Darrell Brown (musician)

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Darrell Brown
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Background information
Birth name Darrell Brown
Genres Pop Music, Country music
Occupations Songwriter, Producer, Arranger
Instruments piano
Associated acts Keith Urban
LeAnn Rimes
Bon Jovi
Faith Hill
Radney Foster
Neil Young

Darrell Brown is an American songwriter, arranger, and record producer who has collaborated with recording artists and contributed music to the film and television industries. Brown maintains residences in both Los Angeles, United States (US), and Nashville, US.[1]

Brown has been credited with music sales of seventy million units, as both a songwriter and producer,[2] and, as of June 2012,

Brown is the producer, arranger and main co-writer for the 2013 LeAnn Rimes album, Spitfire, the recording artist's last contractual record with Curb Records.

Brown co-wrote and produced songs with Robby Armstrong for the Michael Hoffman-directed film, Gambit.[3] starring Cameron Diaz, Colin Firth, and Alan Rickman, with a script by the Coen brothers.

Career[edit]

Songwriting[edit]

Brown co-wrote the number 1 hit "You'll Think of Me” by Keith Urban, which won the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 2006. Brown also co-wrote Urban's smash hit "Raining on Sunday".

Brown's co-written the hit single for Josh Turner, "Why Don't We Just Dance", was Number #1 on the Billboard Country Charts for four weeks in a row.[4] The longest running number 1 single of Josh Turner's career and Turner's first Number 1 single on the Canadian Country Charts. "Why Don't We Just Dance" was the Most Played Country Single of The Year in 2010 according to Mediabase.

John Mayer and Keith Urban recently performed one of Darrell's songs "If Ever I Could Love” on a newly filmed Country Music Television (CMT) Crossroads Television Special for CMT and Brown's songs "Good Friend and a Glass of Wine” and "Nothin' Better to Do” were performed by Joss Stone and LeAnn Rimes on last Year's Crossroad's CMT Special.

Brown’s has co-written with LeAnn Rimes nine songs for her critically acclaimed release Family - which includes her multi-format hit single "Nothin' Better to Do", a career charting single, the first in history making its way onto the Country Singles chart, the A/C chart and the Club play Dance Chart at the same time. "What I Cannot Change" hit number # 1 on The Billboard Dance Charts".

Production and arrangement[edit]

Brown co-arranged and worked on the Neil Young and Crazy Horse 2012 release, Americana, and arranged and conducted a one hundred-voice choir on Neil Young's Living with War; Brown also worked on Young's Chrome Dreams 2 album.

In partnership with Fletcher Foster, Brown is co-executive producer for the series of 2012 remixes that will adapt Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" single. The first remix was released on June 5, 2012, opening a year-long celebration of the Tammy Wynette "Legacy" that will officially be complete in 2013.

Brown co-produced and arranged the Blush single, "Undivided" (featuring Snoop Dogg), a release that reached the "#2" position on the "Billboard Dance" music chart. Their follow up single "Dance On" reached the # 1 position on "Billboard Dance" music chart.

. Previously, Brown also co-produced (with Vince Gill) the LeAnn Rimes album, Lady & Gentlemen, and the singles, "Crazy Women" and "Give". Brown Co-wrote with Rimes 9 songs on her critically acclaimed project Family, and wrote songs on her 'This Woman' and Whatever We Wanna projects.

Brown produced and arranged the critically acclaimed cult record Radney Foster's, "See What You Want To See" on Arista Austin Records. The Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker and a host of other artists and songwriters hail this recording as one of Foster's best and has influenced the cutting edge of Nashville over the last decade and a half. Songs Raining On Sunday, Godspeed, I'm In among others originally appeared on this recording.

Brown also produced and co-wrote the #1 pop single for Jim Brickman and Rebecca Lyn Howard, "Simple Things."

Brown spearheaded the Epic Records passion project "Soul Mission," co-writing and producing for the super group, which included Steve Cropper, Mavis Staples and Booker T. Jones.

Brown's other productions include Radney Foster "This World We Live in" and " Revival", Ty Herndon "Right About Now", First Call "Sacred Journey", Donny Osmond "Christmas At Home", Michelle Shocked "Good News", Deborah Lippmann " Vinyl" and "Christmas EP" among others.

Film and television[edit]

Brown has written and produced music that has appeared in both film and television; the former includes productions such as Gambit, Like Dandelion Dust, and Cruel Intentions, while television series Cold Case, Rookie Blue, One Tree Hill, Angela's Eyes, Las Vegas, and Man of the People have utilized Brown's musical work.

Video games[edit]

Brown is responsible for the creation and production of specific rock, pop and country music that has been written and designed for the internationally renowned hit EA video game franchise The Sims, The Sims 3 and for underscore music for other video games for EA and EA sports that include Nintendo Wii Boogie and Playground. Brown completed production on EA Sims 3 Video game expansion pack producing Simlish vocals on Martina McBride, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Thompson Square and The Lunabelles.

Special projects[edit]

Brown and Rimes co-authored a tome based on the song "What I Cannot Change" for Harper Studio Book Publishers, based on the letters received from people around the world who were moved and inspired by the song.

NARAS ( Grammy )[edit]

Brown served on the Board of Trustees for NARAS (Grammys) and Chaired the Advocacy Committee and currently serves on the Board for the Grammy Foundation. Brown is musical director and co-creative producer for the Grammy Preservation and Legacy concerts that occurs every year during Grammy week that leads up to the Grammy Awards. Brown has worked as MD for many Grammy Events around the country working with Solomon Burke, Ed Sheeran, Natasha Bedingfield, Dionne Warrick, Jason Mraz, Emmy Lou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Ledisi, Yolanda Adams, Christette Michele, Lupe Fiasco, The Fray, Lianne Van Havas, Guy Sebastion, Musiq Soulchild, Jeff Beck, Melanie Fiona, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Fogerty, BeBe Winans, Joe Nichols, Colby Callait, Sarah Barrellis, The Fray, Trombone Shorty, Mavis Staples, Dave Koz, Shelby Lynn, Robert Cray, Martina Mcbride, Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, Gretchen Wilson, Loretta Lynn, Jonny Lang, Bret Michaels, Lee Ann Womack, Jimmy Webb, JD Souther, Dan Wilson, Joy Williams, Johnny Rzeznik, Jeff Barry, Allen Shamblin, Mike Reid, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Cropper, Valerie Simpson, Skylar Grey, Gavin Degraw among many others.

Songwriting Credits, Partial Discography[edit]

Bon Jovi
"Work For The Working Man"
"Lonely"

The Crystal Method
"Grace"

Keith Urban
"Georgia Woods"
"Right On Back To You"
"If Ever I Could Love"
"You'll Think Of Me"
"Raining On Sunday"
"Live To Love Another Day"
"Used To The Pain"

Josh Turner
"Why Don't We Just Dance"

LeAnn Rimes

"Nothin' Better To Do"
"What Have I Done"
"Who We Really Are"
"Spitfire"
"What I Cannot Change"
"You've Ruined Me"
"Borrowed"
"A Waste Is A Terrible Thing To Mind"
"I Do Now"
"Just A Girl Like You"
"God Takes Care Of Your Kind"
"I Wish i Was Wrong"
"Some People"
"Good Friend and a Glass of Wine"
"Fight"
"Something I Can Feel"
"Pretty Things"
"For the First Time"
"One Day Too Long"
"Upper Hand"
"Doesn't Everybody"

Faith Hill
"Wish For You"
"Never Been So In Love"

Brooks and Dunn
"Again"
"Drunk On Love"

Rascal Flatts
"Better Now"

Trace Adkins'
"Southern Hallelujah"

Little Big Town
"Lonely Enough"

Sara Evans
"Brooklyn and Austin"
"A Little Revival"

Jack Ingram
"Heartache"

Jason Jones
"Hang Around"

Jim Brickman
Simple Things w/ Rebecca Lyn Howard
When It Snows

Ty Herndon
"Right About Now"
"In The Arms Of The One Who Loves Me"
"Mighty Mighty Love"
"Mercy Line"
"There Will Be A Better Day"
"If I Could Only Have Her Love Back"

Dolly Parton
"The River UnBroken"

Wilson Phillips
"Next To You (Someday I'll Be)"

Radney Foster
"Raining On Sunday"
"Drunk On Love"
"Again"
"A Little Revival"
"Everything I Should Have Said"
"You Were So Right"
"What It Is That You Do"
"Another Way To Go"
"Big Idea"
"New Zip Code"
"I Won't Lie To You"
"Until It's Gone"
"Shed A little Light On It"
"I Made Peace With God"
"Suitcase"
"IF You Want To Be Loved"

Jo Dee Messina
"Think About Us"

Jack Ingram
"Heartache"

Lila McCann
"Mighty Mighty Love"

Michael McDonald
"Searching For Understanding"

Kenny Loggins
"This Too Will Pass"

Berlin
"Scream"
"Down and Dirty"
"Too Far To Fall"
"Once Upon A Time"

Russ Taff
"Table In The Wilderness"
"The River Unbroken"
"It Was Love"
"Take My Hand"
"Go On"

Mavis Staples
"Some Sweet Day" with Soul Mission

Willie Dixon
"Long Legged Goddess" w/ Willi Jones

Sharon Cuneta
"You're The Only One"

John Farham
"Beyond The Call"
"It All Comes Back To You"

Deborah Lippmann
"Make Me Love You"
"This One's On Me"
"Beautifully Obvious"

Cliff Richard
"The Day That I Stop Loving You"
"How Did She Get Here"

Alexander Acha
"On My Own" ¿Quien Soy Yo?

Robby Armstrong
"Smoking and Drinking"
"As Long As Your Happy"
"Cool Cool Country"
"The First"
"Rodeo"
"Birthday Happy"
"Married Man"
"One Life To Love"

Terri Nunn
"Once Upon a Time" (Moment of Truth album, 1991)
"Too Far to Fall" (Moment of Truth album, 1991)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Editors (23 March 2008). "The Opinion Pages : Measure For Measure : Darrell Brown" (Blog). The New York Times. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Staff (2012). "DARRELL BROWN - Biography". MUSHROOM MUSIC PUBLISHING. MUSHROOM MUSIC PUBLISHING. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Terri Quinlan (5 August 2011). "Robby Armstrong—musician on a mission". Sun Newspapers. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Edward Morris (24 March 2010). "ASCAP, BMI Honor Josh Turner, Writers of "Why Don't We Just Dance"". CMT. Get country. Country Music Television, Inc. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 

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