Norman Brown (born December 18, 1970, in Kansas City, Missouri) is a smooth jazz guitarist and singer, often compared to his contemporary George Benson.
In 1992 Norman Brown released his debut album Just Between Us from Motown Records' Jazz label, Mo Jazz. Collaborators included the chorus group Boyz II Men, the singer Stevie Wonder and also noted engineer and writer Kenneth H. Williams. A portion of the album was produced by Norman Connors, a jazz drummer and producer who discovered Brown. In 1994 Brown released the album After the Storm, which gained critical success. He followed this album with the 1996 release Better Days Ahead, which earned him a broader audience. Brown transferred to Warner Bros. Records. In 2000, he released Celebration, which was produced by Paul Brown.
In 2003, his producer Paul Brown and he won Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album for 2002's Just Chillin'. This album was followed by the 2004 release West Coast Coolin′.
During the summer of 2007, Brown had a No. 1 smooth jazz radio hit, "Let's Take A Ride," taken from the album Stay With Me, according to Radio and Records magazine.
In 2008, the Verve Music Group re-released Just Between Us as part of its "Verve Originals" series.
His music can be heard during The Weather Channel's "Local on the 8s" segments. His song "Lydian" is included in their 2008 compilation release, The Weather Channel Presents: Smooth Jazz II.
In June 2010, Brown released a recent album, Sending My Love.
In 2012, Norman Brown released a new album collaborate with Gerald Albright, 24/7.
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