ON-STAGE PERFORMING BIOGRAPHY
BRANDI HIMMELREICH is no stranger to the stage. As a child, Brandi performed for eight years as a soloist for the prestigious Pensacola Childrens Chorus, and studied drama at the Pensacola Little Theater. Furthering her performing arts studies, she spent two years in the Musical Theater department at the University of Central Florida, and studied Meisner acting technique with the known Yvonne Suhor and JJ Ruscella. Her vocal training continued into adulthood as she studied classical singing with Richard Owens, Setske Mosteart and Jim Brown.
Brandi’s performance career began as a musical star in the United States, where she performed leading roles in the Actors Equity Association productions of Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Rent (Maureen), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), Kiss Me Kate (Lois Lane/Bianca), and Frenchy in a special production of Grease! starring together with Joey Fatone from NSync, Alfonso Ribero from Fresh Prince of Bel Air and the late Jeff Conaway from the original Grease film. Further musical credits include the World Premiere of Meat Street: The Musical and MUMS (which premiered at Orlando Fringe Festival in 2003). She also proved her acting skills in an Equity production of The Vagina Monologues, getting rave revues. Brandi has sang and danced for the best of the entertainment worlds companies, including Walt Disney World (American Vybe & Tarzan Rocks!), Universal Studios Florida (Beetlejuice’s Rock & Roll Graveyard Revue), Universal Studios Japan (California Girls), Busch Gardens (Moroccan Roll), Arjan van Dijk Groep, Walibi World (Miss Brandi Camazots Live!), and Holland America, Marella & Silverseas Cruise Lines.
In 2008, she was crowned the winner of the televised talent show Popstars, in the Netherlands, landing her a recording contract with Warner Music Benelux, where she scored a number one hit in the charts. After one year with Warner Music, Brandi decided to co-write, record, and release her own album, Electronic Porno Pop, which is available on iTunes worldwide. This album was blessed with the co-writing talents of Bruce R. F. Smith (number one hits in NL and Japan), and the Grammy-award winning songwriter Alan Glass. The album was produced by Swedish talents Peter Hägerås, who has worked with artists such as Taylor Dayne with the hit song “Facing a Miracle” for the Gay Olympics 2010, NEO, and Paul Potts, among others,- as well as legendary Emil Hellman – one of the founders of the famous Cherion Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, and producer of artists such as Michael Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Ace of Base, George Michael and Agnes Carlson, with hundreds of worldwide number 1 hits on pop and dance charts.
After releasing her first album, Brandi was seen performing as the openings act for A Night to Remember, (concert with 1980’s music stars including Rick Astley) and singing for the opening of international sports events such as Ride for the Roses and the Tour de France. Brandi has also been seen as a guest artist performing in famous clubs around the world, performing in America, Japan, Austria, Germany, Poland, The Bahamas, Mexico, Belgium, The Netherlands, and the famous Club Opera in Stockholm, Sweden.
Brandi Himmelreich has been a constant supporter of GLBTQ rights. In 2011, one of her hit singles “Leather and Lace” was chosen for Stockholm Pride, where she performed for over 80,000 people. In the summer of 2012, she were approached by the Dutch national paper De Telegraaf and the lifestyle television station OUTtv to make an anthem for Amsterdam and Antwerpen Pride, where she performed for over 1 million people and scored a number 3 summer hit in Belgium.
The past few years have led into new developments, where she has branched out to writing and performing together with her husband in a Popera vocal duo called BraxiMusic- ever expanding her love and passion within the world of entertainment. Braxi has already seen success, with their first single “IL NOSTRO AMORE” winning 1st place in Unsigned Only, and international songwriting competition in the category Vocal Performance, and finishing as a finalist in two categories (Adult Contemporary & Music Video) in the annual British Songwriting Competition. They have produced a multi-media theater show called Crossing the Classics: From Bowie to Bocelli & Prince to Pavarotti, which has toured them around Europe, the Caribbean and the UK. Braximusic were also featured on Hollands Got Talent in 2017, and continue to perform as headliners onboard ships and in resorts worldwide. Recently, they had the opportunity to perform at London’s West End famous venue The Hippodrome. Check out their website HERE.
Brandi is excited about the future, and plans to return to the musical theater world soon.
OFF-STAGE / CREATIVE BIOGRAPHY
BRANDI HIMMELREICH’S career in the entertainment world does not stop at a successful performing career. She has in fact, worked as a show producer, entertainment manager and coach for theaters and art programs worldwide.
As a teenager, Brandi had her first opportunity at behind the scenes work as Assistant Director for The Velveteen Rabbit at the Pensacola Little Theatre Treehouse, and won Superior marks at the Florida State Thespian Festival for her direction of the play Butterflies Are Free. She was makeup designer for shows such as Into the Woods and Once Upon a Mattress, and assisted in designing new cabarets for her colleagues and fellow students. This was just the beginning of her passion for creative work behind the scenes.
In 2003 Brandi created a musical revue called The Production, which was rehearsed and performed in Osaka, Japan. With a musical cast of 30, “The Production” was performed to a sold out audience.
Three years later, Brandi found herself living in The Netherlands, where she began working as Assistant Director and Creative Show Producer for dinner theater Inspiration Point. She wrote, cast and ran rehearsals for an evening filling show called “Waanzinning!”. The cast of 15 rehearsed for one month before performing a successful six month run to sold out audiences.
Brandi continued her work as a director for musicals and plays at the Faust Theater, and gave special private coaching session to students wishing to find work in the arts. She also freelanced as vocal / performance coach for theater groups such as Subsuburbia and Artiance, and created a special vocal music education program for Child Focus on the Caribbean island of Saba.
In 2010, Brandi worked as Show Producer for theme park Walibi World Six Flags in The Netherlands, where she created a Halloween-themed show “Miss Brandi Camazots Live!” for the Fright Night event, which ran 4 days a week in the month of October, to audiences exceeding 25,000 people. She also created two 30 minute musical street shows that were performed at the park on a daily basis, and helped create new “scare zones” for the 2011 and 2012 Fright Night events.
Brandi worked as creative producer for various event companies across The Netherlands, creating one of a kind productions and entertainment. In 2011, she was commissioned as Production Coach for the Arjan van Dijk Event Company, to boost existing shows and event entertainment. She created two separate evening filling productions: “Chanapyre” (a Halloween inspired show) and “Around the World” (a musical revue with a travel theme).
In 2013, while working as vocal captain and show team performer for PEEL Entertainment, Brandi Himmelreich was co-creator of the “Venice Sail Away” event onboard the cruise ship Thomson Majesty. This was a classical vocal concert performed while the ship set sail from Venice, Italy. This event became incredibly popular and received rave reviews on sites such as Cruise Critic.
She continued her development of cruise ship entertainment as Production Manager and Vocalist onboard the Silverseas Spirit, managing an entertainment team of 6, with 4 production shows and 6 individual cabaret performances, which she assisted in creating and coaching. This brought up the entertainment score as the highest ever to be reached in the SilverSeas fleet of ships.
In 2015, Brandi developed and produced a 50 minute production show called “Crossing the Classics: From Bowie to Bocelli & Prince to Pavarotti”. Made for the vocal duo Braximusic (which she is a main vocalist for), Brandi not only created the original concept, but designed all LED screen films for audience interactions, and designed new lighting and technical plans for each location. This production show has been performed over 100 times in theaters and 5 star resorts worldwide, and is also quoted as being one of the best shows to be seen onboard any cruise ship.
Brandi continues producing shows and coaching both individual performers and entertainment / event companies who are interested in creating the highest quality product possible.