For two-time iTunes Indie Spotlight Artist Jon Bryant, writing his latest release, What Takes You, was a challenging, yet invigorating experience.
"The writing process was difficult to get back into as I had been touring continuously for almost all of the previous year, finishing University and planning for my touring year of 2011," Bryant admits. "But each song I wrote for What Takes You immediately came to life for me. It was as though I knew they would make it onto the album, while all the others I was very much on the fence about. I wrote about 40 songs and only 10 actually made it."
The certainty Bryant felt about the songs he selected helps make What Takes You a well-rounded, cohesive album. The album is an earthy, folk/bluegrass/Americana collection of twelve songs—including a cover of James Taylor's "Carolina," as well as "Be Still," whose author is unknown—that winds its way through tales of faith, love, loss and the search for purpose and meaning in life. Stark in their simplicity, yet bold in their proclamations, these songs create a variety of lyrical and emotional landscapes whose effects go well beyond simply giving the listener pleasing music to enjoy.