Currently finishing his upcoming debut album ‘Bionic' The multi-talented artist is a soundtrack sensation: “Come And Get It” was featured during end titles of the theatrical German release of Garfield 2: Tail of Two Kitties, as well as featured in the worldwide Fox DVD — And Brian has now been included as a bonus feature on The Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Siliver Surfer DVD with “WhatsitgonnaB? (I'm So Ready)” for release this Christmas.
‘Bionic' Will Also Feature An Urban Revamp Of “Champion,” The inspirational song Brian wrote as the theme for the 2005 Special Olympics Summer Games' televised opening ceremonies.
In a few months, when Brian Anthony's infectious, edgy dance/pop single “WhatsitgonnaB? (I'm So Ready)” is scaling the Billboard Dance charts and setting clubs afire nationwide, fans will no doubt be relating to the flirtatious overtures of the song's lyrics. But the track's subtitle also refers to the multi-talented singer, songwriter and performer's burgeoning career. After vast success overseas with his equally hot, attitude driven club track “Come And Get It” in 2006-07, the San Francisco area native is definitely about to explode stateside.
The spectacular rise of “Come And Get It” in Spain (where the single hit #13 on the country's Top 20 Singles Chart only two weeks after its release), Italy, Russia and South Africa began after the song was included over the end titles of Garfield 2: Tail of Two Kitties upon the film's release in Germany. Fox used portions of the track's promo video for a special World Cup promotion, and later included it as a bonus feature on the worldwide release of the film's DVD, which sold over two million copies worldwide; a European label quickly snatched up the song. Brian's breakthrough tune had good company; the film also featured platinum superstar artists like The Black Eyed Peas. Brian wrote “Come And Get It” with producer Big Ed Moore, well known for his dance remixes of hits by Paula Cole and Jewel.
Brian is keeping the music placement magic purring even as he puts the finishing touches on his upcoming debut album Bionic and gears up to create a DJ remix package of “WhatsitgonnaB? (I'm So Ready)” with a group of A-list mixers. The producers of the new summer blockbuster Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer considered using Brian's original pop version in the club scene of the film, but opted to go with a track by EVE (“Tamborine”) as well as Timbaland and The Pussycat Dolls. Once again, Brian finds his music standing up to the hitmakers of today and in very good company.
But come Christmastime, everyone who buys the film's DVD—or gets it as a stocking stuffer--is going to hear “WhatsitgonnaB? (I'm So Ready)” during a Bonus Feature wedding montage. Brian's name, credit and myspace link will also be prominently featured. More of his music is being tested in upcoming Fall/Winter major motion picture released by 20th Century Fox. Brian's inclusion in the last two FOX projects has catapulted him into the ranks of credible up and coming talent in the feature film music scene.
Brian's singles are fueled by undeniably sexy, upbeat urban/dance-pop cleverness, and his performances are driven by his matinee idol good looks, hot dance moves and rich, powerful vocals which put him on par with superstar masters of the genre like Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke and Daniel Bedingfield. Brian recently completed the old school electro pop track appropriately titled “Electricity”—the final song for Bionic .
“I will call the album Bionic because my music includes a cool, futuristic techno quality and coloring yet its got organic percussion and old school hip-hop beats at the same time,” he says. “My music pulls inspiration from several different genres, pop, old school hip hop and R&B, and also has a fun 80's quality to it. People used to know me as the ‘ballad king,' and I definitely include the simplicity of romantic songs or tearjerkers like ‘Time And Space' but overall, my goal was to make more of an upbeat sounding album.
“The title Bionic not only refers to the record's big beats and strong production and depth of songwriting, but the almost superhuman-like qualities it takes to be in the music business these days,” adds Brian. “I'm literally the ‘DIY' poster guy in the POP world and am tackling this very competitive end of the business regardless of how many hundreds of people tell me it's impossible for anyone to succeed because the industry is falling apart. My goal as a writer, performer and producer is to move people, either by making them get up and dance or by touching their hearts— if I accomplish that, my job Is done.”
A track from Bionic sure to do the latter is Brian's new urban-flavored version of “Champion,” which he wrote a few years ago as the theme song of the 2005 Special Olympics Summer Games. The inspirational song was later released on iTunes, where it caught the attention of corporate giant Wal-mart; Wal-mart licensed the ballad and used it in a campaign for its worldwide internal company conferences designed to motivate employees and revamp their global image.
“I've always felt a connection to the Special Olympics organization because I've always admired its athletes for their great accomplishments even through facing what can seem like insurmountable adversity,” says Brian. “From the time I was very young, I used to assist kids born with massive disabilities during my free time in the summer. I approached the Special Olympics organization in the hopes of donating money from some other projects I was working on. They then took notice of my music and asked me to write an anthem and perform it at their special torch lighting ceremony. This was my very first performance for thousands of spectators and athletes alike. Then in 2006, they had me sing the national anthem at their Winter Games Opening Ceremony. The song is all about taking action. Those athletes have inspired me so much on my journey in this crazy business that I wanted to honor and inspire them just as they have inspired greatness in me. To me, they are all champions.”
Brian's been an unstoppable musical force since he was a kid himself, playing popular radio hits on the piano by ear and spending all the money he earned working part time at the local yogurt shop to fund his first studio recordings at age 13. After winning a spot on NBC's Saturday morning show Name Your Adventure, he found himself writing a song on the spot with BoyzIIMen in front of news cameras, journalists and network execs. The resulting tune “Save Me From The Pain” aired across the country and solidified Brian's rep as a promising young pop songwriter. Now, after a promising start his solo career in Europe, he's coming full circle and aiming for a multi-pronged musical launch here in the States, starting with films, clubs, the dance charts and eventually, Billboard's Hot 100.
“I'm going the dance remix route with ‘WhatsitgonnaB? (I'm So Ready)' as a springboard and a promotional platform to stand on, as part of an exciting grass roots strategy,” Brian says. “A lot of the most popular music out there originally comes from the underground, and I'm enjoying the challenge of working my way up. I've been working for this my entire lifetime, and I want to show people that if you believe in yourself and remain positive in your mind, you can succeed no matter what the odds. It's all about digging deep, embracing the struggle and following your passion. My father always said, ‘if you want something done and done right—DO IT YOURSELF.'”