He advanced all the way to the blind auditions on The Voice and spent June in Los Angeles.
He married his wife Perla in July.
His blind audition aired last month, and the nation watched as he turned three chairs with his performance of “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” by Shawn Mendes.
Brandon’s run on The Voice ended in the battle round, after he and Hannah Mrozak performed “Cold Water” by Major Lazer.
But Brandon says he’s been recording covers of popular songs, old and new, and plans to post regularly to YouTube.
“The idea is to give my followers what they would have gotten from me had I continued on The Voice,” Brandon told Voice Views.
Original music? That’s coming too. Brandon says he’s also working on an EP he hopes to release in the first quarter of 2018.
Pre-Voice, you’ll recall that Brandon was part of the four-man vocal ensemble 4Shore that auditioned for Season 1 of The X Factor, honed his entertainment skills as a singer on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and, most recently, was working as a voice and English teacher in the Arlington, Va., area.
Voice Views: How about the teaching job? Have you returned to it? And, if so, what’s been the reaction from your students?
Brandon: I returned to teaching at the beginning of the school year. My students were beyond excited and inspired when my blind audition aired. Signs were all over the school and they had thousands of questions.
I have decided to continue pursuing music full-time and had to take leave from teaching the rest of this school-year to do so. However, I am currently teaching voice lessons in the evenings, while I work on projects and perform regularly. I’m loving the opportunity to give my all to music again.
Voice Views: Other than the friends you met and made while participating in the show and the hometown support, what do you think will stick with you about The Voice experience?
Brandon: What will stick with me is the process. It was not easy being a contestant on The Voice. I prepared for year to get here. I intentionally trained for this moment and that is proof that it takes patience and determination to reach a goal. I will take this lesson with me throughout my entire life and apply it to every goal I set. I hope this inspires anyone who has followed my story, because that is why I do this, to inspire others.
Voice Views: Do you think you grew as an artist? If so, in what way?
Brandon: Absolutely! I was able to apply my work ethic in preparation of performances and discovered that I genuinely love this. I love the long hours of filming and tiring rehearsals. This is what I am meant to do and my experience on The Voice has confirmed that.
My self-doubt is gone and I am more motivated than ever. A lot of time, as artists, we get discouraged, but “never stand in your own way.”