Born and raised in the small town of Tuttle, Oklahoma, Nathan Burris has never been mistaken for anything other than country. Following in the footsteps of fellow Oklahomans, such as Vince Gill, Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks and Toby Keith, he has taken his God-given talent and carved out his own signature brand of pure and authentic country music.
Although Nathan learned to play the guitar at age ten, it was sports that captured most of his attention during those early years. However, after his graduation from Tuttle High School, his focus soon changed. While in college, he found himself trying to balance a heavy workload and at the same time struggled to find his passion – so Nathan turned to music and songwriting. He comments, “Writing was an outlet for me to escape reality. I lost my dad in 2006 and the first song I had ever written began to pour out, and it was about him.”
From there, he began recording acoustic song demos on his computer, which he later played for his mother. He notes, “She sat there with her mouth open and just stared…she then asked me what I was going to do with these songs. I took that as an opportunity to tell her I wanted to drop out of school and pursue a career in music.” At that point, his musical journey was at the forefront of his life and he began to play at local bars and clubs, eventually making the right connections to perform regularly around Oklahoma City.
Since those early beginnings, Nathan has conquered the Oklahoma market, performing every weekend at venues such as The Tumbleweed (Stillwater, OK), the Riverwind Casino (Norman, OK), and the Firelake Grand Casino (Shawnee, OK) and opening for artists such as Stoney LaRue. There have also been numerous television appearances including “Oklahoma Live” and a feature on News 9’s “Road Trip to Tuttle.” After footage of Nathan was aired, news anchor and Miss America 2007, Lauren Nelson declared, “Nathan Burris is awesome! Keep an eye out for him!”
With a quickly rising career, it wasn’t long before he caught the ear of veteran producer, Curly Corwin. Packing his bags for Nashville, Nathan traveled with Curly to the legendary Music Row to record his first album. For the project, Curly selected four of Nathan’s self-penned tunes and added songs written by some of Nashville’s finest songwriters such as Scotty Emerick, Troy Jones, Wynn Varble, Donny Kees, and Paul Overstreet – all heavyweight writers with a total of over twenty #1 songs to their credit.
When speaking about country music, Nathan comments, “It speaks to me in a way that nothing else can really.” Always digging a little deeper in each song, Nathan is sharing the music he loves on stages around the country including well-known Nashville venues like the world famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.
Now reaching a worldwide audience with the release of his album, Oklahoma Sunrise, Nathan is poised to set the music world on fire! Perhaps his producer, Curly Corwin, states it best, “The sun is definitely rising on Nathan Burris’ career!”