Lowestoft musician releases solo album
In the latest of our In Tune features in The Guide, profiling the music scene, reporter SIMON WARD speaks to CJ Brown.
East Anglian musician CJ Brown has been performing live from a young age in a variety of musical projects across many genres. He is soon to release his new album “In My Own Words’, which he explains “is a bit different” to his previous work- with a far personal touch.
Q: Where does your name originate from?
A: CJ was a nickname given by my Dadio; so in full “CJ Brown”.
Q: When did you start performing?
A: My first ever Performance was in 1994, when I was 6 years of age, alongside my dad, Daniel Brown, at the Hotel Victoria Great Yarmouth. I have been in bands since I was 11-years-old, playing genres from hip-hop with Jokari, to rock while in Nevacain to acoustic dub in Eastview, as well as writing music and performing solo too.
Q: What has been your best experience as an artist?
A: I enjoy every moment of being able to perform and share my music. Highlights include supporting Toploader, Coasts, Fun Lovin Criminals, Matthew P, Experiencing many festivals and sharing moments when people connect with my music.
Q: Where have you gigged?
A: Over the years I have been lucky to perform at some great shows and festivals across the country. Including Norwich Waterfront, Norwich Arts Centre, Gig in the Park, VW Whitenoise, K-Fest, Club Uniquity, to name a few.
Q: How would you describe your sound?
A: Infusing indie, folk and passion brings a twist to each track written. Strong story accompanied with powerful vocal and catchy hooks. Based around personal life experiences and life it’s self, taking the tracks from paper to music telling it “In My Own Words”.
Q: Who are you biggest influences?
A: Daniel Brown, City & Colour, Jose Gonzalez, Civil Wars, Eaves and Jack Savoretti
Q: What can people expect at a CJ Brown gig?
A: To be able to connect with the music and to hear the story “In My Own Words” from past to present and be part of creating new memories.
Q: Tell me about your new album ‘In My Own Words’
A: In My Own Words was recorded with Jordan Fennell at Scorpio Recording Studios. I am really pleased with how I and Jordan at Scorpio are producing the record and cannot wait to share the end result soon. The album launch (Friday, April 1 at Club Uniquity) is the first time the album will be played live so I’m buzzing for that!
Q: Where can people catch you live?
A: Thursday March, 17- Lady of the Lake with TheStep.
Saturday March, 19- Showcase, Norwich Arts Centre
Friday April, 1- Album Launch, Club Uniquity Somerlyton
Sunday April, 3- BareFeet Records, Gonzos Tearoom
Friday April, 29- Live & Direct, The Murderers Arms
Q: Other artists/bands readers should check out?
A: Solko and Daniel Storey- check these out they are special!
Q: Where can readers listen to your material?
A: At www.facebook.com/CJBrownAcoustic or check out CJ Brown on ReverbNation.
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