If you are a guitar lover and love guitar lovers then the name of Brandon Jarod must not be alien to you. And if you appreciated his chart-smashing debut episode ‘The Crush’ then that means you do follow this self-made legend and behold, he’s not here to disappoint you with his follow-up episode called ‘The Age of Zero’ which took him close to two years to record. During this phase, he went through a lot of personal and professional upheavals and that is what has inspired this best new music piece.
Talking about inspiration, Brandon’s childhood was not something everyone would want to relive but it has inspired him and made him what he is today. Born in Milwaukee to working class parents, he would keep himself occupied with comic books, drawing and writing beautifully woven stories. Though we cannot say that music runs in his blood but he loved the sound of Parliament Funkadelic when his father listened to it. That was his music academy and that was the time Brandon was gifted his first guitar- a homemade guitar made by his mother due to lack of resources. At the age of 18 he received his first real guitar, which he practiced for 10 to 12 hours a day.
What started with a local band, Brandon took his talent and love for guitar at an international level and is now loved by millions around the world. This singer, songwriter and guitarist make brilliant music, which is soulful and introspective and creates a style of its own. His 2014 new music release ‘The Age of Zero ‘consists of six songs and explores themes like political unrest, race relations, personal regrets and redemption. The music will make you feel what Brandon feels in matters of the heart; matters like family, love and self-confidence.
As a kid, Brandon was quiet, inquisitive and a keen listener and that shows in his music. His impeccable guitar playing and new songs express how he explores different themes and brings musical vision to issues of everyday life. When his music touches you, you feel the love with which he has created each note. With each passing day, you will realize that you are lucky to have been born in an era of Brandon Jarod. An era where he beautifully blended rock, metal, blue, pop, and R&B, romantic, hopeful and any other genre which Brandon wanted to explore.
BioBrandon Jarod was born to working class parents in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A quiet, yet inquisitive child, Brandon often entertained himself with comic books, drawing and writing imaginative short stories. Though he did not come from a musical family, Brandon's father was an avid listener of Parliament Funkadelic which would become the first music that Brandon remembers hearing as a child. Brandon's mother built him his first home made guitar after seeing him try to use a baseball bat as a guitar.
Seeing the growing poverty and crime in the inner city of MIlwaukee, Brandon's father moved the family to VIrginia Beach, Virginia. When he was 18 years old his mother bought him a guitar for Christmas. A self-taught musician, Brandon practiced playing guitar sometimes 10 to 12 hours a day trying to imitate any sound that he heard with his guitar.
Over the next 4 years, Brandon would play in several local bands ranging from the Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, Rock, Gospel and Blues idioms. During this time, he would play alongside the likes of Jasmine Sullivan, Hezekiah III, Jaguar Wright, The Clipse, The Kool Kids, Eric Benet and even touring Amsterdam and along the east coast. In a relatively short amount of time Brandon Jarod became one of the most talented and in demand guitarists in the area drawing comparisons to John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix and The Black Keys.
With the help of his father, Brandon started Nicobe Records and released his debut "The Crush" ep in late 2010 to raving reviews. The Ep made a big impact in the local scene, garnering him a nod for one of the top local artists and firmly establishing not only his fiery guitar style, but his soulful and introspective song writing and singing. After spending the next two years promoting the ep, Brandon Jarod gears up to release his latest project entitled "The Age Of Zero."
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