Bryan Cumming was raised in Georgia in a musical family, playing dixieland jazz and singing harmony on Beatles songs. After playing saxophone in the army, He toured and recorded with Martin Mull. His first ASCAP credit was "Do the Dog," an instrumental co-written with Mull, released as a single on Capricorn Records in 1976. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith was among the background vocalists on that song.
Moving to L.A., he toured with John Hall and Libby Titus, and started Studio 23 as a production company. While in L.A., he recorded, toured and appeared in videos with artists including Al Jarreau, Maria Muldaur, The Ohio Players, David Soul, Supertramp, Anne Murray, Michael Martin Murphy, Al Kooper and the Pointer Sisters. As a member of Billy Vera and the Beaters, he played on the number one single "At This Moment." He played lead guitar for ShaNaNa four years. With Jason Blume, he co-wrote "I Had A Heart," which in 1987 hit #2 on the Cashbox Independent Country singles chart. In 1995, "Trailer Hitch," a song Bryan co-wrote with Alice Townsend, was recorded by Ken Holloway, and reached #1 on Cashbox's Positive Country chart.
Moving to Nashville in 1988, he toured with K.T. Oslin, Cleve Francis, and a group called Wild About Harry. His songs have been recorded by Jim & the Animal Band (children's music,) Jim Robinson (Christian pop,) Ken Holloway (positive country), Swan Dive (bossa nova pop), Lynsey Bostick (country), Les Kerr (Cajun), and the Cluster Pluckers (bluegrass).