One of LGBTQ Puerto Vallarta’s favorite duo Braden & James will release their first ever album, Chasing Dreams, on July 31 and critics are already giving it high praise.
The album is a follow up to their critically-acclaimed 2018 EP, Hallelujah, the forthcoming album is set to drop on July 31st, 2020 and includes a duet with Broadway superstar and Billboard #1 recording artist, Shoshana Bean (Hairspray, Wicked, The Waitress.) Listeners will be able to find the new music across all streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc) as well as from the artist’s website: brandenjames.com
Chasing Dreams features 12 tracks; richly accompanied by the Budapest Art Orchestra. The Shoshana Bean collaboration, “Perfect Symphony,” is a reimagined Ed Sheeran cover, highlighting Bean’s signature soul and Branden’s powerful tenor voice,
while the cello weaves effortlessly in between the two. Some rousing new songs appear on the album such as the timely “Till We See” written by multi-Grammy winner Keith Thomas, who has penned hits for the likes of Vanessa Williams, Amy Grant, and
Centered around their time spent protesting in New York City on behalf of The Black Lives Matter movement, BRANDEN & JAMES just released the aforementioned single & video for “Till We See” on July 17th. “The world is in crisis right now, especially The United States with its rampant COVID outbreak, culture wars and mass demonstrations for racial equality. ‘Till We See’ is a song that is relative to the Black Lives Matter movement, and the video we shot movingly captures our personal participation in the protests going on in New York City” says Branden James, the duo’s lead singer and finalist from Season 8 of America’s Got Talent.
Many songs such as the highly praised lead single from the album, Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” are stripped down at times with only an array of haunting cello lines, and one stirring solo voice. Others, such as the reimagining of Roxette’s hit song, “It Must Have Been Love” and the epic English-Italian anthem “(You and I) Vinceremo” written by Allan Rich who wrote “Run To You” by Whitney Houston are lushly orchestrated.
Since the release of Hallelujah, Braden & James’ adult-contemporary style remains present yet matured, with fresh, classical takes on more modern covers such as “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman and Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars.” The pair recorded the album with multi-platinum, classical-crossover producer, Patrick Hamilton (Katherine Jenkins, David Garrett, Alfie Boe).
In support of the album launch,Due to COVID-19, all 2020 tour dates have been cancelled. However, Braden & James have organized multiple US tours of performing arts centers taking place in Spring & Fall 2021/2022.
Australian cellist James Clark, the duo’s co-creator and arranger says:
“People tell us we’re like Josh Groban meets The Piano Guys. The cello is a very trendy instrument these days; appearing on many mainstream artists’ new works. On this album, we gave the cello an equal voice to emphasize how perfectly it blends with the human voice. Every track on this album highlights the range and versatility of what is arguably the most soulful instrument in the world.”