Paul Bryan (musician)

Paul Bryan (born April 13, 1967) is a Grammy-winning Los Angeles-based music producer, arranger, songwriter, and bassist.

Paul Bryan
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Background information
Born (1967-04-13) April 13, 1967 (age 52)
San Pedro, Los Angeles, California
OriginUnited States
GenresPop, rock, Progressive, Jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active1990–present
Associated actsAimee Mann, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Susanna Hoffs, Jeff Parker of Tortoise, Glen Phillips, Grant Lee Phillips


Music production and arrangingEdit

He has produced four albums by singer and songwriter Aimee Mann: One More Drifter in the Snow (SuperEgo Records, 2006), @#%&*! Smilers (SuperEgo Records, 2008), Charmer (SuperEgo Records, 2012) and 2017 Grammy winner Mental Illness (SuperEgo Records, 2017). He has also produced Grant Lee Phillips' album Little Moon (Yep Roc Records, 2009) and Amy Correia's You Go Your Way (2010).[1]

Producer of the band The Both's self-titled album on Super Ego Records 2014, featuring Ted Leo and Aimee Mann.[2]

Bryan has produced albums for Glen Phillips, Swallowed By The New[3] (2015), Jennifer Gillespie's Cure For Dreaming (2015), and tracks with Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles.

Producer/Bassist/Mixer of Jeff Parker's 2015 record The New Breed[4] on International Anthem Records

Bryan wrote the string and woodwind arrangements for Nina Nastasia's critically acclaimed album Outlaster (Fat Cat Records, 2010).

Touring and session workEdit

He is a longtime member and bassist of Aimee Mann's touring band as well as having toured with Lucinda Williams in 2006, and Elvis Costello/Allen Toussaint in 2007,[5] also appearing that same year on Jimmy Kimmel Live! backing up songwriting legend Nick Lowe.[6]

Bryan toured in 2017-2018 as a member of jazz guitarist Jeff Parker's New Breed band.

Bryan has toured as bassist/singer for Rufus Wainwright's All These Poses Tour 2018-2019.

Bryan is also a member of Gerry Leonard's Spooky Ghost.

He has recorded with artists Sam Phillips, Norah Jones, Billy Preston, Ann Peebles, Irma Thomas and Mavis Staples.[7]

Solo workEdit

Bryan also released a solo album Handcuff King (The Bats Is Happy Records, 2004).[8]


He frequently writes with songwriter Aimee Mann and is said to be co-authoring a musical based on Mann's 2007 concept album The Forgotten Arm.

Grammy AwardEdit

Bryan received a 2017 Grammy as producer of Aimee Mann's Mental Illness, which won for Best Folk Record.

Personal lifeEdit

Bryan has been in a relationship with actress Emily Procter since 2008. On December 8, 2010, Procter gave birth to their daughter Philippa Frances (called "Pippa").[9]


Solo albumsEdit

  • 2003: Handcuff King (The Bats Is Happy)

With Aimee MannEdit

As producerEdit

Also appears onEdit


  1. ^ "Paul Bryan". Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  2. ^ "Aimee Mann". Aimee Mann. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  3. ^ "A Deep Conversation with Glen Phillips". Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  4. ^ "The New Breed, by Jeff Parker". International Anthem. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  5. ^ "Elvis Costello en Terral 2007". YouTube. 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  6. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  7. ^ "Paul Bryan". Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  8. ^ [1] Archived October 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Carita Rizzo (2010-01-20). "Exclusive: CSI: Miami's Emily Procter Welcomes a Baby Girl". Retrieved 2010-01-20.

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