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Jeff Brown

Often reluctant – or unable – to characterize with any particularity the definitive style of his music, Jeff Brown frequently describes his sound as ‘a singer-songwriter who got himself a band.’ His shows and music run the range from delicate indie-folk to more aggressive alt-rock with forays into jazz and chamber pop. His songwriting trends towards the melancholic and his Facebook page cites his songwriting influences as “Girls and alcohol, mostly,” though in reality, his music is rarely that one-dimensional. Brown writes love songs for people who are sick of love songs.

Chicago-based singer/songwriter Jeff Brown was born in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village, IL. After moving to California as a child, he began a lifelong love of making music upon finding his dad's old guitar in the attic. Raised on heavy metal (Brown performed in several heavier bands throughout high school and college), versed in classical and the blues, he has since found his home in the soothing melodies and heartfelt lyrics of modern indie folk rock. Brown graduated from Loyola University in Chicago, studying English and Philosophy, and after several years returned to Academia to study law, specializing in Entertainment legal matters.

While balancing a blossoming legal career, Brown released his long-overdue debut album, Last Chance, on CAUDog Records on July 2, 2012. The album, an 11-track work engineered and produced by Ellis Clark, was named via Brown’s assertion that “pretty much every one of [these] songs is a healthy mix of desperation and hope.”

Also available are a pair of EP’s, recorded at Chicago’s The Workshop Jones, and Deerwood Studios in Madison, WI. ‘Madison or Bust’ was released in January 2014, and ‘Cutting Ties’ was released at Chicago's Mayne Stage in August 2014.

Sarah Blick joins Brown on violin and vocals, as well as Alex Gilewicz on cello and vocals, Eric Stafford on guitars, Mark Lester on drums and vocals, and Michael Narvaez on bass guitar. The new lineup has been dubbed Jeff Brown & the New Black after a friend's errant joke about 'brown being the new black'. A new studio album featuring the new lineup is currently in pre-production.