- Shirley Brown
Infobox musical artist
Name = Shirley Brown
Img_size = 200
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Shirley Brown
Born = Birth date and age|1947|1|6|mf=y
West Memphis, Arkansas
Years_active = 1974 - Present
Rise to fame and big break
Shirley Brown was born in
West Memphis, Arkansas, and later her family moved to St. Louis, Missouri. There, she started to sing in a Baptist churchin St Louis, Missouriat the age of 10. Brown got a great reputation for her powerful solos in church. Then, in her late teens, she focused more on secular musicand sang with many of the city's soul singers. Then, finally, she found Oliver Sain, who helped her record some songs like "I Ain't Gonna Tell" and "Love is Built on a Strong Foundation", which only made it locally, not nationally. These songs were noticed by Albert King, who then became her manager.
King negotiated a recording deal with
Stax Recordsin Memphis and gained Brown national attention with the hit "Woman to Woman", taken from the 1974 album of the same name. Soul critic Ron Wynn went on to call "Woman to Woman" a "seminal confessional and confrontational soul masterpiece,"citequote and it was actually the last hit for the Stax label and its success delayed its bankruptcy for several months. Brown selected her new record label Arista Records, which was one of the first signings to Clive Davis.
In 1975, Brown's hit "Woman to Woman" was nominated for a
Grammy Award, but she didn't win. After her very successful debut album, "Woman To Woman", she came out with more albums such as "Shirley Brown", "For the Real Feeling" and "Intimate Storm". None of these albums was successful and her popularity fell at a surprising rate.
In 1989, four years after her last album, "
Intimate Storm", Brown came out with a comeback album, " Fire & Ice", which reached #66 on the U.S. R&Bcharts, in this album she had one of her hit single songs, "Ain't Nothin' Like The Lovin' We Got", which peaked at #46 on the U.S. R&B charts. It wasn't as big as her first album, but it was more successful than her more recent recordings.
Then, she came out with her other big hit albums such as "Timeless" and "
Diva of Soul". "Timeless" made #63 on the U.S. R&B charts, and "Diva of Soul" made #67 on the U.S. R&B charts. It also had a single that made it on to #80 on the U.S. R&B charts. Since then, she has come out with albums such as " The Soul of a Woman" and " Three Way Love Affair".
Grammy Award history
**1975, Best Song of The Year: "Woman to Woman" (Nominated)
* [http://www.soulexpress.net/shirleybrown.htm The Shirley Brown 3-part story at Soul Express]
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