Brennan Villines is a multi-faceted musician, whose talent and training include piano, voice (tenor), music composition, songwriting, skilled sight reading, musical theater, and musical directorship. Brennan is a collaborative pianist, accompanist, piano teacher, and solo and ensemble concert performer. He has played piano since early childhood. His natural gift is honed to skilled excellence through 20 years of study of classical, pop, soul, and jazz piano. His outstanding performances for audiences – large and small – have garnered feature articles in the Commercial Appeal, Memphis Magazine, and The Memphis Flyer.
Villines' music is original always, regardless of whether he is composing his own or covering other artists. Five years of study with internationally acclaimed concert pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion insures Brennan's distinctive originality, which brands him as a revisionist of covers, which distinguishes him from the mass of imitators. He easily translates his classical and collaborative studies into dynamic performances of every genre. Remembrance, individual struggle, and contemplation of the future inspire his original compositions. Brennan's musical influences are as varied as his music: Amy Winehouse, Harry Connick, Jr., Jamie Cullum, and Billie Holiday, to name a few. He has been mentored by some musical giants; multi-genre artist Susan Marshall, Memphis blues artist Joyce Cobb, bass performer Tim Goodwin, notable blues singer Reba Russell, and acclaimed Nashville composer/ songwriter Eric Lewis top his list. Brennan directed Lewis' musical Spitfire Grill at the University of Memphis.
As a high school student, Villines, was awarded The Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts Most Promising Student in 2005. The following year he was awarded a full tuition scholarship for classical piano to the University of Memphis. Throughout his college years, he continued to distinguish himself with musical awards that span the spectrum of the field. In 20