California music accessories brand Gruv Gear is proud to feature Bassist Kevin Brandino Brandon. Kevin is part of a family of prominent world-class musicians that heartily endorse Gruv Gear products.
Kevin “Brandino” Brandon is a seven-time Grammy-awarded Producer, Composer, Arranger and Bassist. His latest Grammy nomination was for the album Singularity by Robby Krieger of the Doors, nominated Best Pop Instrumental Album of the Year 2011. Among other high-profile projects last year, Brandino worked on the December 14, 2010 release of Michael Jackson’s new album entitled Michael (expected to be a big seller in 2011). Though based in Los Angeles, Brandino is no stranger to the rest of the country’s musical hotbeds, including a recent trip to New York in November to participate in a Warwick Family Photo shoot with his friends Larry Graham and Bootsy Collins. Warwick makes basses by which all other brands are measured, and the “Warwick Family” is a carefully selected group.
The increasing industry demand for Brandino’s unique skills began in 2005 when the rap group OutKast won the coveted Grammy awards for both “Album of the Year” as well as “Best Rap Album of the Year.” An album on which Kevin performed and had the opportunity to work with producer Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000), Brandino has been on a non-stop flight to the top ever since. This included performing on such projects as the 2007 Grammy-nominated “Album of the Year” and “Best Pop Vocal Album” by Justin Timberlake (FutureSex/Love Sounds), the 2006 All Star Tribute Record release for Luther Vandross (on which Brandino performed on the Grammy winning song So Amazing by artists Beyonce and Stevie Wonder), the 2006 Grammy “Best R&B Album of the Year” Breakthrough by Mary J. Blige, plus a standout performance at the American Music Awards with Jamie Foxx.
Brandino returned to the studio to work on a variety of recording projects for such artists as Mary J. Blige, Brandy, J1, Jamiroquai, Richard Ashcroft, Jesse McCartney, Joss Stone, Jamie Foxx, Brandino and Friends’ Live at Charlie O’s Vol. 1, 2 & 3 and the UNCF award show salute to Smokey Robinson, which featured an array of stars, including John Legend, Macy Gray, Joss Stone, Heather Headley, Anita Baker, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder.
Brandino also works within the television industry, and his credits include three Emmy Awards for his work in 1985, 1986 and 1992 as a composer for the daytime soap opera “Santa Barbara,” plus for reality shows Gene Simmons – Family Jewels, The Millionaire Matchmaker, Pit Boss, The Squeeze, Rehab: Party At The Hard Rock Hoteland It Only Hurts When I Laugh. Brandino is finishing up his song book series with “Brandino’s Melodies and Songbook ” Vol. 2 using the Sibelius music writing software for his volumes of books for Bass, Treble and Bass &Treble instruments combined: a collection of compositions from his three solo albums.
Brandino’s seven Grammy and three Emmy awards reflect his love and dedication to the entertainment industry.
He has been featured in advertisements and interviews for such companies as: Bass Players Magazine (Featured Interview July 2008), Warwick Basses, CAD microphones, GK amps, IK Multimedia, M Audio, Levy’s Leather, Mix Magazine and BBE Sound, just to name a few.
Brandino’s humanitarian organization for inner-city youth, called “You Can Do It If You Try,” is now affiliated with the broadcasting unit start-up South Central TV (SCTV), along with new programs targeted at the disadvantaged and disabled. These programs have been co-developed by Brandino’s non-profit and SCTV, which began broadcasting in the summer of 2011.
About Gruv Gear:
Gruv Gear exists to bring innovative and well-thought out products to creative professionals and beyond, including career musicians, DJs, photographers, filmmakers, mobile producers and more. The company is on- track not only to become a premium lifestyle accessories brand in the Music/DJ and Photo Industries, which is a small fraction of its potential market, but also expand to a broader range of industries that will increase its global footprint exponentially. To date, Gruv Gear products are sold in 5 continents and shipped directly to adoring fans worldwide.