What do The Gorillaz, Chaka Kaan, Israel Houghton, Robbie Williams, Mos Def, Leona Lewis and Bobby Womack have in common? Brenden Guyatt that’s what! For over 15 years, whether in the studio or touring the world, Brenden Guyatt’s voice has been the dressing on many a ‘musical salad’ for these artists and many more.
‘Home’ is the debut solo album of British singer-songwriter, Brenden Guyatt. Throughout the years Brenden Guyatt has developed a sound as rich as Country and Gospel and as energetic as Motown with an element of Pop familiarity – his musical influences lie within all of those genres. Blended with his distinctive tone his musical offering, ‘Home’ showcases a more refreshing sound.
The album is injected with passion and is a self-portrait of writer and subject – hopeful for the future, imagining a place and a purpose for all – songs of love and faith, loss and gain, peace and struggle. Guyatt says, “my hope is that these songs remind people that they once loved music because of how it made them feel, thinking of the hope it brings. It is real music. It’s real and from the heart.” Free of gimmickry and full of honesty.
‘Home’ was recorded in one of Europe’s only fully solar-powered studios, The Premises, in Hackney, London. The album includes a sought-after list of contributors.’ They gave to the sessions what money can’t buy; heartfelt love and passion’.
Included on ‘Home’ are, vocalists supreme, Soul Legend and TV Presenter Mica Paris (‘One Temptation’) and No 1 selling Dance-Gospel Diva Rachel McFarlane (‘Take Me To The Clouds Above’). After singing with Mica Paris for many years, Mica suggested they record a song for the album, none so fitting as ‘Rescue Me’, written by Brenden Guyatt, it knits Soul with Motown and Gospel. Then there is the musical master class ‘Amazing’ featuring Rachel McFarlane with Guyatt and songstress Carla Ellington.
Though the album was started in the UK it was finished in the USA, ‘Home’ was mixed and mastered in Nashville TN, by Grammy award-winning writer, bass player and producer, Tommy Sims (Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Israel Haughton, CeCe Winans), Tommy Sims also plays on the album. His endorsement for the album: “Brenden is one of the rare ones. Not afraid to follow his enormous heart for humanity in his pursuit of a place in the music game. I am now a true fan of the man and his art. It was an honor to be a part of these beautiful songs. I can only hope that many people have the chance to experience them. I am most proud to have been one of the first.”
“Influences lie between Sheryl Crow and Stevie Wonder, Don Williams and Donny Hathaway” Guyatt attests. Modern day comparisons have been made to John Mayer, Eric Benet, Jack Johnson and Sarah McLaughlin.