There is something to be said about this song stylist who has stepped onto the stages of New York’s Carnegie Hall to Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, The Newport Jazz Festival and teaching Master Classes at The Shanghai Institute of Visual Art. Harry Belafonte, Roberta Flack, Gregory Hines, Carly Simon, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ledisi and Iyanla Vanzant are some of the artists with whom she has toured and shared the stage. Branice’s artistic panorama includes Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, Rhythm and Blues and Inspirational Music. Her work as a performing artist has taken her all over the world as a touring artist. These names represent a small bit of the great career Branice McKenzie owns. And she has also continued to be committed to arts education, young people and the transformative power of music.
She has been a Master Teaching Artist for over two decades, is a faculty member in the award-winning School of Vocal Music at Oakland School For The Arts and has a catalogue of children’s songs, workshops and residencies that continue to make a difference in the lives of children everywhere. Branice is also the Founding Minister of Music at Heart And Soul Center of Light in Oakland, CA. Ms. McKenzie holds a B.A. in Psychology, Brown University and an M.A. in Music Education, New York University.