Green Festival Speakers

Branice McKenzie



Branice McKenzie's career includes everything from jazz to theater to prolific songwriting. Some of her credits include critically acclaimed performances at the Newport Jazz Festival and The Umbria Jazz Festival. She is also a recipient of the Meet The Composer grant from New York State. Her incredible voice and magnificent song stylings have been hailed throughout the world. She has toured with Harry Belafonte,

Gregory Hines, Roberta Flack, Hugh Masekela, Carly Simon, BeBe Winans and Miriam Makeba to name a few and performing all over the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. Ms. McKenzie was invited to Russia to perform at Moscow's premier jazz club, Le Club and with Jazz Symphonic Strings at the historic Tchaikovsky Hall. A Royal Command performance in Morocco colors her performance palette as well as completing a successful run as an original cast member of the critically acclaimed I Can't Stop Loving You the Music of Ray Charles in Lyons, France. She also was the conductor of the Youth Chorale for the West Coast premier of INDABA written by and performed with Sweet Honey In The Rock. Her Youth Choir garnered stellar praise from all fronts for their performance at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA.

Most recently Branice was invited to cohost the premier event of the season, Oprah Celebrates Susan Taylor