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Every so often a producer pops up within the Christian music world who’s so influential their
creativity eventually spills over into their very own solo career. It first happened with Charlie
Peacock from the ‘80s through today, followed by Tooth & Nail mainstay Aaron Sprinkle, and now,
Save the City Records’ Brandon Bee. Behind the scenes, he’s worked with Grammy nominee/dove
winner Stacie orrico and Juno Award nominee Matthew James, plus a slew of fresher faces like Jaime
Jamgochian, lanae Hale, Circleslide and Benjiman. As an artist, he just released the sophomore Cd
Inside These Walls, filled with an alternative rock approach akin to The Swell Season or Kings of Leon,
backed by both personal and vertical songwriting. Here’s more from the singer/songwriter/producer
on the balance between all three worlds.
CCM: how has your production work inspired your solo career?
Brandon Bee: I think when working on other records, it inspires me to write more and differently
than what I naturally gravitate towards. It’s been fun trying to figure out who I am when I work with
so many different kind of artists. That journey, though, has been the best challenge and has made
me really happy with the direction of my new Cd.
CCM: how are you able to balance everything?
Bee: It’s not easy. Between family, touring and producing, my life can be pretty hectic. With the
producing and artist thing, I give it equal time: two weeks on tour, two weeks on production. The
more I produce, the more I see my family, and the more I tour, the more I do ministry. It’s a great
CCM: how would you describe your musical and lyrical evolution throughout the record?
Bee: The words of the title track are a good representation of my life. It doesn’t matter what you’ve
done or who you were and are. God loves you and hates sin. knowing the fall of man, He sent His son
Jesus. Jesus died for our sins and gave us the gift of life. Musically, I think there are the pop songs
and then there are the artsy songs, but I really feel like the record has a pretty good balance on every
CCM: how does selective touring help you stay close to your family?
Bee: My family is precious and they want and need their daddy. So, I make sure that most of the time
I am sticking to a routine. It’s hard to do that sometimes during record releases or optional bigger
tours, but we are not far away from bringing the family with us on the road.
— Andy Argyrakis
The act: Burlap To Cashmere
The site: www.burlaptocashmere.com
The sound: Power Folk Rock
The Buzz: After ten years apart, Burlap
To Cashmere is reuniting with a new
record slated to bow on Jive Records
this summer, continuing in its Bob dylan
meets van Morrison-styled tradition,
crossed with Mumford & Sons or the
The act: owl City
The site: www.owlcitymusic.com
The sound: Electronic Rock
The Buzz: To coincide with its brand
new long player All Things Bright and
Beautiful (universal Republic), owl
City is loading up its tour buses for a
headlining run this month.
The act: Remedy drive
The site: www.remedydrive.com
The sound: Alternative Rock
The Buzz: Remember Word Records act
Remedy drive? These days the group
is on it own with a new line-up in tow,
but the brand new EP Light Makes a
Way picks right up with the group’s
innovative alt-rock stylings left off.