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Bryce Vine at The Shelter, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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We were introduced to Bryce Vine via "The Glee Project" on Fox. But that was SO 2011.

During the intervening years the California-raised son of actress Tracey Ross -- a singer, rapper and songwriter -- attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and then struck out on his own, releasing his first EP in 2014 and also collaborating with the likes of G-Easy, Zak Downtown, Crankdat and others. Last year Vine (nee Ross-Johnson) hit pay dirt with his single "Drew Barrymore," which was a Top 20 hit on Billboard's Pop and Rhythmic Songs chart and has set up his forthcoming debut album, "Carnival," which is due out this summer...

• Vine has not heard from the real Drew Barrymore, but he says his single is intended as a compliment. "I just went into it trying to write a romantic song that didn't focus on looks -- which turned out to be way harder than I thought it would be. So for a long time I wasn't sure what it was going to be, then on my phone I found some voice memos from (singer) Julia Michaels from three years ago where she was singing, 'You’re the next Drew Barrymore, and I want more.' I was like, 'Damn, that's dope...' so I Frankensteined it with what I had and got the song I was looking for, and it turned out to be a great way for people to find the rest of my (music)."

• Vine, 30, says that he's still surprised by the success he's having now. "For so long I just was trying to get the music out there; Even when we play a show now and I know people are going to end up coming, I still have that weird feeling of, 'What if no one shows up?,' just from having experienced it for years. So it's weird, but it makes it exciting every single time. I've had one song that got all the attention, and people are showing up and they know ALL the songs. That's crazy."

• Vine's next single is called "La La Land" and due out soon -- with an audience stoked by "Drew Barrymore" waiting for it. "It started as kind of a joke. Me and someone I write with a lot were taking about the kinds of conversations you have with girl, especially in L.A., and making fun of houses in the (Hollywood) Hills and going to clubs every night of the week. It turned into kind of a bop and we worked more on it and kind of figured out it was an anthem, in a way. Some of the radio guys have already told me they've pick it up, which is crazy 'cause it's still a month away from coming out."

Bryce Vine performs Thursday, Feb. 14, at The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors at 6 p.m. Sold out. 313-833-6358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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