“Something Fresh, Indeed”
When Divine Brown enters a room the energy becomes electric. It’s that classic combination of attitude and altitude, for with Divine, people instantly recognize her as music royalty which she carries fearlessly having earned rather than borrowed her crown. It’s in her ability to at once invoke the empowered sexuality of Pam Grier’s seventies superwoman, Foxy Brown, while remaining immediately contemporary, exciting and fresh that drives her appeal. Fearless. Foxy. Fresh. Ladies and Gentlemen it’s time you know Divine Brown.
When “The Love Chronicles” (2008) won the Juno® Award for Best R&B Album in 2009, Divine Brown had already achieved a level of success that most often eludes young girls with dreams of making it big as a singer. A Toronto native, Brown’s fearless approach to life first shows up as a steadfast commitment to her music in the face of half-hearted support from her working class Jamaican family who would most likely have preferred she pursue a safe path like Nursing rather than the mercurial business of Music. Yet, armed with the gift of a 5-octave vocal range and a love for the Soul music she soaked up listening to American radio, Brown set out to make something happen. And happen it did, though not overnight. First came the years of countless performances in clubs honing her vocal craft nightly singing from the canon of Chaka, Patti and the Queen herself – Aretha. As performances led to recording, Brown quickly learned that her audience responded to her fresh takes on classic soul styles. Her self-penned tune “Old Skool Love,” charted a path for International success driving the Gold sales of her eponymous debut album (Divine Brown, 2005) . The single and video whet the appetites of U.S. Soul music fans, and a Reggae remix version secured the attention of Riddim junkies in Jamaica fueling Divine to reach for something more.
While waiting for the businessmen to make their move, Divine decided to make moves of her own and with the formation of her own Divine Brown Entertainment began recording on her own the songs that would eventually become the award winning album “The Love Chronicles.” A concept album that draws upon Brown’s affinity for soul music across the generations, the largely self penned project yielded the sexually empowered “Lay It On The Line,” the deeply emotional “One More Chance,” and the chart topping homage to 80’s pop “Sunglasses.” A Canadian Bravo TV special “Live from the Concert Hall” brought her live show to audiences across the country further solidifying her reputation as a talent to be revered.
In possession of an empowered sexuality that allows her to navigate the dark waters of the music business with confidence, Divine Brown brings Foxy to a new generation. A single mom who candidly admits that with the birth of her daughter her will to succeed kicked into overdrive, Divine Brown makes the fictitious Foxy Brown a mere figment of men’s imagination. Her tightly toned frame honed from high energy performances and hours training in Capoeira with her Brazilian Mestre, Brown appears prepared to prove to women around the globe that “sexy” and “Mom” aren’t mutually exclusive. The walk, the talk, the sense of personal style all contribute to the sense that with Divine the heat is tangible and natural, akin to Arthea Franklin’s “Natural Woman” come to life. As with many women, Divine’s fearless approach yields a satisfying outcome and serves as a new millennium role model for those who simply choose to pay attention.
Divine Brown marks the dawn of a new decade with a collection of new music for her fans. In a landscape cluttered with autotuned Poptarts and half-hearted songcraft, Divine and her music stand apart. “Something Fresh” represents a watershed moment in Brown’s musical evolution, building upon the vocal style she’s delivered in the past, married to bright new production and songwriting that is both innovative and fresh. A collection of radio and dance floor-ready jams, the breezy title track “Something Fresh About You,” treats the fans that drove “Sunglasses” to the top of the charts with something new, complete with an instant sing-along hook, while “Play My Jam” swaggers it’s way to the dance floor with a plea to the DJ to “rock my party”. Continuing the party theme is the global sound of “World Party,” which implies a globe unified under the strobe lights. Then, drawing upon her Jamaican roots once again, Divine offers up a tribute to Reggae royalty Dennis Brown with a drenched in soul version of his massive cut “Sitting & Watching.” Armed out the gate with club remixes designed to ignite the DJs and fans who fueled her Top 15 success on the Billboard Dance chart, it’s all part of Divine’s plan for global domination which includes a torrent of new fresh music, a stylish reality series showcasing her work/life balancing act and continuing her fearless commitment to making a career in the “old skool” way; with her talent. She’s already proven she’s Fearless, Foxy, and Fresh – so, like the taste of home baked bread compared with the flat dry confection of the Poptarts, audiences around the world will now know that Divine Brown has “Something Fresh” indeed.
Old Skool Love Reggae Remix: