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Bro Paul Brown

When virtuosity, intuition and pure soul meet, the results are magical. And that kind of magic — steeped in the sounds, tradition and spirit of Memphis — is (Brother) Paul Brown’s specialty. The GRAMMY® Winning Nashville, Tennessee-based musician, songwriter and producer is a roots world MVP, but his abilities truly extend beyond any genre to encompass his vision.

And the world is listening. Brown’s accolades include a 2020 GRAMMY® Win for his keyboard work on Gloria Gaynor’s GRAMMY® winning Gospel album Testimony following his 2014 GRAMMY® Nomination for “Best Soul Blues Album" for producing, engineering and mixing Bobby Rush's Down In Louisiana and the 2012 Blues Music Award for “Best Soul Blues Album of the Year” for the same duties on Bobby Rush’s Show You a Good Time both at his own Ocean Soul Studios. That same year he won the Jackson (Mississippi) Music Award for “Best International Producer of the Year.

 

That’s abundantly clear when Brown’s behind the keyboard. Whether on stage or in the studio, his signature approach and passionate energy are both unmistakable. In addition to the gliding melodies, elongated textures and churning chords, Brown displays a stunning, highly original vocabulary on the instrument — enhancing and reflecting the vocal performances of compelling singers like Rush, Peebles, Deborah Bonham and Mighty Sam McClean with voice-like effects — hums, stutters, exclamations, lines that trail off like sentences. It’s that musical conversation he alludes to, in a very literal sense.

 

His resume embraces stage, television and session work across the U.S. and Europe with the Waterboys, Mike Farris, Whitesnake’s Reb Beach, Derek St. Holmes, Al Green, Deborah Bonham, George Clinton, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Rickey Medlocke, Hi Records Alumni Don Bryant, the Mother Station, Otis Clay, Bettye LaVette, the Bar-Kays, Isaac Hayes and many others.

“I feel like I’m at a wonderful place in my life musically,” Brown declares. “I’m getting to do all of the styles of music I want to do. That stretches from a beautiful New Age album to Rock, Soul, Acid Blues, Jazz, Americana and now a Children's album with The Instrumental Alphabet!"

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"Crazy to think that I went from growing up in school for the homeless to running away back to Memphis with nothing more than a trumpet Louise Mandrell gifted me and road atlas.  From living in almost every park in Memphis at one time or another to three Grammy® nominations and a Grammy®win! " -Bro Paul

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