The Evolution of my music from Old School (80s influenced) Christian Metal...
to Progressive Instrumental Shred... to rock/worship...
If you enjoy melodic God- honoring rock music you're gona dig this!
THE LAUNCH OF GUITAR JAMS & PASTOR BRAD 80s CHRISTIAN METAL...
I graduated from Highland High School (Anderson, IN) in 1985... right in the heart of the "80s BIG HAIR, Old School, spandex, over-the-top-stage show, shred guitar-crazy, heavy metal days!" I cut my 80s metal guitar shredding teeth listening to classic metal/rock guitarists like Angus Young (AC/DC), Randy Rhoads (Ozzy), Ace Frehley (Kiss) and Adrian Smith & Dave Murray (Iron Maiden). "In my mind these were among the most pregressive, cutting edge guitarists of their day! In 1987 I surrendered my heart to Jesus--and from that day on, all I wanted to do was shred for THE ROCK! So, when I launched Guitar Jams back in April of 2004 with the simultaneous release of the first two Pastor Brad albums-- GET REAL and ROCK YOU UP-- It was all about 80s CHRISTIAN METAL!
Over the years---God has exanded my horizons and passions. Today in addtion to my music--I also enjoy teaching guitar. The guitar lessons aspect of the Guitar Jams has really become an intricate part of my mission. I absolutely LOVE teaching guitar. If you are interested in guitar lessons contact me today!
I also very much enjoy mastering music -- my specialty is rock and metal music, and my rates are extremely affordable! I love to work with up and coming bands and artists!
Now, here are some more thougths--from others--that sort of chronicle the evolution of my music.
"First off let me say that before I put in a copy of Pastor Brad's Telecaster I had to dust off my old school spandex and break out the Aquanet hairspray because I was forewarned that he is an 80's metaliholic. With vocals that sound like a combination of Bon Scott meets Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat) and fingers that like to tickle the fretboard Pastor Brad has put out a very solid release with Telecaster. The songs on Telecaster span the broad spectrum of metal varieties that came from the 80's. The title track "Telecaster" reminds me alot of a Poison or Faster Pussycat song. Tracks like "Cut Down To Size" and "Smack Dab" are heavily influenced by Dokken and Ratt while songs like "Old Bones New Life" remind me alot of newer Kiss. My favorite song on the Cd has got to be "Heaven" with it's power metal feel. Heaven is the heaviest song on the Cd with an Iron Maiden meets Krokus feel to it and I personally think the best song on the Cd. Overall I'd have to say that Pastor Brad is a very talented guitar player and I think he did an overall great job on this release... I would recommend this Cd to anyone who has a flair for 80's Metal. Rock on Dudes!!!
"Hi Pastor Brad, I'm listening to Rock You Up and I gotta tell you, I'm getting Rocked Up. I hear hints of many metal greats ie: Van Halen, Kiss, ect."
"If you are a fan of the 80's hard rock/party metal scene, this stuff is right up your alley! I could almost feel the 80's creeping back up on me when I heard this CD the first couple of times! Pastor Brad has a definite knack for writing catchy, hooky songs with sing-along choruses, and some SERIOUS guitar solos! Judging from some of the experimental elements here, along with the sound and style of some songs, my guess is that Pastor Brad is/was a big fan of shredmasters like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Marty Friedman, especially in the riffs and rhythms, if not in the soloing style... This is one shredding, 80's styled CD that will have a lot of metalheads smiling and nodding and remembering when Holy Soldier, Eternal Ryte, Rage Of Angels, and Crystavox were blistering Christian radio, while Skid Row, Winger, and Dokken were gracing the Billboard Top 40 charts! I look forward to Pastor Brad's next project, and plan on picking up as much of his older material as possible! If you are a fan of the style and sound mentioned above, you would do yourself a favor to pick Telecaster up as well."
Christian Metal Realm
"What attracted you to old school hard rock/metal? Do you remember the first bands you ever heard that made you jump around like a maniac playing air guitar or made you dream of being the next Eddie Van Halen? Do you miss those beloved sounds of the 80's? Out of nowhere comes Pastor Brad... Pastor Brad's latest release "Out Of the Hellhole" features 14 songs that take me back to those mystical moments when I knew in my musical soul that I would always be a headbanger. Screaming leads and multi-stacked vocal harmonies are featured on every track here--classic sounds with a timeless message about our need for a Savior."
Chris "alldatndensum" Dickens
Christian Hard Music
AS TIME WENT ON, THE MUSIC EVOLVED INTO A PB BRAND OF INSTRUMETAL SHRED...
"This CD indeed does SHRED. When I think of that word I tend to think of guys like Satriani, Vai and Malmsteen. Well, Pastor Brad and friends are also in that same school of instrumental guitar rock. The difference is that Pastor Brad is a bit more melodic and probably a bit bluesier than those guys as well. Think more along the lines of Steve Morris, or even Van Halen without vocals. Each song on this CD tells a story. Whereas some instrumental CDs tend to be a bunch of riffs for the guitarist to lay down some choice wankey, Pastor Brad has actually written songs for which the guitar leads to tell a story over.
No Life Til Metal
"Brad & his friends play all instrumental music that is extremely tight, diverse & extremely good through & through. The music has a very strong Metal sound that takes elements from Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, Power Metal, Speed Metal, Thrash Metal & Traditional Heavy Metal & combines them all together to create one sweet sound. Each song sounds much different from the previous, but it all has that same vibe that would like them all back to being done by the same band! This is definately worth checking out!"
Pastor Brad and his Shred series has arrived! I would put this disc up against any instrumental cd out there. There is so much going on here! Thanks to a bunch of killer guests who also play on this disc. There are some different styles on this one also I know the title screams SHRED but, that is only a part of the music on this. Some cool funky stuff and flashy guitar effects for
lovers of 80's style metal. I really do not think anyone will be disappointed in this at allI"
Fan @ CD Baby
TODAY, I PUT OUT WHATEVER MY HEART DESIRES...
99% of the time--that's going to be Instrumental shred guitar music... Old-School, 80s style Metal...
pop-rock worship music...
every note of it is written to encourage hearts and exalt Jesus!
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"Dude, I am officially addicted to your music....it's like the Taco Bell of Christian metal...and I mean that in a good way. It's like you take the maximum riffage grooveage and solid gospel lyrics and condense them into 4 minute slabs of sheer shredding glory."
~Dean Carter, Albany, IN
80s Style Christian Metal, Instrumental Shred, Guitar Lessons, Music Mastering, Bible Teaching and Spiritual Encouragement for Christian Metal fans!
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