Bryana Salaz stepped on stage at “NBC’s The Voice” for her Blind Audition in September, 2014. Unsure of what the future would hold she gave it all she had as she impressed the audience and the coaches singing “Problem” by Ariana Grande. Bryana’s nerves didn’t get the best of her. As a result she turned three chairs. She was honored that even one would consider her. She was encouraged and humbled to hear the three explain why she should choose them as her coach. Bryana was faced with a difficult decision on the spot, as she felt all of the coaches would have so much to offer her. Her final decision was Gwen Stefani. Bryana says she chose Gwen because,
"Gwen Stefani is one one of the best performers today. I have been a fan of hers for a very long time because she is original and secure in who she is as an artist and because of that she has longevity in this industry. When I had to decide who I felt could best coach me, I felt Gwen would be thebest at helping me understand who I am as an artist and shape me int the artist I want to be."
Little did Bryana know on that day she went from a relatively unknown teenager to a celebrity
Bryana is not your typical teen. Being raised in a military family, Bryana has moved every two to three years since she was born. This includes attending four high schools between her freshman and senior years. Her many moves taught Bryana to easily adapt to her environment. This quality serves her well in a difficult industry where she is often put on the spot to perform and interview. Bryana’s captivating sound and dynamic performance is her strength.
Bryana was 12 years old when her mom entered her in a military singing competition. Bryana reluctantly agreed to participate. With a lot of encouragement, she stepped on that stage and discovered that not only did she love singing, she also loved being on stage. As a result of the competition, she was, asked to perform at several different venues in Hawaii such as Don Ho’s Island Grill, Martin Luther King Jr. event at Kapiolani Park and she performed the “National Anthem” for the D.A.R.E program with an audience of about 10,000. After discovering the passion Bryana had for singing, she was referred to one of the best vocal instructors in Hawaii, Yvonne Iversen.
Once Bryana got a taste of entertaining, she was unstoppable. She participated in multiple singing competitions, She branched out into performing in musicals and auditioned for “High School Musical 2” at the Ft. Shafter Richardson Theatre. Although she was allowed to audition, they told her she was too young for any of the roles. The director, impressed with the audition created a role for her as the “Jr. Sharpettes.” She went on to perform in several more musicals
Upon moving to Atlanta Georgia, Bryana continued performing in the theater and singing competitions. She auditioned for "America’s Got Talent" in 2011 and advanced to the The Las Vegas Rounds.
Bryana soon found that singing wasn't her only passion. While in Atlanta, she signed with the JPervis Talent Agency. Where she pursued her career in acting. She booked a principal role in the feature film “Joyful Noise” as part of a Children’s Choir. She also booked a guest star role in the TV sitcom “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” in 2011. While stationed in San Antonio Texas, from 2012-2014, she signed with Dallas agency Kim Dawson and LA agency Osbrink to appear in national commercials: “Just Dance 4,”“Capri Sun” and “Bop It’. Bryana was one of the youngest Level 1 performers ever hired at Sea World in San Antonio. Though she loved working at Sea World she gave it up to become a contestant on “The Voice Season 7.”
While participating in “The Voice" she once again was relocated with her family to St. Louis, MO. During her experience on The Voice, Bryana signed with Rhythm Artist Management. Through the creative artist management and development of her manager, Michael Scott, Bryana learned how to perform with a band "instead of singing to tracks" as Bryana said, and has grown tremendously from a talent show performer to a serious music artist.
Bryana is currently concentrating on her solo music career and acting career. Bryana says her love for singing is equal to her love for acting. Her latest project is in Fox's Pilot, "Urban Cowboy" where Bryana has been cast as Anita. She says it is the role of her life, as she not only has the opportunity to act, but to sing as well. Bryana has built a positive reputation in both the music and film industry through her impeccable work ethic and character.
Simply being in her presence you can’t help but notice she is truly genuine and joyful. Watching her interact with her fans you see that she has a sincere heart and a love for people. These qualities are obvious as she goes out of her way to spend one on one time with each person asking questions about them rather than talking about herself. Bryana’s faith is what she says keeps her grounded while she is on this whirlwind, saying she is enjoying the journey she is on and realizes that none of this would be possible without trusting in Jesus.