He grew up as his “Daddy’s roadie” and helped set up hundreds of club shows before he was old enough to get into the venues. His professional career began as a teenager and has included theater, film, concerts and television. Across those mediums, he has found success as a performer, producer, technician and engineer.
Brandon made his Broadway debut in JAMES JOYCE’S THE DEAD beside Christopher Walken and Marni Nixon (the singing voice behind the biggest stars of film’s Golden era including: Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Woods and Deborah Kerr) who later became his go-to voice teacher. He appeared in the Tony Award winning musical THROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE opposite Sutton Foster. He continued his Broadway performing career in the Tony Award Winning production of ASSASSINS with Denis O’Hare and Neil Patrick Harris, GOOD VIBRATIONS the Beach Boys Musical, and CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.
He played Scott in the hit Off-Broadway show EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL where he set a new record for onstage deaths by a performer in a week (48 deaths). Brandon was featured in RENT at the Hollywood Bowl which also starred Wayne Brady, Nichole Scherzinger, Vanessa Hudgens, Aaron Tveit and Rachel Harris.
Wardell performed live for an audience of more than a million people, with a television audience of millions more at the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration. Outside of the amazing places he plays with Streetlamp, some of his favorite performances have been on the stages of Radio City Music Hall (Tony Awards), Avery Fisher Hall (on PBS’ GREAT PERFORMANCES) and MerleFest, where he shared the bill with Allison Krauss, Emmylou Harris and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. He specializes in creating shows specific for any event or venue. Brandon is a proud member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices Choir and The Recording Academy.
Also a prolific producer, Brandon’s work for the stage has been honored with five Tony Award nominations, with one win for PORGY AND BESS. In the recording studio, his work has garnered four Grammy Award nominations including GYPSY starring Patti Lupone, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ starring Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis, and FELA! which features the world famous afro-funk phenomenon Antibalas. Brandon’s musical compositions and voice can be heard in the film, GALA and GODFREY, appearing and winning awards in festivals worldwide, and now available online. Brandon is one of the producers behind the hit show DELUSION, a live, interactive horror show, that’s now a virtual reality experience by Skybound Entertainment (THE WALKING DEAD).