Radio Announcer, Actor and Songwriter
Brendan Maclean is the sparkling, glittering, fabulous songwriter Australia desperately needs. A master of the literal biting lyric that sits on the tip of your tongue, that crops up in conversation and is pasted across Facebook walls and Twitter profiles for weeks. His original songs, with their shamelessly flamboyant melodic lines, have worked their way from YouTube, to the Opera House and to the studio of acclaimed producer Paul Mac all before finding his new home at Universal Music Publishing.
Brendan’s sailing vocals have been compared to Panic At The Disco and Patrick Wolf with a style that stretches from pop fireworks to dramatic rock ballads; his lyrical delivery receiving praise for its personal and instantly recognisable charm. His live performance has been called “electric” by triple j, with Drum Media saying Brendan “had the audience spellbound. Truly magical.” Without a touring agent to his name he has found himself supporting Lanie Lane, Claire Bowditch and Kate Miller-Heidke and Darren Hayes of Savage Garden at The Enmore, Forum and Tivoli. Baz Luhrmann also called upon the multi-talented Sydney artist to play the role of Klipspringer in his blockbuster The Great Gatsby in scenes alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.
A two time winner of Australia’s National Youth Week Industry Award for Songwriting Brendan’s latest release Stupid, produced by Paul Mac, was funded through a crowd-funding campaign which raised $21,000 in just three weeks. The song was pasted on the front page of BuzzFeed with the video-clip racking up over 130,000 views on YouTube, ended up on national American news with Perez Hilton telling Swedish pop star Robyn to “watch your back girl, you’ve got competition.” Brendan Maclean is currently supporting Kate Miller-Heidke on the Heavenly Sounds tour, performing at a range of dates at the Opera House for Vivid Live and can be seen as the crazed musician Klipspringer in The Great Gatsby.
Brendan appears on the 2013 Face The Music session:
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