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Brandon Newsome

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Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Brandon Newsome was exposed to various styles of music at an early age. Often listening to his parents’ collection of records, he developed a great love and respect for music.

By the age of 13 Brandon was already playing full-time at his home church in Chicago, where he learned to further understand accompaniment. As a teenager, Brandon played drums and percussion in the hit stage plays Cabin in the Sky, and Bojo Goes Retro. He played his first major gig at the age of 17 with country/rock recording artist Rockin’ Billy & The Wild Coyotes. As the Music Director of the New Direction Gospel Choir, he became aware of the countless perspectives of musical approach.

Brandon privately studied with Professor Thomas L. Davis throughout his undergraduate years at Tennessee State University. It was during this time that he developed his incredible work ethic and began to embrace his desire to play music as his chosen profession. Brandon has recorded with numerous artists at studios such as Bravo Voice Studio, CHOMCO Digital, Headroom, Lyricanvass, and Loud Studios.

Brandon has opened for and shared the stage with Jon B., Lisa McClendon, Howard Hewitt, Stephen Hurd, Dave Hollister, Blue Magic, Dr. Bobby Jones & The Nashville Super Choir, Antonio Neal, Angela Spivey, Pastor Smokie Norful, Niyoki (formerly of Prince), Van Hunt, Raheem DeVaughn, Anthony Hamilton, PJ Morton, Laura Izibor, Ann Nesby, Shelly Fairchild, and many others. Tours include: 2003-hit stage play Lord Why Do I Keep Choosing the Wrong Man, 2005-The Driftors, 2009- Tonex Live Unspoken Tour.A few of Brandon’s current television appearances include Touching The World Ministries NBC+ and PBS Networks, Not Just Country –airing on Fox 17, My TV 30, BET/Word networks- Niyoki Live.

Brandon believes in accompaniment and understands his role as the drummer, when asked to give words of wisdom to peer musicians he smiles and says, “To groove is to love so fall in”. Expect great things in the future from the hands of this drummer.