Brad Dison, a graduate student in education, said his mom and brother were always in bands, so it seemed like destiny for him to be a musician as well.
Because he grew up around musicians, his love for music escalated when he received his first guitar.
“I have worked with Wayne Newton, Tony Orlando, Lorrie Morgan and Kenny Rogers,” he said. “When you are around such great musicians, you meet so many people, and the yearn for music and talent becomes addictive.”
Dison previously played bass guitar in the band Extreme Caution, but he recently took the initiative to carry his talent one step further.
His efforts can now be found in the Brad Dison Band. Dison said David Anderson, a Tech history professor, encouraged him to strive for more, so he started recording and producing his first CD.
Anderson said Dison should sing because his voice is soulful and truly unique.
“Brad gets the emotional core of music and lets his voice convey it,” Anderson said. “He is a triple threat.”
Dison not only provides the vocals for his songs, but he also writes his own lyrics and makes his own instrumentals.
“It takes me eight to 10 hours to develop the beat for one song before I go into the studio to record the vocals,” Dison said. “Once I track that, I practice, practice, practice so it only takes me approximately two hours in the studio.”
Dison has completed and made available on iTunes five of the 12 songs for the album “Bump in the Road,” which is to be released March 2013.
Heather Parker, a graduate student in history, said Dison contains all of the elements to be a great musician.
“He certainly has the drive and commercial appeal,” she said. “You can see his development, childhood and personality through his music.”
For the holiday season, Dison has released a new song called “Christmas Lights.”
Dison said “Christmas Lights” has received 525 views on YouTube in the past week, but his other songs have barely had more than 1,000 views since May.
“‘Christmas Lights’ is catchy,” Parker said. “He is staying true to who he is while creating great music.” Anderson said Dison has a ballad, rockabilly and blues style and sings with authority.
“Dison will be successful if he could get the chance to display his talent,” he said. “If he keeps at it, it will be intriguing to see where he goes.”
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