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Lansing’s Brian Grilli reaches #25 on Billboard’s Top Country Album sales

Indie artist blends Southern Rock, Americana, Country, and Blues

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (November 20, 2018) – Indie Americana/Country Artist Brian Grilli has fond memories of Lansing, and he captured many of them in a 2016 music video for his song, “My Hometown”:

This summer Grilli released the album “Deep South Symphony” through Spectra Music Group. To date the album has hit #25 on Billboard’s Top Country Album Sales and #21 on Billboard’s Top Americana/Folk Album Sales. It also hit #18 on Billboard’s Heatseekers (National), #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers (South Atlantic), and #3 on Billboard’s Heatseekers (West North Central) Album Charts.

Grilli’s new single “California” is currently being played on many radio stations and is #52 on Billboard Indicator. Written by Grilli and Jeanette Poll, “California” is about a girl with big dreams and plans who finds herself in a bad relationship that eventually takes its toll. The story song is based on real events and is described as “sending a melancholy message while keeping an almost juxtaposed mid-tempo groove.”

Grilli’s music

Debuting in 2013 with “Damn Good Day,” Grilli got attention from the independent music world and the national music scene. The title track and first single climbed fast on the charts, reaching #1 on Indieworld. Brian has written songs for “Sons of Anarchy” and the award-winning independent documentary “Until It Hurts.”

His success is attributed to his prolific songwriting, aggressive-yet-melodic guitar playing, and unique voice. Brian blends Southern Rock, Americana, Country, and Blues to form a familiar sound that doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre.

“Deep South Symphony” is Grilli’s second album. It was co-produced and recorded by Grilli and Andy Andersson (Fuel) at the legendary Sound Kitchen Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, with prominent musicians—Peter Keys (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Jason Kott (Brent Cobb, Robert Randolph), Eddie “Cowboy” Long (Jamey Johnson, Hank Williams Jr.), Shannon Boone (Fuel), Steve Peffer (Alabama), and others—playing on the tracks. Dan Baird (The Georgia Satellites) is featured on two of the tracks.

Brian has had the opportunity to perform across the USA. He has shared bigger stages with country stars Blackberry Smoke, Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band, Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, and Stoney LaRue as well as rockers Cheap Trick, Styx, .38 Special, and Lucero.

Giving back

A former United States Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and an Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom Combat veteran, Brian has made his music a means for him to give back to his community. He is a veteran ambassador for the Boot Campaign and an avid supporter of Combat Wounded Coalition, Wounded EOD Warrior, and Navy SEAL Foundation.

Grilli sang the National Anthem for over 10,000 people at the 75th Annual Sturgis Rally for the Buffalo Chip’s Freedom Day and is a proud voting member of the Americana Music Association.

For more information about Brian Grilli, view his Electronic Press Kit (EPK):

  • Brian Grilli EPK

For booking information, contact Grilli’s label rep, Bobby Collins, at Spectra Music Group:


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.