BRIAN MINSHEW hails from Chattanooga TN and began singing at an early age. He has since honed his vocal skills singing at the Station House and has performed at the annual Riverbend Festival. Brian has also performed locally with the Sterchi Brothers...
BRIAN MINSHEW hails from Chattanooga TN and began singing at an early age. He has since honed his vocal skills singing at the Station House and has performed at the annual Riverbend Festival. Brian has also performed locally with the Sterchi Brothers Band and appeared on Michelle Holder’s album “Heartfelt.” His duet with Michelle, titled “Love Until”, garnered radio airplay in Austria and throughout Europe. In 2005 Brian teamed up with fellow performer Kesia King to win the best duet of the year for the Chattanooga area. In 2007, Brian signed a recording contract with Backyard Records and released his first single, a cover of the Traffic classic “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.” Immediately following that release, serious work began on Brian’s debut album “Notes on the Human Condition.” The album was produced by longtime friend Michelle Holder and Michael “Goose” Goodrich who has worked with the likes of James Brown, Razzy Bailey, and The Manhattans.
Starring Shawnee by Shawnee Outlook September 19, Shawnee will be featured in R&B Artist Brian Minshew’s music video for the song Take Me to Heart on his album Notes on the Human Condition (Backyard Records). Shawnee resident...
Starring Shawnee by Shawnee Outlook September 19, Shawnee will be featured in R&B Artist Brian Minshew’s music video for the song Take Me to Heart on his album Notes on the Human Condition (Backyard Records). Shawnee resident Monte Wilson, of Wilson Art Media, directed and produced the film in downtown Shawnee with the cooperation of local business owners and the city.
Starring in the video are a few names and places you might recognize. Rita Sloan of KIRC Radio played a homeless person, and Theresa Cody of Uncommon Threads and her son Jared Cody were extras. “It was fun. We just had a good time and it was just something different to do after work. I’ve never seen anyone film anything before so it was amazing to see that happen and to see Monte’s work,” said Theresa Cody. Dean Akin and the staff at Sunbelt Heating and Air Conditioning were also among cast and crew. Sergeant Mason Wilson, Monte’s brother, played an officer. Wilson hired his camera crew out of Oklahoma City and professional actors were cast for the critical roles but he relied steadily on several local businesses for assistance in setup and production. “The cooperation I received was just amazing,” said Wilson.
He first heard about Brian’s music from the album producers Michael Harris and Michelle Holder. Several years ago Wilson and Holder worked together at The Station House, a famous restaurant that features live music performances in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They kept in touch and when Holder spotted talent, she insisted Wilson hear the album for a possible video. “The minute I heard the song, I saw it play in my mind like a movie and I knew I had to do it.”
The video’s storyline couldn’t be more relevant with troubles facing the nation. Brian Minshew portrays a man who loses his job, his home and finally his family. As a last resort, he seeks shelter in an alley among a homeless community who shun him until the mother hen of the flock, played by Lori Lynne Cross, who takes him under her wing and helps him. Monte Wilson didn’t want to give too much away about how it ends but he admits it’s not a fairytale. “I gave it a little bit of a twist from what people might think of when they first hear the song. The typical story is if you lose everything or have a run of bad luck, it’s human nature to want everything to go back the way it was before. That’s not life, except in the movies. Movies are great but I wanted something a little more realistic. Life can come at you very quickly. Sometimes you don’t have any choice in that. Where you do have a choice, is how you handle it, how you survive what you’ve been dealt. I think the key is to believe in yourself while knowing you’re not alone and someone else out there believes in you too. “It only takes one random act of kindness to make a difference.”
Wilson hopes the video’s message of believing in someone’s potential and helping others will inspire people. “I’m from the old school of doing unto others as you would have then do unto you, the philosophy of ‘paying it forward.’ We see enough of what’s wrong with the world on the news. What I wanted to show, what I’ve always wanted to show are the things that are right.”
The video was filmed at several locations in town, showing the home he lived in, the family he lost and the job that failed him. Viewers will recognize an area home, KIRC’s building and the alley behind Uncommon Threads where the homeless scenes were shot.
Wilson is a man with many talents. He has worked as a professional actor, photographer, director, producer and graphic designer. Having a hand in everything over the years has provided him with insight to all processes in filming which is his true passion. He has made appearances in The Killer Inside Me, Pearl, The Interview, and Star-Crossed. He worked behind the scenes in Venom and Drifting, as well as commercials and reality television, Deal or No Deal and Glutton for Punishment, (The Food Network).
A music video is no small undertaking. From concept to filming it took about two months, although he said the project came together quickly, it’s a lot of work. Casting, the crew, cameramen, lighting, makeup artist, set production and location scouting are just a few things to pull together for one weekend of filming. Wilson had to break down the song beat by beat so that the timing of each scene and each moving moment is perfectly captured. Cuing the rain, sound, lights and actors right on time is critical but capturing emotion is everything. “I told Brian, ‘I want you to sing this, like you are on stage and the whole town is your audience; get into it,’ and he did. He really felt it. It’s a powerful song with a great message.”
When asked why he chose Shawnee as the location Wilson said, “Why not? We have everything here that any other place has and more. My work has been everywhere, all over the world and it really doesn’t matter where I am. I can do the same thing from anywhere especially with technology and the internet making it a lot easier. I think Shawnee is charming. The town has character and the people are incredible. I came here from Florida where I lived for several years and it’s just amazing the talent we have here and the caliber of work people are capable of right here in Oklahoma. People think that you have to be from somewhere else. I had my options. I could have shot the video in Tennessee, Dallas or Tulsa but I chose Shawnee. I am so proud of everyone who had a part in this.”
Wilson said the message of the song kept playing into real life as Shawnee residents who never considered participating as an actor or production assistant came to realize their own talents. “There are a lot of people who have so much potential who never get the opportunity. If you believe in someone even when they don’t believe in themselves and give them the opportunity, they’re going to shine.”
Wilson plans to have a screening in Shawnee for the cast, crew, their family and friends. The video will be released at Brian Minshew’s concert this month in Chattanooga, Tennessee before it reaches networks.