Brian Falduto: From ‘School Of Rock’ To Country Music

You may have first seen singer Brian Falduto as Billy in the 2003 movie, “School Of Rock” with Jack Black.

While it’s very true that the movie gave him a boost, it didn’t mark the beginning of his interest in music. Like so many other country artists, he began by singing in church.

Falduto was blessed to come from a supportive family, but said his grandma was probably his biggest advocate. He knew pretty early that he wanted performing to be a part of his career.

When he was in his 20s, Falduto worked at a country music radio station. “Country music was really there for me,” he said. It was around that same time that Falduto began to write his own songs. “I’ve been hustling on my own,” he said.

Falduto lists stars such as Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts. He said he still influenced by people who are carving their own lane.

Since he started writing songs, his music has evolved. Most of the songs he’s recorded up to this point has been fun, uptempo songs. Those are the songs he’s been performing in his shows, giving his fans a fun experience with a lot of energy.

Falduto said his songwriting has become much more introspective, but many of those songs has not been released yet.

When it comes to his songwriting, one common topic is love and romance. He said he sometimes gets an idea and he has to flesh it out. He’s written many songs to date, but he said one of his favorites is “Old Country Love Songs,” adding that there needs to be more queer representation in country music. Another song he loves is “When Your Home Don’t Feel Like Home,” which he said touches on a different sentiment of home.

He said he performs “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” by Trace Adkins in his show, which helps add to the energy of the show. His current release is a cover of Dolly Parton’s “Why’d You Come In Here Looking Like That?”

Falduto will be touring in June. He said those tour plans includes an unofficial CMA Fest show on June 6. He said some of his shows on his tour will be at Pride Festivals.