The mountains led him to the west; a star led her to the north.
In Vancouver they met and schooled—studying music and life.
They found promise.
They found love.
In less than a year, they put school on hold, got married, and lived.
With music and purpose guiding them, school called again and to Nashville they went.
He became an audio engineer; she became a songwriter; music stayed central and they continued to create.
The couple formed Handsome and Gretyl and released their debut EP, Hold On Tight Love in 2011, followed by a Christmas EP, Wonder in 2012 and their first full-length, Miles and Miles in 2013. Throughout 2015, they crafted a new vision called TWELVE — an album that was created by writing, recording, and releasing one song at a time, one song for each month of the year. Until, finally, on December 12, 2015, the album was complete and the entire album was launched.
In 2016, Handsome and Gretyl (with children in tow) hit the road to tour, playing in homes, coffee shops, and venues all across the country and Canada. These days, they’re dreaming up a new collection of EPs and singles to be released throughout this coming year. Handsome (Brett) has begun two side projects, Wintry and Lullen.
Windwell is a melancholic band with warm, moody music. Using gentle acoustic guitar motifs, orchestral strings, and silky vocals, Wintry inspires and enfolds their listeners.
Lullen is a soft breath of soothing, seaborne melodies designed to mimic the calming, clearing effects of the sound of the ocean. Created with deep, warm felt piano and awash with subtle reverberations, Lullen moves listeners to center, focus, and dream.
Handsome and Gretyl have created an earthy folk feel crossed with an imaginative jaunt of pop, a sweet and tangy piece of wild berry pie. This duo draws from real life, delivering optimistic though realistic lyrics, seasoned with the chill of snow, the sea breeze, and the hope of tomorrow’s sunrise.