Divine Brown

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This article is about the R&B/Soul singer. For the former prostitute associated with the 1995 Hugh Grant scandal, see Estella Marie Thompson.

Divine Brown
Divine Brown at The Heart Truth Celebrity fashion show.
Divine Brown at The Heart Truth Celebrity fashion show in 2012.
Background information
Also known as Divine Earth Essence
Born (1974-09-09) September 9, 1974 (age 39)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres R&B, Soul, Neo soul, Jazz
Occupations Singer, theatre performer
Years active 1997–present
Labels Universal Music Canada
Associated acts Quanteisha
Website www.divinebrown.ca

Divine Brown (born September 9, 1974), previously known as Divine Earth Essence, is a Canadian Juno Award Winning R&B and Soul singer and theatre performer.

She is currently signed to Universal Music Canada.

Early life[edit]

Brown was born in Toronto, Ontario to Jamaican parents. She first began her singing career singing in local nightclubs. A single mother, she has one daughter.

Career[edit]

Brown is known for her 2005 Canadian radio hit "Old Skool Love". The single and video whet the appetites of U.S. Soul music fans, and a Reggae remix version secured the attention of Riddim junkies in Jamaica fueling Divine to reach for something more. Even without an album prior to 2005, she was invited to perform at various musical festivals around the world. Her debut album Divine Brown was an underground hit and was fairly successful in the mainstream market. She has a five-octave vocal range. Her second album, The Love Chronicles, was released on August 19, 2008 and won a Juno award for best R&B/Soul album of the year in 2009. To date, three singles have been released from the album: "Lay It On the Line", "Meet Me At the Roxy", and "Sunglasses". Brown grew up in Toronto, Ontario. She toured with the Backstreet Boys for their Unbreakable Tour in North America in 2008.

In 2009 Divine Brown took part in an interactive documentary series called City Sonic. The series, which featured 20 Toronto artists, had Divine perform at Toronto’s Rex Hotel.[1]

In January 2011, Brown recorded a tribute to Dennis Brown, "Sitting & Watching". Brown's third album Something Fresh is set to be released in Fall 2013 under Universal Canada. After a three year hiatus, Divine Brown marks her return to the spotlight with a collection of brand new music for her fans. Executive Produced by Divine and her manager Stephane Lecuyer, “Something Fresh” continues her commitment to the hearty soul music of yore with a bright, contemporary spin courtesy of noted songwriter/producers The Rezza Brothers of Toronto (Obie Trice, DMC, The Commodores). Divine offers that the new album possesses an “old school vibe with a new school twist” and as such, “Something Fresh” draws upon the blueprint of her first two hit albums displaying her retro sensibilities while fully representing today through its lyrical content, musical arrangements and hip-hop inspired production values to be a decidedly fresh contemporary Soul/R&B offering.First single "Gone" is set to release early summer. "Gone" produced and co-written by the Rezza Brothers.

Influences[edit]

Brown was influenced heavily by R&B/Soul singers such as Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle and Aretha Franklin.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Song Canada Album
2005 "Old Skool Love" Divine Brown
"Twist My Hair"
2008 "Lay It On the Line" 32 The Love Chronicles
"Meet Me At the Roxy"
2009 "Sunglasses"
(featuring Nelly Furtado)
22

Awards[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result
2009 The Love Chronicles Juno Award R&B/Soul Recording of the Year Won [2]

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