The discovery of music as a means of self-expression came early for Brian Pharaoh. At just five years old, Brian scrawled his first song on the wide-ruled pages of a Big Chief notebook. Titled “When am I Gonna Get to Go Fishing,” it the youngster’s plea to his dad when Brian feared being left behind for a Sunday fishing trip. It was his first taste of songwriting magic and his heartfelt performance earned Brian passage onto his father’s boat.
Like the handful of unfortunate fish on Brian’s line, he was hooked. Years later, a seasoned music industry veteran encouraged Brian to continue honing his craft, and advised that “a song lived, is a song believed.” That bit of wisdom is ever present as Brian thoughtfully moves through life, treasuring the people, details, and experiences that become woven into the fabric of Pharaoh’s music.
Brian is not quite a newcomer to the Country Music scene. He released a debut CD, Getting’ My Feet Wet, in 2003, but life had other things in store. A military reservist, Brian’s platoon was activated, and he found himself headed to the Middle East. He’s been deployed multiple times and served eagerly. As he’d always done, Brian continued to fill notebooks with songs and ideas, and as his experiences increased, so too did the pages increase with his impressions about life.
Hailing from Pharaoh, Oklahoma; a small town named after his great grandfather, Brian grew up surrounded by cattle, hay fields, oil pumps and good people. “You could say that life is lived like a colorful, country song in my hometown,” Brian says.
“I just love life,” Brian says. “I love the outdoors, going fishing with my dad, I believe in justice and character. I love my country and I love people, and look out — I’m a big hugger!”
Brian has returned to the studio and is putting the final touches on a new album for 2016. Recorded in Nashville, the project includes the tongue-in-cheek single, “Sorry,” and like all of his songs, this one was inspired by real life. It’s not the same old breakup song. Instead, the lyrics reflect a relationship gone wrong for someone who really isn’t “sorry.”
“Well, I was hangin’ out with girl in college and she had this real nice truck,” Pharaoh explains. “One time, she loaned me her truck and some buddies and I went out a met some other girls. Needless to say, I ended up losing the girl … and the keys to a really sharp truck.”
Sometimes poignant, other times tinged with irony or outright humor, Brian Pharaoh writes songs that reflect a full and varied life; one that he lives with curiosity, care, and contagious enthusiasm.