Brandon Calhoon kick-started his music career in 2005 when he became the dark horse favorite on the short lived Rock Star CBS TV series, Rock Star: INXS. Over the next two years, the buzz he created on Rock Star resulted in headlining gigs for numerous live shows throughout Southern California. Performing music for crowds of hungry music fans eager to hear something new, they followed Calhoon to legendary stages like The Roxy and The Whiskey a Go Go in LA to hear his new style of soul-infused southern rock.
In 2008, Brandon returned to MI and took his unique style to the Motor City, where he wrote and recorded several albums inspired by his experiences out west combined with the influence from his small town roots. He was consequently nominated for a number of Detroit Music Awards, including “Best New Artist” and “Best Rock Record.” The anchor song of his five-song 2008 EPDetroit City was featured on FX’s hit TV Series Justified, which created a cultural anthem for the hard working people of Detroit.Detroit City also became an immediate favorite and earned praise from industry legends like Eddie Money, who Calhoon shared a staged with at DTE Amphitheater in the spring of 2009.
Calhoon rode the momentum and released his much anticipated second album Satisfied in the fall of 2010, which he recorded at Rust Belt Studios in Royal Oak, owned by legendary Detroit Producer Al Sutton. From the album, the upbeat track “Common Ground” was later featured in a Chevrolet Commercial and the law evading song “Last Night in Texas” was recently remixed by Country Hip Hop artist Mikel Knight.
In 2011 a change was needed, and the raw and gritty music of the south that shaped him as an artist called his name. Now known as “Nashville Jesus” by local musicians and fans throughout The Music City, Calhoon spends most of his time in the Nashville music scene writing music and performing for audiences, honing his craft as a musician and writer, while working with many of the singer-songwriting giants of the town.
In late 2011, Outdoor Television was changed forever when Rusted Rooster and Calhoon recorded several original songs for their then Award-Winning TV Series Backcountry Quest. Behind the horsepower of the song “Red Sun”, Rusted Rooster took home a Sportsman Choice Award for Best Show Open and created a movement still being pursued today by Outdoor Industry Producers.
Collaborating with Nashville Producer Brian Irwin in the winter of 2013, Brandon had a vision to record an EP paying homage to his northern Michigan roots. Eight months later, “Whiskey Beach” was released on Independence Day as a dedication to Beaverton-the blue collar, hard-working community that raised him.
In early 2015, Calhoon’s song “Lost to be Found” was chosen as the theme song for CBS’s new series Battle Creek. Currently, Brandon is spending his time between Nashville, TN and the Rooster Traxx Recording Studio in Northern Michigan writing and recording music for television, commercials and film with Rusted Rooster Media.