Nabors graduated from Huffman High School in 2009. He earned his bachelor of arts in music theory and composition at Samford University in 2013, and directed the Samford University Gospel Choir. While at Samford he also directed youth choirs at South Elyton Baptist Church, Evergreen Baptist Church, Zion Hill Baptist Church, and St Mark Baptist Church, and worked as an accompanist for choirs at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church.
He then completed a master's in music (2015) and a doctorate in musical arts (2019) at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2018 he served as composer-in-residence for the Boston, Massachusetts-based "Castle of Our Skins" program, and then spent the next year as a composer fellow for the American Composer's Orchestra's "Earshot" program in Detroit, Michigan and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra's "Composer Lab" program in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2020 he completed a Fulbright scholarship with composer Carl Vine at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. He followed that up with a composer fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and a Seikilos Focus Fellowship at Air SFI in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. Nabors is also an assistant professor of composition at the LSU School of Music in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- Brian Nabors website