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,” as well as “Love, Simon,” and “Hello My Name is Doris,” the hit TV shows “The Simpsons,” “Grimm,” “The Mindy Project,” “The Slap,” “The Wonderful World of Disney,” “HAPPYish,” “The Today Show,” “Scandal,” “Secrets and Lies,” “Harry,” “America’s Got Talent,” and “Entertainment Tonight.”
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.
From 1999, until March of 2020, Wells held court at the piano at the famous Palm Restaurant, in Manhattan’s Theater District.