BRANDON JAMES GWINN (he/they) is a singer-pianist, composer-lyricist and producer, a Broadway World Award, Global Queer Arts Festival Award, Bistro Award and Richard Rodgers Award winner. Their albums BULLIT and NOT TOO LATE are now available everywhere music is streamed and downloaded. They produced and performed on TWO BIRDS & ONE STONE the first and second albums released by Trixie Mattel (Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3), which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Top Albums chart and the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Charts. Brandon also directs and produces music for Alexis Michelle (Drag Race Season 9, All Stars 7) and Pandora Boxx (All Stars 5).
Brandon created the horrifying score and soundscape to THE SEANCE MACHINE Off-Broadway (The Tank) They are the composer and co-lyricist of TL;DR: THELMA LOUISE; DYKE REMIX (Richard Rodgers Award, Rhinebeck Writer’s Residency & Triple R Residency, UArts Polyphone Festival 2020, O’Neill NMTC Incubator Residency, National Alliance of Musical Theatre New Musicals Festival), COTTON CANDY & COCAINE (Theatre C, NAMT Grant), QUEER. PEOPLE. TIME. (Catwalk Residency, Dramatists Guild Fellowship, The Tank, NAMT Grant, Diversionary Theatre), and UNDERWEAR: A SPACE MUSICAL (2008 New York International Fringe Festival, 2012 American College Theatre Festival).
Their music and lyrics for MATCHMAKER MATCHMAKER, I’M WILLING TO SETTLE premiered at the American Repertory Theatre, Oberon in Boston and the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival. They co-wrote songs for The Civilian’s Lobby Project musicals before (and based on interviews about) the City Center Off-Center productions of SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD and WORKING. Brandon is also the composer and co-lyricist of SMALL TOWN STORY (NAMT Writer's Residency Grant, finalist Richard Rodgers award, Village Theatre New Musicals Festival in Seattle, World Premiere at American Theatre Group) They have been an artist in residence at Ars Nova, Roundabout Theatre Company, and a Dramatists Guild Fellow.
Brandon’s work as a piano bar artist has been celebrated around the world and they have been nominated for 2 Glam Awards, a MAC Award and have won 3 Broadway World Awards including Best Piano Bar Entertainer. Their tribute show FOUR PIANOS won the Bistro Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Brandon is a proud Grammy voting member of the Recording Academy, the American Federation of Musicians, The Americana Music Association, AFM Local 802, ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild of America. He is an MFA graduate of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. Represented by WME.
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