Growing up, Curtis Braly, like most kids, had three major, pie in the sky dreams. For Braly the dreams were to be an entertainer, a police officer and a pilot. However, unlike most Braly had the determination and sticktoitiveness to achieve all of these three major dreams. Straight out of high school Braly moved to Nashville to chase down his first dream of being an entertainer. However, Braly was slightly overwhelmed by the sheer volume of talented people chasing down the same dream as him, so Braly decided to step away and join the police force and later Braly, just for fun, decided to become a pilot as well. However, after a short hiatus, Braly realized he wasn’t yet done with his musical career and so Braly returned to music, beaming with confidence and ready to find his place in the industry.
Recently, we had the chance to chat with Braly about his new single “That Should Be Me”, his time as a police officer and so much more
It seems your love for music started early in life. What would you say led to you getting hooked so early in life?
My family listened to music all the time. We didn’t have much money growing up so entertaining ourselves with music at home became common. I used to hang a sheet between the living room & hallway opening; that I used as my stage curtain. You could find me on most nights entertaining my family. Then, in the 8th grade I performed in my school’s talent show. I won 1st place and got a standing ovation from my peers. That was a huge moment of validation for me. I was picked on by most of those same kids every day and to see that I FINALLY did something that they would applaud instead of criticize was a huge moment. I knew then that that was my calling and that’s how I could connect with people.
After pursuing this musical dream you decided to pull away for a while and attend the police academy. What made you decide to do that?
Growing up there were three things that I always wanted to be. One was an entertainer. The other two were a police officer and a pilot. Right out of high school I moved to Nashville for the first time and learned real fast that the competition of talent was fierce! So, I decided I better have a back up plan just in case a career in entertainment didn’t work out. That back up plan was to become a police officer. I also later got my pilot’s license; more for fun than anything.
What lessons did you learn in your time away from music that you still keep with you as you chase down your musical dreams once again?
As a police officer I learned two important things. First, I had to learn how to deal with a variety of different people, personalities, opinions, etc… As you can imagine, that has become a great skill in the entertainment business. Secondly, I learned that overall people are good. Sometimes they make mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance. I try to remember that in dealing with all aspects of my life & career.
You’ve had the opportunity to perform alongside legends such as Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker and others. What do those experiences mean to you?
Oh man…they mean everything. Those moments have been the highlights of my life. If I never sing another song or perform on another stage, those are memories that I’ll carry with me forever. They are accomplishments that I’m very proud of. Those artists also taught me valuable lessons. They taught me the importance of work ethic, the power of persistence & how every opportunity that you get to walk on stage in front of a packed auditorium should be valued & appreciated.
Can you tell us the story behind your upcoming single “That Should Be Me”?
I was looking for a song that would tell a story that everyone could relate to. We’ve all been in a situation at some point where we see someone that we find attractive and wish we could get with them. What I liked about this song is it did not reference any gender pronouns which allowed for everyone, regardless of orientation, to relate to the story.
What’s next for you? Is the plan for “That Should Be Me” to be a part of a bigger project?
Yes! We spent all of our COVID time off working on & creating new music. I’ve got so many things launching this year from new music to a new movie that I acted in and created music for. I wanted to hit the ground running as things started opening back up post COVID and that’s exactly what I’m doing.
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