Brandon Kress

Brandon Kress

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, Arizona, United States
Total Song Plays: 258   
Member Since: 2007
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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Biography

Brandon has been deemed as a "pleasure to work with" by faculty at Berklee and "the perfect fit" by his lyricist, Bryan David. A songwriter and musical theatre composer/writer, his ambition and drive for excellence is taking him to a new level in the music industry.

Brandon started out at the age of 3 taking piano lesson but was very hyperactive and didn't take well to the instrument. by the age of 5 he wanted to play drums and prayed for a year before his parents gave in and got him a drum set. At the same time he was heavily active in community theatre even at a young age doing youth shows and other shows including the King and I. He took 2 lessons on the drums and his instructor moved and Brandon decided to not take lessons any more but he didn't give them up.

Time passed and Brandon was playing drums for his church but talking about going into a life of computer animation. He was homeschooled so education seemed to pass by faster giving him more time to focus on things he wanted to do. Then his parents decided to change churches from a church of 300 to 17,000 where he had to meet all new friends and start over again. This time it was a little bit harder to get to the point where he was recognized as a drummer and allowed to play for any one of the groups at church. His chance came though at a youth camp talent show when he played drums in front of the whole group and was asked to join the youth band as a percussionist.

At the age of 14, Brandon and his new church friends started a punk band where he played drums and sang background vocals on stage while writing all the music off stage. The band chose the name The Lollipop Guild which later was shortened to The Guild when the band started making leaps and bounds in their city's scene. It was when they plateaued that Brandon realized that they'd never reach the level he wanted with the bands talent and mind set. In the end, the break-up was for the best.

This was the point in Brandon's life that he started doing theatre a lot more and learning how to write plays. At 16, he had started college at the local community college and decided that he'd go into music rather than doing computer animation. At the same time he was playing percussion on and off for the youth band but finally ran out of patience, waiting to be moved into the drums and stopped playing entirely and focused on his other music and theatre. This was about the time that he decided to start Chateau d'If and also started playing drums with his friend Jake's band, De Capulet.

He played off and on for different people and found himself accepted to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. While he was working on getting a scholarship and making his way to Boston, he was in a professional version of Godspell and started playing Synth/keys for the youth band.

The next year brought some unfortunate events. After 2 scholarship auditions on drums, no scholarship came of it. To add to that, Brandon was cast in an India tour of Godspell that fell through due to the financial backer, backing out. And finally to top it off, his grandfather died. God must have been looking out for him in the end though because he would have never gotten to Berklee without the money from his grandfather's will. The only problem? That only pays for 3 semesters worth at Berklee.

He's at it again though, working his hardest to get a scholarship and remain at the institution he's grown to love this last year. While at Berklee, Brandon decided to major in Songwriting. He also has been very active with his writing, teaming up with a lyricist to write the original musical theatre piece, White Chapel: the Life and Times of Jack the Ripper. He also has entered many songwriting contests while writing for his new band, Ahh, Tempo! Where he plays synth and is the lead vocalist.

Brandon hopes to finish out Berklee and write for a living.