Brandon McSwain started out in a "typical" middle class American family. His music, speaking, and writing began when the security of childhood was stripped away by the misunderstandings of mental illness. McSwain's music became a an expression of his experiences at home and a way to serve others experiencing the same chaos.
McSwain has toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He recently worked with, or shared stages with artists such as: Nickel Creek, John Mayer, Sister Hazel, OAR, Matt Nathanson, Casting Crowns, Radial Angel and BarlowGirl. PBS featured McSwain in their "Playing for Change" special in Charlotte, NC, which also included artists such as Bono of U2. During this time McSwain has released two full-length albums and one LIVE EP.
McSwain advocates for Mental Health Associations around the US and abroad in places like Ethiopia and Grand Cayman. He also volunteers at the Mental Health Association of the Carolinas as a Mental Health Association Ambassador, where he speaks in churches, colleges, community groups and concerts, to heighten mental health awareness.
His latest record, "The Breaking" is currently being produced in Nashville, TN, and is scheduled for release in 2014. McSwains's acoustic EP and book titled iammental will also be released in 2014 to help break the stigma associated with mental illness.