Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Brian King

"Catch him as his star rises"- Time Out New York

BRIAN KING is a singer, songwriter, and performer acclaimed for his gender-defying voice (which Whoopi Goldberg once said was the last sound she wanted to hear before bed to ensure she had beautiful dreams.) On stage Brian indulges both the sweet and shadowy sides of his nature, using make-up and monologues to perform an emotional striptease. Through his original songs, Brian brings audiences into raw meditations on love, religion, sexuality, and identity. His song "Cold Rain" was covered by New Orleans Soul Queen, Irma Thomas, on her Grammy-nominated CD Simply Grand earning the track high praise in Rolling Stone, USA Today, The Village Voice. The album also featured contributions and performances from Norah Jones, Dr. John, Randy Newman, and Burt Bacharach. Together with his band, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, King delivers a new brand of smoky cabaret and neo-soul sounding something like Tom Waits and Annie Lennox performing in a secret French cafe. The band consistently packs venues in Boston, NYC, and beyond, in intimate jazz clubs to musical circus extravaganzas, with their songs accompanied by aerialists, boylseque dancers, and animation at venues like Dixon Place in NYC and Oberon in Cambridge, MA. What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? features Nathan Cohen on violin & trumpet, Joe Cardoza on upright bass, Dennis Monagle on drums, Renee Dupuis on piano, melodica, & voice, and Shana Cahill & Elizabeth Bean on background vocals. The ensemble's latest album, "Little Bit Of Blue" is available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, & Spotify. For latest news and music visit http://www.whattimeisitmrfox.com

SPECIAL SHOWS:

GRAVITATIONAL FOOL (80 min)

PREMIERED AT THE 2014 AFTERGLOW FESTIVAL, PROVINCETOWN MA (founded by Quinn Cox & John Cameron Mitchell) www.afterglow.org

How often do we play The Fool? Throughout history society has often relegated the queer to the role of the clown, from sad Pierrot to the sissy, the funny fop to the lonely dandy. Backed by his neo-cabaret band, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, singer-songwriter, 3rian King performs an internal/external wrestling match onstage with these characters. Through make-up, costume, monologues and original music, 3rian examines the ways these archetypes both empower and limit our identities and relationships. From soul-searing ballads to hilarious songs about sex with the ex, Gravitational Fool will cure you of your clown phobia. Elements of the show have also been performed at Oberon in Cambridge MA, Dixon Place in NYC, The Duplex in NYC, Gloucester Stage Company, in Gloucester, MA.

LULLABIES FOR HERETICS (80 min)

PREMIERED AT THE 2015 AFTERGLOW FESTIVAL, PROVINCETOWN MA (founded by Quinn Cox & John Cameron Mitchell) www.afterglow.org

A seeker from birth, like many spiritual nomads, Brian King has dabbled in everything from Catholic mysticism to Buddhism, Theosophy to Carl Jung, neo-shamanism to witchcraft. In this piece, Brian recounts his exploits and adventures in these disciplines and philosophies, punctuated with original songs and new takes on classics by Leonard Cohen, Tori Amos, Madonna, Depeche Mode, Cat Stevens, and more. The piece also features the animated film "The Ladies' Tree" directed by acclaimed filmmaker and Harvard professor, Ruth Lingford.

KEYWORDS: Songwriting, soul, R&B, folk, cabaret, LGBT, LGBTQ, queer, animation, gay, performance art, multimedia, circus arts, gender, monologue

Additional Links: 
Performance of Leonard Cohen song
Live performance of original song at Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport MA
live performance from Oberon (A.R.T.) Cambridge MA

I Have Worked With

  • January 2016

    Hired to perform at night of music at this arts non-profit in the oldest arts colony in the US.

  • December 2015

    Hired to perform 2 sets of music at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA by this community non-profit. 

  • September 2015

    Hired to perform "Lullabies for Heretics" an original 80 min multimedia show at the 2015 Afterglow Festival in Provincetown, MA.

    Also hired to perform in "Birth of the American Baroness" in July 2015 at Joe's Pub in NYC, and April 2016 at Oberon (A.R.T.) Cambridge MA, produced by Afterglow. Afterglow is a performing arts non-profit founded by Quinn Cox and John Cameron Mitchell. www.afterglow.org

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Brian
Job Title/Position: 
Singer/Songwriter/Performance Artist
Physical Address: 
Gloucester, MA
Last Name: 
King

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Band
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Folk
Music - Pop / Rock
Music - R&B / Soul
Theater - Circus
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Theater - Variety / Vaudeville
Year Founded: 
2004
Populations Served: 
Adults
Families
General Public
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Performance / Concert / Reading
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Events Per Year: 
100
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
Continuing Education courses in Studio For Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art. Certified Health Educator (specializing in LGBTQ health) through the Massachusetts Dept of Public Health and Boston Health Commission.
Awards: 
Original song "Cold Rain" appeared on Irma Thomas' Grammy-nominated album "Simply Grand."

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Stage space 10x10ft, Multiple channel mixer, monitors, access to electrical power. Some specific shows require screen and projector. Mics, stands, and DI boxes may be provided.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$400
Fee Range Maximum: 
$4,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
8