Influenced by his father and older brother, both accomplished jazz trombonists, Kevin blew his first note at sixteen months of age. He began performing before audiences at the age of two — singing and playing the trombone in the hotel his parents operated in Dallas, Texas — and later toured supper clubs all the way to Los Angeles. There, he made his television debut on Disney’s New Mickey Mouse Club at the age of five.
That led to acting roles in feature films and television shows, where he worked with such talents as Richard Benjamin, Tim Conway, Billy Crystal, Chuck Norris, Ed Asner, Lily Tomlin, Ricardo Montalban, Bob Newhart, Jack Klugman, among others. His numerous voice-over credits include playing Schroeder in the “Peanuts” animated TV series. He also lent his singing talents to the character of Charlie Brown in two animated musical specials for CBS, and can still be heard at Disneyland as the voice of Pinocchio in Fantasyland’s “Pinocchio’s Daring Journey” ride.
Musically, Kevin has served as vocalist, keyboardist, and/or musical director for many bands and solo artists, including Christina Aguilera, The Motels, Legends In Concert, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Regent Cruises, Grapefruit Moon, The Jeremy Cornwell Project, Grei, Tevis, Gwen Cardenas, Christopher Cardenas, 61 Seconds, Balance, and more. As a songwriter and solo artist, he has performed all over the world, blending the influence of artists like Stevie Wonder, Sting, Gavin Degraw, Billy Joel, Michael Ruff, Charlie Puth, Kem, Justin Timberlake and more, creating a melange of smooth pop hooks with meaning and groove. His debut solo album, “Harmony” — produced by Tim Carmon (Eric Clapton, Babyface, Gladys Knight), is available online and in stores now. Kevin’s second album, “Better Things,” is currently in production.
Discover the many shades of musician, creator and entertainer, Kevin Brando.