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The man with the velvet voice, singer extraordinaire Joel “Bunny” Brown has been involved in the music business from 1972. Bunny first started singing in the church at age 9 in the junior choir and this lit a thirst for performing that is still burning bright. He continued in the church and school choir and he became a member of “The Falcons Band”. As the lead vocalist he introduced Dennis Brown as another vocalist, who became the Crown Price of Reggae. Bunny went on to form a vocal and dance group called The Chosen Few with Errol Brown, Franklyn Spence and Richard McDonald. Derrick Harriott produced a hit album titled “Hit After Hit” with five number one singles: “Ebony Eyes”, “You’re A Big Girl Now”, “Shaft”, “Queen Majesty” and “Everybody Plays the Fool”. Bunny Brown was the lead vocalist on all of these singles except “Shaft”.

Following this success, the group went on tour to Toronto and then migrated to England where they were signed to Polydor Records, managed by Tony Gordon (who also managed Boy George & Culture Club as well as Lulu). The group toured for Polydor with the Fatback Band and Gloria Gaynor as well as on solo engagements. With Polydor the group produced two chart hits, “You Mean Everything To me” and “I can Make Your Dreams Come True”. Eventually the group moved from Polydor to Hansa Records in West Berlin Germany, which also had on their label, Donna Summer, Boney M, Eruption, Ami Stewart, all massively successful in the 1970s.

The group was produced by Pete Biloti and George Morodeo, the producers of Donna Summer. The group continued touring Europe with acts like Billy Ocean, Joan Armatrading, “Queen”, the legendary rock opera group. While with Chosen Few, Bunny established himself as a session vocalist working with the best of the best in pop, rock, R&B and reggae. He sang on recordings for Manfred Mann, Boney M, Ami Stewart, Links and the Rod Temperton lead Heatwave.

Bunny also recorded “Strawberry Letter 23” as a solo artiste. This recording went to the Top 30 on the British Charts. It was following this success with EMI Records, that Bunny was featured in the Village Voice and went to America to promote the single. While in America Bunny Brown toured with Heatwave, performing with Earth, Wind & Fire, The O’Jays, Billy Joel, Evelyn “Champagne” King and Yoko Ono. In the studio he worked with Luther Van Dross (recording commercial jingles), Curtis Blow, The Main Ingredients, Lisa Fisher and Manhattan Transfer’s Kenwood Dennard and Delmar Brown. He also recorded an album “Funky Weekend” produced by Tony Sylvester of the Main Ingredients which was never released because of contractual agreements.

In 1990 Bunny established his own label and production company – Joel’s Ark.

Bunny continued to tour and record, and also worked as a producer and arranger. He toured with “Electric Avenue” and “Living On the Frontline” star, Eddie Grant as well as on solo concerts. In 2003, Bunny was offered a production deal by Sir Coxsone Dodd of Studio One and returned to Jamaica (moving from Atlanta his base for some years and where he introduced Reggae to rapper “Little John”) to record the album, “Ready For The World”.

The album is now released and is doing very well in Europe. The taste of Jamaican life was invigorating to Bunny who threw himself into recording, production and promotion and quickly became a Jamaican household name for the second time. Among his projects since his return home has been the production of an album “Father and Son” with Daniel Brown, the son of the late superstar Dennis Brown.

Bunny  is  currently touring with the album  “Bunny Brown Sings the Classic Hits Volume 1” and presently back in studio recording a new album, titled “SLY & ROBBIE PRESENTS BUNNY BROWN” produced by Sly & Robbie.

 


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