About Brandon Elliot Smith
When you come from a small family with a modest income, you have to dream BIG... When your dreams consist of a successful career in the music industry, yet you reside in a town that is not particularly known for launching music careers, you must carry a very specific mindset... You need to possess a hunger that most ordinary individuals would not understand, you need to believe in yourself above & beyond the level you once thought possible, you need possess a level of focus that will block out even the greatest of distractions and you need to bear a determination that will withstand even the greatest of challenges & hardships. While some reap the benefits of residing in areas that are well-known for handily launching careers in the music & entertainment industry, some of the brightest talents fail to obtain this type of luxury. Some would view this as a negative, but for others, it causes them to realize that at the end of the day, they will have to sing a little bit better, dream a little bit bigger, write/produce with a little bit more passion, dig a little bit deeper and, altogether, put forth a bit more effort
than the next guy who’s standing in line: Enter the world of
singer/songwriter/musician/producer Brandon Elliot Smith.
A young native of Phoenix, Arizona, Brandon has been blessed with talents that many could only dream about. Singing for most of his life, playing several instruments for the same amount of time and writing/producing for over a decade, it’s needless to say that Brandon has made it a life-long goal to consistently strive for excellence in all that he does musically. Like many of your most successful recording artists & musicians, Brandon began his musical journey in the church as a singer, drummer, organist and then ultimately the musical director for a young adult choir. Brandon was selected into numerous honor ensembles throughout his High School years (including the renowned "Arizona Grammy Regional All-Star Jazz Choir" 3 consecutive years) and he also participated in band, dance and theatre. Brandon was awarded a partial scholarship to the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he studied for 2 years as a voice student under the "Professional Music" major. Due to financial hardships and personal circumstances, Brandon found himself reluctantly facing a situation that would ultimately force him to return to his hometown of Phoenix, AZ. prior to graduating. For many who bear the same life-long dream of building a successful career in the music industry, this would prove to be a heartbreaking & altogether devastating blow. This disappointing shortfall, however, did not stop Brandon’s determination to succeed.
Since that time, Brandon has garnered numerous accomplishments including producing music for several live high-profile events, writing/producing music for other artists, becoming the musical director for the Arizona Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, being selected as a contestant for Arizona Idol (2003, 2006), winning numerous online music contests, building a large following on MySpace and YouTube, and ultimately obtaining radio play on radio stations both local and out-of-state (with rave listener reviews to follow in each case). Most recently, Brandon completed two mixtapes titled "From THEN to NOW" (VOL1 and VOL2) which showcase several years worth of music Brandon has recorded from home, starting from the oldest & ending with the most current. With both mixtapes totaling over 40 tracks combined, Brandon not only illustrates his own vocal, writing & production skills but also illustrates collaborations with some of the brightest up-coming producers from around the country and around the world.
Brandon says, "We live in a day & age where the 'movers & shakers' in the music business seem to base their decisions not on the quality of music but rather A. the amount of gimmicks a person brings to the table, B. a person’s outward appearance, C. what that person is willing to do behind closed doors, &/or D. the amount of back flips a person can do from one side of the stage to the other during a live performance. I think it is safe to say that the times of the old are long gone as far as being in a situation where simply having a good voice could get you on. You have to bring so much more to the table nowadays and while I have come to learn and accept this fact over the last few years, I promised myself this one thing: I promised myself that I would always stay true to myself in regards to the person that God has created me to be. Altogether, I promised myself that I would never compromise just to be accepted into this group, onto that label, or into this circle. If that keeps my music off the top of the charts, if that keeps my name off the music award nomination ballots &/or if that keeps my picture off the magazine covers, that’s a price i'm willing to pay as long as I continue to be contacted by countless new fans who continue to tell me how much my music has meant to them. At the end of the day, the response I continue to get from my friends, fans & supporters is a reward that you just can't put a price tag on. That reward is priceless, and I can honestly say that I would not trade it for anything else in the world."
Like a small handful of other artists (both established and on the rise), Brandon’s primary goal has been simple: To solidify a dedicated fan following that is based primarily on his first love: SINGING... As a person who has been trained to never spend too much time celebrating his most recent accomplishment, Brandon is constantly striving towards reaching that next goal &/or taking advantage of that next big opportunity. One of the greatest challenges has proven to be the process of somehow standing out amongst the masses of true talent (especially those who already handily reside in one of the several industry "hot-spots"). Despite this reality, Brandon has absolutely refused to give up on his life-long dream. Strategy is key, & while the road to success most certainly has not been easy, Brandon’s accomplishments both recent and soon-to-come have continued to prove this one thing: In life, everyone has their "time". For Brandon Elliot Smith, that "time" is NOW...