Massive success and its aftermath have sent many artists into oblivion, forever trying to recapture the moment when the world ﬁrst bowed at their feet. That moment came for Brian Vander Ark when, as the lead singer and principal songwriter for The Verve Pipe, he sold more than 3 million albums worldwide and produced a string of hit singles, including the #1 song “The Freshmen.”
More than just the frontman, Vander Ark was its literal and ﬁgurative voice, providing the creative spark and writing songs that gave the band its devoted following. Although the songs were cast in the style of the era, they remain singular and special. His gift is one of tremendous storytelling clarity expressed through melodies and rhythms that are unique, riveting, intensely personal and entirely gripping.
Rather than blindly attempt to reclaim a throne that was ﬂeeting at best, the Michigan native struck out on his own, sold all his possessions, hit the road and released his acclaimed debut solo CD, Resurrection, in 2005. This inspired collection of original songs recalls an era when artists were not afraid to express their hearts direction and soul’s design. Vander Ark continued that commitment with the release of his follow-up solo CD, Angel, Put Your Face On, and on his next effort, the eponymously titled Brian Vander Ark. This album, released in early 2008, was produced by legendary producer Bill Szymczyk (The Eagles, The Who.) Both earnest and reﬂective, this music once again takes an intimate look at life while exploring themes of family, love and loss. Brian returned to the studio with Bill Szymczyk for another solo album, Magazine, which critics say “is filled with true love, positivity, and renewal” and called it “a sonic beauty.”
His journey has resulted in a lyrical, engrossing collection of songs wrought from an experience that many have dreamed of but few have faced. On the way, Brian rediscovered his love for performing and now revels in a freedom that few can claim as he travels the road playing his songs and connecting with audiences.
Each summer, Brian tours the country on what he calls the Lawn Chairs And Living Rooms Tour, in which he plays the homes and backyards of his ever faithful fans. He believes in bringing the music straight to the people. The tour has been an enormous success, playing up to three or four shows a day in the summertime.
Brian (with his band The Verve Pipe) toured the US and Europe with Kiss.