Make it Do What It Do...
Bryan Hansen Band is an award-winning adult alternative rock band located in New Jersey. Members include William Blakey on Bass Guitar & Vocals, Cwan Merritt (Q) on Drums.
Bryan Hansen Band has played notable venues all through the East and West Coasts, including Winter NAMM 2020, House of Blues Anaheim, The Troubadour in WEHO, So Far Sounds NYC & DC, Asbury Lanes, The Wonder Bar, The Saint, Asbury Hotel, Laundromat Bar Morristown, Hamilton Stage at UCPAC, Maplewood Stock, Bowery Electric, West End Lounge, and Cava Winery in Hamburg, NJ.
Singer songwriter Bryan Hansen has been performing since the age of 15. He learned how to play the guitar at 11 when his father re-strung his Fender Stratocaster that had been collecting dust under the bed for over 10 years. In 2009, Hansen recorded his first solo EP called "Ebb & Flow," a concept recording about a relationship from beginning to end. His first full length album, Brothers Among Wolves, debuted in August 2013. The album was recorded by Producer Stephen Kaminski and featured 18 different musicians from the New Jersey music scene. After performing 86 shows with the studio musicians from Brothers Among Wolves, Hansen paired up with musicians William Blakey & Cwan Merritt to perform with him as a Trio.
Bryan Hansen Band's sound is a mix of funk, rock, soul and R&B with music influences from Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Al Green and Victor Wooten. They have been compared to The Weeknd, Harry Styles, Maroon 5, The Jonas Brothers and Post Malone.
Fall 2016 Bryan Hansen Band released its sophomore record 'When You Stop Pulling Back.' Featuring singles "Tasteless," and "Tug Of War." On September 24th, 2016 the band played a sold out performance at the Union County Performing Arts Center Hamilton Stage with opener Kim Boyko. The album is a dedication to Bryan's father.
WBLS own Lenny Green featured the group on a live broadcast from Brooklyn NY.
Two years after the release of 'When You Stop Pulling Back,' the band returned to the studio to start work on their third full length album. 'Gas Money' was released in February 2019, featuring 8 new original songs created together by the band. The first of three singles on the album, 'Diamonds,' was released on November 30th, 2018.
In 2019, Bryan Hansen Band was featured as WRAT's NJ Rock Band of the Week.
"We have a saying in the band that Q came up with, 'Make it Do What It Do.' It's our mantra. Gets us through the rehearsals until midnight, performances, 6 hour recording sessions and pushes us to do what it takes to get through the day." -BH