THE DUO

BRANDEN & JAMES, "a powerhouse cello and vocal duo" (The Fight Magazine, Los Angeles), brings the soulful 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 a finalist on season 8 of America's Got Talent, appearances 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, accompanying Olivia Newton John, Idina Menzel and Bernadette Peters in multiple concerts. He initially came on board to music direct one of many charity concerts in which Branden was performing, and their connection was so immense they began to play together regularly. "Hardly a supporting player, but, rather, a true co-creator and co-star" (Robert Windeler, NY Times Correspondent) Clark started creating arrangements of familiar tunes that make you listen to them like you've never heard them before. Shortly after playing their first public concert together, they've been touring around the world with their innovative, classically inspired covers and original songs.

Since forming as a duo, they have shared the stage with legends such as Sarah Maclachlan, Rita Moreno, Sally Struthers and Loretta Divine. They recently debuted at Feinstein's/54 Below in New York City to critical acclaim. They regularly entertain for Princess, Oceania, Azamara, Seabourne, Regent and Silverseas. In 2019 they will make their debuts at The Savannah Center in Florida, Feinstein's at The Nikko in San Francisco and The Lensic Center for the Performing Arts in Santa Fe, NM. 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 creating something people haven't heard before." In the meantime, Branden and James just recorded a brand new album with Billboard chart-topping producer Patrick Hamilton (Jackie Evancho, Katherine Jenkins, David Garrett) full of originals and covers including a collaboration with Billboard #1 recording artist, Shoshana Bean.

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. Recently signing a book deal with Start Publishing, a division of Simon & Schuster, he is set to release his memoir in 2019. "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 share their own stories and seek a stronger support system. Many told me of struggles that were far more dangerous and heartbreaking than mine. It was then I realized how much power there is in being open and transparent. There is good in living with authenticity. I want to be an inspiration for people and a looked to as a leader in the world. I think it's part of my calling. The whole experience was a complete epiphany which has quite frankly transformed me," Branden says.

His solo 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 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" In television, He has served 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. "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, concert pianist and arranger 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, Mr. Clark plays exclusively with vocal artist, and America's Got Talent finalist, Branden James, to form the aptly named cello-vocal duo BRANDEN & JAMES. His musical arrangements have been called "flawless" and "beautifully structured" and he is fast becoming a sought after arranger for artists across all genres. He recently collaborated with classical-crossover producer, Patrick Hamilton to write arrangements for his duo's forthcoming full-length studio album.

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