Born and raised in L.A. to parents who were professional singers for legends like Mel Torme (as part of The Meltones), Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Barbra Streisand, Brown started playing drums at age five and picked up his first guitar two years later. A self-proclaimed Deadhead who was also fond of The Beatles and later, Peter Gabriel, Brown jokes that he was always starting, playing in or breaking up a band. He launched his production career unofficially with his first gig as an assistant engineer when he was 15, finding an immediate affinity for an environment that quickly became home when he returned to L.A. after studying music and math at the University of Oregon.
Paul Brown made music since early childhood. There was classical and traditional American southern old time music his my family. He played classical piano for ten years starting when he was five. His mother taught him old time songs from her childhood in Virginia. He started playing banjo at age ten. Later he added fiddle and guitar. He maintains a limited performing and recording schedule as his journalism career allows.
"The reason I got into this business was to play the guitar and perform live," says Brown. "As much success as I've had as a producer, I've always seen that as part of my evolution as a professional to get to this point. Making music is simple to me. When something moves me emotionally, then I know it's good. That's why I've worked this past year in between bigger projects with so many unsigned acts. Everything I do, from the albums I produce for established artists to those I do for up and coming performers to my own projects, is creatively stimulating to me. I love doing them all."