The first of many KTAOS Listener's Lounge Concerts presents Brett Dennen this Saturday afternoon!! Listen all week to win tickets, or come in on Friday July 4th during happy hour to register.
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In 2004, Merical released Dennen's debut, self-titled album, Brett Dennen on her boutique label, Three Angels and A Saint Records. Produced by Dennen & Leslie Merical, it was a wildly successful, homegrown labor of love. Engineered by Jim Merical, assisted by Marty Van Loan, the album evolved over the course of a few months, whenever Brett could get down to Ventura. By Martin Luther King Day, 2004, at a show in Ojai CA, where Perla Batalla had offered to let Brett do 2 songs during her set, Denzyl Feigelson (of iTunes) heard Brett, and got ahold of a burned cd, which he put in the hands of tastemaker, influential KCRW DJ, Chris Douridas. When Douridas debuted "Desert Sunrise" on his show, Valentines Day 2004, the response was huge. Energized by the attention, Merical set out to launch Brett's music career as a solo artist, with the intention of making him a household name.
His second album, So Much More, includes the singles "Ain't No Reason", "She's Mine" and "Darlin' Do Not Fear".
Dennen also contributed a cover of "Private Life" to the 2006 tribute album Drink To Bones That Turn To Dust: A Toast To Oingo Boingo.
In an interview with American Songwriter magazine, Dennen acknowledged Paul Simon's significant influence on his music as well as commenting that Paul Simon's "“Graceland is my all time favorite album.”
Brett opened for John Mayer on his tour in 2008.
As The Mosaic Project's Resident Rock Star, Dennen created an original musical curriculum for the program, which they released as an album called Children's Songs for Peace and a Better World, in 2003. It won a Children's Music Web 2004 Award and a Parent's Choice 2004 Approved Award.
Dennen was named by Rolling Stone magazine as an “Artist to Watch” and, in 2008, Entertainment Weekly called him one of its eight "Guys on the Rise." He has attended[vague] festivals such as the Rothbury Music Festival in Michigan, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Lyons Folk Festival, and the Mile High Music Festival in Colorado.