Make it Do What It Do...
Bryan Hansen Band is an adult alternative rock band located in New Jersey. Members include William Blakey on Bass Guitar & Vocals, Cwan Merritt (Q) on Drums.
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 has been featured in various venues, bars, wineries and coffee houses in the tri-state area. Their 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.
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' is scheduled to be 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.
"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