Originally from Rocky Mount, NC, Braxton is a 2008 graduate of Garner Magnet High School in Garner, NC. Braxton is a recent graduate of Duke University in Durham, NC, where he studied Music and History. He graduated with Highest Distinction as a result of his senior honors thesis, All Things to All Men: Richard Smallwood’s Gospel Music.
Braxton’s undergraduate education was supported by the Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholarship, a merit scholarship which covers the complete cost of an undergraduate degree at Duke. His undergraduate research was supported by the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship. His research has been presented at conferences across the USA; one of his articles was published in the most recent Journal of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship. In the fall of 2012, Braxton will begin work on a PhD in Music Theory at the University of Chicago.
A member of Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, Braxton is able to use his gifts as a pianist, organist, vocalist, and composer. Braxton endeavors to offer ministry that glorifies God’s people. Braxton has also had the opportunity to be a three-time participant in the W. James Abbington Church Music Academy of the Hampton Minister’s Conference and Choir Directors/Organists Guild Workshop. As a composer, he has been privileged to present original music at the 25th Annual Heritage Music Foundation’s Annual Gospel Music Conference (2010 Los Angeles, CA) and the 44th and 45th Annual Meetings of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (Tampa, FL and Nashville, TN). His debut CD, Songs of a Survivor, will be released in late 2012.
To God be the glory for the great things he has done!