Scott Pryor is many things – Serious injury and wrongful death attorney, actor, filmmaker, and U.S. Marine. But ever since first witnessing his father play the piano as a kid, he dreamed of recording his music. With his debut album being released in 2024, Scott’s childhood dreams have finally become reality.
Scott grew up in the Mountain West states of Montana and Wyoming and has had a long and illustrious career, with most people knowing him as a filmmaker and actor. But Scott’s life has also seen him play plenty of other roles over the years. He is a U.S. Marine, fought courtroom battles as a criminal defense attorney and later a personal injury attorney (always fighting for the underdog), and studied worldwide to sharpen his understanding of the law in different countries.
He was successful as a filmmaker throughout the 2010s when he made three widely acclaimed films – Tulsa, Blackbear, and The List – and two short films, Take The Stand and Pale Horse. After this success, Scott founded the entertainment agency Pryor Entertainment.
But despite his growth in the film industry, music has always been a foundation stone in Scott’s artistry. He says that his father first lit the spark in him. “Originally, my father was my biggest influence,” Scott said. “He plays honky-tonk piano and is one of the best in the world. He has even been referred to as a savant on the piano in that style of music. He can’t read a note but plays it all by ear.”
As he drew inspiration from his father, Scott recalls that his dad lit up the room as a live performer. “Growing up, we were always invited to people’s houses so my dad could play piano and entertain. He played in churches out west, and the congregation always asked for more during a service. My dad would duly oblige, playing them hymns in a honky-tonk style.”
Now, years after first making his mark on the entertainment world, Scott is finally gearing up to release his debut album. Inspired by the no-nonsense, all-killer-no-filler, stadium-sized rock of artists like U2, Imagine Dragons, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, GNR, and Metallica, the 12 songs on Scott’s album aim right for the jugular.
That’s not to say that these songs aren’t profoundly affecting in their nature, though. Scott’s songs have been refined over decades so that what you hear is as smooth and polished as a river rock. These songs deftly tackle heavy issues, such as celebrity culture, the dark side of social media, personal tragedies, addiction, mental health, veteran struggles, and other vital matters.
To fully articulate what he wanted to say with these songs, Scott teamed up with vocal coach/producer “Mama Jan Smith” (Rob Thomas, Usher, Justin Bieber), and Jesse Owen Astin, musician/producer (Demi Lovato, Juliet Simms, Billy Ray Cyrus). These music producers – legendary in their own right – helped realize Scott’s long-held musical ambitions.
The album is gearing up to be one of 2024’s early success stories.