Brendan James
Before singer-songwriter Brendan James was signed to Decca Records and had the opportunity to release music -- including his new self-titled album -- he was living in New York, N.Y. and trying to improve his craft. There was just one problem: He didn't have a piano. When James recently visited PopEater's headquarters to preview his new tunes, he explained that he spent those days sneaking into hotel ballrooms to practice on their pianos. Smart idea, but did he ever get in trouble?

"A lot," James told PopEater, laughing. "It was one of those things ... you're so desperate. Nobody's heard your music. You just wanna write better songs and become a better piano player. You'll just do anything."