Many artists struggle to establish their musical identity, laboriously trying on different musical styles like a piece of clothing, looking to find what fits. But there are others that emerge fully formed, in full command of their craft, their identity and their music. Tim Brantley fits firmly in the latter category. His new album, Goldtop Heights, is a captivating and moving debut that heralds the arrival of a gifted and significant new talent, one whose music feels familiar in the best possible way, while striking out on his own territory.
A Georgia boy who grew up in Loganville, near Decatur, Brantley played piano as a child, but didnt take music seriously until he was in his early 20s. He explains, I started writing songs in my head, and it took my interest in music to another level. I had to pick the piano back up so I could cut music to the ideas I heard in my head. Then I started playing guitar to broaden my horizons even more. Almost immediately, he formed a three-piece band and began playing local coffee shops and bars, going through what he calls, the typical post-high school lifestyle. I wasnt interested in anything I was doing other than music, and I loved the wide-openness of my life.
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