Branice McKenzie’s career includes everything from jazz to theater to prolific songwriting. Some of her credits include critically acclaimed performances at the Newport Jazz Festival and The Umbria Jazz Festival. On the theatrical stage she has created roles in “Shades Of Harlem”, “Sing Sister Sing” and “Jazz Alley”. As a composer and musical director, she has penned music for “Shelter”, “Shades Of Harlem” and “Blackbirds Of Courage” as well as her latest work, “This World Is Mine: A Musical Revue for Children”. She is also a recipient of the Meet The Composer grant from New York State and most recently she made her directorial debut with the World Premier of “Celebrate Kwanzaa” at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Her incredible four octave voice and magnificent song stylings have been hailed throughout the world. She has been touring with Harry Belafonte
(1984 – 1993), Gregory Hines (1987 – 2003), Roberta Flack, Hugh Masekela, Carly Simon, BeBe Winans, Dianne Reeves, Peggy Lee and Miriam Makeba to name a few and performing all over the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Ms. McKenzie was invited to Russia to perform at Moscow’s premier jazz club, Le Club and with Jazz Symphonic Strings at the historic Tchaikovsky Hall. A Royal Command performance in Morocco colors her performance palette as well as completing a second successful run in 2007 as an original cast member of the critically acclaimed “I Can’t Stop Loving You - the Music of Ray Charles in Lyons, France.
She can be heard on numerous jingles and recordings including Hugh Masekela’s “Uptownship” singing the heralded single, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”, Grammy- nominated “Loves Drum Passion” by Olatunji and the single “Maybe Next Year” with Onaje Allan Gumbs on his latest CD, “Remember Their Innocence”.
As a composer, Branice McKenzie spreads her wings across many music genres and sentiments. Her recordings represent her magnificent artistic vista. Branice McKenzie is her self-titled Jazz CD that includes Sing Sister Sing which has become an anthem for women everywhere. Music Is is her most recent recording of New Thought compositions.
And Ms. McKenzie’s CD, I Am Me : Melodies, Lyrics & Lessons for Children, was released to rave reviews from children of all ages!
Her composition, “Sing Sing Sing”, was chosen as the second-grade song in McGraw-Hill’s music textbook, Spotlight On Music.
Ms. McKenzie is a graduate of Brown University and holds an M.A. in Music Education from New York University.
“ I have not only enjoyed her talent, I have been inspired by it.” Harry Belafonte
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