Classical Crossover Singer Branden James is a finalist on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent.
The California native has become increasingly sought after on the worldwide stage in the concert arena and opera house alike. His career has taken him now to more than 20 countries, professionally. Branden trained at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music in California and further held private studies in New York City. He has performed as a soloist with many major American symphony orchestras and has sung most notably with Los Angeles Opera, The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York City and at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
A regular soloist for the Los Angeles Lakers, Mr. James has had the honor of singing the National Anthem for scores of celebrities, dignitaries and fans at the world renowned Staples Center. As a recording artist, Mr. James can be heard on the soundtrack for the film REPO-OPERA starring Sarah Brightman and Paris Hilton and is recorded on Decca Records as The Magi on internationally acclaimed composer David Conte’s award winning opera, The Gift of The Magi. He is also recorded on the 2013 release, Zelda re-orchestrated.
Branden appeared in concert at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Rome for Pope Benedict XVI celebrating the occasion of his 80th birthday. Mr. James has enjoyed a longtime affiliation with The 12 Tenors, touring the majority of 5 continents and appearing as soloist on their second full length release entitled, I Believe.