Biography / Info
Jesse Thomas Brown was born April 23rd, 1979 in Prince Rupert British Columbia. As a small child, he moved numerous times with his family, across Canada, and to Europe. At fourteen, he began taking piano lessons and voice training in High River, Alberta. He composed his first piece for the piano at sixteen, entitled "Krissy". Several other piano pieces followed, and at nineteen, he started writing lyrics. During that period, he began sitting in with local musicians, at Thursday and Saturday night shows. He moved to Victoria in 2001, where he began working in earnest on his songwriting, while playing occasional shows, and gigs playing background music. In 2002, he worked at a pub as its regular piano player on Friday and Saturday nights. Over the next few years, he composed a catalog of sixty-five songs, and honed his live performance. In 2006 he began recording several of his songs for his first two albums. The first album was completed in late 2008. Entitled "Tanglewood", it contained thirteen of Jesse's compositions, and included a production of keyboard parts in addition to the piano, such as organ, Mellotron, and clavinet, arranged and performed entirely by Jesse. Scott Henderson, a confidante and colleague who acted as engineer on the album provided drum performances for three of the songs. The album was an eclectic mixture that hinted at the many and varied influences on Jesse's work, both musically and lyrically. Shades of Elton John, Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson, Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Sondheim, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein, Billy Joel, Gustav Mahler, and of course Mark Twain are apparent in the collection. All these influences however, are bound together by a sound that is uniquely personal, and distinctly Jesse's own. The lyrics jump from poetic word paintings to clear narratives, both modern and historical. Some of the songs are social commentaries, and others are very personal in their focus. Some are both. The album was dedicated to Jesse's longtime hero, George Carlin, who died during its production. Jesse credits Carlin with inspiring in him a love of the language. Jesse cites Elton John as the one who first inspired him toward a career in music. Although, his evolution as a vocalist has been to strip away all other influences and affectations, he does consider Elaine Stritch and Len Cariou to be his greatest inspirations in this area. He is currently working on his second album, which will contain 15 songs, and is to be released in 2010.