As American Heartbreak and its numerous accolades testify, Zach Bryan is a once-in-a-lifetime songwriter, and his rise is only beginning.
First and foremost, Zach Bryan is a storyteller (he recently nabbed the #1 spot on Billboard’s Country Songwriters chart), and American Heartbreak looks set to earn him a spot in the canon of great American narrative songwriters. Bryan has incited passionate and wide-reaching critical acclaim for his earthy sound and endlessly poignant lyricism, which evokes unforgettable vignettes of modern American life. A man of simple words, Bryan’s ability to create depth in his work is rivaled by few artists. He believes that who you are only extends to the person you are today, an ideology reflected in everything he creates. With the breakout success of his modern epic American Heartbreak, the Oklahoma songwriter cements his reputation as a bona fide country music superstar.
Said Zach, “This album to me is all the trials we face day in and day out and I wrote all the stories on it hoping someone, somewhere might relate or some kid might pick up an instrument and replicate it in an effort to be an artist. Some songs are sad, some are happy, some are hopeful and some are hopeless, all of them mean something different to me and I pray they mean something to someone else. American Heartbreak is my effort at trying to explain what being a 26 year old man in America is like. There’s love, loss, revelry, resentment, and forgiveness all wrapped into one piece of work.”
Zach Bryan is a singer/songwriter from Oologah, Oklahoma, proud of his small-town roots and whose music is fueled by a desire to stay true to himself. The 24-year-old is a recent active-duty member of the US Navy, previously stationed in Washington state - a family tradition that has instilled a sense of honor and humility that is clear in his music. His success is found in his raspy voice, a mix of classic folk melody and outlaw country with a raw edge that cuts to the bone. His breakthrough moment makes all that clear as day.
In the video for “Heading South,” shot by phone outside of his Navy barracks in humid 95-degree heat, Bryan’s passion echoes off the strings of his trusted Guild. Drenched in sweat and belting words that he had written minutes earlier, the moment is authentic, brutal, and real. Millions of fans have now seen that video without any sort of industry assist, and millions more have connected to the tender, sincere songs found on both Bryan’s 2019 debut album DeAnn, dedicated to his late mother, and his 2020 follow-up, Elisabeth, an ode to those he loves. His recent show at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium sold out in record time and now finds Bryan amidst a headline tour of sheds and festivals through summer 2022. His recent hit single “From Austin” topped both the Spotify and Apple Music’s Country charts.