Bryan Wells has earned two Gold Records for his songs made famous by Stevie Wonder – “A Place in the Sun” and “Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday.” The former song was featured in the Julia Roberts film, “Charlotte’s Web,” and the latter in “The Kid” starring Bruce Willis.
Another Wells song, “Someday at Christmas,” was recorded by Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige and by Justin Bieber. The song was also featured in the film “Best Man Holiday.”
Wells’ compositions have appeared in the Megan Fox film “Friends With Kids,” the hit TV shows “The Simpsons,” “Grimm,” “The Mindy Project,” “The Slap,” “HAPPYish,” “The Today Show,” “Scandal,” “Secrets and Lies,” “Harry,” and “America’s Got Talent.”
Wells has garnered four Clio Awards for his advertising music compositions. Some of the high profile clients he has written for include Mercedes-Benz, Sears, Welch’s, ExxonMobile, Scope Mouthwash, Gillette, Macy’s, American Express and Saks Fifth Avenue.
As music director, he collaborated with Bette Midler and regularly appeared with her at the now mythic Continental Baths.
Wells has recorded three CDs. The first was a collection of jazz standards with bassist Jay Anderson and drummer John Riley. His next recording featured his own compositions with Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums. His most recent CD is a blend of standards and originals. Wells was joined by bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth.
Wells is an active participant in the New York jazz scene, having performed at Birdland and The Blue Note.
For the past 18 years, Wells has been holding court at the piano at the famous Palm Restaurant in Manhattan’s theater district.