Brandon "Eugene" Owens is a musician, singer-songwriter, and producer from Los Angeles, best known for his work on Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy Award winning album “To Pimp a Butterfly(2015)”, which was certified Platinum in June, 2017. He has also worked alongside Kris Bowers (Dear White People), Kelis, Fergie, Brenna Whitaker, and Glen Ballard- among others.
Brandon grew up in a musical family and is the youngest of three Owens brothers, including keyboardist and producer Ikey Owens (Jack White/The Mars Volta/Sublime) and guitarist Aaron Owens (Hepcat/Long Beach Dub All Stars). Having spent 5 years playing the clarinet, Brandon eventually found his way to the bass in middle school. His prodigious ability landed him an invitation to attend the exclusive Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). During his time at LACHSA, Brandon won several top awards and shared the stage with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Bo Diddley, Billy Higgins, and Boys II Men.
After graduating high school, Brandon moved to New York to attend The New School, majoring in Contemporary Music and Film. Within his first semester, Brandon was asked to tour with jazz pianist, Benny Green. He left school shortly thereafter.
Brandon quickly became a first call to the elite of the jazz world, performing and recording with artists such as Terrance Blanchard, Mulgrew Miller, Monty Alexander, Nicholas Payton, and Robert Glasper. He also began working as a musical director and bassist for Lauryn Hill.
While touring, Brandon began penning his own folk/indie pop songs with nothing more than a drum machine, an acoustic guitar, and a 4-track under the name “Eugene”. Prolific by nature, he was soon sitting on more than 30 songs, and caught the ear of KCRW resident DJ Nic Harcourt. Brandon was soon invited to perform on the NPR favorite “Morning Becomes Eclectic”, and later signed to a record deal with New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. He began recording his debut LP ‘Troubles’ with renowned producer and guitarist James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins).
Owens’ songs can be heard in several TV shows including One Tree Hill, Parenthood, Grey's Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, 16 & Pregnant, and Teen Mom. He has also appeared and performed in the Academy Award winning film Whiplash (2014), and is part of the musical team on the hit TBS show “Drop The Mic”.
Brandon currently lives in Los Angeles where he continues to tour, write, and record with today's finest artists.