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Brent Sutton (born May 26, 1987) is an American musician/artist and songwriter from Arizona, best known for his solo work and his role as the former guitarist of US rock band Hollywood Heartthrob
The youngest of 6 children, Brent was born and raised in the small town of Williams to parents Bill and Linda. Brent picked up the drums at age 9 and continued to play throughout his early teenage years in his church and as drumline captain in the school marching band. It was not until age 13 that he picked up the instrument that would mold his future.
After watching a video from American heavy-metal band, Pantera, Brent was instantly inspired by Pantera guitarist, Dimebag Darrell and saved up enough money from his paper route to get his first guitar from a small local music shop. He started practicing seriously right away up to 6-10 hours a day, attacking songs from bands like Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold, and Creed.
Years later after graduating from High School, Sutton moved to Phoenix to pursue his music career, instantly attracting the interest in a number of bands. He joined what would become Hollywood Heartthrob in 2008, which soon after rose as local success.
In early 2009, the band released their debut self-produced full-length record ‘The Takeover’ with engineer Ryan Greene (NOFX, Authority Zero), launching the band into a sold-out album release show at Celebrity Theatre, a cover story in the Phoenix New Times, radio play and nation-wide tours; including the Vans Warped Tour. The band's unique image, style and catchy guitar leads, attracted a large following of fans.
After finishing a fall tour in 2010, the band took a short break to start writing for their next record. Conflicted with feelings of personal and musical differences, Sutton announced his departure from the band and took a backspin to his roots to go back to his hometown to focus entirely on his playing and craft his soon to be first released solo EP, Inception.
The solo EP was released a year later on the night of October 31st, featuring musicians that Sutton handpicked to embellish the record; including Rafe Sweet (Bionic Jive), Brandon Kruszeniak (ColdFusion), Danny Saba, child vocalist Emelia Boatner and others.
After receiving the EP's first review 1 month after it's release in 2011, Music Emissions reviewer branded Brent Sutton as "a potential heir apparent to (Steve) Vai's throne". Though Sutton respectfully disagreed, saying he didn't and still does not think himself worthy of the high praised comment whatsoever, he later added that he very much appreciated his playing being appreciated by someone he's never met.
Brent continues to pursue his music endeavors and resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife Kat and two daughters Harper and Hazel Sutton.