In a professional band, the Musical Director, or M.D., guides the group from the first audition to the last gig. The M.D. must know how to put together a band that is right for the music, as well as how to rehearse that band and get a high-quality show together. Top M.D.s are never lacking for work and those who are great stay in high demand by top artists who will settle for nothing less than the best. Enter Detroit native Valdez Brantley.

Valdez Brantley has the depth of music mastery that artists demand. He is a talented music director, producer, songwriter, programmer, and arranger. Valdez most recently toured with Usher,OMG and Chris Brown as music director and keyboardist. Other artists Valdez has worked with include Mary J. Blige, Sean “P Diddy” Combs, Teddy Riley, Keith Sweat, Lil Wayne, Chamillionaire, and legendary performers such as Al Hudson & One Way and the late Aaliyah. He has served as musical director for many artists on numerous network television shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live and the Oprah Show. He also served as musical director on many concert tours both in the United States and overseas. Valdez recorded and co-produced on Usher’s Grammy Award winning Confessions. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Broadcast Music Inc., and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

2011 Usher OMG Tour
2010 Usher OMG Tour
2009 Young Jeezy American’s Most Wanted Tour
2008 Usher OMG Tour
2007 Ne-Yo One Night with Ne-Yo
2006 Chris Brown & Ne-Yo Up Close & Personal Tour
2005 Usher The Truth Tour
2003 Avant Four Minute Tour
2002 Usher Evolution 8701 Tour
2000 Mary J. Blige The Mary Show
1998 112 Whitney Houston U.S.
  Mary J. Blige Share My World
1997 Boyz II Men Evolution U.K.
  Blackstreet No Diggity
1995 Mary J. Blige My Life Tour
1996 Blackstreet Blackstreet
1994 Aailayah Young Nation
1994 S.W.V. It’s About Time
1994 New Kids on the Block Face the Music
1993 Mary J. Blige What’s the 411


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Usher “Confessions” - GRAMMY AWARD WINNER
Usher “Luther Vandross Superstar”
Usher “Live”
Usher “8701”
Usher "The Truth Tour”
Chris Brown “Journey”
47th Grammy Awards Usher featuring James Brown
Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno Mary J. Blige
  Lil Wayne featuring Robin Thick
  P. Diddy
  Mario Winans
  Bow Wow featuring T. Pain
Late Night w/ David Letterman Beyonce
  P. Diddy featuring Black Rob, Dave Navarro & Mark Curry
The Oprah Show Usher
A.O.L. Sessions Chris Brown
Saturday Night Live Beyonce featuring Jay z
  Mary J. Blige
Today Show Usher
  Chris Brown
  Mary J. Blige
MTV Un-Plugged Ne-Yo
Jimmy Kimmel Show Bow Wow featuring Chris Brown
  Lil Wayne
BET Live Puff Daddy
Rosie O’Donnelll Show Usher
Ellen Show Usher
  Chris Brown
Showtime at the Apollo Mary J. Blige
Top of the Pops (London) Usher featuring Alicia Keys
MTV European Music Awards Usher featuring Alicia Keys
Soul Train Music Awards Usher featuring Alicia Keys