Brandi And Max
Brandi and Max are the musical duo, performing classical crossover pop music with theatrical influences, and always delivered with a passionate flair. Their shows integrate elements of theatre, pop music and opera, showcasing their versatility and a lifetime of training-a surprising feature that doesn't often make its way into traditional pop or classical crossover performances. The element of surprise figures prominently in their work, drawing influence from artists who are well known for taking chances and bringing unique entertainment value to the stage, such as the iconic Kate Bush, David Bowie, Freddy Mercury, Bette Midler and Cyndi Lauper as well as modern artists such as Lady Gaga. Classical and crossover influences are drawn from artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman and Lara Fabien, as well as the music from Cirque du Soleil.
Individually, Max and Brandi each have extensive experience in classical theatre and musical theatre. Brandi Himmelreich, formerly known as Brandi Russell, is the first winner of Dutch television show Popstars in 2008. Born and raised in America, she spent her early years singing for Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, as well as performing various leading roles in different American musical theater productions. In 2006, she moved to The Netherlands, where her career took a turn into pop music. She has performed and recorded official songs for various festivals and events, including the Ride for the Roses, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Antwerpen Pride, and the Tour du France. However her desire to break boundaries and adapt her classical training and theatrical influences into her music and performances drove her to focus only on BRAXI, and take the past three years to study, develop and experiment.