Brian Walton is an American Country, Country-Rock and Blues, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, engineer, and producer best known for his highly publicized 1989-1993 USO tour performances with The Bellamy Brothers, The Mavericks, Dwight Yoakum, Vassar Clements, Willie Nelson, Joe Diffie, and Johnny Paycheck. Brian is a member of the Songwriters Guild of America and ASCAP.
Brian, who studied at Juilliard (1980-1983), became a part-time staff writer for A&R Records (later Capitol Records) in 1983 creating jingles for Maybelline, Baskin Robbins, and Pan American Airlines among others. During his tenure at A&R Records, Brian's talents were featured in over 200 recordings which included collaborations with Burt Bacharach (Arthurs Song), Liza Minnelli (Cabaret), Peter Tosh (Wanted Dread & Alive), and many more.
After serving in the Army, Brian moved to Germany in 1987 and worked alongside Producers Thomas Schmitt-Zijnen, Thomas Paul Korge, and David Bell at the Dolphin Studios in Mörfelden, Germany. There Brian perfected his skills as an engineer while collaborating with such Artists as Michael Sadler (Saga), Canned Heat, and The Frankfurt Rock Orchestra. In addition to his USO performances, Brian also performed with local Country Bands Bakersfield and Westend at festivals and concerts that took him all over Europe until returning to the US in 2000.
While in Germany, Brian released his first Album Made in the Shade (1993 - Sony Records) which produced three Top-10 Billboard chart hits and kicked off his solo career. After returning stateside, Brian went on a wildly successful nationwide tour in 2006 of 14 cities which resulted in the celebrated Made in the Shade Live! Album (2007).
Since then, Brian has released 9 more Albums and Singles all of which have been featured on the Billboard Top-100 charts, on TV, and in major motion pictures.
Brian has been awarded Country Artist of the Year (1993, 1997), Band/Group of the Year (1994), Male Vocalist of the Year (1991), and Most Versatile Musician three years in a row (1996, 1997, 1998) by the GCMA.