"Stars are falling; the moon is calling for us to fight the sun. The world is calling us to become one."
Laura Bryna sings this beautiful line in her latest single called Stars are Falling. Her song, which released on April 10, 2020, is, by definition, a love song. But it's more than your typical lovestruck ballad, according to Bryna. "The song is sending out a message of hope that the people who you love dearly will be with you even when the world is in chaos. And I feel that we've reached that point (laughs)".
The hope-inspiring single, with jaw-dropping vocals and a vivid music video, couldn't have come at a better time, when the dreaded COVID-19 has been wreaking havoc in our world. "I know people who've been affected by the virus… no one has been left untouched," Bryna says. "It's hard for me to even come to terms with the craziness around me. I'm stuck at home, not able to give my fans the music that they want, and I can't hug my fans…and the sky does seem like it's falling!"
Laura's Sources of Inspiration - Charities, the Military, and More!
Laura is compassionate for those with terminal and chronic illnesses, as is shown in her philanthropic work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. When Laura's brother was young, he suffered from a brain aneurysm, and Laura and her family have seen, firsthand, the impact of the Make-A-Wish foundation. Her brother is happily married and has two children now, and Laura couldn't be more grateful to the organization for their fantastic work. She released the song 'Make a Wish' in dedication to the organization in 2009. The music video features Make-A-Wish children, as per her request. Part of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Make-A-Wish's leadership, she's stuffed envelopes, made phone calls, and even granted wishes to children. "All children are our future. They're our inspiration, and they love to dream."
Laura is also a proponent of the United Services Organizations (USO) and is incredibly appreciative of the US Armed Forces. During the summer of 2019, around the Fourth of July, she joined the USO and Chief National Guard Bureau on tour to six countries - six war zones to be precise, including Spain, Germany, and Djibouti - in eight days, flying on a blue-and-white 'US' deputized plane. Her favorite experience of all was in a remote location in Kuwait.
"I sang the national anthem every night for those eight days. But when I was in Kuwait, I, for the first time, looked across the audience and looked at everyone in the audience. All these men and women are ready to serve the American people."
Bryna on her USO Tour: "It's always an honor for me to sing the national anthem, but that night I sang with such conviction and such enthusiasm. It was magical!"
Bryna admits that now is a history-making time to be alive, and "is one of the few times that I can say that the singing industry is at a near-standstill!" But that has not stopped her from getting her creative juices flowing, recording at home on her phone and laptop, and taking the time to practice being more reflective.
Her advice to everyone during this pandemic and in life, in general, is never to stop doing. "Your life is a tree. Explore the branches, and don't let anything stop you. Keep going; do whatever you need to do to excel at all that you do. And try your best never to turn anything down. Try all opportunities!"
A Multitalented Individual
And indeed, Bryna practices what she preaches - exploring all the branches of her life. She is a dancer, actress, singer, and author! Laura knew that she loved the performing arts, but she never saw herself as a children's book author. But, in her life's journey, she realized she wanted to tell stories from her life experiences. And one of the most significant parts of her is her children: her bird children! Laura has always loved parrots and has several of them as pets. To tell their story, she worked together with her friend from the DC area (Laura herself is a proud Tri-State Area girl), and they co-wrote two books.
To bring the story truly to life, Bryna met up with illustrators and designers who were part of such projects as Lady in the Tramp, movies in the Star Wars franchise, and the new Lion King. Look for her books to be released soon! This dame of all trades wants to "keep on dreaming, no matter how cheesy this may sound. It'd be great to sing for the President, do a world tour, and engage in more philanthropy. Hey, shoot for the stars, and you'll land on the moon, right?" And she is right! I enjoyed interviewing Laura Bryna and was incredibly inspired by her drive and positive outlook on life.
Visit Laura's website: https://laurabryna.com/.
Watch Laura's music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYBYOeLnyfc
Listen to Stars are Falling and Laura Bryna's other songs on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, and Pandora
Photos courtesy: Anderson Group PR