Songwriter Brendan James: My Must-Have for Making Music

Singer-songwriter Brendan James, who  is releasing his self-titled album in September, told Niteside he can't write a song without sitting at a piano.

“When [the song] hits me, I have to find a piano quickly and get as much creativity out in that time span and then it leaves me,” James said Thursday at the VH1 Save the Music benefit at Bowlmor Lanes in Gramercy. “I can find inspiration anywhere, but I have to be at a piano to write.”

The Los Angeles-based crooner will have his music featured on the trailer for the upcoming Reese Witherspoon and Jack Nicholson flick "How Do You Know." 

"I'm really happy about it," the up-and-comer said.

James, who said he has been compared to Ryan Adams and Elton John, isn't sure how to classify his music but hope it resonates with fans.

“I don’t know how to classify my own music,” James said. “I guess it’s pop music with hopefully some meaning. That’s the goal.”

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