Singer-songwriter and Hootie & the Blowfish lead guitarist Mark Bryan’s new single, “Let Your Soul Light Shine,” features a special music video filmed at MUSC as a tribute to its frontline healthcare workers.
Inspiration for the song stemmed from experiences in Bryan’s own life. “I was getting divorced, Hootie was on a hiatus — so the identity I had for years was being stripped away,” he said. “But it was what I needed to realize who I really am. You can put a label on anybody, but who they really are is at their core and at their soul.”
This epiphany — that the very essence of who we are is determined not by outward labels, but by the way we power through difficulties — became the idea for “Let Your Soul Light Shine.” Bryan felt that MUSC hospital workers are a “gleaming example” of this grit and determination.
The single appears on his fourth studio album, titled Midlife Priceless, a name that is more than a funny play on words.
“The title in relation to the songs fits thematically. When I was younger, I never could have written these songs. I had to go through adversity and have that experience to write them,” Bryan said.
Midlife Priceless delivers a variety of sonic delights: some tracks are pure rock n’ roll, while others are stripped-down, acoustic ballads. Bryan also experiments with rap. The album is composed of songs that exemplify a skilled musician and songwriter. While the lyrics stem from the personal, the overarching theme represents a tribute to the human experience that rings universal.
Bryan will play his new originals and, of course, some Hootie & the Blowfish favorites at the Windjammer on June 18. Special guests Wyatt Durrette of Zac Brown Band, Steven Fiore of Young Mister, and Tim Neilsen of Drivin N Cryin will join him onstage. Tickets are $15 in advance and available from the Windjammer. Doors are at 6 p.m. and the show starts about 7 p.m.