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Brandy Held is local Madison, WI musician and munchkin. All 4 feet 10 1/2 inches of her loves playing piano, guitar (and keytar!) whenever possible and enjoys all genres of music. Her musical journey began at age 4 when she was given a toy piano. She began taking lessons at age 8  and by age 11 was writing instrumental piano songs. She took a lot of music classes in high school and with the help of Mr. Haas learned music theory, arranging, and how to perform/accompany as well as act in plays, play baritone in band, sing in vocal ensemble. In college she majored in piano perfromance under Dr. Chung and later studied jazz piano with Brian Hagen. It was also in guitar that she began playing guitar. Her biggest musical influences are Muse, Matt Bellamy, Tori Amos, Ben Folds, Jeff Buckley, Linkin Park, Within Temptation, Jimmy Eat World, Madonna, Garbage, Amanda Palmer, Evanescence, Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, Bush, Gwen Stefani, and Elton John.

While in college Brandy recorded her first single ♫When I’m With You♫ in 2004. After college Brandy played in a variety of bands up until 2011 when she decided to begin a solo career. She took voice lessons with Caitlin Cisler, Trudy Evans, and Kelly Garrow for a few years.  Many of her sets feature the drummer Matt Hertenstein whom she met in a previous band that they were in together. In 2005 Brandy began her own music studio and started teaching piano and guitar students. Today she teaches up to 45 students weekly in her studio and performs whenever possible. In 2011 Brandy recorded her first EP Dark Eyes and released her first album Chaser in 2012.  She owes her past, present, and future success to her boyfriend Adam, family and close friends, drummer Matt Hertenstein, past teachers, her students, fellow musicians, fans, and her kitties Bill & Norma…..MEOW!!….and puppy Conan…WOOF!