“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.”
Atlanta, Georgia based drummer and studio musician Brian Hudson has been a first call drummer for both live and studio sessions for various artists for the past decade. He has performed hundreds of shows before tens of thousands of people covering a variety of genres including pop/rock, roots rock, jazz, contemporary jazz, singer/songwriter, blues, CCM, country, R&B, and funk.
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), played in the drum line, the stage band and with a local band. 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 where he played weekly with various artists.
In 2000 Hudson moved to Atlanta, Georgia and immediately started playing and touring with various acts such as The Dave Mathews Cover Band, Tonohoney and several blues artists. In 2004, he was invited to audition for former Capricorn Recording Artist Memory Dean who had gained national success with the release of 6 studio albums. Since then, he has performed and continues to perform with Memory Dean as a member of the band. In addition to Memory Dean, Hudson has performed with a variety of other acts including soul/funk/blues band SOULHOUND, power pop singer Steve Baskin, jazz/fusion artist MADOCA, country artist Thomas Tillman, R&B/Smooth Jazz band Momentum, with various contemporary jazz artists and others.
As a studio musician, Hudson has become a go-to drummer for various artists, producers, engineers and songwriters in the U.S. as well as across the globe. He has recorded drums on over 100 tracks for various artists including for pop singer Steve Baskin’s last two records, Naked and Dead Rock Star, which were produced by Glenn Matullo (John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, Indigo Girls) and Rich Herring (Little River Band) and James Harris’ debut EP, Seasons, which has received over 800,000 digital streams. Hudson has tracked drums on songs that have received extensive radio airplay across the United States and hundreds of thousands of digital streams on major digital media services in numerous countries including in the United States, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, Turkey and many more.
Hudson’s debut jazz/fusion album, NEXT LEVEL, was released August 18, 2017 worldwide. The album contains 8 original songs composed by Hudson and jazz/fusion musician, composer and producer Randy Hoexter. The songs blend jazz, jazz/fusion, funk, and Latin with a contemporary jazz underpinning and feature Randy Hoexter (Randy Hoexter Group) on keyboards and piano, Adam Nitti (Dave Weckl Band/Kenny Loggins/Carrie Underwood) on bass, Sam Skelton (Quincy Jones/Brian Bromberg) on saxophones, Melvin Jones (The Jacksons/Quincy Jones) on trumpet, Joe Reda (Larry Carlton/Earl Klugh) on bass and Trey Wright (Trey Wright Trio/Squat) on guitars. Already, NEXT LEVEL, has gained attention from radio stations and listeners from all over the world including in the U.S., Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Philippines, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The album hit several charts including #7 on the NACC Top 30 Jazz Chart and peaking at #5 on the Roots Music Report Jazz Chart.
Brian currently leads his jazz/fusion band Next Level, is a member of former Capricorn Record Artist Memory Dean, soul/funk band Soulhound 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.