In 2009, Hooper took his talent “off the farm and onto the stage.” (He finally learned how to play the guitar, last Tuesday, at 4 p.m.) Since that time, he has seen a consistently growing fan base, expanded show schedule and gained the respect of his contemporary peers. Most recently singer-songwriter Brad Hooper was recognized as a 2014 Maine Songwriters Contest finalist and a 2013 Portland Phoenix Best Music nominee. “I didn’t see these coming but was quite happy for the recognition of both my talent and hard work,” says Hooper. Originally from Chicago, Hooper moved to Maine, the land of his bloodlines, in 1980. No longer sure why he wanted it in the first place, Hooper racked up some serious “mileage” while growing up (questionable) and raising a family (also questionable.) Hooper has grown into a voice all his own. He writes and performs songs that are raw, intuitive; lyrics fueled by years of hard-mileage and universal-truths. Quite often Hooper will take the stage and let the music pour from his heart. Hooper’s vocal quality often has him pegged as a “blues man,” but his content spans many genres, making it difficult to pigeonhole the guy. Americana, roots, blues, folk, you’ll have to decide for yourself. Chris Busby, editor of the Bollard in Portland, Maine, had this to say about Hooper’s debut CD, “Midnight at the Hilltop Hotel”: “Hooper’s paid a lot of dues and deserves every scrap of attention that comes his way. This guy’s the real deal. No flash, no gimmicks, just solid guitar playing and soulful vocals,” — Chris Busby, The Bollard, July 2009 (http://thebollard.com/2009/07/15/brad-hooper/) Award winning producer, Michael Rizzo, with Epic Soul Music, feels strongly about Brad's singing and songwriting skills. Here is what Rizzo had to say: "Living in Nashville, I was fortunate to work with hit singer/songwriters and publishers. Brad possesses the same qualities of a first-class songwriter and with a classic voice to match! There is a real [John Prine, Ry Cooter] thing going on and people need to hear it." Michael Rizzo - Award-winning producer with EpicSoul.com (NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, UNIVERSAL, DISNEY, etc.) Hooper's third CD, Scratchin' out a Livin', is a compilation of artist picks from the first two CDs plus four new tracks. The CD includes the work of guitar master Denny Breau, master percussionist/drum maker Rusty Wiltjer and bass/slide/recording/production by Alan Bean. Alan Bean completed his musical, The Bus Stop Athiest in 2013 and has been picked up for national production and performance. Hooper's second CD, Memories & Mileage, contains five full production numbers PLUS 14 songs from the live recording at Tucker's Music Pub in Norway. "The live recording was awesome and brought family and friends together for an intimate show," says Hooper. "A chance to invoke laughter and tears is more than any player could hope to achieve." Here is some of what The Portland Phoenix had to say about Hooper's second CD, Memories & Mileage: "…there are some fine performances. The opener, 'Sinkin' Kind of Feelin',' is piano-fueled blues, almost dead-on Royal Albert Hall-era Clapton… …when Hooper tells us 'if it wasn't for them blues, when I got this low, I'd have nothin' at all,' it spills out of him, like it was forced from within." Sam Pfeifle – Portland Phoenix, August 2011 Brad Hooper's debut CD, Midnight at the Hilltop Hotel, a solo effort by Hooper, was well received and really set the stage for the potential of this songwriter. The songs are rich in "working man's" blues and stories. The release of Midnight brought positive reviews and radio play on WBLM, WCLZ and WMPG. Educated with the songwriting process from working on the second CD has made it tough for Hooper to stop 'tweaking' his newest material and even the "stuff" that has been released. A phrase here, a hesitation there, some new 'finger thing' [discovered] keep showing up at Hooper's performances. "You have to set the bar high with a great song and then make damn sure nothing falls below that bar," says Hooper.
Biography: Brad Hooper
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In 2009, Hooper took his talent “off the farm and onto the stage.” (He finally learned how to play the guitar, last Tuesday, at 4 p.m.) Since that time, he has seen a consistently growing fan base, expanded show schedule and gained the respect of his contemporary peers. Most recently singer-songwriter Brad Hooper was recognized as a 2014 Maine Songwriters Contest finalist and a 2013 Portland Phoenix Best Music nominee. “I didn’t see these coming but was quite happy for the recognition of both my talent and hard work,” says Hooper. Originally from Chicago, Hooper moved to Maine, the land of his bloodlines, in 1980. No longer sure why he wanted it in the first place, Hooper racked up some serious “mileage” while growing up (questionable) and raising a family (also questionable.) Hooper has grown into a voice all his own. He writes and performs songs that are raw, intuitive; lyrics fueled by years of hard-mileage and universal-truths. Quite often Hooper will take the stage and let the music pour from his heart. Hooper’s vocal quality often has him pegged as a “blues man,” but his content spans many genres, making it difficult to pigeonhole the guy. Americana, roots, blues, folk, you’ll have to decide for yourself. Chris Busby, editor of the Bollard in Portland, Maine, had this to say about Hooper’s debut CD, “Midnight at the Hilltop Hotel”: “Hooper’s paid a lot of dues and deserves every scrap of attention that comes his way. This guy’s the real deal. No flash, no gimmicks, just solid guitar playing and soulful vocals,” — Chris Busby, The Bollard, July 2009 (http://thebollard.com/2009/07/15/brad- hooper/) Award winning producer, Michael Rizzo, with Epic Soul Music, feels strongly about Brad's singing and songwriting skills. Here is what Rizzo had to say: "Living in Nashville, I was fortunate to work with hit singer/songwriters and publishers. Brad possesses the same qualities of a first-class songwriter and with a classic voice to match! There is a real [John Prine, Ry Cooter] thing going on and people need to hear it." Michael Rizzo - Award-winning producer with EpicSoul.com (NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, UNIVERSAL, DISNEY, etc.) Hooper's third CD, Scratchin' out a Livin', is a compilation of artist picks from the first two CDs plus four new tracks. The CD includes the work of guitar master Denny Breau, master percussionist/drum maker Rusty Wiltjer and bass/slide/recording/production by Alan Bean. Alan Bean completed his musical, The Bus Stop Athiest in 2013 and has been picked up for national production and performance. Hooper's second CD, Memories & Mileage, contains five full production numbers PLUS 14 songs from the live recording at Tucker's Music Pub in Norway. "The live recording was awesome and brought family and friends together for an intimate show," says Hooper. "A chance to invoke laughter and tears is more than any player could hope to achieve." Here is some of what The Portland Phoenix had to say about Hooper's second CD, Memories & Mileage: "…there are some fine performances. The opener, 'Sinkin' Kind of Feelin',' is piano-fueled blues, almost dead-on Royal Albert Hall- era Clapton… …when Hooper tells us 'if it wasn't for them blues, when I got this low, I'd have nothin' at all,' it spills out of him, like it was forced from within." Sam Pfeifle – Portland Phoenix, August 2011 Brad Hooper's debut CD, Midnight at the Hilltop Hotel, a solo effort by Hooper, was well received and really set the stage for the potential of this songwriter. The songs are rich in "working man's" blues and stories. The release of Midnight brought positive reviews and radio play on WBLM, WCLZ and WMPG. Educated with the songwriting process from working on the second CD has made it tough for Hooper to stop 'tweaking' his newest material and even the "stuff" that has been released. A phrase here, a hesitation there, some new 'finger thing' [discovered] keep showing up at Hooper's performances. "You have to set the bar high with a great song and then make damn sure nothing falls below that bar," says Hooper.
Biography: Brad Hooper
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