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Singing sensation Brandon James is a rising star who’s setting his sights on making an impact across the globe.
Chicago native Brandon James delivers a versatile sound of pop and soul to his ever growing fanbase and has plans of delivering much more. Lauren Tate of Serious Art Magazine describes him and his music as “ a refreshingly classic but up to date sound that out shines most upcoming singers.”
Brandon is currently working on releasing a new Album “Soul Sessions” out now!! The album will be distributed by Ditto Music and made available for download on ITunes, streamed on Spotify and available for purchase on his website The lead single will be released on October 14th. It will be promoted to the world in a music video debuted on Youtube and rotation on MTV. A midwest promotional tour is also in the works.
A Chicago native Brandon James celebrates his birthday on March 17th. He states that he “started doing music as an outlet for depression in Elementary School.” Not realizing his full potential at the time he also states that he “first realized his full potential and passion for singing at the age of 12, after being pushed to become involved in various music related school projects to keep him out of trouble.”
After high school he challenged himself to become a better at his craft, including taking voice lessons from Bobby Wilsyn one of the best Chicago Jazz musicians as well as Ars Musica and Classical singer Andrew Schultze.Seeking to learn music on all levels Brandon James attended Columbia College of Chicago where he earned a degree in Music Performance & Music Business in 2009. The same year Brandon got the chance to perform with legendary band Earth,Wind and Fire.
Brandon James’s primary goal is to share his story and testimony through his music with millions of people all over the world. He seeks to to inspire,touch hearts and provoke thought with his music. In addition to performing live at various notable venues across Chicago including the UIC Pavilion. Brandon James current singles “Surreal” “Dreams, Hopes, Drama” and “There She Goes” can be heard on his website and at www.branddo20music.com
BARRY AND THE FOUNTAINS
Barry J. Fontenot is a Louisiana-born, Chicago-based soul musician with a love of pushing boundaries and a flair for the dramatic. Raised in the “Deep Soul” and “Delta Blues” musical traditions, Barry’s vocal style brings to mind the strong, rich tenor notes of legendary singers such as Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. In his original compositions, however, Barry reveals the eclectic influences that have followed him throughout his musical journey—he strives, in his own words, to “write em’ like Jazz songs, play em’ like Rock songs, and sing em’ like Soul songs.”
Originally a Classical Tenor specializing in choral music, Barry decided to return to his musical roots in 2013, forming a Soul Band called “Barry Fontenot and the Hurricanes,” which performed mostly covers of the great Motown performers who had so inspired him in his youth. In 2014, while drunk and bleeding in Mexico, Barry wrote his first original song, “Desiree.” While the circumstances surrounding the song’s writing were less than glamourous, as Barry himself often explains (at-length) on stage, the experience of writing and performing original music was one that affected him to the extent that he now performs primarily his own songs, and has written upwards of three hours of performance material.
Upon moving to Chicago, Barry met The Fountains members, together they created a solid bond, smoothly complementing Barry’s voice and songs. Barry and The Fountains performing regularly in different venues and events around Chicagoland. Their debut single is about to be released soon.