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Brandyn Cross Interview Part 5

Brandyn Cross Interview Part 5

by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International

 

Lamitschka:  Do fans mob you everywhere you go or do they respect your privacy?

 

Brandyn Cross:  Country fans tend to be a little less rabid than pop fans, so they’re generally pretty respectful. Honestly, when I get actively approached, it’s more often from fans recognizing me from movies and TV than the music fans.

 

Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

 

Brandyn Cross: My website is brandyncross.com. It has links to my current single and music video, my books, and information about some of my films. I also post blogs and media information on it. You can also link to my Facebook pages and Facebook group, Thriving with Autism and Disabilities, and there’s contact information as well.

 

Lamitschka:  Tell us about the fan club and how people can join it.

 

Brandyn Cross: Visit my website at brandyncross.com, and click on the Contact button. They can also reach out to me on my professional Facebook page. I also have a Facebook group, Thriving with Autism and Disability, where people can directly intereact with me.

 

Lamitschka:  What’s the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

 

Brandyn Cross: The mother of a young autistic fan told me that, upon finding out I’m autistic as well, her son had become a completely different person. He had bought in to the negative influences telling him he could never achive his dreams but, afterward, realized his disability didn’t have to stop him and developed a determination to take advantage of all life offers. She said she had never seen him genuinely happy before and couldn’t believe the change in him. Furthermore, she said his new attitude was contagious and that she, herself, had never been as happy either. That’s what it’s all about, you know?

 

Lamitschka:  What’s your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

 

Brandyn Cross: Old City Bar by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. That may be a weird choice, but it’s a great story song and has a cool country feel to it. Maybe I will record it sometime.

 

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

 

Brandyn Cross: Thank you so much for the support. Look for my next single dropping in January, and I hope you like it as well. I love you all and as soon as the world returns to some sense of normalcy, we’ll see if I can hop across the pond and see you. I look forward to it.

 

Lamitschka:  How do you feel about winning the Best Song award at the Utah Film Festival?  What has it done for your career?

 

Brandyn Cross: That was really cool for a couple reasons. First, a couple of my fellow nominees were well respected international superstars, so it was honor enough to be mentioned in their company, and that would have been enough. But winning, that was cool. Secondly, I was nominated because a TV show had picked up my song, Love Again, for one of their episodes, and it was both cool and kind of a different experience to be in the awards conversation for a festival dedicated to film and TV rather than simply for music. Career-wise, it presented my music as something other films and TV shows might want to consider in the future. It expanded the perception of how my music might be utilized, and demonstrated that it could be used to present messages thought a more visual medium.

 

Lamitschka:  You have a new love in your life? Can you tell us something about it?

 

Brandyn Cross: If you mean romantically, no. I’m still very single and available. If you mean artistically, with music performance being pretty much shut down throughout the year, I’ve released the first three novels in an epic book series in 2020. The Legacy book series is taken directly from the correspondences of a terminally ill and abused young boy while he was a young boy enduring abuse. As such, it is uniquely profound and deep, which is why I decided to write the series. They are available everywhere, including on Amazon in just about every country in the world.

 

Lamitschka:  Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can share with us (come on don’t be shy)?

 

Brandyn Cross: Well, I don’t have anything to compare with Joe Walsh tearing up hotel rooms or those with a girl in every town. But mine might be a little more positive in nature. Once while on the road, I was checking out a small town during a little time off, when I happened upon a group of local teenagers. We got to talking and music came up, so I mentioned I was a country singer. They asked my name and when I told them, they freaked. One of the guys showed me his phone and he had pretty much every song I’d released, and a few music videos and interviews. They told me everyone in town listened to me and that I was a country music legend around there. Yeah, okay… that was a little weird. Ha! Anyway, we talked for a while, I told them some behind-the-scenes scoops from some of the songs and videos, they took some selfies, and we just had a good time. Before I left, they told me they couldn’t believe how nice and down to earth I was, and that they were so happy about that because if I’d been a jerk, they would have been shattered. That made such an impression on me because, by all rights, I should never have met them in my life, and I hadn’t considered before the impact our behavior has on our fans. Meaning artists or, really, any public figure. That we have a huge responsibility to serve our fans in a positive way. I was struck by the realisation that, if we want to be in a position of influence over people we may never even meet, we have a monumental responsibility to ensure we do nothing to betray their trust, and need to do everything possibile to influence them positively, and to always be a good example to them. They taught me an important lesson and I’ve never forgotten it.

 

Lamitschka:  Describe what a perfect day is like for you.

 

Brandyn Cross: For better or worse, my perfect day is when I’m able to share my music with fans and interact with them, be that performing, an appearance, or whatever. It may sound a bit cliche, but I love spending time with fans.

 

Lamitschka:  Most careers don’t last as long as yours.  What’s given your career the staying power?

 

Brandyn Cross: First and foremost, there’s probably just a lot of luck and good fortune involved in that. To the extent it has anything to do with me, it’s probably because I’ve maintainted a fairly traditional style. I haven’t surrendered to fads and the like, which fall out of favor as quickly as they come into favor. And when they do, the artists associated with the fading fad disapear with it.

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