Broken Arrow, OK (PRWEB) May 09, 2013
Christian Music legend Bryan Duncan will headline the Rooster Days Festival's live music in Broken Arrow, OK on Sunday, May 12 at 3:30 pm.
Duncan started performing professionally with the Sweet Comfort Band and recorded six albums with them before launching a solo career. He has released 14 solo albums, including his new album Conversations, and three more with The NehoSoul Band, selling in excess of 1.2 million records and videos.
Duncan was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame along with Amy Grant and Al Green. His recordings have been celebrated with four Dove Awards and one Grammy Award.
Duncan’s songs were a Christian radio staple in the 1990s. Between 1993 to 1997 his singles charted number one 10 times and other radio hits followed.
But the ‘90s ended and so did Duncan’s recording contract. Joyride, released in 2000 on Diadem Music, was his last album with a big music company.
Duncan went on to record three independent albums with The NehoSoul Band. He performed hundreds of concerts, solo and with the band. But Duncan did not thrive as an independent artist initially.
“During my time with the big record labels I learned a lot about recording,” says Duncan. “But I never understood the marketing, promotion or business sides of music. I could write and record songs but I didn’t really understand how to get them heard.
“The big record companies produce a lot of albums. If you’re not prepared to compete with them for attention at radio and in the press, you simply don’t get much.”
Meanwhile, longtime friend Christopher Redner had convinced Duncan to begin reconnecting with his past audience through social media. Starting from scratch and with no budget, it was a slow process. But Duncan loves to connect with people, so while his social media presence lacked breadth, it had depth.
Redner was convinced that Duncan’s core audience would respond to a new approach– a convergence of technology, social media and commerce called “crowdfunding”–even though most of that audience hadn’t even heard of it.
“Honestly, I was skeptical,” says Duncan. “And when Christopher proposed a plan to raise $40,000 through crowdfunding, I almost choked. Maybe this crowdfunding thing could work at some level, but I thought we’d be lucky to raise $10,000.”
In the end, Duncan trusted Redner. Duncan’s Kickstarter campaign launched in October 2011 with a goal of $40,000. When it closed on Dec. 16, 2011, some 446 backers had pledged $47,638 to the project.
“The crowdfunding process and how we continued to involve the audience after the campaign closed had a profound influence on my songwriting,” says Duncan. “Many
of the songs on this album are about how God is working in my life through my relationships. There’s a current of gratitude that runs through Conversations.”
Duncan's song I See You is a grateful acknowledgement of God's presence and participation in our lives.
"My wife does this thing throughout the day," says Bryan Duncan. "She'll be working at something and out of the blue she'll just stop, point to the sky and say 'I see you!' I had to smile because it is such a great example of being in the moment with God. I don't see that kind of acknowledgement of God very often. It seemed like the perfect idea for a song.”
Duncan is offering fans a chance to hear I See You and his entire Conversations album and the stories behind the songs free at SoGoodForTheSoul.com
Bryan Duncan is managed by Christopher Redner of Timeless Management, a division of Make It Timeless Inc. Timeless Management represents recording and performing artists and helps them produce great art and develop sustainable careers.
Recognized as the “Oldest Festival in Oklahoma,” Rooster Days started in 1931 when there was a thriving poultry industry in the one-time rural community.
There’s something for everyone this year, from traditional Rooster Days events like the parade, the Egg Hunt and Miss Chick Contest to live music, the Rooster Run, and new draws like the Market Place and Family Fun Zone.
“We’re excited about how the festival continues to grow and get better each year,” said Wes Smithwick, president and CEO of the Broken Arrow Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s become a hugely popular family event – not only for our own residents but for people throughout the region.”
For more information about 2013 Rooster Days, visit http://www.roosterdays.com or call the Broken Arrow Chamber at 918-251-1518.