Powerhouse cello and vocal duo, Branden & James (America’s Got Talent, 2013) to release genre-bending, provocative music video of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game.
February 9th, 2017
Los Angeles, CA- Branden & James, the musical and romantic duo, announced today that they will be releasing the music video of their new single Wicked Game on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2017. The video is an allegory for the irony that can occur in relationships. “The video is definitely a lot more edgy and thought-provoking than anything we’ve released before. Some who have seen it say we’re definitely pushing boundaries. Some have even posed the question, ‘Is the world ready for this?’ But both Branden and I strongly believe that as artists it’s important to give our audiences something unexpected and to create conversations through our imagery and music,” says James Clark, cellist and primary arranger of the duo.
The song, recorded predominantly in Spanish, is a nod to Branden’s family heritage. His mother’s family is Spanish and Mexican, and he grew up speaking Spanish to his relatives. He’s always had a desire to record music in Spanish. While on America’s Got Talent, he performed a cover of the epic anthem, Alone, by the 80’s band Heart in both Spanish and English. “It’s just such a comfortable language for me to sing in. I really feel connected and at home with the material when we’re making music in the Spanish language,” Branden says.
As for the video, they utilized a team of directors and videographers as well as several breathtaking locations in Johannesburg, South Africa when they were on tour there in June/July 2016. While it was an unlikely place to record an American song in the Spanish language, the product is something that they are very proud of and they look forward to sharing it with the world. “We really believe this video is an unexplored commentary of how suppressed sexuality can affect relationships of all kinds. We hope people see it and pause to think about how common it is in the home to have this sort of occurrence,” Branden comments.
The single, Wicked Game by Branden & James has been available on iTunes since February 7th, 2017. The video will be released worldwide on several social media outlets: YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.