Gerry Brown

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Gerry Brown
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres R&B
Jazz
pop rock
rock
Occupations recording engineer
record producer

Gerry “The Gov.” Brown is an Grammy Award winning recording engineer and producer based in Los Angeles credited on over 47 Platinum and Gold Records. He has received over 15 Grammy bids, including five nominations for Alicia Keys’ “Songs In A Minor,” a Song of the Year Award for Erykah Badu’s “Love of My Life,” two nominations for Vanessa Williams’ “Comfort Zone” and “Sweetest Days,” and three nominations for Raphael Saadiq’s “Instant Vintage”. Gerry also won a Billboard Award for producing “Love Is” by Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight. His album credits include artists Whitney Houston, Earth Wind & Fire, Madonna, Sting, Prince, Madame X, Bernadette Cooper "Drama According To Bernadette Cooper", Stanley Clarke, Leon Ware, The Bee Gees, Brandy, Joss Stone, TLC, Brian McKnight, Phil Collins, Kelis, George Clinton, Nappy Roots, Anastacia, Jill Scott, Buddy Guy, Jaguar Wright, Warren G, Common, The Bangles, Marcus Miller, Wayne Shorter, Roy Ayers, Craig Harris, The Gap Band, Usher, Monica, Jonathan Butler, Mariah Carey, Victor Wooten and Babyface.

Biography[edit]

Gerry has always been fascinated by electronics. At age of five, he received a tape recorder as a gift. He earned the name “Tape Recorder” because he would use the device to record everything around him: people, birds, cars and all types of sound.

He began to play the trombone in his teens and accelerated to be the primary player at LA High. David Sears, the school band director, gave Gerry an opportunity to work in his 4-track home studio. For years after his graduation, the teacher helped guide Gerry into the engineering profession while teaching him work ethic and the importance of giving back.

After graduating from LA High School, he attended one semester at California State University: Northridge, before deciding to follow his true passion. He graduated from Sound Masters Recording School, one of the first schools dedicated to sound engineering.

In 1977, Gerry began his professional career with ABC Recording Studios. His first position was in the tape library where he organized and studied over 80,000 tapes, absorbing the history that would become a career tool. After five months, ABC Studios promoted Gerry to a full time second engineer. The grooming process continued as the young audiophile worked with world-class engineers Roger Nichols, Al Schmitt, Barnie Perkins, and Reggie Dozier. Gerry went on to work on staff at Lionshare, Total Experience, Chick Corea’s Mad Hatters studios as a lead engineer, and became independent in 1982.

In 1988, Gerry met Ed Eckstein, then president of Wing Records, when Ed called for a mix of Ron Isley and Angela Winbush’s “Lay Your Troubles Down”. The single landed in the Billboard R&B Top 10. Over the next 7 years, Gerry became a close friend, advisor, producer, and first call for Ed. When Ed became co-President of Polygram in 1992, Gerry followed him to New York City to collect work as Polygram’s “designated hitter”. Though he enjoyed great success during this period, including work on the film Jason's Lyric, various other soundtracks, and a string of hits, he missed his roots and friends and returned to LA in 1996. Gerry Brown has built a strong independent career as a high demand engineer and producer. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he continues to add to his long list of eclectic credits. His passionate commitment and thirst for knowledge has kept him in the top of the field for over 2 decades, continually cultivating and improving his craft. He has recently completed albums for Joss Stone, Leon Ware, Raphael Saadiq, Stanley Clarke, SMV: Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten, and emerging rock group Beatnik Jr.[1]

Selected credits[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Name Artist Credit
2013 Say That To Say This Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews Engineer
2013 Sun Mario Biondi Engineer
2011 Gentle Warrior Lloyd Gregory Engineer, Mixing Engineer
2011 Somos Kennard Ramsey Additional Production, Enginner Mixing
2011 Stone Rollin Raphael Saadiq Engineer
2011 The Essentials Whitney Houston Engineer
2010 The Stanley Clarke Band The Stanley Clarke Band Engineer,Producer
2010 Catholic Teen Classics, Vol 1 Monica Joy Arranger
2009 Havana Jam 2 Fania All-Stars Drums
2009 Havana Jam Fania All-Stars Drums
2009 Turn Me Loose Ledisi Mixing
2009 Color Me Free! Joss Stone Engineer
2008 Crazy,Sexy,Cool TLC Mixing
2008 Heavy Rotation Anastacia Engineer
2008 Thunder Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller,Victor Wooten Engineer, Mixing
2008 Here, My Dear [Expanded Edition] Marvin Gaye Engineer, Mixing, Producer
2008 Melodies of Life Jessica Celious Engineer, Mixing
2008 Urban Nights Leon Ware Engineer, Mixing
2007 Sunshine at Midnight Sunshine Anderson Engineer
2007 Toys of Men Stanley Clarke Engineer, Mixing
2006 Homecooking: Soulfood Served by Jazzanova & Friends Various Artists Mixing
2006 Southport Weekender, Vol. 5 Kenny Dope Gonzalez and Various Artists Mixing
2006 Tennessee Slim Is the Bomb Joi Engineer
2005 Divorcing Neo 2 Marry Soul Jaguar Wright Engineer
2005 Gold Donna Summer Mixing
2005 Illumination Earth, Wind & Fire Engineer
2005 In the Mid-Nite Hour Warren G Engineer
2005 Nu Soul Sessions Various Artists Engineer, Mixing
2005 Southport Weekender, Vol. 3 Various Artists Mixing
2004 Complex Simplicity Teedra Moses Engineer
2004 Eye of Wender [UK Bonus Track] Mandalaband Director
2004 Just Enough Donnie Vie Engineer
2004 Love Songs Vanessa Williams Producer
2004 New York Soul: Bite of Soul from the Big Apple Various Artists Producer, Mixing
2004 Ready Now Truth Hurts Engineer
2004 Simply Good Music, Vol. 1 Various Artists Engineer, Mixing
2003 2:35 PM Calvin Richardson Engineer, Mixing
2003 All Hits at the House of Blues Raphael Saadiq Engineer
2003 Best of Vanessa Williams Vanessa Williams Arranger, Producer, Engineer
2003 From There to Here Brian McKnight Producer, Engineer, Mixing
2003 Tasty Kelis Engineer
2003 All Hits at The House of Blues (live) Raphael Saadiq Engineer, Mixing
2003 Wooden Leather Nappy Roots Engineer
2003 Worldwide, Vol. 3 Gilles Peterson Engineer, Mixing
2003 Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Jill Scott Engineer
2002 3D TLC Mixing
2002 From There to Here: 1989-2002 Brian McKnight Producer, Engineer, Mixing
2002 Instant Vintage Raphael Saadiq Engineer, Mixing
2002 The Millennium Collection Vanessa Williams Producer, Vocal Arranger
2001 Fine Whitney Houston Mixing
2001 Hymns in the Garden Kirk Whalum Engineer
2001 Songs in A Minor Alicia Keys Engineer, Mixing
2000 Chapter One Thomas Producer, Engineer, Mixing
2000 Silhouette Kenny G Engineer
2000 Lucy Pearl Lucy Pearl Engineer, Mixing
1999 Almost doesn’t count Brandy Mixing
1997 Still Waters The Bee Gees Engineer, Mixing
1996 Star Bright Vanessa Williams Producer
1996 Total Total Engineer
1995 Sweetest Days Vanessa Williams Engineer, Mixing
1994 Head to Head Jonathan Butler Producer, Engineer
1992 Brian McKnight Brian McKnight Co-Producer, Engineer
1992 Third World Committed Producer, Engineer
1991 The Comfort Zone Vanessa Williams Engineer, Mixing
1990 Revival Toni! Tony! Tone! Engineer, Mixing
1989 Bebe’s Kids (live) Robin Harris Technical Producer, Engineer
1988 Out of Control Dynasty Engineer
1988 Pebbles Pebbles Engineer
1988 The Right Stuff Vanessa Williams Engineer, Mixing
1985 Mahvelous! Billy Crystal Engineer
1984 She’s Strange Cameo Engineer
1981 Very Special Debra Laws Engineer

TV & Soundtrack[edit]

Year Project Director/Producer Credit
1990 Comic Strip Live Various Season Music Producer
1994 Exit to Eden Gary Marshall End/Beginning Credit Producer
1994 Jason's Lyric Doug McHenry Engineer (selected songs)
1995 Panther Mario Van Peebles Engineer (selected songs)
1996 Dear God Gary Marshall Beginning/End Credit Song Producer
99-06 Soul Train Don Cornelius Main Theme Remix

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Flannery, C. "Gerry Brown The Gov.", 2008
  2. ^ "Gerry Brown", Allmusic.com, 2008
  3. ^ Flannery, C. "Gerry Brown The Gov.", 2008

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