GRAMMY® Award winning contemporary Jazz/R&B superstar Norman Brown has sold over 2 million albums in his extraordinary career and virtually lives at the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, Brown first picked up a guitar at the age of eight. Inspired by Jimi Hendrix’s mind-bending rock sounds, Brown soon discovered his father’s favorite artist, Wes Montgomery, and found his stylistic holy grail. After high school, Brown moved to Los Angeles to pursue his musical career, attending the Musicians Institute where he also taught for a time. While playing with his own group in local clubs, and drawing comparisons to George Benson, Brown was discovered and signed to the MoJazz label, a division of Motown.
He delivered his 1992 debut, Just Between Us, and followed with the gold-certified After The Storm and 1996’s Better Days Ahead.
With critical acclaim and sales behind him, the talented musician made the leap to Warner Bros. and released Celebration, which first teamed him with producer Paul Brown. The 2003 followup, Just Chillin’, earned Brown much-deserved recognition with a GRAMMY® Award in the best pop instrumental category. That project was followed by his 2005 release West Coast Coolin’, where Brown tested out his skills as a vocalist, a move that was welcomed by the urban AC radio market.
In addition, his 2005 compilation The Very Best Of Norman Brown was one of the best-selling smooth jazz albums of that year.
Brown made the leap to the Peak Records label, a division of Concord Music Group, in 2007 for his smash CD Stay With Me, which yielded the R&B vocal hit “Stay With Me” and the smooth instrumental favorites “Let’s Take A Ride” and “Pop’s Cool Groove.” The guitarist kept the good vibes going on his long-awaited June 2010 release, Sending My Love.
Brown's 2017 debut album for Shanachie Records Let It Go, has something for everyone, whether an R&B fan or a jazz aficionado. The Highest Act Of Love followed in 2019 ending the year ranked #3 on Billboards Contemporary Jazz chart. Norman’s third album Heart To Heart (2020) is a gorgeous collection of originals that fuse the best elements of Jazz, R&B, Blues, Pop and beyond.
Brown has collaborated with a cross-section of Jazz & R&B superstars including George Benson, Brian McKnight, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Chante’ Moore, Jeff Lorber, Peabo Bryson, Boney James, Miki Howard, and Gerald Albright. Jazz Times Magazine touts him as “a culmination of Jimi Hendrix and George Benson with some of Wes Montogmery thrown in.” Allmusic raves that Brown is “one of contemporary jazz’s brightest lights...a master player and improviser.” Udiscover Music named him one of the top “50 Best Jazz Guitarists Of All Time.”
Armed with the knowledge of who is as an artist, Brown’s ever-growing fan base, whom he affectionately calls “Normantics”, affirm the adoration and respect Norman Brown holds amongst his peers.