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Brandon Cutrell

by Brandon Cutrell

"Nervy. Frisky. Powerful. Mr. Cutrell hits the bulls-eye. He gets it right." -Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Genre: Easy Listening: Crooners/Vocals
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1. You
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2. Summer, Highland Falls
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3. Everything In The Whole Wide World
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4. All The Things You Are
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5. That's When I Miss You
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6. Halley's Comet
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7. That Old Black Magic
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8. We Laugh
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9. Firefly IX
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10. Not Another Step
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11. What'll I Do / Where Do You Start?
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12. Baggage
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13. You (LIVE)
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Album Notes
"Nervy. Frisky. Powerful. Mr. Cutrell hits the bull's-eye. He gets it right."
-- Stephen Holden, The New York Times


"One of the year's Top Ten."
-- Adam Feldman, Time Out New York


Two Time MAC AWARD Winner


Winner of the BACKSTAGE BISTRO AWARD for Outstanding Male Vocalist


"His emotion in these songs is raw and powerful, and the softer he sings, the more one wants to lean in to listen... For those who enjoy hearing great songs sung beautifully, this album is a must-buy."

-- Jenna Tesse Fox, BroadwayWorld.com


"An incisive delivery of 'All The Things You Are' provided Cutrell's true high spot. Singing in an angelic head voice, Cutrell fused traditional art song refinement with cabaret intimacy and did it beautifully. Similar qualities were also displayed in a medly of 'What'll I Do?' and 'Where Do You Start?'"

-- John Hoglund, CabaretExchange.com


"...the invigorating 'Halley's Comet' by Chuck Coleman brings all his skills together and the band sounds great here, especially top drawer guitarist Louis Tucci and the kick of Bruce Doctor's drums... The song that fits Brandon like a glove, on disc and in person, is Tim DiPasqua's gem, You. He handles its self-analysis beautifully, navigating through its series of questions about what an individual might achieve in the future, answered alternately with a "No" or "Maybe Not" while expressing the worth of the real priority: a loving relationship."

-- Rob Lester, TalkinBroadway.com


"Laugh-out-loud funny. His vibrant vocals and excellent acting steal the show. Cutrell's stock will be definitely going up."
-- Wayman Wong, Playbill


"Cutrell is animated, bright and entertaining. His truthfullness with a lyric, his beautiful tenor, and that killer smile will get him the attention he deserves."
-- John Hoglund, Backstage


"... a remarkably poised, quicksilver actor. His talent as an interpreter of lyrics is... dazzling."
-- Barbara and Scott Siegel, TheaterMania


"Cutrell delivered a haunting, almost unbearably controlled 'It Must Be So' — a quiet dazzler of a performance."
-- Robert Fuller, EDGE New York (Broadway By The Year: 1956)


"An entertainer who positively beams while he's up there, but not nearly as much as the audience beams while it's watching this impressive new talent."
-- Peter Filichia, Star-Ledger


"Rather than 'styling' the music, he inhabits the world of each song, making it very real and finding the truth in each of the lyrics."
-- Christopher Byrne, Gay City News


"Confidence, style and a desire to go boldly where other singers fear to tread."
-- David Hurst, Show Business Weekly


"[Brandon Cutrell] is the kind of singer who knows how to make his audience come to him."
-- Charles Staff, The Indianapolis Star


"The unwritten rule book for male cabaret singers with aspirations to popular appeal holds that they must retain an air of calculated coolness and tactful emotional restraint. But Brandon Cutrell, one of the most sheerly engaging young singers on the nightclub scene, has never been good with rules: He sings his heart out, and he's got a lot of heart to sing. The irrepressible son of a Methodist minister in Indiana, Cutrell studied opera before switching to musical theater. On Fridays, he now presides as host of the Duplex's open-mike show-tune night, Mostly Sondheim, where he often seems like a creature of pure bounce: boyishly ebullient, mischievously campy, gleefully profane.

Cutrell, 29, will surely be on his best behavior when he makes his uptown debut in a specially priced show at the swank Feinstein's. ('I'll be in a suit and I won't curse too much,' he promises.) Accompanied by the beaming and proficient pianist Ray Fellman, Cutrell performs a handful of standards, but when he really gets cooking, he leans toward new American: pop tunes from the likes of Alanis Morissette and Kelly Clarkson, as well as underexposed songs by rising local composers. 'Will I ever be famous? Maybe not,' Cutrell concedes in a song by Tim DiPasqua, whose lyrics perfectly limn this talented singer's upstream career path in cabaret. 'Would it ever really matter? No. I'm gonna do it for you.'"

-- Adam Feldman, Time Out New York
Top Live Show: Issue 557: June 1st, 2006


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Liz Weber

Brandon Cutrell
I had the pleasure of hearing Brandon live and have waited breathlessly for his CD. It is astonishing. As a lover of jazz and cabaret he is my absolute favorite. "You" is a revelation and "Halley's Comet" an inspiration. This is a can't miss CD and will be my holiday gift of choice for all my friends!

Steve Ramm "Anything Phonographic"

Brandon has a way with words. Get the album if only for the song "You"
I found Brandon Cutrell by accident while heading to a NYC cabaret to see a well-known performer. Brandon was hosting the evening and – between the other performers – he sang some songs. He sang the song “You” by songwriter Tim DiPasqua and I was hooked! This song just grabbed me and Brandon’s diction made sure you heard every word! I met him afterwards and asked about recordings. Sadly, he hadn’t made a CD yet, but said one was coming out in June. He gave me a demo with the song “You” on it and I’ve played it constantly for months. Then, last month, the “official” debut CD was issued. Now it has replaced the demo on my player and gets constant use. Not only does Cutrell lead off the album with “You”, he ends it with a “live” version of the song, just like I heard him the first time.

Unlike cabaret singers who record their versions of the old standards, Cutrell seems to find the best-overlooked songwriters and give them a voice. Another favorite track on this CD is “Halley’s Comet” ( by Chuck Coleman – who I’ve never hear of). A few standards slip in (“That Old Black Magic” and a medley of “What’ll I do?/Where do you Start?”), but he gives them a PERSONAL touch that’s perfect.

Okay, one small gripe – The lyrics are in the CD insert but the print is too small and the composers’ names are impossible to read without a magnifying glass. I wanted to sing along! (so, yes, I enlarged them on a copier.). But that’s it. Otherwise the album is perfect.

So, do yourself a favor and give this a listen. Maybe you’ll find a song like “You” which will become your favorite Brandon Cutrell recording.

Steve Ramm
“Anything Phonographic”