Hunter Callahan

Hunter Callahan

If you asked the 25 year-old singer-songwriter what kind of genre he plays, he’d reply with a simple response; “I just play music.”

And quite frankly, that’s the truth.
 
That question used to be easier for Hunter to answer. He used to just be a blues guitarist. However, at the age of 17, he began writing his own music and developing his own voice as a singer. After a few years of cutting his teeth in the Atlanta market and becoming a sold out headliner at famed venues such as Eddie’s Attic, Hunter found himself in Nashville recording his first full length effort, “Broken Heart’s & Melodies” (produced by Dana C. Lamb with John Bass) combined folk songwriting sensibilities with blues guitar playing and hints of pop and all by his 21st birthday.
 
The independent release proved to be a pivotal stepping stone, catching the attention of Atlanta-based producer Dan Hannon (Aaron Shust, Manchester Orchestra) and nationally recognized, Grammy-Nominated Producer “Mama” Jan Smith (Usher, Justin Bieber, The Band Perry, and more). With Hunter continuing his development with Mama Jan, he continued to carve his place in the Atlanta songwriter scene becoming a staple at the city’s songwriting hubs. With a new EP in the works, produced by both Hannon and Mama Jan, the story of Hunter Callahan’s music is just beginning.

Twenty-one-year-old singer and songwriter, Codi Lester, pka, BRYTLY, is a native South Carolinian who is finding her artistic footing in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. When she was a senior in high school, BRYTLY befriended an up-and-coming artist named Macy Todd, who was working on a record with seasoned music producer, Dan Hannon (Manchester Orchestra, A Rocket To The Moon, Aaron Shust). During a visit to Atlanta to write with Macy, BRYTLY was invited to the studio and met Hannon. She grabbed a guitar and played a song for him and he immediately encouraged her to get serious about her pursuit as an artist. "I asked her what she planned to do after graduation and she said she was going to school to get an education degree. I said I doubt the world needs another teacher as much a they need to hear you sing", recalls Hannon.

Fueled by that vote of confidence and the support of her family, BRYTLY, packed her things, moved to Atlanta, and has become a fixture at the Gullch Collective, Hannon's studio and artist development hub that he co-founded with partner, Torri Galaviz. BRYTLY dived into songwriting and demoed and delivered three new songs per week to Hannon, which she committed to do as a demonstration of her work ethic and dedication. "I have worked with so many young artists over the years and BRYTLY is the first one to take the advice and ACT on it. I was blown away by her work ethic and the quality of the material. The decision to start recording her is a no-brainer" says Hannon.

BRYTLY is no stranger to exceeding expectations. She was the hometown hero of Newberry, South Carolina, as an ambitious thirteen-year-old singer determined to live out her dream of being a successful artist. "When I was little, I was dressing up, putting on make up, singing into a hairbrush, and singing in front of the mirror. It was a daily ritual", says BRYTLY, as she laughs and flashes her trademark of a smile. "I had no doubt that I was made to do this. I don't care how hard it is or how high the odds are stacked against me, I will be writing songs and performing them for as long as I live." It is in words and moments like this that one can begin to sense the origin of her sobriquet. She essentially glows while talking about her music and it is as if she could will a career into existence with pure and unadulterated belief in herself. Fortunately for BRYTLY, a stage name inspired by a quote from Robert Greene in his best seller "The 48 Laws Of Power", her confidence is just a byproduct of her incredible voice and natural gift for writing a relatable lyric towed by an infectious melody. She is destined to burn brightly among the artists of our time, whether it takes two years or two decades.

"Burning more brightly than those around you is a skill that no one is born with. You have to learn to attract attention." -Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power

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