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THE DUO

BRANDEN JAMES, the Cello and Vocal duo, brings the stirring timbre of James on his cello combined with Branden’s emotional and powerful vocals, creating a sound that leaves audiences feeling moved and inspired. “…the always supportive, sometimes haunting power of the cello accompanying Branden’s voice solidifies the classical sound, adds new depth to the popular, and allows the audience to just sit back and take it in…so movingly, that you may forget to breathe!” says Paul Lisnek - Host of Broadway in Chicago Backstage.

The energy and fervor behind their music has a story to tell of their unique pairing. Branden had a successful career on stage and in recording prior to his meeting the Australian cellist, James. Some of Branden’s accolades include finishing as 2013 Finalist on America’s Got Talent, residencies at The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Los Angeles Opera, two world tours with the renowned Twelve Tenors and two solo releases worldwide. James brought to the mix his own share of musical accomplishments, studying as a pianist at a young age and a career in music education before discovering performance as his ultimate love. James initially came on board to music direct one of many charity concerts that Branden was performing in at the time and their connection was so immense they began to play together. Since then, they’ve been touring around the world playing their original songs and innovative, classically inspired covers.

Reminiscent for some as The Piano Guys meets Josh Groban, they weave familiar melodies of pop tunes in classical style with their own unique sound. Branden says, “people tell us we’re so unique and different. I think that’s what excites us most. We’re actually doing something that hasn’t been done before.”

ABOUT BRANDEN

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Branden James' voice inspired millions as a finalist on season 8 of America's Got Talent. And his story continues to do the same. “After my time on the show (AGT), thousands of people from around the world reached out to me and told me how much I inspired them to come out or seek a stronger support system. And many told me of struggles that were far more dangerous and heartbreaking than mine. It was then I realized is there is power in being open and transparent. There is good in living with authenticity. I want to be an inspiration for people and a leader in the world. I think its part of my calling. It was a complete epiphany which has quite frankly transformed me,” Branden says.

His 2015 EP release, CROSSOVER, explores Branden’s heartfelt, sometimes folksy songwriting and his penchant for singing other styles of music that may not generally be associated with a classical crossover artist. Branden spent much of the last decade singing in Residence at The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Having appeared in concert at The Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and Trafalgar Square in London, His travels have also honored him with a personal performance for Pope Benedict XVI and the Nelson Mandela family in South Africa. He has kicked off game for The Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Cubs, Whitesox and The Gay Games 2014 with his own passionate rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” James has also hit the Las Vegas strip, headlining a show entitled "Spirit of The Dance" He is a regular Solo Entertainer for Crystal, Princess and Holland America Cruise lines. In television, He serves as co-host for the wildly popular Afterbuzz TV network and has been a guest on TV shows in The US and around the globe in countries such as Norway, Sweden, Denmark, South Africa, Romania, and The United Kingdom.  Currently, Branden is based in Los Angeles where he plays in a vocal/cello duo with James Clark aptly named BRANDEN JAMES. Recently partnered with Scott Page’ (Pink Floyd) new music start-up Ignited Network, they are in the beginning stages of recording a full length album together. Branden recently made his solo Carnegie Hall debut in “An American Christmas Carol” alongside Sarah McLachlan, Kate Winslet and Neil Sedaka. “I’m thrilled to see what the future holds. And I hope my music and story continue to be an agent for change in this world.” 

ABOUT JAMES

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As an accomplished musician, Australian cellist James Clark has performed with some of the biggest stars from around the world. With artists ranging from Idina Menzel and Olivia Newton John to Van Dyke Parks and Lea Salonga, he has showcased his talents to a wide variety of audiences.

Born in Adelaide, Australia, James holds a Masters Degree in music performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, California State University, Long Beach. Prior to his music performance career, he was tenured as a full time music teacher at Immanuel College, a Lutheran coeducational high school, where he was Director of Strings from 2007 until the end of 2012.

Utilizing his roles as cellist, pianist, arranger, and musical director, James has recently teamed up with vocal artist, and America’s Got Talent finalist, Branden James, to form the aptly named cello-vocal duo BRANDEN JAMES. 

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