Brandon Gilliard is know worldwide as a first call session and touring bass player. He has recorded or shared stages with artists such as LECRAE, Lalah Hathaway, Ashlee Simpson, Evan Ross, Nick Jonas, Deborah Cox, Sho Baraka, Janelle Monae, KIMBRA, Big Boi of OutKast, David Crowder, Erykah Badu, Avery*Sunshine, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Tye Tribbett, Maceo Parker, P. Diddy, Bob Carlisle, Jennifer Holliday, Ann Nesby, Archie Bell, Vicky Beeching, Daysahead, Juanita Bynum, Angie Stone, Bebe Winans, INOJ, Chinua Hawk, Roman GianArthur, 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 headlining 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.
Brandon has also appeared on numerous television shows such as The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Today Show, The Fox & Friends Morning Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Later with Jools Holland, Austin City Limits, Le Grande Journal, BET’s 106 & Park and the BET Awards. Brandon’s Hollywood movie soundtrack recording credits include working with Henson Studios, Fox, Blue Sky Studios and world renown composer, John Powell on RIO 2 and most recently, Ferdinand.
Brandon Gilliard began playing alongside his father in church as a small child. As a teenager he performed in his high school marching band as the drum major and the school’s first electric bassist. He continued his education as a Music Major and graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in Music and a concentration on Double Bass. Immediately after graduation Brandon moved to Atlanta, GA to further his professional career. Soon afterward he was being called upon as one of Atlanta’s first call studio recording session players. 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 credits musicians such as James Jamerson (Motown), Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power), Pino Palladino (John Mayer, D’Angelo) and Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire) as his biggest influences. Brandon Gilliard’s approach to music is unique in today’s market. Make the music groove, keep it simple and remember that the artist always comes first when working as a sideman.