Jonathan Bryant is sitting in a quiet, empty room on a wooden piano bench, moments before the show begins.
The sound of the crowd outside is creeping through the crack in the door while the ceiling is vibrating with their footsteps.
But the 23-year-old singer-songwriter isn’t showing any signs of anxiety. By the fervent smile on his face, it’s easy to see he’s eager to play his new songs to the 80 or so people filling the upper room at The Open Gate, a coffee house venue in Fall River, Nova Scotia.
Bryant’s journey to this point in his life is almost too good to be true. Earlier this year, he recorded some demo tracks with a friend in a local studio, put them up on a MySpace page and told some friends.
“Within three to four hours, a friend of mine from Calgary, Alberta, who works in a studio called Six Degree Studios contacted me and said, ‘Anytime you are able on a weekend, fly out to Calgary and I’ll give you free recording time,’” said Bryant. “I was blown away.”
The opportunity was too good to resist and so he packed his guitar, boarded a plane and headed out West for two weeks.
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