Brinley Addington’s passion for Country music began well before the small town singer can even remember…at the age of three, The Kingsport, TN native began climbing on top of his parent’s coffee table pretending he was performing on the Grand Ole Opry.
Since moving to Nashville in 2008, Brinley has had the honor of opening shows for some of Country music’s biggest artists including Florida-Georgia Line, Chris Young, Thomas Rhett, Josh Turner, Jon Pardi, Justin Moore, Tyler Farr, Gavin DeGraw, Marty Stuart, Ronnie Milsap, and has served as headliner at numerous fairs, festivals, and college events in the southeast.
We recently had the opportunity to chat with Brinley about his musical influence, life on the road and writing music for Tyler Farr…check it out here:
You were influenced at an early age by the hymns you heard on Sunday morning and the traditional country voices of Randy Travis, Vince Gill, and Alan Jackson…who would you say has had the biggest influence on your music?
All of those artists, and so many more, have played such a huge part in my music. All of them taught me something different. But if I had to pick one I’d have to say Alan Jackson. The way he delivers a song is so honest. The way he writes a song is very straightforward and simple and I love that. Don’t make it a big production, just tell the story.
You have had the honor of opening shows for several artists including Florida-Georgia Line, Chris Young, Thomas Rhett, Josh Turner, Jon Pardi, Justin Moore, Tyler Farr, Gavin DeGraw, Marty Stuart, Ronnie Milsap…what has been your favorite moment on tour so far?
I’ve gotten to do a lot of things I never thought I’d do because of music but I’ll never forget getting to open for Ronnie Milsap. The guy is such a legend and he has so many incredible songs. We were in a cool old theater in Ohio that night and the crowd was awesome. Ronnie’s voice just cut through that whole room. Coolest show I’ve ever gotten to be a part of. Hands down.
Tell us what it was like co-writing Tyler Farr’s current single, “I Should Go To Church Sometime”?
People say it all the time but this song really changed my life. I wrote it with my friends Michael Hardy and Sarah Allison Turner and it was all of our first cut and single. It was the first time I felt like I “belonged” in the songwriting community and I’m proud that my first cut was a song that says something.
Have you received any accolades from any groups or persons that you highly value?
When I was about 18 years old, I received a letter of commendation from the mayor and city council of my hometown. I’m really proud of where I come from so that was a huge moment for me and it still means a lot.
What would really excite you and encourage you that could be done by our readers and fans of your that would help bring the single to the top of America’s Country radio?
The great thing about country music is that the listeners voice carries so much. I think the best thing fans can do for the artists they’re excited about is sharing the music with other people and helping spread the word. The more people that are aware of the music, the better chance it has to be successful.
What can your fans expect from you in the next year?
They can expect to hear some brand-new country music and see my band and I out on the road playing it as much as we can. We’re also going to be doing some cool stuff around the album release so stay tuned for that.
One fun fact about you or experience that your fans may not know about you
I only use green toothbrushes. I don’t know why or when this all started but it’s a very real thing.