Bryan Finlay (born August 31st, 1993) is a Canadian Pop recording artist. His inspiration comes from such pop artists as Jessie Jand Bruno Mars, rock acts such as Maroon 5and Neon Trees, and Soul performers including Adele, Michael Buble, Ray Charles,and John Legend.
Bryan got his start competing against 140 other local musicians in a local radio contest. He was named the winner of the “7th Annual 91.7 The Bounce Showdown.” It was here that Canadian pop/R&B recording artist, Shawn Desman, and the production duo of Hipjoint Music Group Vancouver discovered Bryan’s talents. This win gave Bryan the opportunity to record with world-class record producers,Mike James andTroy Samson(Hipjoint Music Group), both of whom have written and produced many successful commercial hits for artists such as, Hedley, Big Time Rush, Kelly Rowland, Kreesha Turnerand Craig Smart.
From there on in, Bryan has been spiralling up within the industry. In February 2011, Finlay released his first self-titled EP through a digital distribution deal with Hipjoint Music Group/Universal Music. Later that year, Bryan signed a Worldwide Licensing Deal with ‘DMX Music licensing’for Hollister/Abercrombie & Fitch C.O. They would later add his single Sentimental Foolto the Hollister Summer 2011 Playlistwhere it was featured globally. Sentimental Fool,went on to be a Top 20 radio hit, playing up against artists such as Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, andAdele.
Bryan’s second single from his debut EP, All I Can Do, was picked up by Epitome Picturesin July 2011 and featured on the MuchMusic (Canada)/TeenNick (US) multiple-award winning hit Canadian teen drama television series, DEGRASSI .Other opportunities that Bryan has been able to be a part of included co-hosting and commentating on a LIVE 2011 JUNO Awards Chat put on by the Edmonton Journal. He has also been featured in Billboard Magazine, and featured nationally as one of 2012’s Bell Media Emerging Artists.
In 2013 Bryan took his national status to the next level with “Bulletproof”,produced by Edmonton production duo Hands Up!. This EP generated international buzz as Hands Up! had some major coverage on Much Music, Entertainment Weekly, and The Edmonton Journal. The success of “Bulletproof” led Bryan to several new exciting opportunities including opening for some of todays top major label pop acts (Lights, Shad, Down With Webster, Shad and more). Summer of 2014, Bryan released his 3rd single “Good Times”(along with a video) which charted in the top 50 on pop radio and received over 20,000 views in the first month of release. He also had 2 of the year’s top 100 songs according to Edmonton’s Hot 107. These facts all helped solidify his reputation as an “artist to watch” with program directors across the country.
Bryan has also begun to establish himself as a respected songwriter in Canada. He has been invited to several Songworks Writers camps, has been involved in co-writing sessions with major label artists, and recently had one of his songs placed on YTV’s Next Star where one of the finalists recorded and performed his song on the finale episode. The song went on to chart in the top 30 on iTunes.
In 2015, Bryan upped his game with his explosive single “Rich” was released with Hands Up! Records. “Rich” was the highest charting indie song in the top 40 on BDS and Mediabase charts in May 2015. “Rich” currently has around 150,000 streams and is gaining momentum. Bryan’s latest surge of international interest occurred after receiving an unbelievable 7,600,000+ spins on his single “Good Times” on Spotify in late 2015 as he ended up on some popular trending playlists.
Watch for a new EP from Bryan Finlay this spring!