The mid-tempo make-you-feel-good-song was written by C. Farrar, J. Brown and M. Harley and produced by Quad and Ibiza. “Sunrise Sunset” is available on all downloadable and streaming platforms now.
“I wanted to sing about making women feel good about themselves and how they should be treated by their partner in the relationship and Sunrise Sunset does just that,” mentions J. Brown.
“Sunrise Sunset” currently is the #20 R&B Urban AC song in the country according to Mediabase and Billboard Magazine. Later this month, J. Brown embarks on the Sunrise national promotional tour and stops will include; New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, Indianapolis, Atlanta, San Francisco and Washington, DC.
ABOUT J BROWN
Detroit’s own J. Brown wants to make you scream…or cry, or laugh – any kind of emotion will do, so long as you feel something when you hear his music. “Good music is about passion,” says the R&B singer/songwriter. “When I write or sing a song, I put my all into it. And I want people to feel that.”
Brown knows a thing or two about passion and good music. Born and raised in the Motor City, Brown, the youngest of five, was a preacher’s kid who sang in his father’s church every Sunday from the age of eight. His mom- who at the age of 17 had her own deal with Motown Records- would play hours of classical music in the house, “basically to calm us down,” Brown recalls.
In middle school, J. Brown joined a local youth theater group, which nurtured his vocal and acting skills and granted him the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Pistons and Lions games. In fact, on five different occasions, he was chosen to perform for President Clinton.
Brown competed in numerous talent shows in high school and won them all. Word spread fast around town about the precocious singer, who began to pursue a record deal. One day, an acquaintance contacted Brown and best friend Robert Curry (now of Day 26 fame) and informed them that musician/producer extraordinaire Wyclef Jean was looking to sign a group. Springing into action, Brown called two additional singers, formed the male foursome E2G, and drove to New Jersey, where they auditioned for Wyclef and were signed to Clef Records/J Records. A year later, however, the group disbanded, citing “creative differences.”
“Clef had a vision for the group that didn’t really suit us,” says Brown. “It was definitely a friendly split though. Clef actually wanted to keep me on as a solo artist, but I wanted to finish high school and he respected that.”
Brown remained in New Jersey long enough to graduate from Linden High School. That fall, he enrolled at Grambling State University on a full academic choir scholarship. He spent the next four years transferring to different schools (“I was constantly searching for a program that had high standards”), performing and recording music. While he hadn’t completely abandoned the idea of a record deal, the hard-working artist -now back in Detroit – didn’t prioritize it. That is until someone hit him up on Facebook.
“I’d posted an ad on Facebook looking for management and producers and two weeks later, this random guy reaches out and says he knows some people who could help me. I was suspicious at first because people say that kind of stuff all the time, but something told me to take him seriously.”
Now, faced with high expectations and aggressive goals, Brown is in the studio working on his album. A subtle mix of R&B with a hint of Hip Hop and Rock influences, the album is designed to uniquely showcase Brown’s distinct voice.
“I don’t focus on any one genre,” he maintains. “I can sing classical, rock, pop-pretty much anything… I don’t have to use Auto-Tune on a record. I’m a real singer. I can sing on the spot without any technology, just like the old school cats did.”
And he certainly wants to continue making this feel-good music for years to come, just as his icons Tank, Usher, Coldplay, Jimi Hendrix, Sting, Jay-Z, and Nas have done before him. Brown acknowledges that the secret to their success is focus and perseverance, qualities he’s incorporated into his own journey.
“From the time I was a kid, I’ve had my eyes set on winning – not losing. I’m not the guy who does a lot of random stuff. I’ve always stayed on a positive path so I can have longevity. Nothing takes me off focus. I’m determined to make it.” Now that’s the passion you can really feel.