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Norman Brown Biography

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Birth Name: Norman Brown
Born: 1963/12/18
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Genres: Smooth Jazz

Norman Brown was born on December 18, 1970 in Kansas City, Missouri and is a jazz singer and guitarist. Brown grew up exposed to all genres of music, but was particularly drawn to jazz by his late teens.

Brown's debut album “Just Between Us” on the Mo Jazz label arrived in 1992. Collaborators included Boyz II Men, Stevie Wonder and also noted engineer and writer Kenneth H. Williams. A portion of the album was produced by Norman Connors, a jazz drummer and producer who discovered Brown.

Brown followed up with his second album, “After the Storm” in 1994, which met with critical success. His third album, “Better Days Ahead” was released in 1996 and managed to cross over and appeal to mainstream audiences. As the 1990s came to a close Brown signed with Warner Bros. and released “Celebration” in 2000.

In 2002 Brown formed the band, BWB with saxophonist Kirk Whalum and trumpeter Rick Braun. The trio released their debut, “Groovin'” later that same year. Brown won a 2003 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album for his 2002 album, “Just Chillin'.” This album was followed by the 2004 release “West Coast Coolin’.”

In 2007 Brown issued the album “Stay With Me,” which featured the popular jazz radio track, “Let's Take A Ride.” Brown signed to Russ Freeman's label Peak Records and released the LP, “Sending My Love.” in 2010.