Brown was born at the Cambridge Military Hospital at Aldershot, and as a child he lived in Germany, Canada and all over the North of England. He spent his teenage and young adult life in Warrington and Newton-le-Willows before joining Five. Five were internationally successful, selling more than 20 million records over a period of five years.
Failed comeback and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
After Five disbanded in late 2001, Brown kept a low profile for many years, although he was involved in several protests in the London area, notably against UK involvement in the wars in the Middle East. In 2006 he joined up with three of his former band mates, Robinson, Neville and Love (fifth member Conlon was committed to a Sony contract and decided not join them) for a planned relaunch of the band. However, not enough record company interest was generated, and Five's comeback was abandoned less than nine months later.
After Brown's ex-bandmate Conlon appeared on The Voice UK on 24 March 2012 and failed to make it past the audition stage, discussions were had between the former bandmates about the possibility of a second reunion. Five later announced that they would be reforming for the ITV2 series The Big Reunion, but at the last minute, Brown pulled out of the reunion and refused to be part of the show, claiming that he no longer wants to be in the public eye.
The Big Reunion: On Tour, an additional mini-series featuring the bands as they embarked on their arena tour, aired on ITV2 on 5 September 2013. Brown also returned to hit back at accusations made by his bandmates. He acknowledged his behaviour could have been seen as loud and overbearing, but he denied bullying Sean Conlon. During a meet with Abz Love, Brown explained he has moved on and that he does not feel comfortable returning to Five.