Briannagh Dennehy, aka “Briannagh D,” is an ambitious, multi-talented pop singer/songwriter out of New Jersey. Growing up in the New York Metro area, the 16-year-old artist had the opportunity to develop and nourish her art appearing in short films, television commercials, and singing in public venues. She began writing and recording her first original, “Going Up,” in 2016 and 2017 as well as filming videos for covers of "This is What You Came For" and "One Call Away." She is avidly working on new materials for her first album release.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music?
I think that there are several artists who have certainly had an impact on me and the way that I write songs. I think that Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars have released some incredible songs. I think the fact that they have written their own songs, just makes them so admirable, because it means that every word you hear is from the heart.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I’m not sure if this would be considered the “craziest,” but it’s definitely the most amazing. The first time I heard my song on the radio without knowing that it would be played was last year in St. Kitts! I was in the car and this woman who was with my mom and I throughout our time in St. Kitts, named Chev, happened to be switching through the different stations, when we heard “Stand Tall!” I was in shock and unfortunately I only heard the last few bars of it so I couldn’t capture the moment, but it felt so amazing and surprising to hear my music playing on the radio.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I think that every experience has been a high point in its own way. Performing at the St. Kitts Music Festival was a powerful experience because I got to share the stage with so many prominent artists and perform in front of such a large and energetic crowd.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I like to write songs when I’m alone, and, preferably, in my room. As I listen to the track, I sense the mood of the music and allow that mood to guide me from which themes or song topics will typically emerge. Once I have a topic, everything else moves rather rapidly, and before I know it I have a song!
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I think that many Indie Artists struggle with trying to establish an end goal for themselves. I think that they could set smaller goals every month or so, and build off of those goals from there. You want to make sure that you’re working towards something specific. I think that many Indie Artists have a blurry visual image of what overall “success” looks like, but they don’t have a clear image of what their version of success looks like. With that in mind, veterans of the industry could make a greater effort to mentor emerging talent.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
This is a difficult question, but I think it would be fun to share the stage with Beyoncé, considering she is one of the most amazing performers in the world. She is a phenomenal dancer and she seems like a perfectionist, so I think that it would be nice to rehearse with someone who is invested in ensuring that it’s an unforgettable performance. I know it would be demanding given Beyonce’s skill and perfectionism, but I would clearly learn a lot.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
My rehearsals typically vary, depending on when I’m notified of my performance date, but I like to meet with everyone involved in the performance and make sure that we run through everything several times. I also have a few people who watch the rehearsal, and I like to get their feedback and suggestions as to what I should change. Other than the rehearsals, I don’t need much mental preparation before I get on stage, as I can feel and hear the energy of the crowd backstage. That’s always enough to rev me up.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The first song I ever wrote, recorded, and released, titled “American Fab Kid,” was probably the most difficult for me because I was very young and inexperienced. I revised the entire song many times, and I worked with another songwriter before releasing the final version. The experience, many years ago, was educating. Over the years I have developed a more formal process for songwriting, which makes me more efficient and allows me to convey my thoughts and feelings more thoroughly and effectively.
What's coming up in the future?
I have been in the studio, working with Cassidy on my latest single. which I’m really excited about releasing because this will be my first song featuring another artist. I think that there’s a certain art that lies within collaboration, that I’m ready to explore. Cassidy is such a talented writer and rapper. I know that I can learn a lot from him.
Tell us where fans can access your music.