BBA grad Pierce Fulton releases debut album

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Readers: This story was edited at 12:21 on Thursday, July 6 to correct the title of Pierce Fulton's album to "Better Places."

Former Stratton resident and Burr and Burton Academy graduate Pierce Fulton has already made a name for himself in the progressive house and electric dance music (EDM) genres.

Last Friday, Fulton, now 25, took another step in his growing career, releasing his debut album "Better Places" through the Tunecore online digital music service.

"Better Places," which includes nine original tracks written by Fulton, his girlfriend and fellow singer/songwriter Noosa and Josh Ocean, illustrates his motivation to build on his unique voice as an artist. Fulton wrapped up the album just three weeks ago, claiming the album's final product came out of frustration.

The music industry has recently shifted to an anti-album phase, where labels prefer that artists release one or two singles at a time to promote and spread awareness rather than a full record. This attitude suggests a music industry focused more on the business side compared to the artist side, something Fulton perceives as concerning.

Although albums require great effort, the production is a risk that doesn't always pay off. Luckily for Fulton, the personal and professional risk was worth it, because he wrote and recorded the music he wanted to without expectations.

"I feel relieved. I never got the full message out that I wanted to until this album," he said of the final product.

From a manager's standpoint, his brother Griff Fulton holds great pride for the album they put together "with [their] small team and without a label involved It has been such an exciting, emotional and insightful journey finding [their] own little place within a very cutthroat and rapidly changing industry."

Fulton moved from Connecticut to Stratton during his middle school years, attending Long Trail School and Stratton Mountain School before spending four years at Burr and Burton Academy. He worked at Village Picture Shows in Manchester and at Bromley's Fun Zone, competing in snowboard contests at Stratton as a teen.

But he also discovered how much he loved music.

Neil Freebern, a music teacher at BBA, supported and encouraged Fulton to pursue his passion for music, serving as a mentor.

"Pierce was quite a talented musician in high school," Freebern said. "He took just about every music offering we had at the time. It was enjoyable to witness how Pierce applied these experiences to his own compositions. He brings a new level of sophistication to a popular genre.

"Listen carefully to his songs, there is a lot going on in every composition," Freebern said. "The success that Pierce has achieved has served not only to bring great music into the world, but has given my current music students inspiration to pursue their passions."

While Fulton left Vermont to pursue his career and now lives in Los Angeles, he has a deep appreciation for his time in Vermont. He says the relative isolation of growing up here allowed him the freedom to experiment, and he credits that greatly for his rising. To him, every performance in Vermont is meaningful, because he never imagined pursuing music in his home state. The most recent came at Stratton's Minus Zero festival in April.

What's next for Fulton? A North American tour showcasing live shows with Noosa and NVDES (both featured in "Better Places") is scheduled to kick off in the fall, in addition to production work with good friend and actor Ansel Elgort.


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