Hope's Stand, released in February brings gorgeous acoustic sounds with strings, percussion paired with bold vocals and lyrics. There is a true sense of heart behind the album, and the energy Brian brings along with it--one can't help but feeling a sense of inspiration. It was a pleasure to find out more about him, and the mission behind his music, as he graciously messaged me the details from Africa.
Jenn: Give us five words to describe your music.
Brian: Inspirational, Hopeful, Transparent, Lyrical, Energetic
Jenn: I know you have been singing and performing since an early age, when did you decide to pursue Christian/Gospel music professionally?
Brian: 2012 was the year that I really launched out as a solo artist. For the first 16 years of my life I was traveling and singing with my parents who are preachers, and I was apart of various groups such as the Jenks Trojanaires show choir in high school, ORU Singers and ORU Live while I was a college student at Oral Roberts University.
Jenn: You released Hope's Stand in February of this year, what was the most challenging part about making the album?
Brian: The most challenging part was funding (like most independent artists LOL), but we were able to get everything we needed to make the album we wanted, in the most excellent manner. My faith was challenged and grew throughout the whole process, but at every step God had my back!
Jenn: What do you hope listeners will take away most from the album?
Brian: I pray that they are inspired to dream bigger, to believe greater, and to never give up on the Hope that their future is bright and they can make it through any and every situation in life. Also, I hope they are challenged by the thought that often times the richest among us are the poorest within and the poorest among us are the richest within, but what unites us all is the fact that we are all in desperate need of Hope.
"As I have grown up and lived a little more life, music has been something that has carried me through the hardest times of my life and has been a way for me to express what's going on in my heart and mind through writing." -Brian Nhira
Brian: My parents are from Zimbabwe, Africa so since 1999 I have been coming back here to sing in schools and other events. This year is my 9th trip and it was the perfect opportunity to spread the message and music of Hope's Stand.
Jenn: Can you share a few Zimbabwe experiences with us so far?
Brian: I love coming to Zimbabwe because it always helps me remember why I do what I do. I have big dreams and I want to see the music touch the world, but I refuse to spend all my time chasing fame and such when I have opportunities to touch people's lives through my music right now. Africa has a way of always refocusing me and getting my heart in the right place.
My favorite experience thus far: Today I went to an elementary school that I had visited last year. I taught them one of my songs called "Dream On" last year and so today I asked if they still remembered how it went, I chose one little boy to come up and sing it and he sang the whole part that I had taught them one year ago!!!! It was so heart warming, haha!
Brian: All of Africa, Australia, Brazil
Jenn: Tell us how music has served as a pillar of hope in your own life.
Brian: Since I was four years old, music has been the avenue and instrument that I have used to be Hope to those around me. When I would sing entertaining people was never really a goal, it was always about bringing joy to someone who was sad and bringing healing to someone who was hurting. As I have grown up and lived a little more life, music has been something that has carried me through the hardest times of my life and has been a way for me to express what's going on in my heart and mind through writing. It's amazing how music can connect on levels no other communication channel can. In my life I always want to use it in a way that brings hope, healing, and inspiration.
Jenn: What are some things you are looking forward to in 2015?
Brian: I'm really looking forward to spreading the message and music of Hope's Stand, we have some cool opportunities coming up including a Faith and Family Night Concert that I'll be doing for the Tulsa Drillers in Tulsa.
This project is where my heart is and I'm excited to continue sharing the music with the world!