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Image by Zdeněk Macháček

Meet Branice

Branice McKenzie is an internationally acclaimed and award winning composer, vocalist and educator based between Oakland, CA and New York City, NY.

The quote says: “Branice McKenzie sings with a sensitivity, intonation and eloquence that mark her as a fine proponent of jazz in song”. With her four-octave range, this artist has partnered with greats touring the world from Harry Belafonte to Hugh Masekela, from Roberta Flack to Iyanla Vanzant and many more. She has graced the stages of The Newport Jazz Festival to the Umbria Jazz Festival, from Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow to the great Carnegie Hall in New York City. Ms. McKenzie is an award-winning composer, a member of the Vocal Faculty at the stellar Oakland School For The Arts and ministering every Sunday morn as Founding Minister of Music at Heart and Soul Center of Light in Oakland, CA. Most recently, Branice garnered the honor of being nominated by the Bay Area Theatre Awards for Best Music Direction. She is a vocal alchemist and a voice for our time.


The New Standard is Branice McKenzie.



Branice Compositions: Jazz, Pop, Inspirational

Branice as Featured Artist

Believe In LoveBranice McKenzie
00:00 / 05:05
If You Don't Know Me By Now - Hugh MaskeBranice McKenzie
00:00 / 03:57
Day After TomorrowBranice McKenzie
00:00 / 04:48
Can't RememberBranice McKenzie
00:00 / 03:22
Love Makes The World Go RoundBranice McKenzie
00:00 / 03:53
When I Was FiveBranice McKenzie
00:00 / 04:55
Yes I Do (I Love You)Branice McKenzie
00:00 / 04:57

Branice w/Gregory Hines and band, on tour

Visual Art

My Birth Mother transitioned when I was three. That side of my family are whom I am very close to. I found out as we explored family photographs that my Mother, Eunice, was a photographer. She primarily took photos of family. When I finished undergrad, I went to Brooklyn and decided to take photography lessons...I don't know why, to this day, that popped up in my mind. But now I know because my Birth Mother was also a photographer. Then I dropped my interest for a long while. Then, I went to Tanzania and I almost lost myself in the exquisite beauty of that country and I was, from then on, a photographer again. Fo' Real!! I LOVE it!! 

ENJOY what I see. It's right in front of you...And let's love it all.




Teaching Artist

Music Is My FriendBranice McKenzie
00:00 / 04:46
SmileBranice McKenzie
00:00 / 04:15
I Am MeBranice McKenzie
00:00 / 04:02

Miss B's Singalong

Every Saturday at 9:30 am PST. Singing along with YOU!

For 30 minutes of fun and music that makes you sing, dance and smile. So please join us with your family, children and friends.

Please email for Zoom link to join us! 

Image by Zdeněk Macháček

Let’s Engage

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