Jane Ellen Bryant is one of the 2017 nominees for Black Fret, a competitive and high respected local charity that provides grants to musicians. She is also one of the seven local bands included in the Austin Music Foundation’s artist development program that expands over seven months.
Despite all of the recent accolades, Bryant insists that she is just getting started. She and her producer, Chris “Frenchie” Smith (best known for working with The Toadies, Jet, and Santana), have many tricks up their sleeves that the world has yet to hear. This rare musical collaboration began after Frenchie saw Jane perform with Ian Moore and Max Frost at the ALL-ATX show at the Moody Theatre back in 2015. Their first project together was the Twenties EP that released in July of 2016. After Paste Magazine premiered the hilarious music video (directed by Jordan Haro) for the title track, the spark was ignited. People couldn’t help but pay attention to this electric, young artist.
Bryant was named “Artist of the Month” by both Austin Monthly and the Austin Music Foundation after her release last summer. She received prominent attention from many local outlets, including The Austin Chronicle, Austin Woman Magazine, and KUTX. People wondered who this “new rock and roll” girl in town was, but really, Bryant had been working at this for a long time.
After graduating with a vocal performance degree from Belmont University (Nashville, TN) in 2013, Bryant released her Americana album, Hourglass, which debuted at #11 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. It went on to receive rave reviews nationally, and American Songwriter debuted the title track music video. Hundreds of thousands of streams and downloads have been accounted for ever since. Jane has shared the stage with legends such as Ian McLagan and Alejandro Esconvedo, opened for Texas favorites like Joe Ely and Bob Schneider, and even toured as a band member of ATX’s up and comer Max Frost, while he was on the road with Fitz and the Tantrums. Jane also appeared in the bonus features of the Road to Austin documentary, singing and performing Stephen Bruton’s song, “Make That Call,” with world class musicians such as David Grissom and Cindy Cashdollar. The song has been dominating local airwaves ever since.
After the impressive few years Jane Ellen Bryant has had, one can only imagine what the next one will have in store. Be sure to listen to her music, follow her online, come out to see a show, and stay tuned for her exciting journey ahead.