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Brandon Calhoon kick-started his music career in 2005 when he became the dark horse favorite on the short lived “RockStar” CBS TV series, “RockStar: INXS.” Over the next two years, the buzz he created on “Rockstar” resulted in headlining gigs for numerous live shows throughout Southern California. Performing music for crowds of hungry music fans eager to hear some-thing new, they followed Calhoon to legendary stages like The Roxy and The Whiskey a Go Go in LA to hear his new style of soul-infused southern rock.

In 2008, Brandon returned to MI and took his unique style to the Motor City, where he wrote and recorded several albums inspired by his experiences out west combined with the influence from his small town roots. He was consequently nominated for a number of Detroit Music Awards, including “Best New Artist” and “Best Rock Record." The anchor song of his five-song 2008 EP “Detroit City” was featured on the series premiere of FX’s hit TV Series “Justified”, which created a cultural anthem for the hard working people of Detroit. “Detroit City” also became an immedi-ate favorite and earned praise from industry legends like Eddie Money, who Calhoon shared a staged with at DTE Amphitheater in the spring of 2009.

Calhoon rode the momentum and released his much anticipated second album “Satisfied” in the fall of 2010, which he recorded at Rust Belt Studios in Royal Oak, owned by legendary Detroit Producer Al Sutton. From the album, the upbeat track “Common Ground” was later featured in a Chevrolet Commercial campaign and the law evading song “Last Night in Texas”, was remixed by Country Hip Hop artist Mikel Knight.

In 2011 a change was needed, and the raw and gritty music of the south that shaped him as an artist called his name. Now known as “Nashville Jesus” by local musicians and fans throughout The Music City, Calhoon spends most of his time in the Nashville music scene writing music and performing for audiences, honing his craft as a musician and writer, while working with many of the singer-songwriting giants of the town.

In late 2011, Outdoor Television was changed forever when Rusted Rooster and Calhoon rec-orded several original songs for their then Award-Winning TV Series Backcountry Quest. Be-hind the horsepower of the song “Red Sun”, Rusted Rooster took home a Sportsman Choice Award for Best Show Open and created a movement still being pursued today by Outdoor In-dustry Producers.

Collaborating with Nashville Producer Brian Irwin in the winter of 2013, Brandon had a vision to record an EP paying homage to his northern Michigan roots. Eight months later, “Whiskey Beach” was released on Independence Day as a dedication to Beaverton-the blue collar, hard-working community that raised him.

In early 2015, Calhoon’s track "Lost to be Found" was the chosen theme song for CBS's new primetime series "Battle Creek”, and in the summer of ‘15 Calhoon released the EP Park Ave-nue, a 5-song EP recorded in Northern Michigan specifically written and recorded for commer-cial use. The track “That’s what I’m Talking About” was signed by Chevrolet for a two year commercial campaign and has also been used domestically for MLB Network and CBS as well as internationally for Red Bull.

Most of 2016 was spent writing and eventually recording his most recent record, a self pro-claimed crowing achievement in his music career. Recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award Winning Writer/Producer and 2016 ACM Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year Jim “Moose” Brown, who also played on the record, Brandon’s newest project features some of the very best session players in the country, including iconic harmonica player Mickey Raphael, 2015 ACM Guitar Player of the year Derek Wells, 2016 ACM Guitar Player of the year Rob McNelley and A-List Studio Drummer Tommy Harden. Made up of stories that shaped his life from every per-son he’s ever met, place he’s been and experience he’s had in his life, “Let it Ride” is a record that speaks to the people and tells his story. It’s not country, it’s not soul, not blues or rock and roll, it’s Calhoon..

Currently, Brandon is spending his time between Nashville, TN, where he’s promoting the new record, and Rooster Traxx Recording Studio in Northern Michigan writing and recording music for television, commercials and film with Rusted Rooster Media.

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