Brandi Pace is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator and activist based in Fort Worth, TX. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Brandi attended Howard University in Washington, DC, where she received a Bachelor and Master of Music in Jazz Studies. At Howard she was a member of the critically-acclaimed vocal ensemble Afro Blue and shared the stage with Geri Allen, Carmen Lundy, Andy Bey, Jimmy Cobb, Nnenna Freelon, and Bobby McFerrin. After college, she relocated to Fort Worth, TX, where she began teaching music in the Fort Worth Independent School District. She is an artist-in-residence at Arts Fifth Avenue, where she teaches and performs. Brandi performs with several local groups in many genres: jazz, bossa, pop, old-time, and neo-soul. As half of the duo Pace & Barber, she has performed at the Austin String Band Festival and the Austin Friends of Traditional Music Mid-Winter Festival.
Brandi is the Founder and Executive Director of Decolonizing the Music Room, a nonprofit with a mission to decenter dominant white European and white American narratives in US music education and disrupt the marginalization and erasure of racially minoritized identities in the field through research, discourse, and training.