Brandon Beal may well be the most famous person in Denmark that people have never heard of.
Brandon Beal grew up in the small town of Tyler, Texas, his father is a preacher and church is deeply entwined in his memories of childhood and adolescence, but it is mother playing and singing along to Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson as she cleaned that made an impression. And in case you are jumping to the conclusion of the stereotype of a black southern family growing up listening to church gospel and soul, Mom was also a big country music fan and would often blast out Garth Brooks as she went about her work.
For a family that were not rich (at least in the financial sense), it was always a major event when Brandon’s older brother Teron came home from New York. He had carved out a career as a successful songwriter. Beal vividly remembers the day his brohter turned up with a demo CD in his hand – new song that he had written – performed by Michael Jackson.
Brandon would soon follow his brother to the Big Apple and sure enough by 2005 he was there. He was working and partying with some of the biggest names in the US music (Flo Rida, Snoop, LadyGaGa). It had not been so long ago that he had arrived in NY and was sleeping on the floor of a brownstone where he could feel the mice running over his ankles when he was trying to get to sleep.
In 2006, Brandon independently released his first album “Comfortable” in, a collaboration with the Danish/American producer and musician Multiman. They had kept in contact following their earlier collaboration and it was this connection that led him to Denmark in 2011. By this time he had grown weary of the culture of the US music scene, he felt trapped in a situation where contacts and influences were given more value than accomplishments.
“I started on a floor with mice, then I was munching cookies with Cyndi Lauper and now I have a worldwide hit coming out of Denmark”.
Brandon collaborated closely with Lukas Graham on his phenomenally successful debut album which was #1 on the album chart for 3 months and went quadruple platinum. He co-wrote the single “Better Than Yourself”, a triple platinum #1 single
Late in 2014 Brandon released the single “Twerk It Like Miley”. It was produced by Hedegaard and features Danish teen idol Christopher. It was an instant smash #1 on the Danish chart and contributed toward Beal receiving a Danish Grammy for Club Act of the Year. The single has achieved #1 in twelve territories, breaking in Germany, Top 20 on the US Hip Hop/R&B chart and had more than 120 million views on Youtube and 60 million on Spotify. He also did a massive promo tour with major TV shows, radio performances and press interviews in Southeast Asia.
“It is not overstating it to say that making music in Denmark changed my life. I thought I had fallen out of love with music but I was wrong. It wasn’t the music, it was the geography. I needed to get away, and by doing that – get closer to the music.”
“….making music in Denmark changed my life’’ An unlikely start and even more unlikely circumstances add to the charm and talent Beal has to offer.
TRUTH, the new album from Denmark-based Beal is an amalgamation of years of experience as a hit-maker.