To say Bryard Huggins was a child prodigy is an understatement.
At 4 years old, Huggins put his hands on a piano and produced true music.
“It’s crazy to say, but at this young age I discovered the gift of music,” said Huggins, who currently lives in Old Hickory. “It was a divine thing. My parents supported what they saw in me.”
Huggins, 24, recalled special classical piano lessons at Belmont University when he was less than 10 years old. It was private instruction for a boy who seemed to be blessed with innate talent.
“We gave it up to God,” he said.
He nurtured his musical gift for nearly 10 years of classical training and four years of jazz piano instruction.
"Around the age of 13, I, too, was an artist who was stuck not knowing where to go,” Huggins said. “I had original demos galore recorded on my keyboard, but dreamed of making an album. Those demos sat for nearly two years until a mutual, by-chance connection with someone [who would become my first producer and mentor] helped me begin my recording career by producing and ultimately releasing my debut album.”
Years passed as Huggins progressed his talent. He was accepted to the University School of Nashville and then in some years of study to the University of Cincinnati-College-Conservatory of Music, which is a performing arts college. He graduated in the class of 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in commercial music production. He also graduated from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in class of 2020 with master’s degree in music business.
His debut studio album Artistic Touch in 2011 thrust him into the music scene, followed by his EP Visual in 2013, the Way Home in 2014 and his step into the gospel genre with the Gospel Sessions in 2015. He graduated in 2017 cum laude from College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Commercial Music Production and a minor in entrepreneurship. His latest album Calhoun Street, released in 2017, is by far his most popular work, reaching No. 16 on the smooth jazz global top 50 listening charts in May 2018.
“I loved it,” he said.
However, he said once he graduated, if he was not at a Taylor Swift status, he would go on to get his master’s degree.
“I soul searched,” he said. “I did not know what to do with myself. I had this degree and knowledge of music and producing. I knew music was hard to get into in Nashville. I was basically a jazz artist. I knew I had to diversify.
In the meantime, Huggins moved back to the Nashville area and conceived Muse Entertainment in 2017.
“I was already doing music production, for TV and film, as well as commercials, and making a company just made it more official,” he said.
Muse Entertainment is an entertainment company that offers musical services, such as composition, production, film scoring and more, along with artist development.
His start-up company grew like gangbusters from the start.
“I have a passion for inspiring artists,” said Huggins, who produces in his home. “I manage artists. I remember my mentors when I started out, and I want to be a mentor. I know how hard it is to break into the business, and it’s a blessing for me to reach back and inspire pure talent and connect them to where they need to be.”
Huggins said his mission is to provide individuals with diverse visions and talents and provide compositional, production and promotional tools to advance aspiration in an ever-changing industry.
“We represent artists from around the country, most who come to Nashville with a suitcase in their hand,” said Huggins.
While his company produces commercial music and so much more, the entrepreneur already has signed four artists.
One young lady moved to Old Hickory from Kentucky.
“She’s Mary Grace Allen,” said Huggins.
In February 2018, at 22 years old, she came with aspirations. She came to Huggins with songs she wrote and were on her phone.
“We took what she had and turned it into a pop song,” said Huggins.
Her EP recently debuted with four songs.
“We are in full production, and she’s over-the-moon happy,” he said. “She wrote and sang the songs, and we did all the instruments and production. She’s an up-and-coming pop artist.”
Another aspect of Muse is Huggins’ partnership with a children’s book company out of Boston called Butter Pecan Production. He’s with author Gloria Repress Churchwell.
“Gloria writes books about unsung heroes,” said Huggins.
Her daughter invited Huggins to compose music, a theme song for two of Gloria’s books. It’s an avant-garde approach to stimulate children’s minds that combines a hardcover book with a virtual-reality companion podcast.
The prong of his company will expand exponentially as the new genre grows.
Outside of this aspect of business, Huggins’ gift of writing music continues to shine with his endeavors in film scoring, music for theatre, children’s music and arranging. He recently wrote and composed the music for esteemed Nashville production company Living Parables’ annual Christian play, “CHOSEN: Are You Ready?” His record company and label boasts various artists and clients in genres like pop, soul, R&B, jazz and more.
In the words of saxophone great Kirk Whalum, “Bryard is on to something really, really big…”
“Muse Entertainment was built on the principle of serving as a launching pad for artists to pursue a career in the music industry, providing them with the portfolio, the resources, and the promotion needed to navigate the always changing market,” said Huggins. “As CEO, my goal for this company is for it to serve as your by-chance connection that can help you awaken the music inside you and realize your dreams."
Contact Huggins at museentertainmentco.com, on Facebook @bryardmusic, Instagram @bryardofficial and hear him on iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora.