Horace Brown (musician)

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Horace Brown is an American R&B singer, who was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States and is the son of a Baptist minister.[1] Despite singing in the church as a child, Brown never believed he would have a singing career and instead dreamed of one day being a professional basketball player. However, a knee injury ruined these plans.

Life and career[edit]

Brown played a variety of instruments in his school's marching band and got a break when DeVante Swing of Jodeci heard one of his demos. He then earned spots doing background vocals for Christopher Williams and some writing and producing. (Terri & Monica's Systa album) He then managed to get a recording contract with Uptown Records after president Andre Harrell saw him in a recording session.

In 1994, while on Uptown Records, Brown spurred controversy when his single "Taste Your Love" was released. The single was an ode to oral sex and was banned in parts of the South. Despite the press around the single, it failed to perform well on the charts. One more single ("Let Me Know") was released as a promotional 12",[2] but was cancelled as his Uptown Records album was shelved.[3]

When Andre Harrell of Uptown moved to Motown, he brought Brown with him. Motown promoted him by releasing two more singles ("One For the Money" and "Things We Do For Love") and in 1996, released his self-titled debut album. The album featured Sean "Puffy" Combs and remixes featured Foxy Brown and Jay-Z. The album's final single was "How Can We Stop" featuring Faith Evans, although three more songs ("Why Why Why" "I Want You Baby" & "Trippin") were released as a promotional 12".[4]

Since the release of his debut album, he has done a couple of collaborations with artists such as Naudy, Mr. Cheeks, Lisha, Royal Flush and PrinZe Gabriel.

In 2000, he released a single "Shake it Up" on the international label Double H Production with Cut Killer. The following year, he released another single "This is the One" on Money Talks Entertainment with rapper Styles P.

As of 2013, he toured overseas with Keith Sweat and other R&B artists. He has also joined the upcoming reality series, Come Back Kings, with Ed Lover, Calvin Richardson, David "Davinch" Chance (of Ruff Endz), Jeff Sanders, Jameio, Mr. Cheeks and Black Rob.[5][6][7]

In August 2013, it was announced that he is at work on a mixtape with producer DJ Mad Dogg.[8]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[9]
US US R&B
1994 Horace Brown (not released) - -
1996 Horace Brown 145 18

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions[9] Album
US US R&B Dance
1994 "Taste Your Love" - 38 - Horace Brown
1996 "One for the Money" 62 14 12
"Things We Do for Love" 95 40 13
"How Can We Stop" (feat. Faith Evans) - 77 -
2001 "Shake it Up" - - - Non-Album Single
"This is the One" (featuring Styles P) - - -

Collaborations[edit]

  • "This Christmas" (with missjones) (1994)
  • "Party Naughty" (with Naudy) (1998)
  • "Friday Night" (with Mr. Cheeks) (2001)
  • "I Want That" (with Lisha) (2007)
  • "Never Should've" (with Royal Flush) (2008)
  • "Rock The Party" (with PrinZe Gabriel) (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seida, Linda. "Horace Brown". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Horace Brown - Just Let Me Know at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Horace Brown - Horace Brown at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2012-08-19. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  4. ^ "Horace Brown Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  5. ^ "Home". Come back kings. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  6. ^ "Come Back Kings (ComeBackKingsTV) on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  7. ^ "Come Back Kings". Facebook. 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  8. ^ "Horace Brown & Dj Mad Dogg On Vimeo". Vimeo.com. 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  9. ^ a b "Horace Brown - Horace Brown | Awards". AllMusic. 1996-06-18. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 

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