Hi Briana, welcome to VQS!
Tell us a little bit about you and your music.
Briana Cash is a well established award-winning singer-songwriter involved in the music industry for over 15 years. She is a voting member of The Recording Academy, SAG-AFTRA, Guild of Music Supervisors. Also a member of The Society of Composers and Lyricists, The Alliance for Women Film Composers and The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Her main styles as a performer are Jazz, Pop / Adult Contemporary, R&B and Adult Alternative, similar to artists such as Norah Jones, Sade, Amy Winehouse and Sting. Briana is an advocate for many charities, human rights, animal welfare, the environment (global warming and climate change), BLM, No Kid Hungry, Breast Cancer and more. She recorded three Public Service Announcements for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She licensed her award-winning song, “Take a Walk With Me” to Susan G. Komen as a donation for use in their 2010 National Campaign. “Take a Walk With Me” is on a short list of approved licensed songs with artists such as Melissa Etheridge. She is a Berklee College of Music Alumni Ambassador and a TA for their Berklee Online Music Business Foundations course through Coursera.org. Briana enjoys collaborating with artists, producing, composing for TV/Film and working in music licensing. She worked on a TV documentary series, Wineram as a composer and music supervisor on Amazon Prime. Briana’s song, “Cranberry Lake” is in the award-winning film, ‘Aga’. Written and directed by Milko Lazarov and produced by Veselka Kiryakova. Bulgaria’s submission into the 2020 Oscars best international feature category and had the honor of working with award winning composer Penka Kouneva.
Chris Wirsig is an award-winning composer, songwriter and producer, who enjoyed classical training on piano and saxophone, studied audio engineering at SAE Technology College, and has more than 20 years experience in music production. Chris is a Grammy Voting Member, as well as a member of the Society Of Composers and Lyricists, for which he also served as LA Administrator for two years. His music can be heard in games like the acclaimed Top Ten iPad game “Alien Tribe 2,” the multiple award-winning short movies “Intervention,” “20 Matches,” “Cat Dexx: Inkosi,” and “Trick Of The Old Cat,” the comedy feature film “39 And A Half,” and in numerous TV shows on ABC, E!, MTV, Fox Sports, Audience Network/Direct TV, and others. Current and upcoming projects include music for the pilot for a tech-horror web series, “Glitch,” an LGBTQ+ animated comedy series, and a charity project with an orchestral cover version of Depeche Mode’s “People Are People,” a project with 36 musicians and singers, benefitting several organizations fighting for justice and equality, arranged and produced solely by Chris. Briana and Chris are working on new music together and separately. Please visit Briana‘s and Chris’s websites, subscribe to their mailing list for updates and check them out on social media!
Congrats on the release!
What was your inspiration for this new single?
Release Date 6/18/2021. Chris Wirsig and I decided to work on some tunes together. We were kicking around a few ideas and themes. We decided to write a fun retro, summer themed tune. I’m a person who visualizes. When I was writing the lyrics and melody of the song, I visualized myself or how anyone else might relate to the song.
Driving down the coast, free, laid back summer vibes. Just a happy feel good tune.
I don’t know about you, but it has definitely been a pretty stressful year for me and many people. Sometimes we just need warm fuzzies as a distraction. I was on the east coast when writing this. Chris and I would work remotely via email and zoom.
I would visualize being back in California driving down the PCH in Malibu in an old convertible soaking up the sea air, atmospheric beauty of the coast, basking in the sun.
We would like to see it used for summer themed scenarios and have people listen to the song and add it to their summer playlists if they feel inclined. 🙂
What is your favorite part of this song?
Briana: The free-ness of the tune. I love summer. It’s my favorite season and I really love living in California and am genuinely a happy person. I like the dark elements to it as well though. We were aiming for a chill Lana Del Rey vibe.
Chris: The great thing for me, writing and producing it, was that we both were open for experiments, something I always enjoy when working on music. The song has this easy summer vibe, but still holds some quirkiness, a happy feeling with maybe just a little hint of melancholy in it, brought in by the slightly detuned strings.
Anything else we should know about it? Future releases? Upcoming events?
Briana: I’m currently working on new music to be released later this year and involved with some other interesting projects. Below some links to my ongoing situation with Interscope Records. More updates on that to come, it’s a soap opera!
I love making music, being creative, helping others and giving back. I recently shot a PSA for ‘Statement’, an advocacy media company, aims to help push public opinion to help pass H.R.1280 – George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 with the launch of its social spot, “Bad Apples.” It was written and directed by Foley Ellis Ibidapo. (Repped by CAA & LAIR) Inspired by Chris Rock’s comedy sketch “Cops and Bad Apples”. You can view the PSA here. “Bad Apples” PSA #MakeAStatement #BadApples #ContactYourSenators www.ourstatement.org I am also launching my new website www.brianacashphotography.com later this summer.
The real Briana Cash is currently in a legal battle with Interscope Records over her birth and trademarked name. It’s a similar situation to what Lady A (Anita White) is going through with the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum. Briana and Anita (The Real Lady A) have even forged a friendship.
“We both have common law and priority rights. But in my case, this is my birth name and I’m trademarked. Interscope signed an artist that took my name without permission and they keep infringing on my mark when they have been told to stop, repeatedly…” There is actually a lot more to this, but it’s a separate story in itself. My story is actually being written now. They say my life has been a roller coaster Netflix series since I moved to LA a few years ago.
Women Who Rock
What If Someone Tries To Take Your Name?
Interview with The Women’s International Music Network
Chris: I’m currently working on several short film scores, as well as some TV stuff, and there are a few more singles and albums lined up for release later this year.