In Part 7, the final section of the book How to Fix a Broken Record, Amena writes about the lessons she's learned from vinyl records, Herbie Hancock, and finding her own voice.
In this episode, Amena talks with bass player Brandon Gilliard who has played with artists such as Prince, Janelle Monae, and Lecrae. He shares how he creates and sustains the groove in music and in life.
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Brandon Gilliard is a first call session and world touring bass player. He has recorded or shared stages with artists such as LECRAE, Janelle Monae, Big Boi of OutKast, David Crowder, Erykah Badu, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Bebe Winans, PRINCE and a plethora of others. He has also performed with world class ensembles such as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Brandon Gilliard has performed on the stages of stadiums, clubs, auditoriums, theaters and arenas around the world from Nashville to Australia. That list includes The Ryman Auditorium aka “The Original Grand Ole’ Opry” in Nashville, two headline performances at Coachella Fest (the largest music festival in the United States), two sold out performances at The Sydney Opera House, The Super Bowl Budweiser Pre-Show, The United Center (Prince ft. Janelle Monae) and several performances at The White House.
Today Brandon Gilliard is one of the most sought after and respected bass players in the world. His ability to adapt, attention to tone, professionalism, sightreading ability and vast knowledge of theory allow him to work with artists that cross a wide variety of genres such as country, hip hop, rock, jazz, bluegrass, R&B, gospel, classical, funk and pop. Brandon Gilliard’s approach to music is simple, yet unique. Play every note as if it’s your only chance, make it groove and remember that the artist comes first when working as a sideman.
For more information on Brandon Gilliard, visit http://btgill.com/.
Released December 10, 2017.
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