Pair of aces
Songstress Brandee teams up with Joel Wade for a new album and more.
Singer/songwriter Brandee Hamilton and producer Joel Wade have formed an unlikely partnership that is taking Hamilton’s sound and image to the next level.
“I was working on my record but just playing dive bars or gigs that would allow me to be onstage,” Hamilton says. “I was introduced to Joel around the summer of 2015, and he had a whole vision to develop artists. He listened to some of the songs, and we just clicked.”
Wade is the longtime owner/operator of Blue House Media, a downtown Tulsa production studio formed in 2004. He works mostly with corporate clients creating TV and radio commercials and web/corporate videos.
Although Wade has always worked within the record business to some extent, beginning in 2014, he really began carving out time to develop content that satisfied his creative streak.
“A lot of the shift went into albums and music videos,” Wade explains. “People thought I was kind of crazy for doing it. The truth is, the business model for Blue House is that, yes, we do business and corporate to pay the bills and to pay for the equipment. Then, we can kind of do what we love to do.”
What they love to do, Wade says, is to forge a road for artists like Hamilton.
Wade had been a fan since seeing her perform around town with Soul Element, a band started by Hamilton and directed by her now-husband Bobby Moffett.
Since partnering, Wade has helped Hamilton develop a website, start on a professional album and produce three music videos. A five-song EP, currently on her website, will be part of a longer, 12-song LP.
“The new album will be self-titled,” Hamilton says. “I want to get my name and brand out there so people will know that this is Brandee.”
Her sound integrates jazz, blues, R&B, pop and soul, influenced by the music of Janet Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige and many others. In addition to Moffett, who serves as musical director and keyboardist, Hamilton’s bandmates are Armon Henderson, bass; Doug Shepherd, drums; and Johnny Mullenax, guitar.
While Hamilton plans to eventually tour and to grow the band with additional background vocalists, keyboard players, dancers and more, she is taking it once step at a time in Tulsa.
“We want to do this like no one else is doing in our region,” she explains.
Wade’s focus, like Hamilton’s, is long-term success over fickle fame. He recently traveled to Nashville, where he met Tim DuBois, former president of the Arista Nashville record label.
“He told me that success is really just doing what you love to do and making a living at it,” Wade says. “Getting the hit record is great, but if you’re making a decent living at it, and you’re doing what you love, that’s really success. And that’s what I really want to see.”
For upcoming shows, music videos and more, visit www.brandeemusic.com.
Mother Road Revival Weekend
by Chandler Hunt
The inaugural Mother Road Revival Weekend, presented by River Spirit Casino, combines history, music, film and more in seven events around the city.
Folk Film Series
5:30-8:30 p.m. Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis Ave.
Route 66 Happy Hour and Music Mixer Series
6-8:30 p.m. The Ross Group, 510 E. Second St. A networking event followed by a music panel featuring local folk musicians.
True Story: “Where Dylan Met Woody” discussion
2-3:30 p.m. Woody Guthrie Center, 102 E. M. B. Brady St.
Focus on Woody: A Discussion of Greenwich Village & Washington Square Park
3:30-5 p.m. Woody Guthrie Center, 102 E. M. B. Brady St.
Jason Isbell with special guests Shakey Graves and Lucero
7 p.m. BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave.
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St.
Fifth annual Tulsa Roots Rocks the Green
2:30-6:45 p.m. Guthrie Green, 111 E. M. B. Brady St.
Visit www.bokcenter.com/mrr for more information on events and tickets.