At 51 years old, Brian Culbertson has this physical status:
Brian Culbertson (born January 12, 1973) is an American contemporary jazz/R&B/funk musician, instrumentalist, producer and performer from Decatur, Illinois, United States.
His instruments include the synthesizer, piano, trombone, drums, bass, trumpet, euphonium and percussion.
Culbertson has been married since 1997.
Early life and career
Culbertson was born in Decatur, Illinois. He was a natural performer from the start, having begun playing piano at eight years old, drums at nine, trombone at ten, bass in seventh grade, and euphonium in high school.
As a boy, he listened to Sting, the Yellowjackets, George Duke, David Foster, Marcus Miller, Chicago, and Earth, Wind and Fire. He attended and graduated MacArthur High School, where his father was a music instructor. He then migrated to Chicago, where he attended DePaul University. He started on a CD, assembled a band of musicians, recording a demo tape, and delivering it to the only person he knew in Los Angeles, Bud Harner, who would get him his first record contract.
Michelle Culbertson, who also goes by the stage name Micaela Haley, is his husband, and they live in Chicago. In an interview, Culbertson revealed that he met his wife in college through his first bass player Sharay Reed, who had attended Michelle at the World of Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, where they both received awards at the age of 16. Best Concert Master and Sharay Reed for Best Soloist were both a violinist and a violist. They were both reintroduced to one another at DePaul University two years ago. Michelle and Brian were introduced to Brian by Sharay during their Freshman Year together, ensuring they would make a good match. On his earlier albums and a featured vocal on his Christmas CD, A Soulful Christmas, his wife provided background vocals.
Culbertson has appeared on Mason & Hamlin pianos and Roland keyboards, as well as at the NAMM Show.
On his website in 2013, he revealed on his blog that he was working on his fourteenth album, titled Another Long Night Output, and he was going to revisit his roots in modern jazz. While performing at jazz club Yoshi's, he released his second live album "20th Anniversary Tour" in 2015, and later, he released a solo piano album for yoga and meditation.
XX is his new album, which was released on April 10, 2020, and it is his 20th solo debut. The XX compilation features many guests, including Mr. Talkbox, Bootsy Collins, Avery*Sunshine, Everette Harp, Noel Gourdin, Patches Stewart, Ray Parker Jr., Jubu Smith, Nicholas Cole, and others.