A lifetime musician, Bryan Kessler started formally studying the guitar at the age of 9 while growing up in Philadelphia. By the time he was attending Berklee Music College in Boston, he was already playing with different local bands, influenced by an eclectic array of musicians from soul, rythym & blues, and rock bands. He later moved to California and attended the Guitar Institute of Technology and was introduced to an even greater scope of music from around the globe.
Kessler moved to Hawai'i in 1983, and further developed his acoustic guitar style by exploring slack-key tunings in a pop format. In 1992 he partnered with Wade Cambern and Robi Kahakalau to form the Hawaiian Style Band, and produced 3 albums with the group which won 3 prestigeous Na Hoku Hanohano awards. Kessler was also in the band Jet Stream with Cambern, which enjoyed a very successful 4-year run at Nicholas Nickolas in the late 80s/early 90s.
Kessler spends most of this time practicing, writing, recording, and playing various gigs with his blues band, Red Zone, and as a freelance guitarist. He is excited about starting his own record company, Wire & Wood Records in January 1999, with an office and studio located at Eaton Square in Waikiki. Heart Jams is its first release, with several other exciting projects featuring various artists in the works.
"I hope my new music touches people in a personal way," comments Kessler. "This is 'Island Soul' music, from my heart to yours."