Brett Dennen, Hope for the Hopeless Brett Dennen has recently released Hope for the Hopeless, his second album, following the break-through album, So Much More. Hope for the Hopeless features and electric take on the established touring musician's narrative-rich writing and pop, folk, rock and Afro-Caribbean sounds. It will also feature appearances from Australia's own Missy Higgins, as well as Nigerian afro-beat star Femi Kuti. With his rapid success Brett has evolved into one of today's most promising live performers.
Hope for the Hopeless was recorded at the Village Recorder Studios in Los Angeles with multi-platinum producer John Alagia, who is responsible for artists such as John Mayer and Ben Lee. Brett cites inspiration ranging from Fela Kuti to Joni Mitchell to The Rolling Stones.
Dennen's early 2008 release So Much More was a break-through success that prompted Rolling Stone to name him as one of their Artists to Watch in 2008. He has performed on many shows including Jay Leno. He was called "a folk rock revelation" by The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly enthused, "He is a big talent with a fresh face and an old soul".
Brett has had songs featured in episodes of 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Scrubs' and 'House'. Brett joined John Mayer's 2008 Summer Tour as one of the opening acts.
The six foot four former camp counselor from Northern California seems an unlikely front man- with is long red hair, trademark headband and guitar held high on his frame, he nonetheless radiates confidence and ease in his own skin. His smooth sounds are in stark contrast to his persona and the combination of wit and sentiment amount to a captivating performance. As the audience grows, Brett remains the folky, soulful, witty and insightful artist that first captured hearts in California.
The album's first single, Make You Crazy, is a deceptively infectious song featuring Femi Kuti. The music is almost jazz combined with funky beats that create such a contagious rhythm that makes you want to shimmy with its big bold feel.