The Man Behind The Music
Born in Montego Bay 1957, AJ Brown ranks among Jamaica’s greatest vocal talents. From Reggae to Jazz, World Beat to R&B, Pop to Classical, his vocal style transcends genres, musical eras, and generations. The influence of musical icons, such as, Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Andrea Bocelli and Dennis Brown, is reflected in his work. AJ began singing ballads and reggae at his alma mater Cornwall College in the late 1960s early 1970s, earning him the respect and admiration of the city of his birth.
His incredible talent drew international attention in 1980 when he won a competition sponsored by Kurting Electronics to tour Germany. AJ captivated audiences in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt. His superior talent was undeniable, his charm untouchable and his success unstoppable. At the invitation of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) in the 1980s, AJ toured Europe, Canada, and the United States promoting Jamaica. In 2006 JTB again invited AJ to promote Jamaica at the 35th Houston International Festival (IFEST).
A.J. Brown’s Music
Although AJ is most famous for his amazing voice, his proficiency as a prolific songwriter is not to be taken lightly. His talent and creativity has been featured on movie soundtracks, namely “Love People” in the movi “Club Paradise” starring Robin Williams, Peter O’Toole and Jimmy Cliff and “All Fall Down” in the movie “The Howling Part 3” & “The Fourth Protocol” starring Pierce Brosnan. AJ continues to add to his growing collection of recorded albums with the addition of the CDs “For All Kinda People” (2011) commemorating 50th year of Jamaica’s independence, and “Voice Of Love” (2009) a compilation of 10 of the world’s greatest Classical love songs, including “You Raise Me Up” and “Con Te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye).
A Jamaican National Treasure
AJ Brown’s voice has been featured on numerous commercials for conglomerates like Coca Cola, Red Stripe Beer, JTB, and Air Jamaica. In addition to his own Brown Cat Record Label Albums, he has completed numerous singles on several compilation albums distributed by VP Records, Penthouse Records, Harmony House Records and Pot of Gold Records and recorded for reggae greats such as Beres Hammond, “the Chairman of the Board”, Ritchie Stephens and the Inner Circle Band “the Bad boys of Reggae. He has also collaborated with Grammy award winning producers Cleveland Browne (of Steely and Clevie), Bobby ‘Digital’ Dixon, and Barry O’Hare and other prominent producers like Computer Paul, Mickey Bennett, Tony Greene, Winston and Kurt Riley (father & son), Singing Melody and most recently Jay Douglas, Sadiki and Taddy P.
He has shared the stages with international superstars including Celine Dion, Dianna King, Shaggy, Dionne Warwick, Regina Bell, the Manhattans, The Chilites, Ray, Goodman and Brown, The late Percy Sledge and Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King. In addition, he performed a duet with Denise Williams at Reggae Sunsplash (1980) and Myrna Hague at “Professionals in Cabaret” February (2006).
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