By Nicole Hanratty
Posted January 1, 2013
Brian Ripps started playing the guitar at the young age of 11 as a way to deal with the loss of his mother to a long battle with breast cancer. “It was two months after her death that I began playing guitar and it has served as the best possible therapy,” says Brian. His voice conveys a deep inner struggle that will steal your heart.
Brian Ripps has the voice of Chris Cornell–whom he names as a huge music influence–and says he has been greatly impacted by John Mayer’s music over the years. The singer/songwriter from New York City says of the power of music, “it has helped shape my universe and has opened doors for me that I never would have imagined possible.
”If there’s something I want people to see, or learn about me, it’s that it’s my passion that drives me.” And part of that passion for Brian Ripps is giving back to his community. While Brian is busy playing shows nearly every night of the year, he makes time to perform for charity events (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, AIDS Walk New York, ING NYC Marathon, Music Against Myeloma, Healing Arts for Haiti, Hurricane Relief), elementary schools, high schools, colleges and says Brian, “just about any other place that you can fit a guy with a guitar. I love connecting with people through song.”
For someone who grew up with such a tremendous loss at such an impressionable age, Brian’s outlook on life is remarkable. “I am doing my best every day to take something that one might look at and conceive as wholly negative, and make it into a full fledged positive. I don’t feel limited in any way, and my main focus is making music and making a difference in people’s lives.”
Now 27, he has played nearly 1500 gigs. He has released two records with his band The Turn, a solo record of covers, and most recently Brian completed his first solo acoustic record of material that has been in development over the course of the last two years. His Kings of Leon “Radioactive” cover on YouTube Music Videos (see below) has garnered over 24,000 views.
We think you will fall in love with Brian Ripps and we can “Prove It.” Check out his latest song performed acoustic hot out of the kitchen:
Brian Ripps “Prove It” on YouTube Music Videos
See more Brian Ripps music videos www.YouTube.com/BrianRipps
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