Brian Culbertson was born the first of two children in Decatur, Illinois to Jim and Carol Culbertson. As a child, he was musically skilled, having started playing piano at age 8, drums at 9, trombone at 10, bass in 7th grade, euphonium in high school and more. As a boy, he would also make his own "songs" with various equipment until he saved enough money for a 14” color monitor and Macintosh IIci. His mother had taken piano lessons so she contributed to Culbertson's playing.
Growing up, he listened to Sting, The Yellowjackets, George Duke, David Foster, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire. He attended and graduated MacArthur High School, where his father was a music teacher .
He then moved to Chicago where he attended DePaul University. It was in college that he actually started working on a CD, gathering a group of musicians, recording a demo tape and sending it to the only person he knew in Los Angeles, Bud Harner, who would get him his first record deal.
Although heavily influenced by funk, Culbertson also works with many other musicians in the R&B and jazz arena, often as a composer and arranger. Culbertson is credited with working with Maurice White, Bootsy Collins, Ledisi, Musiq Soulchild, Larry Graham, Avant, Faith Evans, Kenny Lattimore, Vivian Green, Stokley Williams from Mint Condition, Noel Gourdin, Brian McKnight, Ray Parker Jr., Boney James, Chris Botti, Earl Klugh, Dave Koz, Peter White, Richard Elliot, Jeff Lorber, Michael Lington and legendary A&M Records composer and producer Herb Alpert.
Culbertson plays Mason & Hamlin pianos and Roland keyboards and has appeared at the NAMM Show.
Culbertson has written and produced over 25 #1 contemporary smooth singles on the R&R, Gavin and Billboard Radio charts. Singles include "So Good" and "On My Mind" from Secrets, "Get It On" and "All About You" from Nice & Slow, "Hookin' Up" and "Let's Get Started" from It's On Tonight, "Always Remember" from Bringing Back The Funk, "That's Life" from XII, "Your Smile" from Dreams in addition to many more with other artists such as Norman Brown, Bob James, Dave Koz, Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Steve Cole, Eric Darius and Michael Lington.
Brian founded the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway which is a 5-day celebration of wine, food, art and music set in California's famous wine region. The inaugural event featured Sinbad, Oleta Adams, Kenny Lattimore, David Benoit, Eric Darius and many top wineries throughout Napa Valley including Silver Oak, Miner Family, Chimney Rock and others. June of 2013 marked the 2nd annual event with the 3rd annual already set for June 11-15, 2014.
Regardless of his success, fans can be rest assured that with 13 albums and counting, Brian Culbertson always brings his very best – and brings the very best out of others – in all of his broad-ranging musical endeavors. Check out Brian's latest project, a complete remake of his debut album, Another Long Night Out.
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