About Brandon Gilliard
The string-pickin', groovin' and swingin' phenomenon that is Brandon Gilliard is currently working as touring and session bassist for the Atlantic Records Recording Artist, Janelle Monáe.
This fine gentleman has shared the stage with an incredible potpourri of world-known artists and groups, such as Avery Sunshine, Kimbra, David Crowder, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Tye Tribbett, Maceo Parker, Bob Carlisle, Jennifer Holliday, Ann Nesby, Archie Bell, Vicky Beeching, Daysahead, Juanita Bynum, Angie Stone, Bebe Winans, INOJ, Chionua, Hawk, Roman GianArthur, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and many more.
Brandon began his musical journey at a very early age. He started playing alongside his father at the local church and soon found himself to be lured down the psychedelic pathway of music. As he grew older, he served as the drum major in his high school marching band and, to this day, holds the mighty fine title as his school's very first electric bass guitar player. As his passion for music grew stronger, he attended the Anderson University as a Music Major and graduated with a B.A. in Music and a concentration on Double Bass, in the year of 2005. From here, Brandon immediately moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to further pursue his career as a professional musician.
In spite of his early age, Brandon has become one of the most respected and sought after bass players in the realm of music. With the soul of Motown session players from yesteryear, this sultan of swing quickly indulged in collaborations with a wide palette of well-known artist, during which he was introduced to a great variety of musical genres, such as country, hip hop, rock, jazz, bluegrass, R&B, gospel, classical, funk and pop.
Through great determination, incomparable attention to tone and a vast knowledge of musical theory, this equilibrist has adapted a quite unique approach to playing his instrument - a true and hardworking harbinger of the bass guitar.