Ken Bragg
  • Asheville, NC
  • United States
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Ken Bragg commented on Carnegie Hall's group Songwriting
"Hey Deidre Rodman Struck! My current favorite wuv song is "Man I'm Supposed to Be" by American Aquarium, but my all-time favorite is "Mystery" by Michael Logen. My favorite challenge from last year was probably the co-write.…"
Feb 11, 2015
Ken Bragg commented on Carnegie Hall's group Songwriting
"Hey, Liv! Great idea. I'm sorry I didn't see it before. Can you combine the prompts? Like, write a letter to yourself about riding a Ferris wheel in winter? (By the way, look up the song So Much For Amazing by Michael Logen. It's one…"
Nov 25, 2014
Ken Bragg commented on Carnegie Hall's group Songwriting
"I just got back from the studio and I'm really excited to get to share some stuff with you that isn't home-recorded! haha. "
Nov 6, 2014
Ken Bragg commented on Carnegie Hall's group Songwriting
"Aly, that's a really neat idea! I'm looking forward to hearing what you write!"
Sep 30, 2014
Ken Bragg replied to Yasmin de Soiza's discussion It takes Taylor Swift how long to write a song??????? in the group Songwriting
"It depends on what I'm writing. Getting a first draft down usually takes me anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Revising is a much more taxing process. Classical composition can take me much, much longer as it is a more revision-heavy process…"
Aug 20, 2014
Ken Bragg commented on Carnegie Hall's group Songwriting
"Looks like everyone has had a productive summer! Aly, I really like this one! It's very catchy, but also very emotional. That's a great combination. It's funny how we can come back to something a while later and turn it into…"
Aug 20, 2014
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Aug 20, 2014
Ken Bragg commented on Ken Bragg's blog post Summer NAMM Blog, Part 1
"Thanks, Yasmin!"
Aug 13, 2014
Yasmin de Soiza commented on Ken Bragg's blog post Summer NAMM Blog, Part 1
"Great post Kendra!!! And I love hearing that you performed at NAMM!"
Aug 12, 2014
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Summer NAMM Blog, Part 1

“Nashville is like a country-themed Vegas,” remarked one performer sitting sidestage at the Acoustic Nation stage at this year’s Summer NAMM. “It’s great!” Her feelings seemed to match the sentiments of everyone there, including the winners of the Songwriters Sessions LIVE! Contest, hosted in June by Acoustic Nation and SongTownUSA. There were six winners, and I was lucky enough to be one of them.I had entered my song "Home" into the contest on a whim and figured I wouldn’t win. I’ve entered…See More
Aug 9, 2014
Ken Bragg commented on Ken Bragg's status
"Deidre, I would love to do that! I'm planning to do a small write-up for the company I work for, and expanding on that will be no problem. Thanks for your encouragement! Connor, thanks! I'm still really dumbfounded by the whole thing. haha."
Jul 8, 2014
Deidre Rodman Struck commented on Ken Bragg's status
"Ken this is SOOO awesome!! Wish I could be there! Would you consider writing a blog post about it when you get back and posting on your page?"
Jul 7, 2014
Ken Bragg replied to Yasmin de Soiza's discussion Have you ever written a song inspired from a TV show or movie? in the group Songwriting
"I'm a big sci-fi fantasy nerd. haha. I've got the beginnings of a demo of one of those done, so hopefully I'll post it soon. Decoy Bride is about a woman who gets roped into being a body double for a famous actress on her wedding day.…"
Jun 25, 2014
Ken Bragg replied to Liuqing Z's discussion Survey for Building a Better Music World in the group Songwriting
"I did your survey! Hope it helps you!"
Jun 24, 2014
Ken Bragg replied to Yasmin de Soiza's discussion Have you ever written a song inspired from a TV show or movie? in the group Songwriting
"I do this more with books than movies. I wrote one called "Fox and Hound" which was based on Cornelia Funke's Mirrorworld Trilogy, and is from the perspective of a shape-shifter (human/fox) who falls in love with a treasure hunter.…"
Jun 16, 2014

Profile Information

I am a:
Performing Artist, Researcher
My school is:
Private
My style(s) of music:
Choral, Classical, Film, Folk, Indie, Rock, Sacred
I am interested in:
Composing / Arranging, Ethnomusicology, Film Scoring / Soundtracks, Music History, Music Theory, Performing, Recording / Producing / Engineering, Songwriting / Writing Lyrics
My musical instrument(s):
Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano / keyboard, Voice, Other
My other musical interests, styles, and instruments are:
I'm interested in virtually everything about music, especially music cognition. I hope to study that in grad school. I've been writing songs since I was rather young, and composing for the last year or so. I would like to transition into composing more film music in the near future. In addition to the standard guitar/piano/voice experience, I also enjoy playing the mandolin and tin whistle.
My favorite artists, influences, and inspirations are:
My influences are all over the place. The Celtic folk music I listened to as a child has had tremendous influence on how I compose for guitar, and my background as a songwriter has influenced a passion for melody in my instrumental compositions. My favorite artists are Switchfoot/Jon Foreman/Fiction Family, Anberlin, and NEEDTOBREATHE, and my biggest compositional influences are Erik Satie, Frederic Chopin, and Trace Bundy (among many others.)
More about me:
I came late to the musical game in a lot of ways. I grew up as a homeschooler in Northern Africa and the Middle East, and my options for music education were a bit slim. Because of that, I was primarily self-taught until college. I've worked my way up from the bottom of the ladder, and though I still have far to go, I'm not giving up on my dreams for the future.

Now that the sentimental part is over, I currently work as an assistant audio engineer for a recording studio. Another area in which I still have a lot to learn. In my free time, I enjoy songwriting, concerts, and, yes, researching music and the brain.

Ken Bragg's Blog

Summer NAMM Blog, Part 1

Posted on August 9, 2014 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

“Nashville is like a country-themed Vegas,” remarked one performer sitting sidestage at the Acoustic Nation stage at this year’s Summer NAMM. “It’s great!” Her feelings seemed to match the sentiments of everyone there, including the winners of the Songwriters Sessions LIVE! Contest, hosted in June by Acoustic Nation and SongTownUSA. There were six winners, and I was lucky enough to be one of them.

I had entered my song "Home" into the contest on a whim and figured I wouldn’t…

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At 3:22pm on June 4, 2014, Yasmin de Soiza said…

We got everything!

At 11:14am on June 3, 2014, Yasmin de Soiza said…

Haha! You're not a problem child at all! We got your question, so you're all good. :-)

At 12:46pm on May 30, 2014, Connor Mahoney said…

Sounds good. I'm going to be busy today (Friday), but I think I should be able to get some ideas to you later tonight. Otherwise I'm free all weekend.  

At 5:19pm on May 29, 2014, Yasmin de Soiza said…

Hmmmm. that's weird. I just checked all the links leading to the activity and I arrive at the activity page. Can you tell me what you are clicking?

At 2:47pm on May 17, 2014, Noah Dane Kiedaisch said…

Hey Ken, good to know there are others with the same dual interests as me. We are a rare breed, but you already know that. Yeah your Bio makes you sound very interesting. Nice to meet you!

I'm transferring from my community college and will probably be majoring in classical guitar, along with, yes Biology because I've done so much prereq for it.

At 8:23pm on March 9, 2014, Evan Taylor said…

Hey there Ken! Glad to have you join our community. You can get started here by adding a profile picture by going to Settings http://musicalexchange.carnegiehall.org/profiles/settings/editProfileInfo

 
 
 

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