|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
Gerry “The Gov.” Brown is a recording engineer, mixer and music producer based in Los Angeles, best known for his work with artists including Whitney Houston, John Legend, Earth, Wind & Fire, Madonna, Sting, Prince, Phil Collins, Marcus Miller, Wayne Shorter and Victor Wooten. He is credited on multiple RIAA Gold and Platinum certified albums.
Brown has won 2 Grammy awards, one in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category for his work as a producer and engineer on Stanley Clarke's 2010 album The Stanley Clarke Band and another one in the Best R&B Album category for his work as an engineer on John Legend's 2020 album Bigger Love. He also won a Billboard Award for his work as a producer on the 1993 single “Love Is” by Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight.
Early life and career
Brown's interest in recording technology started at a young age. At age 5, he received a tape recorder as a gift, which he used to record sounds around him. During his teenage years, Brown played the trombone for the Los Angeles High School band. The school band director invited Brown to work at his home studio and continued to mentor him in recording engineering after graduating high school.
Brown obtained a degree at Sound Masters Recording Engineer School. In 1977, he started working at ABC Recording Studios in Los Angeles, organizing the studio's magnetic tapes. The studio was later known by the names Scott/Sundstorm Recording Studios, Concorde Recording Studios and then Lion Share Studios. Six months after he started working at Concorde, Brown was promoted to assistant engineer. There, he engineered Debra Law's album "Very Special", produced by Ronnie Laws and Hubert Laws. Brown later became a freelance engineer in 1982.
In 1988, Ed Eckstein, who at the time was president of Wing Records, hired Brown to mix the single "Lay Your Troubles Down" by Angela Winbush and Ronald Isley. The song peaked at Nr. 10 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In 1991, Brown worked on Vanessa William's album "The Comfort Zone" for PolyGram. Brown continued working with Eckstein and moved to New York in 1992 when Eckstein became co-president of PolyGram. While in New York, Brown also worked on singles for Capitol Records. He returned to Los Angeles in 1996.
Brown engineered and mixed tracks on Alicia Keys' 2001 album "Songs in A Minor". Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson was recording at the studio next to Brown. Questlove describes Brown's recording sessions: "Gerry is world famous for his all-year-round Christmas decorations during his sessions".
Brown currently works with engineer Bobby Campbell under the name "Mixed by Humanz". They mixed John Legend's 2020 album "Bigger Love", produced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the mobility limitations due to the pandemic, Brown and Campbell mixed the album in their home studios, working remotely.
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