"Singer-songwriter Brett Randell proves with his new release, album “Rise,” that he has what it takes to be a mainstream star... his crooning melodies over the icing on the cake of a well-composed score will leave you wondering: why isn’t this guy famous already?" - Bridget Fitzgerlad, HUFFINGTON POST
“Like a painting or a symphony, Brett Randell’s music has the ability to truly move the audience, but only if the listener has an open heart and the courage to swim out to the performer’s depths.” - Sarah Whited, MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE
"There is no doubt that writing songs is what Randell does best with an emphasis on being sensitive and clever, while also vehemently intense so the message in the melodies are impactful." - Kyle Jarmon, EXAMINER.COM
With lyrics that weave stories and muse over feelings many seem to take for granted, Brett Randell is a musician on a mission to connect the world. The 28-year-old New Yorker, currently living between Austin, TX and Denver, CO, croons with a clear and powerful voice. His soulful, poetry-based style places emphasis on intense lyrics, catchy melodies, and emotional stories.
Despite being surrounded by music his entire life, Brett only realized his passion for performing and songwriting at the age of 20. Though both his sister and brother performed in bands throughout their teenage years, Brett shied away from any musical pursuits and stuck to his passion for drawing and writing. It wasn’t until purchasing an acoustic guitar for his 20th birthday in NYC that he had even considered writing a full song.
Quickly putting pen to paper and fingers to fret, he unleashed the thoughts and feelings stored inside him for years. Within the first couple days of owning his guitar, he wrote the song that would be the ultimate goal for his musical endeavors, “Change The World.”
In 2008, only nine months after picking up that guitar, Brett performed his music to a crowd of people from twenty-three countries in Milan, Italy. Later that year, in his second live performance, he opened for Pete Francis of the famous alternative band, Dispatch.
In 2009, Brett abandoned plans for a stable career in New York City and packed his bags for Austin, Texas – and he hasn’t looked back since. Living and playing in the ‘Live Music Capital of The World’ helped develop and evolve Brett’s style, especially with the collaboration of cellist Christopher Rains, pianist Wilyum Jerome, and drummer Music Read.
In 2010, almost three years after writing his first song, Brett released his second CD – the five song EP “Glow,” and toured the US and Europe, spanning the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and France .
After playing over 100 shows in 2011, touring around the US, and honing his craft in Austin, Brett decided to switch gears from the DIY self-marketed musician approach and get back to the creative side of music.
In 2012, with a one-way ticket to Florence, a backpack, and his first guitar, Brett traveled around the Mediterranean for 6-months, pursuing his dream of connecting people with music and traveling with no goals or plans. From rooftops in Istanbul, to ancient Roman streets in Croatia, vineyards in Tuscany, to green parks in Tbilisi, Georgia, radio stations in Athens to small apartments in Serbia, Brett connected with all walks of people through music and adventure.
In 2013, after another short stint in Austin, Brett packed everything he owned in his car and traveled around the US for most of the year, finally landing in Denver.
2014 and 2015 are the years dedicated to recording his new CD, “Rise.” With a slew of new songs, and new arrangements of old ones, the journey continues… Stay tuned.