Born and raised in Los Angeles, Brandon Vaughn Williams began his long journey with music in 1993 at the age of 7. Upon hearing an older classmate playing the piano at school, Brandon set himself to duplicating what he’d just heard. The more complicated piece was off the table – Mozart’s “Hungarian Dance” – but “Greensleeves” proved simple enough to remember and play.
Over the years that followed, Brandon continued teaching himself how to play instruments, while also learning music theory through exploration and a few great books. He received his first guitar at the age of 12, along with several lessons, giving him a foundation to build upon. Brandon continued playing guitar and piano, later writing his own music and progressively learning better techniques through his compositions.
Between the ages of 18 and 26, Brandon played in rock bands. Most notably he wrote music, played keyboards, and toured with Secret Empire for the majority of that time. During this period he was also able to round out his education taking music theory, classical guitar, and piano classes at Pasadena City College.
From then to the present, he moved on to work with world-renowned composer and arranger David Richard Campbell on myriad recording projects, from rock albums (Dream Theater’s The Astonishing, Of Monsters and Men’s Beneath the Skin, Dave Matthews Band, Beck and many more) and pop singles (P!nk, Aloe Blacc, Luke James), to country (albums by Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, and singles by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill).
For live performances, Brandon helped David with music for concerts by The B-52s and Ben Harper at the Hollywood Bowl, and Beck at Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as performances by Dave Grohl for the Oscars, Little Big Town for the Grammys and Celine Dion for the Billboard Music Awards. He also worked on scores for music co-composed by Pharrell Williams and David for the ballet, Rules of the Game.
For film, he worked with David on the scores for Joy, Colombia: Magia Salvaje, and In Search of Fellini, among several others.
In addition to guitar and piano, Brandon plays violin, viola, cello, banjo, and various other instruments. His experiences with audio engineering and recording while working with David have enabled him to self-produce recordings. In light of his relationships with many recording orchestras and his ability to play the instruments himself, he aims to accommodate filmmakers and dressage artists with varying budgets who require original music scores.
Aside from his passion for music, he is an avid supporter of empirical science and education, a history buff, a tech nerd, and pulls much of his inspiration from the natural world.