Mack Brandon is arriving tomorrow morning for 14 Days in Senegal. It already started to rain and the temperature is still rising. By God’s Grace, we will visit a village of Saturday, on of my favorite about 2.5 hours outside of the capital…I am already smiling for all the beautiful pictures we will make. I would encourage you if you need a Good Music Professor that also has a good knowledge of the Word, do contact him. And I am sure it will be a blessing for your community.
Mack Brandon’s Gospel Explosion is crossing borders this year!
Mack Brandon has been a professor of music at Ramapo College of New Jersey for the past 23 years.
Starting as a teen director of his home church’s youth choir in Hackensack, NJ. He went on to become pianist or musical director for such artists as Ben E. King, The Drifters, Luther Vandross, Etta James, Average White Band, and the Supremes. As a solo artist, he toured worldwide including appearances as the opening act to the late comedienne Joan Rivers and to country artist Clint Black.
He was a musical arranger for the BBC Television Orchestra in London, England and the composer/producer of television and radio commercials aired on every continent in the world except Antarctica. He acted in the role of the pianist in the film “She Devil” starring Meryl Streep and Roseanne Barr and composed the soundtrack to the PBS documentary, “Brother Men.”
He is also the founder of the “Musical Words”arts-in-education program now in its 21st year of operation in Teaneck, NJ. For the past 18 years he has served as the Conference Coordinator of Music for the AME Zion Church of New Jersey, where he leads the 90 voice Conference Choir.
For the past 15 years He has lectured and conducted workshops on the topic of the tradition, culture and worship of sacred black music in America. But most importantly, Rev. Brandon is now enjoying his sixth year as the pastor of the Metropolitan AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Zion Church in Ridgewood, N.J. where his love for ministry, music, and education all come together.
Mack Brandon summarizes his career in the song whose lyrics read, “If I can help somebody, then my living will not be in vain!”