After enduring the death of his mother at the age of 15 , multiple incarcerations in many states across the country, hitchhiking and living homeless throughout America with only a back pack and his acoustic guitar for years, and overcoming penchants for excessive drug and alcohol use, Brett Copeland has penetrated and overcome the deepest, darkest recesses of human nature and come out alive and well to sing about it.
As a former English literature major and self-taught musician, Brett began singing in the church choir at the age of eight. Always a “problem child with a surplus of energy”, the death of his mother at such young age catapulted him into a dramatic, reckless life of abandonment, drug use and chaotic behavior. By 17 years of age he had already moved 25 times and lived in five different states. He constantly found his way into trouble. The private Jesuit school he attended was forced to kick him out regardless of his academic and athletic accomplishments. Brett soon found himself making a living smuggling drugs across the Mexico-Arizona border and was the only kid in his new public school that had his own apartment…until it was raided by the police.
Brett moved in with a friend whose parents took pity on him and graduated from high school and attended college at Arizona State University, but his party lifestyle and reckless abandon took its toll. He was kicked out of his friend’s house for selling drugs. He was president of his fraternity but was kicked out soon after for yet another drug raid/ arrest. Subsequently, Brett gathered his few belongings (mostly books on spirituality and classic-literature) and his acoustic guitar and bought a one way bus ticket back to Southern California.
Thus began a ten-year journey riddled with incarcerations, drug busts, long and dangerous hitch-hiking trips up and down the coast, sleeping in parks, on beaches, strangers floors and women’s beds, all the while singing and writing music on his acoustic guitar.
Finally, a friend whom he was couch surfing at in Venice Beach, suggested he should audition for his commercial agent in Hollywood and “do something with his life and talents”. Brett took him up on his offer. It didn’t take long for Brett to book multiple national television commercials, TV spots and small bits in independent movies all the while sleeping on his new agent’s couch for over 2 years.
It was not, however, until Brett finally booked a high-paying starring role in a musical in Calgary, Canada that Brett realized the rewards of being a “working musician”. Brett soon took his talents and craft more seriously and replaced the old habits of drugs, skirmishes and chaotic encounters - with mastering his craft and “putting in the work”. Soon, Brett found himself working with some of the biggest music producers in the world, like Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars), Dave Jerden (Jane’s Addiction, Alice In Chains, The Rolling Stones) and Val Garay (Eric Burdon, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond, Elton John)
After writing and recording with multiple bands in Los Angeles, Brett has taken his singing, song writing and multi-instrumental skills to another level, and has finally embarked on his own solo career.
A high-energy, powerful and authentic rock singer with staggering stage presence, outstanding vocal range , and anthemic songwriting skills, Brett is currently recording and co-producing his debut EP with producer Chad Shlosser at Matt Sorum’s Drac Studios in Los Angeles, California. Bound by the motto “Only the best” - he has carefully gathered his close friends (Ramon Blanco - Grandson, Disciples of Babylon, Daniel Curcio -Palaye Royale, Beware of Darkness) and Richard Bradley (Dead Posey) and began recording his vibrant and contagious new songs which are scheduled for release early 2020.