TSR: Where are you from originally and what sort of things were you into growing up?
Gregory Bratton: I am from a little town called Fairdale, West Virginia. Like most boys, I enjoyed playing sports and trying to meet girls!
TSR: How did you get started in the music business?
Gregory Bratton: I got the recording bug early. I got a Yamaha 4-track in 1989 I literally wore out. My mother had a Clavinova keyboard you could program chord progressions into. The whole concept of music theory was fascinating to me. I went to college where I learned how to arrange music and I did that for pay at my church for awhile. Now, I have released an album I have dreamed about doing forever and here I am to promote it.
TSR: How long have you been doing what you are doing now?
Gregory Bratton: I started piano at 7 or 8. Quit after a short time and picked it back up when I was 12. A year later I got a guitar and that became my primary instrument.
TSR: Who were some of your musical influences?
Gregory Bratton: I was big into the L.A. glam metal scene of the 80s, bands like Motley Crue, Kiss, Poison, etc. Now I am more partial to the songwriting types, Billy Joel, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, John Denver and others.
TSR: For those who may not have heard you before, how would you describe your music?
Gregory Bratton: My “unique identifier” I came up with is…insert drum roll…Modern Christian Outlaw Recording Artist. Hopefully, that’s intriguing enough to get you to press play!
TSR: What would you say that most of your songs are about?
Gregory Bratton: The life of a Christian. The joys, the struggles, even secular things that are a part of life. I want to show unbelievers we love them and tell other Christians that none of us have arrived yet!
TSR: What are your feelings toward Christians listening to secular music?
Gregory Bratton: I had a youth worship leader who told me once that he was led to lead worship with songs that ministered to people’s heart, not their soul or flesh. He was probably right, especially in a praise and worship setting…but…At the same time, I was purposefully trying to figure out how to write songs that sucked you in soulishly and then attempt to minister after you were “hooked”. I had to go back to God and see if I was correctly following His lead on this. After praying about the issue, I believe God told me that He made the soul and flesh too, and that it was fair game to go after to win the hearts of mankind. So, that being said, I often listen to music which is powerfully crafted in soul-catching! Tell me the bassline from “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen isn’t catchy? That bass line could have saved people if used for the Glory of God!!!
TSR: How has God been working in your life lately? What things has He been teaching you?
Gregory Bratton: The most recent observation I received from the Lord involved the temptation of Jesus at the conclusion of His 40 day fast. First of all, the temptations the devil used proved Jesus was not born of sin like ordinary man. How can I say that? Because Jesus ultimately did everything Satan was trying to make Him do, but under the authority of the Father. Jesus escaped being thrown off a cliff, miraculously created bread, and He now has the kingdoms of the world under His rule. He got everything Satan tempted Him with, but on God’s timetable and in His way.
TSR: What is the most important thing that you would like people to take away from your music or live shows?
Gregory Bratton: Well, salvation, of course! Why set bait if you don’t want to catch fish?
TSR: What is your favorite bible verse?
Gregory Bratton: I like John 10:10 because it clearly defines where good and evil comes from. “A thief Satan is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I Jesus came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
TSR: What things do you like to do in your spare time?
Gregory Bratton: I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family and playing chess every now and then.
TSR: Who is your favorite Christian artist?
Gregory Bratton: I don’t know who my favorite artist is, but the best Christian album ever in my opinion would be “The Michael W. Smith Project”.