“The groove is the foundation of every song. My goal is to support the music and the artist with a solid groove and provide a strong foundation that will help the song excel.”
Hudson grew up in Clearwater, Florida and started playing drums at the age of 10. Like many others starting out, he banged on pots and pans and pillows until his parents bought him his first drum kit. In high school, Hudson studied privately with Jason Harnell (Maynard Ferguson) and played in the high school bands. After high school, he attended The University of South Florida School of Music for a year and a half where he divided his playing between jazz combos, the symphony orchestra and playing with local jazz musicians around Tampa. He later transferred to the University of Georgia and the music town of Athens, Georgia, which provided him with a rich diversity of music opportunities.
In 2000 Hudson moved to Atlanta, Georgia and immediately started playing and touring with various acts covering a variety of styles from jazz to blues to rock to country. In 2004, he was invited to audition for Capricorn Recording Artist Memory Dean who had gained national success with the release of 6 studio albums. Hudson landed the gig and has performed with Memory Dean as a member of the band ever since. In addition, Hudson has performed and continues to perform with a variety of other acts including soul/funk/blues band SOULHOUND, The Dave Mathews Cover Band, power pop singer Steve Baskin, smooth jazz artist MADOCA, country artist Thomas Tillman, R&B/Smooth Jazz band Momentum, Johnson Ferry Worship and many others.
As a studio musician, Hudson has become a go-to drummer for various artists, producers, engineers and songwriters. He has tracked drums on nearly 100 songs, some of which have received extensive radio airplay across the United States and well over one million digital streams on major digital media services in numerous countries around the world.
In August 2017, Hudson released his debut jazz/fusion album, NEXT LEVEL, worldwide. The album contains 8 original songs composed by Hudson and musician, composer and producer Randy Hoexter. Dodie Miller-Gould with LemonWire gave the album a great review and said, “The release is a must-listen for new and veteran jazz fans.” Contemporary Fusion Reviews calls Next Level, “A SUPERB jazz venture that gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.” The songs blend jazz, jazz/fusion, funk, and Latin with a contemporary jazz underpinning and feature some of the most talented musicians in the southeast. Since its release, NEXT LEVEL has gained attention from radio stations and listeners from all over the world including in the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and many more. The album peaked at #3 on the Roots Music Report Jazz Chart, #7 on the NACC Top 30 Jazz Chart and spent 9 weeks on Jazz Week’s Top 100 Chart and was on Jazz Week’s Biggest Gainer Chart.
Brian currently leads his jazz/fusion band Next Level, is a member of former Capricorn Record Artist Memory Dean and performs with various other artists covering a diverse mix of music. In addition, he is an active studio musician in Atlanta and also tracks drums remotely for artists around the world. Brian is on the Advisory Board for Georgia Music Partners and is a voting member of The Recording Academy. He plays and endorses Sakae Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Regal Tip Drumsticks and Headhunters Creations.