"ON THE MOVE"- That's the title of the impressive debut CD from Brandon Burrows. The CD is in stores now.
Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Brandon Burrows is only 14-years-old and he's already on the fast track to a promising music career since releasing his debut, CD, "On the Move." Check out the "In The Groove" CD review above.
Produced by the husband and wife songwriting team of Amber and Rob Whitlock, "On the Move"—which is in stores now--features 17 re-interpreted songs by Burrows from iconic singer-songwriters Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens, Bob Marley, Ray Charles, and Kenny Loggins as well as two originals including one co-written by Burrows ("Chase Your Dreams").
N2Entertainment.net spoke with Burrows during a recent interview from his home in San Diego, California about his new album "On the Move" which is garnering radio spins across the nation. Burrows also discussed covering such legendary musicians for his debut outing, his favorite tracks on "On the Move," his idol Stevie Wonder and why he doesn't plan on being a flash in the pan.
Read what else this rising star had to say.
Q. "On the Move" is a very ambitious debut album. What made you want to release a CD covering so many legendary artists' songs?
A. I'm a huge fan of many of these artists, but particularly Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Ray Charles. They are perhaps my biggest musical influences. I especially liked how they sang when they were child stars.
Q. Speaking of Stevie Wonder, you mentioned your "On the Move" album cover pays tribute to him. Can you talk more about that?
A. Yeah. It's really a nod to Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" CD. On the cover of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," Stevie is inside a moving box. And on my album, not only does it reflect my artwork that I created, but my family's background. My parents have a moving business. And we thought it would be different and kind of cool to shoot me on top of a moving box for the CD cover.
Q. Was it your great-grand father that was one of the founders of the International Association of Movers?
A. Yes. It's a longstanding family operation.
Q. Your parents didn't insist you follow in the family business? How did you get started singing?
A. No, they really didn't insist. I was actually at my friend's house one day and my friend's dad was playing the piano. I started singing along with him and he said, 'wow, you sing pretty good. He told my parents about how I sounded. At the time they didn't think too much about it. But as I started to sing more around the house and take more interest in singing, they realized that this was something I was serious about and wanted to do. I've always liked singing and displayed a talent for it at an even younger age.
Q. Do you have any personal favorites on "On the Move?"
A. Bob Marley's "Redemption Song," Stevie Wonder's "Sugar" and Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors." I perform "True Colors" with Amber Whitlock. She's been my vocal coach for a long time. Every album deserves a great duet.
Q. Did you have to miss a lot of school in order to make "On the Move?"
A. I only missed a week of school to make the CD. We recorded last year in the summer and I was able to practice on the weekends. It worked out fine.
Q. The album is already generating buzz and getting some national radio exposure. Are you ready for the media scrutiny that may follow?
A. Yes, so ready. (He laughs). I always wanted to get famous through my music.
Q. You're not quite old enough to drive yet, but if "Moving On" jumps off and makes you a ton of money, what's the first thing you'd like to buy?
A. Probably a Maserati, a Porsche or Ferrari.
Q. Do you feel ready to take to the road for some touring and perform before big audiences?
A. Touring would be a possibility. I'd love to do some concerts. A few years ago I sang the national anthem at the San Diego Padres game. That was a good experience for me to perform before a large crowd. Singing before a big group of people doesn't bother me at all. That would be fun to do.
Q. Is it true that you know "American Idol" finalist Adam Lambert?
A. Adam (Lambert) is from San Diego too. I attend Oak Valley Middle School in San Diego and he attended Mt. Carmel High School near San Diego (Rancho Peñasquitos). I know some people whose teacher taught him. Adam is insanely talented. He's going to go far in the music business because he's so very dramatic and a good performer.
Q. If you could go into a recording studio tomorrow and record with any artist--past or present--who would it be?
A. I would choose more modern artists like The Fray, 3 Doors Down and Daughtry, but absolutely, most definitely Stevie Wonder would be there.
Q. What else do you enjoy doing besides singing?
A. I like basketball, soccer and tennis. I just started playing tennis and seem to have a knack for it. Overall, I'm just a regular kid. I like hanging out with my friends. But I'm really excited about my music career. I've dreamed of doing this and I want to put everything in to pursuing this dream. I plan to be around for awhile. I want people to remember my name.
Editor's Note: Brandon Burrow's new CD "On the Move" (Sketchin' Records) is in stores now. For more information on Brandon, log on to his Web site at www.brandonburrows.com.