Touch of One Hand
God brought Brian to a career in music. At the age of six he lost his left leg in a lawn mowing accident but with the help of his mother, discovered a talent he didn't know he had. Being in choir all through high school and then landing a job as a main vocalist and piano player for a music show, Brian's career thrived. He has fronted as a piano player for, Tanya Tucker, Roger Miller, Ricky Skaggs, Roy Clark, Ray Stevens, Loretta Lynn and more. In Brian's early twenties, his music took another turn when the vehicle he was driving in was broadsided by an eighteen-wheeler. With a broken neck and a paralyzed left arm, Brian overcame saying 'God isn't finished with me yet,' and to this day continues to entertain and inspire everyone with his strong vocal talent, one-handed piano playing and songwriting ability. Brian is originally from Maryville, Missouri, but has called West Plains, Missouri home. Brian is the son of Southern Baptist minister, Bob Arnold, who was also the principal of the grade school he attended. His mother, Shirley, in her infinite wisdom, forced Brian to learn to play the piano. Little did he know how this would eventually shape his life forever. After graduating from West Plains high school in 1985, Brian attended SMSU as a music major. He quickly realized that he wasn't content there and joined a music show in Osage Beach, Missouri, called 'Mark Sexton's Starworld Showroom'. Brian left Osage Beach and moved to Branson, Missouri in 1989. He got a job at Wal-Mart in the toy department. He eventually landed a music job with the Wilkinson Brothers show. Later, he worked for the Wilhite Brothers, also known as the Noblemen, and Roy Clark's Celebrity Theater. At Roy's, Brian got to open for such nationally known country acts such as Roy Clark himself, Roger Miller, Tanya Tucker, Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, Jim Stafford (before he moved to Branson), Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Louise Mandrell, and many others. By 1990, Brian went to work for Silver Dollar City, playing piano for the Branson Brothers. While doing this, he met Terry Kaufman, lead singer of the Branson Brothers, and with Ashley Ellison, formed the gospel group,Chosen Few . He has continued to play the piano one-handed, even recording three piano tapes, and writing songs. Many of Brian's songs have been recorded by Chosen Few.