Since releasing Sing in 2012, Brown has won a few awards, including the Tri-State Indie’s Best Soul/R&B Artist of the Year. He’s even had the chance to perform on Mountain Stage, National Public Radio’s long-running radio program. Brown says, “It was in this beautiful little venue in Charlestown, West Virginia and it’s a historic and famous show. I got to meet everybody backstage, which was an awesome experience. Nels Cline, the guitar player for Wilco, was playing there, too. It was awesome to get to meet him. It was just an amazing experience.”
Brown considers himself lucky to be counted amongst great R&B artists, but is working not to be labeled into one category. Like his musical taste, Brown wants to blaze his own trail that reflects his multifaceted work. As Brown was creating his sound as an artist, he had great feedback from family, friends and a support system of Philly artists. Brown says, “Even the people who haven’t been so nice have been really helpful. Sometimes people say ’you’re not this’ or ‘you should only be a soul guy’. I love soul, but it isn’t all that I want to be. Sometimes I might use a folk chord, and someone might say they don’t like it and I’ll say, ‘But these (folk) chords are better!’. It’s helped me figure out where I’m supposed to be and it’s helped me to figure out that I have to make my own lane for myself.”
Prior to releasing Sing in 2012, Brown was a part of The York Street Hustle, where he met Alison and Imani, incredibly talented vocalists who often work alongside Brown as a part of his band The Spell, performing alongside Brown for two years. Together, Brown and The Spell are working to create exciting original work to come. Brown’s next ambition? Winning a Grammy. Brown says, “I want my audience to feel something and to be relaxed.” Brown continues, “Sometimes it gets emotional but it’s really about us having fun. I want it to be inclusive, so that people hear the sound and think, I dig this! When I play music, all the stress just melts away.”
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