Doug Briney is a country singer from Alaska. That’s a neat thing. It’s cool to see a guy from way up in Alaska finding success around the country as a singer.
Doug has been involved in the church his entire life and has made it his life’s work. He’s looking to fulfill his other dream of becoming a country recording artist. He’s off to a great start with More Than Just A Farm. It’s a great song about life in the rural world where farming is more than just raising livestock and tending to the crops in the fields.
I was able to send Doug a few questions to get the scoop on his life and what led him to country music.
An Interview with Doug Briney
Hi Doug. Can you share a little about your life up to this point?
I grew up in Southern California in Yorba Linda. My dad still lives in the house I grew up in. Graduated from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in 1988 as a Music major. Married that same year and moved to Bath, Michigan where I worked as a music/youth minister for 4 years. Then in 1992, we moved here to Anchorage, Alaska. At that time it was my wife, Marybeth and son Douglass. Since that time we have added a daughter, Amberly and twin boys, Ben and Colton. I’ve led music in church my entire adult life. I began the Cowboy Church of Anchorage in January 2009 and love serving as pastor there.
What led you to country music?
I’ve always at least as far as I can remember, listened to country music. When I hear a song or sing a song it is what comes out.
How would you describe your brand of country music?
I’d say I sing Positive Country. Songs that have a great message and challenge but not overtly religious.
What is it about Alaska that inspires your music and makes it different and interesting?
Alaska is such a fantastic place. The beauty, wilderness, ruggedness and the people all make it special. I don’t know however that that makes my music what it is. I think it is more my faith, family and values that shape my music.
What makes a good country song?
I would say the story. I mean the song has to have a good melody and be well written musically, but the story I think is what makes the song. It is believable and relatable.
What do you hope to achieve with your music?
LOL. Well, honestly I’d like to be able to make a living doing it. I’d like to do more for the Wounded Warriors and the St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. One of the goals I have is to perform for our troops overseas.
Now share a few interesting things about yourself – non-music related- that your fans might find interesting.
I have so many hobbies and activities that I enjoy it is hard to narrow this one down. Right now, what comes to mind is motorcycle riding. I’m building a small trailer from foam and fiberglass to tow behind my motorcycle this summer. I am taking a trip from Anchorage all the way down to visit my dad in Yorba Linda, California then riding back home. I’m asked all the time what kind of bike do I own. It is a 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT. My dream bike, would have to be either a Harley Davidson Road King Classic or an Indian Chief Classic. I’d take either one of those and be a very happy man. In the winter, I ride snow mobiles although up here we call them snow-machines.