Brenden Starr is an emerging independent singer-songwriter who made his solo professional recording debut in 2022 with the Sam Smith cover “How Do You Sleep?” That track introduced a multi-talented recording artist from suburban Pennsylvania with a taste for emotional indie-pop/rock anthems.
In September of last year Brenden Starr dropped his debut original track, the breakout hit “Top of the World.” He followed that track a month later with a cover of Richard Marx’s iconic 80’s pop smash, “Should’ve Known Better”. Each new single expanded the singer’s fanbase and built anticipation for his debut EP.
Hopeless Romantic is the debut EP from Brenden Starr, available worldwide via all major streaming services. From the upbeat and inspirational opener “Top of the World” to the emotional piano ballad torch song “I Remember”, the record is a showcase for the versatile singer’s genre-bending style. With a keen ear for a hook and a distinct affinity for the classic sounds of the 80s and 90s, Starr paints an emotional pop tapestry.
“Gravity” is the current single from Hopeless Romantic. The track opens on a dark ambient vibe before the beat drops on a slow and heavy power chord fueled-beat. The track alternates between that hard rocking chorus and the minor-key synths and trap beat of the verse. On the mic Brenden offers an emotional report from a troubled love affair.
Check out Hopeless Romantic in its entirety below, or listen on your favorite streaming service. You can also hear the song “Gravity” on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. We had the chance to chat with Brenden Starr about his new record. Check out his answers to our 8 questions below. Follow the links at the end of this article to connect with the artist.
8 Questions with Brenden Starr
Where are you from?
From a little town called Hanover Pennsylvania. It’s known as the snack food capital of the world, not much for music.
How long have you been making music?
Over 20 years I have been making music.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
My biggest influences are Chester, Bennington and Linkin Park, Steve Perry journey Darren Hayes of Savage Garden.
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
The greatest non-influence outside of music would be MMA fighter Conor McGregor. I love what he’s become when he’s done for the sport and as a businessman and a marketing mogul for his brand, I’d love to have my own brand and become that status one day or close.
What inspired you to create this project?
I was sitting on top of all these songs. I wanted to get back in the studio in the past couple years. I was just sitting at a crossroads, wondering “what am I gonna do with my music career?” “Am I gonna go back to school or am I gonna keep on working two jobs?” So, one day I just woke up and told myself “I’m too good to be sitting around and not doing music, playing shows, creating big songs, and working in the studio.” The spark was lit under me and I got right to work!
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
The next couple months I’m going to have new releases of some fun remakes I’m working on in the studio now. I also got a few small tour opportunities coming my way this summer.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
I have another new single on the way!