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Chicago native Brandon James was born “Brandon James Foster”. He states that he “started doing music as an outlet for depression early in life. I wasn’t very popular in school and I was considered a latchkey kid due to my mother’s work schedule and my father’s battles with alcoholism.” On a teacher’s suggestion to find extracurricular activities, Brandon joined the choir. He finished the eighth grade with a determination to elevate his understanding of music and succeed with his own music.
Constantly challenging himself to become better at his craft, he has taken voice lessons from Bobby Wilsyn, Ars Musica, and Andrew Schultze. He has played with Earth, Wind & Fire and performed at some of Chicago’s most notable venues including the UIC Pavilion and the House of Blues. Brandon has also earned a degree in music performance and business from the Columbia College of Chicago. Forever seeking to share his story and testimony, Brandon seeks to inspire, touch hearts and provoke thought with his music.
R&B | Pop | Jazz
Chicago R&B Artist Brandon James Set To Premiere His New Music Video “Drifting”
Chicago, IL r&b, and soul artist Brandon James is set to premiere his new music video for “Drifting” on September 25th, 2020. “Drifting,” is the first single off the three-track E.P titled after the lead song released on June 17th, 2020. The album is currently available on all major streaming networks and directly on Brandon's website. The single will have a YouTube premiere to all fans, friends, and interested parties. Fans and media can view the video in advance via the artist’s...
- 10/29/2020, Video Release, "Drifting " View
- 07/08/2020, EP Release, "Drifting " View
- 03/13/2020 View
- 07/02/2019, Single Release, "So Emotional" View
- 06/07/2019, Single Release, "So Emotional" View
- 05/20/2019, Single Release, "So Emotional", Brandon James Records View
- 04/07/2019, Chicago, IL, Reggies Music Joint View
- 12/06/2018 View
- Jam Sphere , Track review, 07/19/2014, Brandon James: “An Underdog’s Tale” Combines Power, Passion and Beauty
- Neu Futr, Article, 12/12/2015, Introducing Brandon James
- 24 Our Music , Track review, 03/19/2016, Brandon James’ Vocals Lead the Way on “Surreal”
- Music Boom Box , Track review, 06/12/2016, Brandon James Love Rising
- Coast 2 Coast Magazine, Article, 07/13/2016, Brandon James Independent Hustler
- Skope Magazine , Article, 07/17/2017, Brandon James the Native of Chicago’s Terrain
- 360 Magazine , Article, 08/01/2017, Brandon James
- Nerve DJ's , Track review, 10/03/2017, It's More Than Just The Lady That You Don't Want To Miss When Listening To Brandon James New Single "There She Goes"