Full time keyboardist since 2008 with blues legend and former John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers guitarist Coco Montoya, Brant Leeper is a 20 year veteran of the national and international blues music scene.
From blues & jazz festivals, club dates and television appearances, Brant has performed and or recorded with, most notably, the Austin, TX Godfather of the blues, W.C. Clark, Texas blues/funkster Hamilton Loomis, blues guitarist and songwriter Seth Walker, songwriter/producer Jono Manson, drummer “Frosty” Smith (Lee Michaels), drummer Tony Braunagle, actor/musician Gary Farmer, The Gang (Italy), Ryan McGarvey, Wendy Colonna, Johnny Rawls, Rolling Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys, recent Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Stevie Ray Vaughn’s band Double Trouble (Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon) and Public Enemy bassist/producer Brian Hardgroove.
Self taught, Brant’s childhood home was filled with the sound of 1950’s Rock N’ Roll, soul and blues. At the age of twelve, with a tape deck on the piano, Brant developed his ear and learned the mechanics of music through listening. In his early twenties, Brant relocated to Austin, TX where he honed his chops, playing legendary Texas music venues and roadhouses like the legendary Antone’s, The Saxon Pub and Gruene Hall.
With the Coco Montoya Band, Brant tours regularly in Europe, South America, the US and Canada playing blues festivals, club dates, and appearing on national and international television. performing with, on guest appearances, most recently Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Kim Wilson, Lee Oscar (harmonica), Tommy Castro, Marcia Ball, Jimmy Thackery, John Mayall, Shemekia Copeland, Jimmy Thackery and James Cotton among many others.
Brant appears on Montoya’s latest album “Songs From The Road” on Germany’s Ruf Records.
Brant won a 2014 New Mexico Music Award as co-producer for “best blues song” on Tiho Dimitrov’s “Messed Up World“. Brant also has a 2015 NMMA nomination for “best recording engineer.”
As a songwriter, Brant wrote and performed on the tunes “Somethings Gonna Come My Way” and “Better Man” on Hamilton Loomis’ Blind Pig release Kickin’ It. Recently, Brant also co-wrote “Sometimes” with Ken Valdez, recorded by Valdez and guitarist Eric Gales.
With an average of 100 – 150 shows a year, Brant brings his experience, chops and musical prowess to the stage.
Brant also appeared as a featured extra on the hit T.V. show “Breaking Bad” Season 5, Episode 2.
Brant owns a Logic X project studio and composes commercial music as well as keyboard tracking with a 1963 Hammond organ/Lesie cabinet, 1960’s Wurlitzer 200 and 1970’s Fender Rhodes Suitcase, Moog synth and more.
Brant is an artist endorsee for Hammond Organ company (click here for Brant’s Hammond artist page) and XP Audio keyboard Amps. Brant uses a Hammond SK1 and Leslie 3300.