Don Brown is a Gospel, R&B, Funk, and Soul singer from Fredericksburg, VA.
Soul singer Don Brown feels that his talent is a gift from God.
“Mine didn’t come from school,” said Brown. “It didn’t come from going to some university or some music classes. My people couldn’t afford that. Mine came straight from God and I know it’s a gift, so I just try to give the gift back to the folks.”
Brown was born and raised in Fredericksburg and got his first request to sing from his kindergarten teacher, who asked him to perform at their graduation. He credits his early musical development to his mother’s collection of 45 rpm records, which he used to play over and over until he could imitate the singers like The Temptations and Otis Redding. His other main influence was his church, where he sang with youth choirs and eventually started taking solos and even directing the groups as he got older. This led to what Brown describes as his main vocation: being a church worship leader.
“I’m a worship leader today at a little church called The Greater Holy Lighthouse of Prayer,” said Brown. “We meet out at the Fredericksburg Bible Seminary on Lee Hill School Drive. It’s a really small church, small congregation.”
Brown finds the spirit that makes him a good worship leader also makes him a good entertainer in the vein of his classic R&B heroes.
— By Stephen Hu for the Fredericksburg Freelance-Star
Don Brown’s single, Run To You, is available for download on iTunes.