Brian Letton – Musician and Song Writer
Born in Port Lincoln South Australia, Brian Letton was raised on his parents new land farming property, north east of Ravensthorpe in Western Australia. Brian considers that his upbringing in this often harsh rural environment taught him to appreciate the “true values of life”. After leaving school, he worked on the land for several years before moving to Katanning – south east of Perth. Over the next few years in Katanning, Brian worked at several jobs, including builder, welder, truck driver, farrier, horse breaker and trainer, with the latter bringing him noted success in the harness racing industry, both as a trainer and a reins-person. Brian was an exceptional sportsman, excelling at AFL (Australian Rules Football) and his keen interest in the sport remains today.
In 1989, Brian began his professional career as a full-time entertainer after a decade working as a part-time musician with various local bands. A succession of highly acclaimed awards were instrumental in Brian making the decision to move into the music industry full time. Brian writes and sings of his country and his fellow man with a rare feeling. He writes of the things he knows, understands, loves and believes in. His songs have won him Australian and International acclaim. He has had a succession of top 10 radio hits and his first ever nomination for the prestigious “Country Music Awards of Australia” for which the coveted Gold Guitar is the trophy which rewarded Brian on making the “final five” in the “Best New Talent” category in 1991. Over the ensuing years, Brian has been a finalist in these awards on no less than 16 occasions.
During 2003, Brian fulfilled a career long ambition to record an album with full orchestral backing under the guidance of the legendary maestro Tommy Tycho, he has released 22 albums, with long-time friend and music producer, Lindsay Butler of LBS MUSIC. However, the release of Album No 21, “Any Dream Will Do” in September 2014 saw Brian proudly launch his own recording label – Brian Letton Recordings. His brand new release, album Number 3 on his own record label in January 2017, is somewhat of a personal achievement for Brian; representative of the new phase in his expansive career. “Western Australia is Calling Me Home” has not only been released on his own recording label, but Brian has independently produced this CD, the musicians he handpicked, the arrangements and presentation reflective of his personal influence and of course, with the exception of three songs, the tracks are self-penned by Brian. The songs on this album connect on many different levels, they are all inspired by his compassion for Western Australia – somewhere that he considers will always be his “home”. This CD delivers some brand-new soundscapes for the uniquely warm, melodic voice of one of Australia’s most gifted and enduring talents.
Since those early days, being raised on the family farm, Brian has certainly cemented his position as one of the premier entertainers in the Australian Music Industry, his professional career now spans more than 25 years. Combining his annual non-stop touring, legions of fans and long lasting successful recording history, Brian has accumulated many of Australia’s most prestigious music awards and accolades. Brian stands tall as a shining example of the success that is possible. He is totally committed to his music, his song-writing, recording and most importantly his supporters.
Possibly the best description of Brian Letton and his music is “passionate”. Brian stands tall as a shining example of the success that is possible. He is totally committed to his music, his song-writing, recording and most importantly his supporters. His commitment remains unwavering and the future holds much more in store for this extremely talented performer.
Play Two of Brian Letton’s Songs: