Located in the central part of Georgia, the town of East Dublin has a population of just a little over two thousand people. However, the town had more than enough to capture the imagination of a young Scott Brantley.

“I grew up with a simple country lifestyle,” recalls Scott. “We lived right across from my school, so I didn’t have to ride the bus that much. I had a great childhood.”

And, that childhood revolved around music. It seemed that there was always a song being played in the Brantley household. “My dad played music in a band at the local VFW until my sister came along, and then he stayed home with us,” he said. “Dad had seven brothers and seven sisters, so he was one of fifteen. Every one of them, including his parents played some kind of instrument or sang. Family reunions were always a good time. There was always music, and I had about fifty cousins to play with, too. My mom was the same way, but she’s just one of two. She and her brother both played and sang, and both of my grandparents played guitar. I got it honest. If I hadn’t learned to play something, I’d probably be an outcast in my family.”

Scott’s father helped to rear his musical influences with some of the masters of the Country craft, such as Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, and George Jones. He took those legendary sounds, and added his own influences of Alan Jackson, Keith Whitley and George Strait to come up with his own unique musical sound. As a child, Brantley was off and running with a musical ear.

‘I got a drum set when I was three. I was beating the pots and pans long enough that mom and dad bought me a drum set,” he says with a laugh. “They tried to run me out of the house with that, then I picked up the guitar in my early teens. I played bass guitar, and then my brother and I were in a Gospel quartet with two friends. We kind of played Homecomings and church services all around Dublin.
His father soon joined them, and they ended up playing music around the area off of the Interstate 16 corridor for about five years. That whetted Scott’s appetite for more.

“The time spent playing Gospel music in churches gave me the love of performing live, playing a song and feeling the love from an audience,” he said. Of course, Brantley always had loved Country Music, going back to his youth, so that was the next step of his musical journey. “After the quartet, my brother and I decided to start a Country band. We just got together with some friends, and started to learn some stuff, and started to get some bookings around the area, including the famous “Redneck Games” in East Dublin”, Scott jokes.

Until that time, Brantley had never written his own music. Once he did, to say he loved the creative process was an understatement.

“It’s so clichéd, and you hear it all the time, but when you write material, and see people like it and appreciate it, and they start learning the words – that’s when it starts to hit another gear. I started to think that this might be something I would want to pursue as a career. Songs mean a lot to you, and when people like them enough to learn them, it’s a whole different world.” So, Brantley began the first of several treks north to Music City. I started to write more and more, and I made a few connections, and took a few trips to Nashville and met a few people.”

One of those people was Mike Mouret, who signed him to Studio Gold Nashville for publishing. But, as Mouret began to hear more and more of Brantley, he knew he was much more than just a songwriter.

“Mike heard some of my songs, and signed me to a publishing deal. We were in the studio, cutting the demo for ‘Good Thing Going,’ and he said ‘Man, I think we need to release this as a single.” Brantley didn’t have to think twice.

“I was ecstatic, because I had always wanted to be an artist. So, he signed me to an artist deal on the label, and we put the single out. Now, we’ve got a full album!” Seeing his name on the cover of Good Thing Going, his debut project for Studio Gold Nashville is a feeling that he can’t began to describe. “When Bubba Watson won the Masters for the first time, he said ‘I’ve always dreamed of playing golf, but I never got this far in my dreams.’ I had never thought I would have a single on the radio, let alone a full album released nationwide.”

Good Thing Going
is a mixture of musical styles and stories, and that’s just the way Brantley likes it. He feels confident in a lot of different musical surroundings.

“I’m a traditional Country guy, so I try to blend the modern and traditional sounds together. But, we had room on the album to do something that is a little more rockin’, so there’s a lot of different sides. It seems like I’ve worked so long and so hard to release an album, so I’m excited about it. I can’t wait to see what people say about it.”

Scott is gearing up for the release of his new single “Runnin' Man,” and he feels that it’s a great addition to Country Radio. He’s equally excited about the other tracks on Good Thing Going, such as the story song “Abilene,” and the romantic “She’s Why,” which he says is a slice of true life.

“That one is particularly near and dear to me because when me and my wife first met, I heard my mom tell somebody ‘This girl that Scott’s dating now might be the one to stick around for a while’. Maybe my mom deserves a co-writing credit because when I wrote it, I thought back to that quote. I heard her tell someone that I didn’t do a lot of the things that I used to do, and she could see a lot of changes in me because of Kristen. She’s Why! She changed everything about my life in a good way.  Kristen, along with my 2 kids Adriana and Whitley, are the most important part of my life.  My family is so supportive of me and my music, and I can’t thank them enough.”

As far as his goals are concerned, Scott says he wants to keep them simple yet big. “I would love to have some success on radio, and to be able to provide for my family doing what I love to do – I guess that’s the American dream. I’ve always said that if I can say that I’ve played the Grand Ole Opry, I would feel that I’ve made it. I think a lot of people feel that way. I’d love to be selling out arenas – who wouldn’t? But, getting to play on the Opry stage one time would mean so much. It’s the sacred ground of Country Music, and that’s the biggest dream on my bucket list. I’d also like to be able to provide for my band. I’ve got a great bunch of guys, and if we can go out and make a living playing for the people, and take them out of their work week for a couple of hours, that would be rewarding, as well.  I just want my music to make a difference. That’s what I hope I can bring to the table.”