A Texas native turned New Yorker, Jay Brannan has been writing and performing his own sweet & sad folk songs, tempered with a healthy dose of humor, around the globe since 2006.
He also appeared as an actor in John Cameron Mitchell’s indie film sensation Shortbus, in which his song “Soda Shop” was the highest selling song on the film’s soundtrack album (released by Bright Eyes’ Team Love Records).
From there, Brannan released a string of albums, all of which topped the iTunes Singer/Songwriter & Billboard Heatseekers charts: goddamned, produced by Will Golden (Meiko, Michelle Branch); In Living Cover, a collection of 2 originals & 7 covers, recorded from a bedroom in his friend Drew Brody’s Brooklyn apartment; and Rob Me Blind, produced by the legendary David Kahne (Regina Spektor, The Bangles, Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, Lana Del Rey, etc.).
Brannan’s touring has taken him multiple times around the world, through the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Greece, Brazil, South Africa, Israel, and Australia. This international touring is what inspired his 2013 EP release Around the World in 80 Jays, a collection of 9 international cover songs spanning 6 different languages.
Brannan returned to the road (and sky) in 2014 to promote his new album of acoustic originals, entitled Always, Then, & Now (available now).
Going on 12 years in NYC, Jay continues to write, sing, and live the good life surrounded by ramen & ice cream. He dreams of one day adopting a baby fox & moving to a faraway land to live inside a castle.
“…wistful singer-songwriter fare…” –David Swanson, ROLLING STONE
“…his tenor voice makes even the saddest lyrics easy on the ear.” –Fred A. Bernstein, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“the kind of indie folk that makes you feel warm and fuzzy while tearing out your insides” –Louis Peitzman, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“Brannan’s star is on the ascent.” –James Reed, THE BOSTON GLOBE
“not for the faint of heart…but perfect for the brokenhearted” –Alex Baldinger, THE WASHINGTON POST
“His voice is completely distinctive and new. Perhaps if Nick Drake, Janis Ian and Liz Phair all were mixed up in a blender you’d get his sound and songwriting skills.” –Matt Budd, THE HUFFINGTON POST
“The Male Joni Mitchell” –Alex Catarinella, GEN ART PULSE
“Often erroneously billed as a ‘sensitive songwriter,’ Brannan is more like a roaring, emotional force.” –Julian Hooper, FLAVORPILL