Brian Fullen

Alfred Author-Brian Fullen

Brian Fullen is a well-rounded, versatile musician with the ability to play different styles authentically, creatively and musically. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Fullen began studying music at an early age. By age fifteen he became very busy playing drums professionally. In 1979 he entered Capital University and performed actively in three of their ensembles. While attending Capital, he won awards at the Ohio State and Cuyahoga Community College Jazz Festivals.

After completing his studies at Capital, Fullen served as the house drummer for Graceland Studios, playing on several national jingles and album projects, while still working regularly in Atlantic City. He also performed with such artists as Engelbert Humperdinck, Norm Crosby, June Valley, Roger Williams, and the New York touring company of "Annie."

In 1985, Fullen began the Master of Arts program at Memphis State University, where he served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Commercial Music Department. While attending school there, he performed with the Faculty Jazz Quintet, the Southern Comfort Big Band, played recording sessions in and around Memphis, and was nominated for a N.A.R.A.S. award.In addition, he worked with the Memphis, Jackson and Tupelo Symphony Orchestras.

Since his move to Nashville in 1987, Fullen has remained in great demand as a teacher and session player in a variety of live and studio settings. Recently serving as band leader with country artist Shania Twain, he has appeared on such television shows as Countdown at the Neon Armadillo, The Canadian Country Music Awards, and the Grand Ole Opry. He has performed and recorded with such artists as The Imperials, Vince Gill, Randy Travis, Carl Perkins, Slim Whitman, and the contemporary Christian R&B band Allies, and makes frequent appearances at Opryland U.S.A. and the Grand Ole Opry.