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Podcast: Branden James Of America’s Got Talent

Musician and now-author Branden James first captivated millions as a finalist on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent in 2013 where he received high praise from the judges for his emotional, operatic vocals.

During his time in the national spotlight, he hit more than one perfect note as he shared details of his coming out story and his broken ties with his religious family with the TV audience.

In his recently released memoir, Lyrics of My Life: My Journey with Family, HIV, and Reality TV, Branden highlights the conflicts of growing up gay in a world that looked upon his true self and beliefs as an impractical, sinful way of life.

The cover of 'Lyrics of My Life: My Journey with Family, HIV, and Reality TV'

Lyrics of My Life is authentically Branden sparing no details about his lack of stability as a young adult, estrangement from his close-knit family, his HIV diagnosis, and, his unbreakable will to overcome adversity.

The response to Lyrics of My Life has been awesome. Among many to praise the memoir were the readers of POZ who voted the book ‘Best in Literature’ for 2020.

Since his time on America’s Got Talent, Branden has performed for Pope Benedict and The Mandela Family in South Africa. He has also performed at The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and currently tours internationally with his husband, Australian cellist, James Clark in a cello and vocal duo called Branden & James.

If you travel to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in the near future, the terrific twosome is in residence at The Palm Cabaret through February 2021 with their new show, The Lady Gaga Songbook.

But, for now, join me as I chat with the oh-so-talented talented Branden James.

Lyrics of my Life: My Journey with Family, HIV, and Reality TV is available at all major booksellers including Amazon.

Randy Slovacek

Randy Slovacek is the owner & editor of The Randy Report covering the daily news cycle in terms of politics, pop culture and entertainment news of interest to the LGBTQ community. He's also a senior editor at Instinct Magazine.

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