Monday, March 30, 2009

The Brights are charting high today!

Hey folks,

Thanks to so many of you checking out our new tunes, we actually reached the #1 spot on ReverbNation's "Folk Music" charts for the area (#88 nationally). Not quite winning a Juno, but we'll take it! :-)


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sneak preview of "Live Love Dream" now online

Hello again!

We just wanted to let you know that a "sneak preview" of the title track from "Live Love Dream" is now available for your listening pleasure. We'll be putting a couple more songs up soon, but that's all you get for now. :-)

You can listen via our website at, or you can go directly to the source, and visit If you feel so inclined, sign up as a fan there -- we'll be putting some fan-exclusive tracks up next week.

Preview CDs will be available to the media this week -- please contact us for a copy.

Now that the CD is out of our hands (gulp!), we'll be re-vamping (aw, who are we kidding? -- VAMPING!) the website and other such chores that have fallen by the wayside. We'll keep you posted! And if you just can't get enough of our ramblings, you can follow our new blog at

Don't forget the May 3 CD Release party at Hugh's Room! 2:00 pm, $14 in advance, $16 at the door, visit or call 416-531-6604 for reservations (they've got a fabulous Sunday brunch menu!).

Don and Alyssa

Saturday, March 28, 2009

It is done!

Yes, folks, the mastering happened this afternoon, and the final disc was delivered to our manufacturer at 4:30pm. It's completely out of our hands now -- have yet to decide whether that's a good or bad thing!

We'll be getting a couple of samples up for you shortly.

But first... a long-awaited nap!


Friday, March 27, 2009

Off to mastering

Hi folks!

Those of you who know me are probably very surprised I'm up at this hour, but... Don just left for Toronto, with our final mixes in hand. He's taking them to Phase One for final mastering by George Seara (he's mastered all our recent CDs), then will be dropping off the final package at our manufacturer's. Yahoo! Is it really over?!?

Well, no... the recording part's over. Now the PR kicks into high gear. Which is probably why I couldn't get back to sleep after Don left -- brain's just a-whirring!

We'll have our own mastered copy later today, so any of you media types who want a preview, let me know, and I'll get it in the post for Monday. In the meantime, I'll be designing posters, re-vamping press kits, and... ugh... finally getting around to re-hauling the website.

But first, COFFEE!


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Update - CD news and Eastern travels

Hello everyone!

It’s been busy-busy-busy around here, but we’ve got some exciting news about the new CD, a mini-tour announcement for our April trip out east, and a request for help in filling in some gaps. Forget saving the best ’til last, we’ll give it to you right up front:


We’ve been hiding in the studio for what seems like forever, but we’re thrilled to announce that our debut CD “Live Love Dream” will be heading into manufacturing tomorrow. The official CD release will be Sunday, May 3, 2:00-4:00 pm at Hugh’s Room in Toronto — we’ll be sending out more details to Toronto-area folks about the show soon, and they’ll also be up on our website ( We’ll be getting audio samples up on the website shortly, and will have preview copies available for the media later this weekend. As soon as we have copies in hand, we’ll be announcing how you can take them off our hands!


Before all the CD Release hullabaloo, though, there are a few other shows we’d like to tell you about. We’ll have some “sneak preview” copies of the new CD for eager easterners!

Thursday, April 9 — Perth, ON — The Crown Pub & Restaurant
We’ll be playing from 6:30 - 10:00, and there’s no cover
Music by Alyssa Wright, Don Bray, and The Brights
Come for The Crown’s candlelight steak night, or just join us for a drink or two and an evening of entertainment.

Saturday, April 11 — Sussex, NB — The Broadway Cafe
Show starts at 7:30, tickets are $12
73 Broad Street, Sussex, NB
Reservations are recommended, (506) 433-5414 or
This is a new venue and city for us, so if you’re in the area, please come and say hi!

Saturday, April 18 — Halifax (Boutilier’s Point), NS — House Concert
An intimate evening at Anne and Arch’s
Show starts at 7:00, tickets are $15
Contact for reservations.

Sunday, April 19 — Fredericton, NB — Crumbs Cafe
Show starts at 8:00, tickets are $8
551 King St., Fredericton, NB
Call 506-472-8106 for directions and details.

VENUE SEARCH — Nova Scotia, Quebec

As you can see in the schedule above, we’ve still got a fair amount of “free time” available. We’ll be staying with family in Halifax during that stretch, and while it’s always nice to visit with the family… you know us, we love to play!!! So if you have a hankering to host a house concert, or have a coffee house or listening room venue, we’d love to hear from you!

We’re specifically looking for opportunities in Nova Scotia (anywhere in the province) Tuesday, April 14 through Thursday April 16.

We’d also be happy to find en-route engagements (or even a friendly couch to sleep on ) in La Belle Province on Friday, April 10 (yes, that’s Good Friday — no, we’re not holding our breath!) and Monday, April 20. If the 20th works out, we’d also be looking for something Ottawa-ish on Tuesday, April 21.

Yes, we realize this is late notice, but figured it didn’t hurt to ask! Now that we’re no longer recording-obsessed, we promise to plan better next time. :-)

We’ll let you know about the CD as soon as it arrives. In all our spare time (?!?), we will also (finally!) be giving our website a major overhaul, so stay tuned!

Don and Alyssa

The Brights
Don Bray and Alyssa Wright - Soulful roots music, tinged with blues, gospel, and a touch of gypsy spirit