Who is Bryan van Putten?
Bryan Anthony van Putten (born September 15th, 1985, in Aruba) is a Dutch-Caribbean songwriter, singer and guitarist. He currently resides in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Bryan grew up on Aruba, an island in the Caribbean right off the coast of Venezuela. It is here that he was exposed to the rhythms & music of the West Indies and the Americas. His classical guitar background led to the development of an unconventional playing style.
Van Putten is known for his tender blend of intimate, melodic confessions permeated by pop hooks, poetic lyrics, and nostalgic sentiments. He has been compared to Michael Kiwanuka and Freshlyground, yet Bryan tends to blend all possible genres together into his own style.
Van Putten is known for his tender blend of intimate, melodic confessions permeated by pop hooks, poetic lyrics and nostalgic sentiments.
Most recently Bryan was a winner on the RTL 5 tv show 'The Hit' where songwriters pitch their songs to international artists. This win resulted in the release of a brand new single by r&b singer Sabrina Starke. The song entitled 'You Are' was originally written by Bryan van Putten and ranked in the iTunes chart.
Bryan van Putten is also the winner of the 2010 Audience Award during the Grote Prijs van Zuid-Holland ("Big prize of South-Holland"), in the singer/songwriter category. He has also opened for international acts such as Ben Mills (UK).
Bryan van Putten is a finalist of the Grote Prijs Rotterdam 2013. Throughout 2011 and 2012 Bryan has been working with various artists, both internationally as well as locally. His collaboration with Latvian singer/songwriter Tamara Rutkovska, 'It Really Doesn't Get Any Better', ranked #8 in the MIXFM project top 10 in Latvia.
Never shy of new projects, Bryan has also been releasing cross-overs with rappers Hitman & The General as well as producing songs for other artists.
As a resident of the Hemingway Social Club in Rotterdam from 2011 to 2013, Bryan could be seen performing weekly until the late hours of the night. Most of the time, accompanied by friends (and strangers).
Songwriting, along with keeping up with current events and global issues are his passion. A troubled mind with little to say and much to write about, his music is like a never-ending story, every song another chapter, every word another page.