Brandon Rogers (singer)
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|Born||December 11, 1977|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Labels||Brand CR Music (Independent)|
Authentik Artists (Independent)
Brandon Rogers (born December 11, 1977) is an American singer who has worked as a professional backup vocalist, and who was the 12th place finalist on the sixth season of American Idol. He co-wrote "Happy Little Pill" for Troye Sivan and "I Built a Friend" with Alec Benjamin.
Rogers is a graduate of the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and a graduate of John Muir High School, class of 1995. Rogers attended UNT from 1996 to 1999 and performed in the UNT Jazz Singers, the centerpiece ensemble of the university's vocal jazz studies program. His classmates included Grammy-winning musician Norah Jones and singer songwriter David Angerstein. Rogers' mother is a published songwriter.
His first big break was part of a group brought together through a radio boy band competition in Dallas, Texas in 2000. The Kidd Kraddick in the Morning show on 106.1 "KISS-FM" put together an audition originally as a joke to see if they could really construct a boy band. However, they ended up with five talented singers which they named Sons of Harmony. Mexican pop singer Marcos Hernandez was also a member of this band. When the group broke up, Brandon moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in music.
As a professional backup vocalist, Rogers performed on Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera's 2003 Justified and Stripped Tour and Anastacia's 2005 Live at Last Tour. Rogers has also worked as a voice coach and wedding singer.
Rogers auditioned for American Idol in Los Angeles, where the judges (including guest judge Olivia Newton-John) were impressed with his vocals. Judge Simon Cowell later mentioned he was the best who auditioned from Los Angeles. He got through the subsequent Hollywood, cut-down, and semi-final rounds to make the Top 12 finals round. However, in his initial performance he forgot the words to several bars of "You Can't Hurry Love", and was the first finalist eliminated from the show on March 14, 2007. Neither Rogers nor 11th-place finisher Stephanie Edwards were invited to perform on the American Idol annual summer tour.
On May 12, 2008 Rogers guest starred on the crime drama Bones.. He appeared as a recurring character on a web-oriented series "Valley Peaks". Authentik Artists released his new single, "Broken".
In June 2008 Brandon starred as one of the headliners for a live music show in Branson, Missouri, named "America's Favorite Finalists". The show featured 6 top 12 American Idol Finalists performing their own music, cover songs and group numbers. The show ran at the Grand Palace and was produced by Steve Drummond, America's Favorite Finalists.
On April 7, 2016 Rogers performed on the fifthteenth season finale of American Idol along with other alumni.
American Idol performances
|Week #||Theme||Song Choice||Original Artist||Order #||Result|
|Top 24 (12 Men)||N/A||"Rock with You"||Michael Jackson||2||Safe|
|Top 20 (10 Men)||N/A||"Time After Time"||Cyndi Lauper||8||Safe|
|Top 16||N/A||"I Just Want to Celebrate"||Rare Earth||6||Safe|
|Top 12||Diana Ross||"You Can't Hurry Love"||The Supremes||1||Eliminated|
He has released an R&B album called Automatic on July 24, 2006, which was produced by Authentik Artists.
- All in Me
- Movin On
- Call Me Back
- Broken (First Single)
- Take a Chance
- Got You Back
- One Night
- Out of Style
- Out of Style (Outro)
- 2014 "Happy Little Pill" co-writer with: Tat Tong and Troye Mellet
- 2016 "These Times" (Tao Of Sound)
- 2017 "I Built a Friend" co-writer with Alec Benjamin