It's not uncommon to hear of musicians or bands taking months, or even years, to write an album.
But give local Christian singer/songwriter Bri Brunner her guitar and some free time, and she'll write a complete song in one sitting - with a little help.
"I feel like God motivates me to finish it then," Brunner, 17, of Altoona, said. "God definitely influences my song writing."
Bri Brunner of Altoona has her first single, “Smile,” available on iTunes.
As the result of that motivation, Brunner is gearing up to release a nine-song album and already has a single, "Smile," out on iTunes. She first picked up the guitar only a year and a half ago, inspired by other Christian bands and pop artist Taylor Swift. Now, she hopes the songs she's written are both relatable and inspiring.
"I like being a positive influence, writing good music that has a good meaning behind it," she said. "I hope to get the message to kids my age that it's OK to talk about God and encourage them to see how many other followers will inspire you and help you.
"It's not just humans who are by your side, God and Jesus are by your side, too, through hard times."
Jeff Rhodes of Hollidaysburg, who is producing Brunner's album and has been a songwriter for 20-some years, said he has been surprised at how easily the craft comes to Brunner.
"With Bri, there's just something about it," he said. "When you listen, it's just something that grows on you."
Rhodes said he likes Brunner's music because it isn't as "praise-y" as other Christian music. He added that Brunner has been very humble throughout the writing and recording process, despite her accomplishments.
"I'm more excited about it than she is," he said jokingly.
Brunner said it's still "unbelievable" to her that people are listening to and buying her music. But she'll have to start believing come April 27, when Brunner will hold a CD release party and benefit concert at 6 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Hollidaysburg. It is the first time she will play all songs from her album live.
Brunner said she enjoys playing live shows, though she sometimes gets nervous before going on stage.
"But while playing, I honestly feel like God is in control of me," she said. "If I mess up he helps me shake it off. ... He helps me through it and makes it an enjoyable experience."
The April 27 concert will benefit Camp Sequanota in Jennerstown, a Lutheran camp that inspired Brunner's song "Smile." Brunner hopes to use her music to raise money for different causes in the future.
Anyone who comes out to hear Brunner play live won't be disappointed, Rhodes said.
"When she's in front of people there's just something about her," he said. "As she grows with this she'll command attention, and she doesn't even realize it."
Visit www.bribrunner.com to listen to learn more about Brunner or for ticket information for the April 27 concert.
Mirror Staff Writer Beth Ann Downey is at 946-7520.