singer // songwriter // storyteller
Born in the Mountains (CO) / Broken-and-Built in Manhattan (NYC) / Based in Manchester (UK)
Whether it’s writing/performing his own music as Bay Bryan, slaying-the-game as his alter-ego Queen Bayard, producing solo-theatre-shows like #GingerPrivilege or Growing into My Beard, or composing music for award-winning animations like The Walker (by Heather Collins; Produced by Matt Groening), Bay's ultimate passion lies in story --He wants to tell the exceptional ones, and he wants to tell them well...
The year was 1989 and the month, September. A ginger was born unto this world. The last of four and the only boy (kind of) with three brilliant older sisters to look up to and two artistically-minded doctors for parents. (cue evocative underscore)
Music was always present in the Bryan household and immediately became a love affair that would prove to burn strong. As a young and theatrically-inclined ginger Bay sang non-stop, twirled incessantly and began to write emotionally charged ballades (probably a way of coping with his journey toward queer liberty). His classical training in both piano and guitar gifted him with the harmonies of Tchaikovsky & Debussy and offered him a solid foundation in the spanish finger-picking style (that's a thing right?); The combination of this musical education and a DEEP obsession with voices like Lauryn Hill & Michael Jackson inspired his own music which has been described as a mix between folk/soul/theatrical-pop.
At the age of 19 a twist of fate would land him in Glasgow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) where he went on to complete a BA in Musical Theater. He actually has Beyonce to thank for this but that's another story... He fell madly in love with Scotland and by the end of his training he was eagerly looking forward to joining his peers in the UK. Well, the Universe had other plans. After graduation, due to an abrupt change in immigration laws, Bay would have no choice but to head back home to the USA.
Shortly after returning to the states he made the cliché move to New York City to pursue his dreams --dreams that were... To Be Determined (TBD) --Yup, like so many others in the Big Apple he didn't really know what he was doing there --side note, this story is far more interesting if you imagine Liza Minnelli telling it so DO THAT from now on (end side note). The struggle was real. For a long period of time it felt like Bay was straddling musical-theatre-land and singer/songwriter-world with no clear direction and all the conflicted feels. HOWEVER the Gods grew weary of this yawn fest and offered him clarity. Finally, for this story and his own sake, Bay was able to find the point of intersection that he was looking for (stakes, such high stakes). In 2015 he wrote his first solo show (Growing Into My Beard) which combines original music, storytelling and farcical movement. He has gone on to produce said 'Beard' piece in NYC, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Boulder (CO) and Leeds (UK).
Although Bay continues to write and release his own music independently (current music projects: Varied Shapes & Sharp Angles and #BayardMusic) he is currently developing a new solo show called #gingerprivilege.
PS, Bay is currently based in Manchester, England! HOWEVER you may very well find him drifting into YOUR town someday. He is often wearing heels because... No explanation required.
Live in concert
A solo show with: sock puppets / red-nose clown / acoustic music / spoken word
In #GingerPrivilege, over the course of a highly quirky hour, Bay (through his many characters) seeks to understand his own personal privilege as well as the concept of privilege as a whole (with all the nuance that comes along with this sensitive subject). Through combined elements of red-nose clown, sock puppets, storytelling, music and more our shape-shifting ginger attempts the impossible: to once-and-for-all SOLVE EVERYTHING.
Growing Into My Beard
a solo show with: storytelling / acoustic original music / dance / #gingerrealness
GIMB - A PROMO VIDEO
In Growing Into My Beard (aka G.I.M.B.) we enjoy a heartfelt story about one ginger's personal quest to understand & celebrate his identity AND to obtain TRUE LOVE --the kind that can ALWAYS be found in the movies starring Drew Barrymore (love you drew)... By way of original songs, dramatically told personal anecdotes and justified farcical movement, Bay weaves together a coming-of-age tale that is romantically nostalgic, profoundly authentic and above all HOPEFUL.
"Original, hilarious and charming."
- Nancy Ngo, Pioneer Press
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VIDEOS & GALLERIES
playing Andy Warhol at 3LD
performing at Ghetto Hors D'oeuvres: Colors