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Jay Brannan

Texas-born singer, songwriter, and actor Jay Brannan's angelic voice and folky acoustic approach may make him appear like a garden-variety contemporary singer/songwriter, but his musical sensibility brings him closer to hard-to-fit-in-a-box female artists like Ani DeFranco, Lisa Loeb, Sinéad O'Connor, and Liz Phair, and he sounds like nothing so much as a male version of Joni Mitchell at times. Brannan appeared as Seth in John Cameron Mitchell's 2006 film Shortbus, and his song "Soda Shop" was featured prominently in the film's soundtrack. Brannan released a limited-edition four-song EP called disasterpiece (it has also been listed as Unmastered) featuring "Soda Shop" that same year, amending it with two additional songs for a second 2008 edition of disasterpiece in 2008. Later that year he finally released a full-length effort, Goddamned. In 2012, Brannan returned with Rob Me Blind, featuring the single "Greatest Hits." Inspired by his travels while on tour, he recorded an ambitious EP of international cover songs sung in six different languages called Around the World in 80 Jays, which was released in 2013. A year later, a new LP of all original acoustic-based songs called Always, Then & Now appeared. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Say It's Possible is my favorite song!
Damn I remember when I first heard this guy I thought that it was boyce Avenue singing and that was when I realized that he sounded a little different than he usually does
Very fitting for today. Lovely voice.
Unaffected. Simply sings.
his cover of freshmen is pure amazing
Good song but his voice is quiet I can barely here him.
Wow this song... Cranberries still the best but yeah good cover;)
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on nearest possible Friday by love of your life. Tomorrow will the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 different songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This so scary because it actually works.
Great great song! Love it! We were merely freshmen!
cathcloud
lovely.
This is amazing<3
Drowning❤️su m s me up perfectly love it!! His voice is heaven
Follow ill follow back
I wish I could search for other gay artists who sing with life-accurat e pronouns (I.e. the rare chance for a guy to hear a love song sung by a guy to a guy, focusing on the unique experiences and relationship s we have that heterosexual s don't, etc). Jay Brannan is one of the only singers who has ever not only spoken to my soul, but arrived fluent in its language.
This is a great cover. He dosent push it though. But he really has no need to push his vocals. It's a simple easy song. Still a solid cover. I play this song live all the time. Kinda nice to hear this "toned down" version. Great to smoke bud to.
I love "Say It's Possible" absolutely beautiful.
beautiful
His voice is heavenly.
Yet another great musical discovery brought to me by Pandora. :)
His voice is amazing
He plays on my Rufus Wainwright station, also worth a listen :)
I love this version. I'm in tears.
branco83
my heart hurts
Beautifully, and tragic. Breaks my heart every time. Takes me so far back to my youth. Sometimes I wish I could go back to that time and place, and just get lost there. Like my own Neverland.
michaeldelam a r r e
Man, I just discovered him today (May 22) and checked his tour dates. He was in Chicago a few blocks from my house on May 5th! Total bummer.
Ani Difranco...n o E in Difranco...A n d to compare him to Difranco is kind of a slap in the face.
P.S. Why does this bio only compare him to female singers?
Just to clear things up, Zombie was written by Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of The Cranberries. The Freshman is by Verve Pipe. Jay has covered both quite well.
Surprised that Pandora doesn't note that this is a Verve Pipe cover. Always loved that song.
Neverheard this :D sounds good!!! Sad tho ;(
The Zombie rendition has made me a fan, gj
Beautiful.
Texas!
This song kills me <3 too good
I feel like I NEED to finish coloring that album cover.
smccoun44
His voice makes me sleepy lol(:
Jay's voice is so beautiful. His version of The Freshman made me cry. I seriously love this song!
Darn those tracks, she was always more beautiful on that side. Maybe the grass is greener? It was a trip to Canada, a long drive, a vacation after a divorce. Its what the boss recommended. I was a boss myself. Hi red. You were pretty in pink, indeed. It had been my turn to understand. Tranquility and Adore.
paulaiuto
Uh it was absolutely originally the Verve Pipe. Saw them live numerous times on campuses around Michigan - where they are from. Fan of the Cranberries back then too... not their song.
lasowko
Cover of a Cranberries tune. Different feel, but a nice song.
*sexy. *teen
So sect so amazing so mine forever I may be a tern but Icc he makes me feel whole h
Verve Pipe, '96. The band is confused frequently with British band The Verve (known for 'Bittersweet Symphony').
320studios.e v e n t s
Quite entertaining that on Pandora of all websites they not only spell Ani Difranco's name wrong in his bio but also do not clarify if he wrote or covered certain songs better know by more popular artists.
bennetto8594
purdy sure it was the verve. Cranberries never even covered it.
This isn't a cover of the Verve. This I'd a cover of the Cranberries.
@parishoppee r so true.
@boojun, yes
Isn't this sone by The Verve?
Am I the only one who finds many of his songs hilarious?
I fell in love to this song, completely unforgetable in everyway possible. The piano is lovely, slow and warm. His voice complements the lyrics nicely and they meld seamlessly. I love it!
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