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Feeling the love: Brett Dennen says being in the outdoors inspires his music

Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen is touring in support of his album, “Smoke and Mirrors.”

Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen is touring in support of his album, “Smoke and Mirrors.”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Brett Dennen is feeling the love these days.

“There’s so much to be thankful for,” he says during a recent interview from Vermont. “The shows have been amazing and the band sounds good. We all love each other.”

The singer-songwriter is on tour in support of his current album, “Smoke and Mirrors.” His first single, “Wild Child,” is climbing the adult contemporary charts.

Dennen says completing the album took just over a year and he had more than enough songs for the album.

“This album was a continuation of my journey,” he says. “It’s my journey as a songwriter and as a human. It’s been an incredible ride for me.”

When it came to writing, Dennen admits that there was no one way that songs were completed.

“I would get inspired and just start working,” he says. “As the editing process came down to the wire, it seemed like the songs that made the album, threw up their hands and said ‘pick me.’ They revealed themselves to me.”

In his video for “Wild Child,” Dennen can be seen outdoors and having fun. He says that he came up with the idea for the video.

“I do like the outdoors and doing a lot of backpacking,” he says. “It’s a good way to relax. Being in nature, I find out more about myself and the personal connections I have in this world.”

One of the reasons Dennen enjoys the outdoors is that he attended Camp Jack Hazard in northern California when he was younger.

The camp is where he learned to play guitar and can often be found playing concerts to benefit the camp.

“Not only is this where I learned to play guitar, but it was also the place where I shaped my musical tastes,” he says. “We would play folk songs around the campfire. Then I got to be a camp counselor as I got older and worked with the children in the camp. This helped bring out the best in me and made me who I am today. It’s great to be able to be in a position to give back.”

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