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Rebel Bran

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Dreams give reason to our nights

Sounds Like:

Leonard Cohen, Goran Bregovic, Peter Gabriel, Sade


Leonard Cohen, music of Cirque du Soleil, Madredeus, Paul Simon, Al Di Meola, Amalia Rodriguez, Annie Lennox, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cesaria Evora, Chick Corea, David Gray, Diana Krall, Duke Ellington, ELO, Ella Fitzgerald, Elton John, EKV, Frank Sinatra, Gipsy Kings, Glenn Miller, Goran Bregovic, Holly Cole, Huun-Huur-Tu, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Itzhak Perlman, Jack Johnson, Jann Arden, Jean-Michel Jarre, Jesse Cook, Joan Baez, John Coltrane, John Mayer, Jorane, Jovan Maljokovic, k.d. Lang, Kraftwerk, Leb I Sol, Led Zeppelin, Loreena McKennitt, The Manhattan Transfer, Marta Sebestyen, Mathew Good, Maurice Ravel, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Nat King Cole, Nick Cave, Nina Simone, Nickelback, Ofra Haza, Oktobar 1864, Oliver Dragojevic, Pearl Jam, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Prince, Queen, Quincy Jones, Schedrin, Ray Charles, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Sade, Sanja Ilic & Balkanika, Stephane Grappelli, Take 6, Tim McGraw, Tina Turner, Tom Jones, Tony Bennett, Vladimir Maricic, Yanni, Josh Groban, U2, Stevie Wonder, Santana, Alanis Morissette, Sting, Norah Jones, Alex Cuba, Feist, Dado Glisic, Ani DiFranco……

Favourite Singer/Songwriter:

Leonard Cohen, Goran Bregovic, Peter Gabriel, Sade, Vaya Con Dios

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Songs by Rebel Bran


Sonny, Sonny

In darkness I see your face

I hear your voice


Sonny, Sonny

The moon is smiling

When you are playing


Sonny, Sonny

Your skin is darker

Than the life you had lived


Sonny, Sonny

Your soul is brighter

More than the Sun



Help me break these

Heavy thoughts of mine

Heal my pain

Don’t give up on me

Don't let the dragons

Take me down, down with them

Sonny Boy

Play something for me


Sonny, Sonny

Your harmonica

Eternally saves


Sonny, Sonny

Bring on the sound

And tune up your voice


Stronger Than Anything

Do you see

How white and cold this evening is

It's snowing over the town

It feels like the darkest traps are awakening

And closer are eyes of the dark


But we are stronger than anything

We can fight and melt the snow down

We are so much stronger than them

The fairies don't have the magic for


But we are stronger than anything

We can fight and melt the snow down

We are so much stronger than them

The fairies don't have the magic for

Breaking us


I know it well

Tomorrow will be snowing again

The icy traps will open their eyes

The mornings will be cold and dark will fall

And silence will take over time

But we are stronger than anything

We can fight and melt the snow down

We are so much stronger than them

The fairies don't have the magic for

Breaking us


You and I instrumental

The Song You and I instrumental has no lyrics associated with it.




Surrey, BC

Level of Experience:



Folk | Jazz | Rock | Other

I Write:

By myself | For myself

I prefer to write:

Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns | Arrangements

Songs Recorded:

01 bluesers 02 old story 03 children of the night 04 sonny 05 you and I 06 another night without you 07 good night 08 beautiluf wodrl 09 katarina 10 stronger than anything 11 you and I instrumental 01

Albums Released:

You and I ...twenty years later... Ti i ja ...dvadeset godina kasnije...

Song Placements:

Several podcasts and internet radio stations


Semifinalist at Unsigned Only 2019. Various awards for best lyrics and acoustic festivals in Serbia

Other Credits:

Over 20 k friends on My Space, currently number 37 on Reverb Nation

I am interested in:

Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Signing with a Label | Getting a Publishing Deal

Other Jobs:



Rebel Bran is a serbian-canadian artist and musician living in Vancouver, BC.

Imagine Leonard Cohen as the ringleader for Cirque De Soleil and you have an idea of Rebel Bran’s sound. Here we have an artist who has been scarred by hunger and war, and saved by the potential to create moments of beauty and meaning with his music.

Bran Vrbaski a.k.a Rebel Bran, was born in 1963 in Jagodina, Yugoslavia. His family lived in extreme poverty and even though times were incredibly bleak, there was always singing, dancing and laugher, in his home that kept them all going. Bran marveled at the power and clarity of his mother's voice. When he was 9 years old, a man by the name of Srecko (which translates to Lucky in English) befriended the family. Srecko had an incredible voice also so Bran decided he would do anything to try to sing like Lucky and his mum someday.

In high school, Bran started to get serious about music. It took him a few years to save enough money to buy a cheap, rough Russian acoustic guitar. At the same time, he became fascinated with architecture. When Bran’s band Dina was just getting some recognition, the war broke out in Bosnia. The struggle eventually got to be too much to cope with. In 1995, he made the heart-breaking decision to leave his country and move to Vancouver. He recalls: “There was more than enough food and opportunity for everyone here. It was a magical place.” But the magic would soon fade overtaken by the cultural shock. Of this very dark period, he says, “At times it was agonizing. The only thing that was calming me down and always there for me was my music, and my art.”

Bran sees many similarities between designing a beautiful building and writing an uplifting song as a musician. He says, "True architecture is like true music – kind of like cats who have nine lives. As long as the moment and emotion captured are true, they will last no matter when it’s actually printed. I design my music like composing the architecture." It is obvious that Bran has been honing his craft for many years when you talk to him. He says, "I always had a close connection to words, and I believe that every word has a melody to it. My writing is also always connected to the deep emotion I’m trying to express. Often, I write a song around a new interesting chord I just learned, that evokes certain emotions.

Recently I started experimenting with my new instrumentals in a way that explores completely intuitive and accidental ways of creating music exclusively based on the pure emotion.”

“You and I 20 years later” is Rebel Bran's first release, which is available in two versions; one with lyrics in English and the other in Serbian. As the name suggests, some of these songs are over 20 years old, yet they still work today. The title track begins with an ominous violin that suddenly turns almost Flamenco as it is joined by guitar and drums. Bran’s smoky vocals are reminiscent of Tom Waits or Leonard Cohen, but there is a smooth clarity to his voice usually reserved for Jazz singers.

“Bluesers” could be on the soundtrack for a Wim Wender’s indie film. There are layers of lush sound here, everything from guitar to techno bass, to cow bell. The song tells the story of how African-Americans have been oppressed, and got saved by singing their sorrows. It's a song about much needed hope. This is the kind of song that stays with you long after it’s done playing.

Bran plans to start doing live shows in support of “You and I 20 Years Later. He is nervous and excited to share the songs that have been a part of him for so many years. He says, “You should never give up on your dreams. It took me over 20 years to make this CD a reality and that’s a small price to pay to live your dreams. It's all worth it now, and this is only the beginning for me."

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