Brandon is an incredible songwriter with an incredible story. You should see his audition.
Brandon Elder is a young man from Birmingham, Alabama with an incredible story. His biological mother gave birth to him at a young age and was unable to care for him. So she traded Brandon to a family in exchange for a car. But that family was unable to care for him and decided to place him for adoption, and he was adopted by a woman named “Patricia.”
Patricia was a wonderful mother. She was determined to provide Brandon with the normal childhood he deserved. Even if it meant taking on multiple jobs. She did an excellent job of caring for him. Brandon, however, was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was about fourteen years old. Her breast cancer was in remission for about two years before returning.
It was a difficult fight, and doctors said there was nothing they could do. Brandon would sing to her to encourage her at the time. Because his mother adored hearing him sing, he decided to pursue a career in music.
Unfortunately, Patricia had lost her battle with cancer. But Brandon decided to continue singing to honor his mother’s memory. And that is what led him to American Idol. For his American Idol audition, Brandon sang an original song that he wrote.
His song was about his mother, and it really moved the judges. Brandon’s songwriting abilities and raspy voice piqued the interest of all three judges. Lionel Richie even told Brandon that the words he was singing had an impact on him.
Fortunately, Brandon’s hard work had paid off because all three judges gave him a huge, “Yes!”. This is just the beginning of Brandon’s journey as a musician. The best part is that Brandon believes that no matter what happens, his mother will be watching over him.