2016 was a great year! In addition to a wonderful 60th anniversary celebration for Harmony Center For Spiritual Living in Whittier (yes the church is 60 years old!!!), but a year of great progress on my new CD and an acknowledgment of past work. I was fortunate enough to get an honorable mention at the POSI Music Awards for my song, SET ON GOD. This is a milestone in my career since I have never been nominated or won an award for writing a song. Cheers to me! Then as usual, I rounded out the year with the Gratitude Service and a fun lighthearted candlelight service with my friend, Margaret Owens.
Playing on the platform with my friend Margaret Owens. What a kick! She is so fun to perform with!
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I love this time of year when the weather gets a little colder, hearts get a little warmer and people gather together to celebrate. The final candlelight service and mini-concert of 2015 at Harmony Center for Spiritual Living in Whittier was a wonderful holiday celebration that included the amazing Tom Luer on Saxophone. What a great time I had connecting with him and providing some good Christmas music!
Whatever holiday you celebrate, whether it be the birth of Jesus, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or just the closing of a wonderful year, may you celebrate your uniqueness and your oneness in Divine Spirit. You are truly amazing and we are all part of a bigger picture that is filled with love, joy & peace. Cheers!
I love playing this service every year. It’s an interactive way to acknowledge the blessings throughout the year and state your intention for what you’d like to be grateful for in the upcoming year.
Craft Fair 2015!!! A great day of fundraising, music, crafts, art, gifts, raffles, food and great friends.
It's amazing how Harmony Center gets transformed into a wonderland of fun!
Harmony Center's annual wine tasting event is always so much fun and a really fine evening of food, wine, friends and music. I love playing this event; it's perfect weather and the music's outside on the patio with dancing and lots of laughs. This year, it was at the home of my friends, Beatriz and Javier. What a great night!!!
Saturday night, May 2, I had fun playing emcee and DJ for Harmony Center’s Annual Cinco de Mayo Party and fundraiser. It was a full evening of dinner, music, entertainment and games. For me, it was great just to get together with my Harmony Center family and enjoy the incredible energy that they bring wherever they are. The food was delicious, classical Mexican dancing for entertainment and Bingo!!! What a wonderful way to raise money for Harmony Center. Kudos to my friends Cynthia, Mario and Marilyn McCarty for planning the event. Can’t wait until next year.
The candlelight service at Harmony Center for Spiritual Living is always a unique experience and this year was no exception. Brainstorming with Reverend Shawn about what we would present, it turned out to be a sort of play in three acts. All about Home, Heart & Holiday. We had so much fun playing house as husband and wife, lol. But the premise is that you can take any human condition or situation and turn it around with the power of your own thought co-creating with the Divine. Spirit lives and expresses itself through music, loving friends and partners, prayerful affirmations and CELEBRATION!!! …what a great way to close the year!
The annual craft fair is slowly becoming the talk of Whittier! People look forward to this fantastic event filled with amazing art, unique crafts, tons of prizes, and gifts for all kinds of occasions. I had a blast jamming all day out in the back behind the church where they have virtually transformed the alley into a cool place to hang out, listen to some music and have a bite to eat. I always bring my friends and students to come up and sing a few songs. It was hot but it was sooo worth it!!!
The Wine Tasting event, sponsored by Harmony Center For Spiritual Living, is always a fun, summery, casual kind of evening filled with wonderful wine, great friends, good food and of course ...music! This time I brought up my girls, Leslie Jensen & Lori Lanoue, for some backup vocals, my Supremes, lol. Hosted at the beautiful home of my friends, Javier & Beatriz, the evening was magical.
What a great evening at the Indigo Ball on April 26 at the Lyon Air Museum! Lots of familiar faces. I wish I could have taken more pictures but I was working, lol. Thanks to Reese King for having me and to all the wonderful people at the Lyon Air Museum and especially the people at the Center OC. Here's to another awesome fundraising event for the Center's programs and services to the LGBTQ community!!!
On a beautiful fresh morning in Redondo Beach, I played for the 15th Annual Peace Makers' Gathering and Unity Breakfast. This was an amazing interfaith event that I was so grateful to be a part of. I love meeting new people and I was so inspired by some of the speakers. It was quite an event. From the beginning, the morning was divinely guided. There are moments that make you feel you are exactly where you are supposed to be. Saturday morning at this event was one of those moments.
While anticipating a concert I would be giving in June 2013, I told myself I would really like a new CD to offer but something different and uniquely understated. Nowadays commercial music seems to be all about packaging and production, using lots of fancy synthesizers and sampling, and the actual song itself gets lost. Well not this time - here you go! This is just me at the piano, raw, unadorned and ...SIMPLY STATED.
A COMPOSER'S CONCERT
On Sunday, June 23, 2013, Dennis Bryan presented the enthusiastic audience gathered at Belmont Heights United Methodist Church with a concert of all his own music, a Composer's Concert. He invited all of us to join him on his journey as a songwriter and we went willingly. From the opening song, the high spirited River of Heaven, to the beautiful encore ballad, Waiting for What's Mine, Dennis kept the crowd going with his engaging performance style. Musically, there was a wonderful mix of up-tempo, on your feet numbers, smooth jazzy grooves, and romantic ballads - truly something for everyone.
One thing that really added to the positive energy and joy that this concert provided was that Dennis had a great band to take up a lot of the instrumental duties. There was Lloyd Hastings on guitar, Art Hastings on drums, John Schultz on bass, and Dan Tyler on keyboard. Along with back-up singers, Cynthia Viray Azarcon, Pamela Miller Nolte, and Jasmine Lacsamana, the house was rocking in no time. And we got to see Dennis really deliver on the lyrics and spirit of each song with a nice balance of piano/vocal and stand up performance.
As usual, he provided us with stories and insights on the creation of each song in his warm and conversational style that never fails to draw you in. We are fortunate to have a songwritier, musician, and performer of Dennis' caliber right here in Long Beach.
A letter of thanks... There are challenges in one’s life where the light within shines forth to honor the presence of an emotion or an experience. In the case of the evening performance of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, Saturday June 1st, at the Santa Ana Ebell Theater, that emotion and experience was a crisis of faith. I’ll be honest, I didn’t like the music at first but I quickly came to appreciate the piece and it’s message. However I am most grateful and appreciative of the wonderful people I met, got to know better, and caught up with, as a result of this show. Thank you Sheridan Ball for your trust in me to bring the Celebrant’s truth to light. It was quite a challenge for me. Thank you Daniel Genuth for your wonderful youthful presence and spirit of fun. You have the voice of an angel. And finally …thank you Meritage for making me feel like a part of your family. Back in the day I was in this choir that was then called Camerata. I felt like I was coming home. This was a night I will not forget. Thank you, Dennis Bryan
P.S. I just wanted to give an extra special thank you to Director Sheridan Ball for his letter sent to the musicians of Meritage Vocal Arts Ensemble. Wow, I was honored to be a part of this production and so touched by his kind words regarding my performance. Check out his comments below.
...Still, I simply can not conclude this note without offering an enthusiastic Bravo! to Dennis Bryan for his monumental work on this extremely challenging role. As you well know, the Celebrant role is a formidable assignment for the best of performers and, fortunately for us, Dennis falls into that rare category of talented individuals who can successfully manage such a demanding and difficult musical / theatrical role. So "Thank You" Dennis. That was a performance you can be very proud of. We were all very fortunate to share the stage with such a talented and gracious artist.
Thanks so much to everyone who voted for me to be a part of Artisans Label Studios 5th Anniversary CD. I came in fourth which means my new song, Waiting for What's Mine, will be part of this CD featuring "The Best SoCal Indie Artists". The CD will be available on Tuesday, June 25 at Orange County Guitar Centers for free as part of Artisans Label 5th Anniversary celebration. Stop by and get yourself a copy and enjoy the fantastic variety of music that Southern California and Artisans Label has to offer.
Candlelighting Service • Birth 2012
On a very cold night in December, time seemed suspended as Dennis Bryan and the duo, Siena & Toast, shared moments of their musical energy with Reverend Shawn Kindorf for the annual Candlelighting Service at Harmony Center For Spiritual Living (HCSL) in Whittier.
The theme this season was of course "birth," but as people like Barbara Marx Hubbard put it, this year, birth signifies a new way of thinking. The birth of a new thought.
So the candles were lit, the voices were strong, the instruments were tuned and the hearts were open. The atmosphere was truly blessed and the feeling in the audience was beautifully receptive. There is an indescribable quality about these three fine talents and the way they connect with each other musically. It's beyond feeling so close to them, you think of family. It's deeper than that. Siena and Toast are a part of each other. They exude a pure sense of musical duality, they compliment each other. Dennis just adds that last component. Not completely in harmony but as that one counter melodic factor that supports a divine trinity.
They're family, yes, but on this night they exchanged musical moments that transcended time. All the songs took you on a journey. From the stirring opener, a meditative version of "Carol of the Bells", to the a capella declaration of "Love Profound", and the plaintive "Imagine", the whole service gave you warmth inside and the music pulled you along for a holiday celebration of sounds and feelings.
The night was magic.
July of 2012, Dennis had a chance to share his musical talents at the Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living. It was one of those mornings when everything came together in perfect harmony. To support guest minister, Rev. Peggy Price’s inspiring words, Dennis did “Take Me to the World” and his own, “Set on God”. Hearing the announcements about a drum circle, Dennis invited Mark Paczkowski up to join him on the rhythmic "Set On God" and the crowd went wild, up out of the chairs clapping their hands and stomping their feet. It was a powerful moment that took the service to the next level. This is the kind of experience that validates the concept of oneness in divine spirit. It was a beautiful morning!
I'm sure it was a tremendous honor for Dennis to be invited back to the Procession of Light presented by the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council, especially to sing and share his songs. He was there several years backs when the amazing Faith Rivera performed with Dennis on keyboards. This year he performs as a continuation of that communal and spiritual connection. Dennis's catchy songs brought in the heart beats of the many that were basking in the sun, lying on the grassy knoll and hearing the ocean waves crash into the Huntington Beach pier. Dennis's song and his definitive version of Imagine stirred the skies while pushing people inward to their cores, souls and hearts. Everyone was singing and rocking the beat. It's the point of the word "Procession." It demands that you give in and you do, willingly. No worries, we're there!. An amazing event that brought together so many faiths and all at the beautiful beaches in Huntington. OC Register thinks so too. Check it out.
2012 started out with a trip back to the Interfaith Celebration at University of the West/Hsi Lai Temple. The beloved Reverend Shawn Kindorf and Dennis Bryan took their turn to weave spiritual teachings tied in with musical inspiration. It was a journey toward and through oneness. We seek to connect with all humans here on earth, every single person is seeking to connect, everyone. These two were no exception. The afternoon unfolded like a perfect moment when many people of global faiths and beliefs are brought together by two voices searing into each other to create a circle of prayer spun around, thru, and as, God. Incredible!
Here is a short video excerpt of their presentation...
On Sunday, October 2, 2011, once again Dennis "wowed" the audience at Harmony Center for Spiritual Living performing for their concert series to raise funds for a new roof. It was a lovely afternoon of grooving to many songs from Dennis's first CD, Take Me To Your Love. I particularly enjoyed the updated arrangements of I'll Be Around (Whenever You Call Me) and In-Between, two of my favorites. Surprises in the set included a couple of beautifully presented two-song medleys, Landslide/Try to Remember and Hard to Make a Stand/Teach Your Children. I was more than moved by Dennis' renditions of Man in the Mirror and the breathtaking, Nearer Than the Air. Dennis has a knack for connecting to his audience certainly through his voice but also through his comments and stories about each piece, particularly his own compositions which made up over half of the set. In speaking with many audience members after the show, we all agreed that having Dennis sing and play the piano for us was a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
On Sunday, June 26, 2011, a littlie bit of spiritual magic took place at the Long Beach Playhouse. Presented by the Center for Inspirational Living, Dennis kicked off their summer concert series with an evening of song and mighty fine piano playing featuring songs from his latest album, "Look Within". Dennis immediately drew the audience into his music by weaving the experience that prompted choosing each song with his direct connection to the lyrics of the songs, many of which are his own compositions. He also invited the audience to participate in the music by singing along to some obvious favorites like "Set on God" and "River of Heaven" (from his first CD, "Take Me To Your Love"). The packed house was rockin' for sure at several times during the evening. Then there were moments when a tear came to the eye like when Dennis sang his powerful rendition of the R. Kelly song, "I Look to You". His set list included a nice mixture of spiritual songs and some inspirational pop covers like "Imagine" and "Put a Little Love in Your Heart". It was an amazingly beautiful evening.
A constant source of abundance came flowing into Dennis's life to create this work. It's like it recorded itself and he was just there to witness it...
...overlooking the beautiful sunsets and sunrises at the top of the world in Laguna Beach, California.
Join Dennis for another fun night of music and incredible food at Kavikas at the Pike in Long Beach.
The menu features American Cuisine with global influences designed to provide the guests with selections that tantalize the palate. The bar is accented with a honeycomb onyx bar top, custom designed chandeliers and a 12 foot fireplace all set in a warm contemporary ambiance.
Take in the best views of the Queen Mary and Rainbow Harbor. Kavikas 95 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802
Wednesday June 2nd, 2010 from 8-9:30pm. www.kavikas.com
A MATCH MEANT TO BE.
These two powerhouse singers Stacy Sullivan and Dennis Bryan come together for a night of holiday music.
Destined to have their paths cross, they were introduced through several of their friends with the intention of making some beautiful music together. Well that moment has arrived. Their first meeting produced the song Storybook Ending, lyrics by Stacy, music by Dennis. This orignal tune will make it's debut as a duet on this night, along with several romantic songs, shared laughs and lots of love. Don't miss this extraordinary event December 5th, 2009.
Performing "River of Heaven" on stage at Asilomar in August for the science of mind spiritual retreat, ARISE!!!"Sitting in" with the other talented musicians and doing back up for Rickie Byars Beckwith. What an amazing experience!!!
Dennis has been involved in the science of mind philosophy for several years now and continues to perform in services all over southern California. Join him in celebration of the light within by supporting a new recording project of spiritual songs he has written and inspirational songs he has performed. This unique project needs your support. You can make a donation and have your name credited on the CD with an autograhped copy. E-mail for more details. See "Talk To Me" tab.
Let's Fall In Love - Savor the flavor on this musical journey of your favorite romantic songs.
Sunday September 27th 1:00pm Downey Center For Spiritual Living 10000 Paramount Blvd. Downey, CA 90240-3808 (562)928-6469 Love Offering
Sunday July 26th, 2009 1:00pm Sanctuary For Spiritual Living 5446 North Citrus Ave. Covina, CA 91722 Love Offering
Saturday February 28th, 2009 7:00pm Indio Performing Arts Center 45-175 Fargo Street Indio, CA 92201 (760)775-5200 tickets: $24 General $19 Seniors & Students $7 under 12
Sunday February 15th, 2009 12:00 noon Harmony Center For Spiritual Living 12907 E. Bailey St. Whittier, CA 90601 (562)698-0341 Love offering
Sunday February 1st, 2009 12:00 noon Center For Spiritual Living Clubhouse 3 Laguna Woods Village, CA 92637 Love offering
Normally, Frisco's is a cheesyliciously fun 50's themed carhop diner with servers on skates and campy dance routines. However, they are doing a COMPLETE 180 TURN on Valentine's night and hosting a more classy cocktail and dessert lounge music night with "easy- listening" music to set the mood. NO skates, NO balloons, NO kids this night. This night is open invitation. Singles and couples welcome. Dennis will be playing from 6:30 - 8:30 and then the group treehouse will perform from 9:00 on. See you there!
Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens: The Maverick Theater, June 6th - June 8th 2008. Produced by Theater Out. I was very fortunate to be a part of this moving and funny production. These were stories from the AIDS Quilt.
Come and join Dennis and his friends for a great night of music at the Long Beach Playhouse. Sit back, relax and have a drink while he does all the work entertaining you with his eclectic material and original repertoire. The theater is at 5021 East Anaheim street, Long Beach, CA 90804. Tickets are $25 ($20 with stub from prior show at the theater) Box Office (562) 494-1014. Don't miss it!!!
2006 This was a thrilling one night concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro.
Singing with the Golden State Pops Orchestra and starring J.R. Richards from the band Dishwalla.
2006 started with a bang!
Once again Dennis joined the talent at the Norris Center for The Performing Arts. "Ebb Tide" brought out the crooner in him. It wasn't hard to do.
2005 First he joins the A Capella group Crescendo for two wonderful nights of Christmas music.
Their long talked about collaboration features a new version of the Peanuts "Christmastime Is Here" that Dennis arranged especially for them to sing together and his own "Just Another Christmas". Also another festive night with his friend Joanne LaPointe at the Bistro 400 in Santa Ana. Merry Christmas to all!!!
The Orange County Register called Dennis's Pirelli "A garish dandy with a gorgeous Italian Tenor!" What do ya know!
JULY - AUGUST 2005 - Dennis goes on tour to Italy and Prague. It was another smashing success abroad including the honor of singing a solo at the Vatican. Incredible! 3/11 - 4/2: The Who's Tommy opens with Dennis as Captain Walker. He's the one that dies in the movie ...but not in the musical! LOL!
2/25 - 27: Once again, Dennis lends his voice to the Norris Center For The Performing Arts with his plaintive renditon of "When Sunny Gets Blue"
2004 Dennis and his friend Joanne LaPointe kick off the Christmas season with a special night of holiday music and laughter at Bistro 400. Christmastime Is Here!!!
Dennis was asked back to the Norris Center For The Performing Arts for another thrilling performance with The Impossible Dream and the duet from Aladdin A Whole New World!
Concerts in Beijing, China: Dennis "wows" the crowd as the Phantom from Phantom of the Opera.
2003Dennis performs songs from his first CD in two cabaret nights at Ripples in Long Beach. He'll also be giving away copies of his upcoming Christmas mini-CD. Join him for these special evenings of songs to groove to and people to laugh with.
2002 Dennis gets back from Australia. From singing "This Masquerade" on the Sydney Opera House stage to performing in amazing cathedrals through Cairns, Canberra and into New Zealand. What an experience!
Playing an ironworker who's been through some tough times in the musical "Working", Dennis dances, acts and sings his way through the show, a triple threat. His solo "Fathers and Sons" never failed to move the audience to tears.
His performance at the Norris Center for the Performing Arts, "Movie's Greatest Moments", prompted the director to comment on the "stunned silence" in the audience while he touched the hearts of all with his special rendition of Go The Distance from Disney's "Hercules" and the romantic duet Come What May from "Moulin Rouge".
Dennis releases JUST ANOTHER CHRISTMAS. A seasonal mini-CD containing more original material. The title track recalls the memory of an old relationship during the holidays.
Also included is one of his favorites, "Christmastime Is Here", from the Peanuts and a bonus track never released before, entitled "Wake Not the Dead". Orginally written for the play Dracula, this tune evolved into "Wake Not the Dead/For the Life of One". A slow and haunting melody that segues into a full on rock opera style piece in the tradition of Jesus Christ Superstar and Phantom of the Opera.
Although not a Christmas song, it seemed to fit into the Autumn/Winter seasonal time frame.
Dennis releases TAKE ME TO YOUR LOVE. This CD is jam packed with a variety of songs of different styles.
It runs the gamut of emotions from the sexy frankness of TAKE ME TO YOUR LOVE, the matter of fact WHEN ARE YOU COMING HOME?, the sweet lullaby SLEEP, the simplicity of I'LL BE THERE (WHENEVER YOU CALL), the pain of IN-BETWEEN to the direct RIVER OF HEAVEN.
Dennis wrote 7 of the 11 tracks and starts off with a straight R & B and adds a little jazz and pop. Something for everyone. Enjoy!