, persistence, persistence, and a bit of luck! We worked for every supporter that follows us either online or comes to all the shows, we love everyone who comes and supports us. Gaining a following is all about connecting with everyone you get in front of and being sure you stay connected with them. Coming up in the industry….the industry is a tough place thankfully I am surrounded by a great team of musicians and business partners who truly make all the difference! I still have a long way go!
C: What is it like to be able to work with Lee Brice and open up for him in Grand Rapids?
B: Once again honored and lucky to be put in a situation where I can get the chance to open up for such a national talent! Every once I a while you get the chance to sit down with these guys after the show and hang out for a bit, hoping to get that chance with Lee. There is already a lot of hype around this show so we are just excited to be part of it, not to mention The Intersection is an amazing venue to perform at, should all add up to a pretty unforgettable night!!
C: How do you all as a band feel social media has helped and will continue to help your career?
B: Social media has changed everything! We have to hook into it everyday to get done what needs to be done, I think social media has been ale to take us from local networking to International Networking. It has given the little guy who, lives out of town a fighting chance to branch out to new fans and new markets!