Moving people with his voice: Brandon Burrows releases debut album
14-year-old R&B-pop crooner recorded On The Move with prominent musicians
Despite being only 14 years-old, Brandon Burrows is already planning to follow a different path instead of going into the family business that is four generations-old. Today's release of his debut album, On The Move, the cover of which shows Burrows sitting atop a moving crate, is the first step towards what the R&B-pop singer hopes will be an enduring music career. The album title and first single, On The Move, is a nod to the family's moving and transport business. Burrows, whose great-grandfather was one of the founders of the International Association of Movers, hopes that his Sketchin Records release will move people through music.
The generous seventeen-song collection, produced by Amber & Rob Whitlock, is comprised of compositions by iconic singer-songwriters Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens, Bob Marley, Ray Charles, and Kenny Loggins along with a pair of originals, including one co-penned by Burrows (Chase Your Dreams). Burrows helped select the songs for the album with his long-time vocal coach, Amber Whitlock. He recently told the North County Times newspaper, Amber and I whittled it down to some songs that fit well with the originals we had written and also my voice and how I could perform them. We wanted to have different energy levels so it would make a good concert.
Born in Guam and residing in San Diego since the age of four, Burrows recorded On The Move in New York City where a noted ensemble helped him realize his dream including keyboardist Rob Whitlock (The Jazz Crusaders), guitarist Chuck Loeb (Kirk Whalum, Metro), bassist Will Lee (David Letterman's Late Show Band, Sting), bassist Anthony Jackson (Steely Dan, Madonna), bassist Alex Al (Herbie Hancock), drummer Cliff Almond (Michel Camilo), trombonist Andy Martin (Natalie Cole, Pussycat Dolls), trumpeter Wayne Bergeron (Christina Aguilara, Ray Charles) and saxophonist John Rekevics (Checkfield, Big Mountain) along with vocalists Amber Whitlock (Max Bennett), Jim Gilstrap (Stevie Wonder) and Dorian Holley (American Idol vocal coach).
To help launch the album, Burrows performed for a boisterous crowd at Dizzy's in San Diego over the Memorial Day weekend. Additional shows at local clubs are being scheduled for the coming summer months.
The title track has been garnering radio spins across the nation and reviewers are beginning to take note of the talented teenager who possesses the poise and passion of an old soul. Below are some of the early highlights.
Os Place Jazz: We had to do a double-take after popping this CD into the player. Brandon's voice is a lot more than we anticipated. He's got depth, range and a lot of heart and soul. You will definitely hear more from Brandon, one of the best young talents we have heard in a long time!
SmoothJazz.com: this talented singer debuts with On The Move, a sparkling collection of mostly classic pop hits. This is timeless stuff, ranging from Jimi Hendrix (The Wind Cries Mary and Fire) to Stevie Wonder (Superwoman) to Cyndi Lauper (True Colors), all delivered with gusto and an authority that belies Brandon's age. Comparisons will be made to early Michael Jackson (Brandon's cover of the Jackson Fives I Want You Back will definitely take you back and aback.), so get aboard the early fan-base. Believe me, this kid has talent to spare!
N2Entertainment.com: Brandon Burrows latest CD is appropriately titled On The Move because this 14-year-old soulful crooner is definitely going places. It takes major confidence to tackle some of the biggest pop, gospel and R&B songs. But Burrows gets the job done in fine fashionOn The Move is an impressive debut and now sets the stage for what should be more great music from this rising star.