Brent Burns was born in Oklahoma, raised in Arizona and arrived in Gulf Shores, Alabama in 1972. This son of the desert has become the poet laureate of the beach. In 2006, Burns was named “Official Music Ambassador of the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau.” In 2008, Burns won three awards in the first ever Trop Rock Music Awards. Burns won “Entertainer of the Year,” “CD of the Year (for “Ragtops and Flip Flops”)” and a special WAVE award for his charitable work through his Brent Burns Charitable Foundation.
Burns has been all over the national scene this year with his song and video, “Pain At The Pump.” After the video was posted on You Tube, CNN interviewed Burns and used the video in their special “4 Bucks! What’s Next? America’s Fuel Crisis.” This is Burns’ second time to tap into the American public’s anger over rising fuel costs. In response to the oil shortages of the 1970s and 80s, Burns wrote the hit song, “Cheaper Crude or No More Food.” The song sold 200,000 copies the day it was released and climbed the Billboard Charts after radio commentator Paul Harvey played it three times. It is the first and only song ever played in Harvey’s nearly 50 years of radio broadcasting.
Burns’ fame continued with appearances on Real People, The Mike Douglas Show, and Hee-Haw. Burns was featured on the front page of the Sunday New York Times Entertainment Section, as well as in articles appearing in the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Arizona Republic, Newsweek, US Magazine, and Billboard Magazine. Besides his Top 40 hit, “Cheaper Crude or No More Food,” Burns has had five other nationally charted records.
A twice wounded, Purple Heart winning combat veteran, Burns also has the distinction of being the first American entertainer to perform for troops overseas after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. In recent years, Burns’ musical career has taken him to Italy and Australia where his “Livin’ the Life” CD received so much airplay that Burns was asked to perform two concerts. All proceeds were given to the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) of Australia.
Burns’ philanthropic projects have continued throughout the years. A portion of his CD sales goes to charities including the American Cancer Society, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and Habitat for Humanity. Burns’ local Habitat affiliate built a home using the almost $10,000 Burns donated from CD sales. Burns’ Habitat tribute song, “Build Them A House,” is available for free download on his web site, www.brentburns.com. Burns’ newly formed Brent Burns Charitable Foundation is “a quick reacting charity for people in immediate need and to support other charities doing good work.” Including the foundation start up, Burns donated over $25,000 to charity in 2006 – 2007.
Brent’s impressive CD sales and songwriting skills continue to make him a highly sought after artist and performer. His schedule includes over 200 dates a year at corporate events, concerts, festivals and clubs.
For more information about Brent Burns visit his website at www.brentburns.com.