Mike Brignardello has spent most of his adult life in the studios of Nashville, Tennessee playing bass for artists as diverse as:Blake Shelton
Tim McGraw Amy Grant
+ hundreds of others
Raised in Memphis and stepped in the rich musical tradition of the city he migrated to Nashville in 1983 and began a busy studio career recording ground breaking records with Christian artists Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, Stephen Curtis Chapman and others.
In 1988 he moved to Los Angeles and began a five-year stint with the rock band Giant, featuring Dann Huff. Giant released “Last of the Runaways” in 1989 on A&M records, and “Time to Burn” on Epic Records in 1992. They toured extensively in Europe and the US and had a top twenty hit with “I’ll See You In My Dreams” in 1990.
When Giant disbanded in 1993 Brignardello moved back to Nashville just in time for the explosion in country music. He played bass on scores of multi-platinum records, including “Breathe” Faith Hill, “Country Club” Travis Tritt, “Not A Moment Too Soon” Tim McGraw, “I Need You” LeAnn Rimes, “Hillbilly Deluxe” Brooks and Dunn, and dozens of others. Mike has been able to maintain a varied musical diet by working on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s latest record “Last of A Dying Breed”, released in 2013, former Tonic front-man Emerson Hart’s solo effort, “Cigarettes and Gasoline”, and Jewel’s 2009 release “Perfectly Clear”. He manages to stay in touch with his Memphis roots by gigging with his eight-piece soul band, Grooveyard, fronted by John Cowan.
In 2008 he reunited with Amy Grant for the ‘Lead Me On 2008’ tour, which led to the opportunity to co-produce and play bass on several songs on Grant’s record, “Somewhere Down the Road”, released in 2010 on EMI.
In 2010 Brignardello and founding Giant member drummer David Huff re-formed the band Giant and released “Promise Land” on Italy’s Frontiers Records. The 13 songs CD included two videos, one for the single “Promise Land”, and a making-of video diary. The new line up features Terry Brock (Strangeways) on vocals and John Roth (Winger) on guitars and vocals. “Making this record was exhilarating,” he said from his home studio where much of the record was made. “I love that style of melodic hard rock, and the new line-up kicked butt.” The CD has received excellent response so the possibility remains for another.
Brignardello remains in the thick of the Nashville studio scene, playing bass on records by Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Kip Moore, Luke Bryan and many others.
He ended 2013 playing for the annual sold-out Christmas tour with Amy Grant and Vince Gill.
When he’s not busy in the studio or on the road, Brignardello spends much of his time in his home studio creating bass tracks for clients all over the world.