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Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Keith B. Brown carries the flame of this Musical Mecca with him as he continues on what he calls ‘The Journey’. A truly gifted composer and extraordinary singer, his original compositions are a powerful mixture of Soul, Folk, Rock, Pop and Blues elements. His high energy and emotionally profound live performances are a musical journey into the heart of American music. Having absorbed the various musical styles, from jazz to country, deep blues to rock and soul, r&b to pop, and forging this wealth of experience into a completely original voice, Keith B. has emerged as an Artist of indisputable musical excellence. Working with highly talented Jazz, Pop and R&B musicians from the US and Europe, the concerts of Keith B. have become legendary for their sheer power, musical integrity and extraordinary emotional impact. For the past several years, Keith has called on the services of some of the best International instrumental talent on the scene today, just to name a few:
Davyd Johnson-Saxophone: FRANCIS CABREL, LUTHER ALLISON
Bertrand Richard-Hammond Organ: LIZ MC COMB/RAY CHARLES/SYLVIN MARC/FLORENT PAGNY/DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER
Amaury Blanchard-Drums: RENAUD, GERALD DEPALMAS, JOHNNY HALLYDAY, PATRICIA KAAS, ELSA, JEANNE MAAS, MAURANE, ALAN STIVELL, PAUL PERSONNE
Keith Henderson-Guitar: R KELLY
Bernard Viguiè-Bass: GERALD DEPALMAS, MARC LAVOINE, THOMAS FERSEN, JACQUES DUTRONC, FRANCOISE HARDY
Sébastien Charlier-Harmonica: SYLVIN MARC/JOHN BARRY/DIDIER LOCKWOOD
Whether interpreting soul-tinged powerhouses like, ‘What Is The Time’ and ‘Look At The Babies’, rock flavored monster compositions like 'The Surface (Jo Jo), or singing tender pop ballads like ‘Emeline’ and ‘Joëlle’, or yet still, deep acoustic blues like Bad Luck Child or Down The Line, the unmistakeable spiritual conviction of Keith B. is always evident. Each concert is a spiritual journey into the musical universe of Keith B. Brown.
Keith B's recognition as an artist is not limited to the music world, he has enjoyed some very high profile appearances in Film as well. In 1998, filmmaker Glenn Marzano cast Brown as the great Son House in an Award-Winning film 'Stop Breakin' Down', about the life of blues legend Robert Johnson.
In 2003 Brown was chosen by Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders to star in the major motion picture "The Soul Of A Man". Keith B's portrayal of Skip James and the film itself have garnered world-wide praise. The film was an "official selection" at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival where Keith B and Wenders were invited to introduce the film.
With the attention accorded him by the film of Scorsese/Wenders and
the recognition of his enormous talents as a composer,
singer/songwriter, Keith B. Brown is enjoying International acclaim as
multi-talented star who has created his own special blend of
Contemporary Soul, Folk and Pop using as the ultimate source of
inspiration, that most majestic artform that we call The Blues.