Shawn was just named to Reverbnation's Most Essential Portland Artists List!
Shawn talks all things "Angel of Oakland" in this recent interview with Buzz Music!
Shawn as Shows you ask? Yes indeed! Check back with the SHOWS page as dates are starting to post!
Here's the "Angel of Oakland" EP landing page where you can pick which streaming service you prefer to steam it on!
Check out Shawn's recent appearance on The Records Revisited Podcast where he gets deep and dirty on one of his favorite all-time albums, Temple of the Dog.
Shawn Brown's music has always buoyed itself between genres. While heavily influenced by soul singers, R&B, and guitar based pop — he has always leaned equally heavily towards his deep love of the rootsier side Rock & Roll. And after an extended break from music, Shawn is BACK and continues to blur the lines between the genres that move him most.
As 2019 was ending, Shawn had already started the process of moving back towards music. He had reunited his storied Shawn Brown Trio (SBT) and had begun playing and booking shows. While the vast majority of those gigs were subsequently canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the fuse had been lit. Fast forward to mid-November 2020, SBT safely convened for a day of live recording. The results from that magical day conveyed to both Shawn and longtime collaborator, SBT bassist Rafa Lima, that a recording project was warranted...as well as far overdue.
Enlisting the talents of Grecco Buratto (Shakira, Gwen Stafani, Pink) and Brendan Buckley (Shakira, Perry Farrell, Tegan and Sara), the Angel of Oakland EP quickly took shape and is poised to be the high-water mark in Shawn’s recording output. “Angel of Oakland” - the lead single - plays as an anthemic love letter to Brown’s adopted hometown. The EP was produced in a joint effort between Rafa Lima, Grecco Buratto and Shawn paving the way for more music to coome. Shawn is also excited to announce that a companion EP to Angel of Oakland is already in production will likely be delivered by late summer 2021.
Brown first received attention for his 2005 single ‘Lucky Boy’, which was featured in several television shows, as did his 2007 single ‘The Risk’. He has toured both nationally and internationally in the past, as well as spending time away from touring to write for other artists.
“Shawn Brown's songs have got soul. Not to mention a little rock, pop and a bit of garage grunge in the repertoire of this San Francisco singer-songwriter…His sound is infused by the soulful crooning of Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, whose songs had been banging around in his head since childhood.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
"Somewhere along the line Shawn Brown turned from a kid with an acoustic guitar into a soulful troubadour of the human condition…these are modern day spirituals, played with fire and heart."