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BIOGRAPHY - Chuck Brown

Chuck Brown is the undisputed sole founder and creator Go-Go music, a hypnotically danceable genre deeply rooted in funk and soul that he developed in the early 70’s. Foreshadowing rap and many of the major popular R&B styles of the past three decades, Chuck's signature style earned him a place in American musical royalty. This esteem was maintained by the reputation of his legendary live shows, heavy on audience participation and built around “the beat” to create an unparalleled non-stop party atmosphere. Brown scored hits like “We The People” and “Blow Your Whistle” (sampled in Eve’s 2007 smash “Tambourine”) in the early 70’s, followed by the #1 national hit “Bustin’ Loose” on MCA/ Source in 1978 (used by Nelly in 2002 in his #1 smash “Hot In Herre). Chuck Brown scored again in the early eighties with the Billboard charting “WeNeed Some Money,” followed by the massive worldwide cult masterpiece “Go-Go Swing,” making Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers a force to be reckoned with in innovative American music.

In the nineties, after a string of popular live recordings, Chuck Brown followed his childhood dream of singing with a lady. Born from his love of recordings like Louis Armstrong with Ella Fitzgerald, he teamed up with Eva Cassidy on what was her debut release, a critically acclaimed album of jazz and blues duets entitled “The Other Side.” In the current decade, “Your Game…Live at the 9:30 Club” was voted as one of the top 10 albums of 2001 by Billboard’s R&B Editor, Rapper Chuck D and others. Washington DC's #1 radio station WPGC began a movement to induct Chuck into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a hugely successful petition drive. A live DVD came next, called Fame with a hugely greatest live concert video/dvd I have ever seen” by Murder Dog Magazine.

George Clinton and Nile Rodgers presented Chuck Brown with the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences Board of Governors Award in 2003. In 2005, The Best of Chuck Brown double remastered CD was released, and The National Endowment for the Arts presented Chuck Brown with a Lifetime Heritage Fellowship Award. He performed at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and on the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise in 2006 and 2007 and closed out the Steve Harvey Hoodie Awards in 2007. Chuck Brown has been featured in a number of high profile radio and TV commercials including TV spots for The Washington Post, National Geographic’s The Dog Whisperer and The DC Lottery. Chuck Brown teamed up with multi-platinum producer Chucky Thompson (Mary J Blige, Nas, Faith Evans, Biggie, etc.) to put together his first new studio album of original material since Bustin’ Loose. The album was released in April 2007 to critical acclaim, debuting in Billboard as the #1 Independent CD, the #2 R&B CD, and #37 on the top 200. The album’s first single, “Block Party,” landed in the top 20 on the Urban A/C chart. 2008 and early 2009 saw Chuck touring a number of major markets in the US, as well as Japan, appearing on BET’s Lyric Café and TV-One’s The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors. A music video for the song “The Numbers Game” features Chuck Brown with Thievery Corporation was released in January. A street was renamed in Washington DC “CHUCK BROWN WAY” on his birthday in August of 2009. He is currently in the studio, once again teaming up with hit maker Chucky Thompson, working on a new project for a 2010 release.

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