Brooks Maguire - singer/songwriter/guitarist

                                                         

                                                                                                                    Cover photography - Richard Marks

 

 

Brooks Maguire breathes new life into Americana music by summoning his Gulf Coast roots with that southern touch of gospel, rock, blues and country and possesses the versatility to perform a wide variety of music genres.  Born/raised in Texas, Louisiana into a family heritage of singing gospel in church combine with 30 years of living/performing in Hawaii, Brooks weaves together their histories into his uplifting music that exudes his spirit of optimism, hope, and faith born out of a life of overcoming life’s most difficult circumstances and challenges!  Brooks says, “It’s my utmost desire to touch the hearts and lives of my audience through well-crafted songs that offer a message of faith and encouragement to “press on” in the face of what life “throws” at you!”  Drawing inspiration to write/perform from listening to the music of Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, J.D. Souther, Eagles, Little Feat and a myriad of Texas singer/songwriters, Brooks began honing his craft early in his career in Austin TX.  Traveling throughout Texas/Louisiana, his audience grew as he showcased his versatility and engaging style both as a solo performer and as a frontman of his band.  Relocating to Maui in late ’87, Brooks rapidly became a featured performer on Maui's world renowned Front Street in the heart of historic Lahaina town and was soon performing throughout the Hawaiian islands.

Having independently released two CDs, "Dream Of A Girl" (1994) and "Pieces Of A Dream" (1999), Brooks signed a record deal with A.C.T Music Group - Nashville in 2013. His first Nashville recording, "The Road I Never Chose" debuted in 2014 and Brooks’ newest Nashville recording, "Comeback King", released in May 2016, were both co-written with Joe Beck and produced by Joe Beck/Jim Frazier.  Joe Beck, a veteran Nashville singer/songwriter/producer/record executive, amassed over 65 hit songs, over 780 cuts by major artists in Adult Contemporary, Rock, Country, Inspirational, Southern Gospel and Black Gospel markets garnering both prestigious Grammy and Dove Awards during his 40 year career!

Brooks’ Nashville releases showcase collaborations with a roster of legendary and iconic songwriters and musicians including Pop icon/guitar virtuoso, Phil Keaggy, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section member/former Bonnie Raitt guitarist - Will McFarlane, (recorded with Bobby Blue Bland, Little Milton, Etta James, Johnnie Taylor)  Brooks co-wrote with legendary multi-platinum songwriter, Bill Shore (wrote Garth Brooks' hit single, "Wild Horses", hits for George Strait, Charley Pride, Sawyer Brown, Porter Waggoner, Chris LeDoux, Vern Gosdin, Moe Bandy, Helen Cornelius, Stealing Angels) The incredible rhythm section consists of “A-list” Nashville session/touring musicians Duncan Mullins - bass, Steve Brewster - drums, (both played/toured with Amy Grant, Kenny Loggins, Paul Simon, Richard Marx, Kenny Rogers and hundreds of other legendary artists) Gordon Mote - piano (recorded with Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Gaither Vocal Band)  The amazing backup/harmony vocals of Drea Rhenee' (backup vocalist for Michael McDonald, Kathy Mattea), Wendy Moten (Kathy Mattea, Michael Bolton, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Al Jarreau) and Debi Selby (Don Henley, Reba McIntire, Michael McDonald, Michael W. Smith) contribute to the overall excellence of Brooks Maguire's Nashville projects!

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