Darnell- Brandon Thomas

Darnell-Brandon Thomas

Darnell–Brandon Thomas is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist known for his energetic, eclectic and emotionally capturing performances. His versatility to sing and play several genres including but not limited to Jazz, R&B, Soul, Funk, Pop, Rock, Classical and Latin, is one of the many reasons he is in high demand by many. He has received tutelage from some of the World's renowned vocal coaches like Falconer Abraham (vocal coach to many top Toronto artists like Melanie Fiona, Neverest and Aleesia) and Seth Riggs (vocal coach to some of the world's greatest vocalists like Michael Jackson, Prince, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder). Darnell has also done musical work for hit TV Shows like Glee and Disney's "Overruled!" and worked with artists like Nelly Furtado and Fefe Dobson. In 2008, he competed in the World Championships of Performing Arts, held in Hollywood, where he won four gold medals, placed first in the vocals with self-accompaniment category (Piano) and won the Grand Champion of the World Title - Instrumental category playing the Steel Pan. Darnell, a role model and philanthropist, has arranged, produced and performed in several charitable concerts in collaboration with UNESCO (an arm of The United Nations) to raise funds for various charities. In 2009, he established the Keys to Dreams Foundation, which provides financial assistance through scholarships to musicians. Academically, after acceptance into Berklee College of Music, Darnell thought his journey would be completed there. However, his path led him to York University which was a rewarding and fulfilling experience that included becoming an active member in the student community. He graduated in June 2011 as a member of the Dean’s Honour Roll and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours - Music Degree and completed his Masters in Ethnomusicology and Vocal Performance in December 2012, thus obtaining two degrees in four years. Darnell has been Musical Director for the Avenue Road Arts School for the past two years and also is a vocal and piano coach, working with hundreds of kids every year.