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Michael Brown

Taut and vibrating with a precision that is entirely of his making, his guitar strings are tuned to resound with the poetry of music. The poet and guitarist in equal question is Michael Brown, introduced from an early age to the acoustic guitar by his father, Brown has since matured into one of the UK’s most diverse; esteemed and front running guitarists. In his hands the guitar is no ordinary chordophone; his fingers don’t simply pluck, but the Michael Brown experience is one which involves culturing a series of melodies and crafting tales which exist as an extension of himself. A self that was reared from age seven on the spiritual fury of the Pentecostal Church where he was nurtured on a diet of Cornell Dupree and Paul Jackson Jr. and ‘the prophesying guitarist’ himself Jonathan DuBose Jr. and then of course there is the secular funk of Jimi Hendrix all of whom were his earliest influences.
Alongside his obvious skill, Brown’s unassuming intelligence, undeniable quirk and quiet confidence have seen him appear at the world’s leading venues, festivals and studios with a diverse group of chart-toppers that includes to name a few: Gabrielle, Roachford, Damage, Mica Paris, and one half of Shakespears Sister, Marcella Detroit on tour for her debut solorecording ‘Jewel’ and gospel greats Be Be Winans as well as recording on the 2000 Grammy Award-Winning ‘Live in London’ project by Donnie McClurkin and then of course there is his long-standing residency with Europe’s leading Gospel outfit The London Community Gospel Choir with whom he has performed from the early nineties to the present day.

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Brown’s boundless gift does not stop there for he has also appeared in the band for the hit 1995 musical ‘Mama I Want To Sing’ in its limited London engagement; it is here Brown first performed with Funk legend Chaka Khan before going on to perform with her at various high-profile venues during her stint treading the famous boards of the West End’s Cambridge Theatre. More recently Brown’s skill has been showcased with some of the world’s leading artists, perhaps most notably with George Michael on his sell-out ‘Live 25 Tour’; recordings on his multi-million selling ‘Patience’ album and in a career-highlight appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Other notables to recently call upon his perfect plucking include the best-selling Classical string quartet Bond on their 2003 tour of Asia and X Factor sensation Leona Lewis with whom he has appeared on those stalwarts of mainstream North American television The Late Show with David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show as well as on her groundbreaking ‘The Labyrinth’ Tour.
Michael Brown, a man whose appetite for the guitar has been saturated and immortalised through his endeavours. Endeavours so endless and built of the bricks of a skill so timeless they are certain to continue for some time yet.