Donny Brown at the 29th Annual Review Music Awards

Posted In: Arts & Entertainment, Review Music Awards,   By: Robert E Martin

14th April, 2015     0

Donny Brown is a Saginaw born and bred musician and co-founding member of the chart-topping Michigan Alt-Rock band The Verve Pipe who performed at our first Music Awards Ceremony back in 1987 with The Mick Furlo Band. With his Review Awards solo debut he performed new original material from his debut solo release, the Hess Street E.P. along with fresh translations of his classic Verve Pipe material.
 
Known for his strong drumming, songwriting and vocal abilities, Brown traded the drums for his guitar and a backing band consisting of Andy Reed on bass & vocals, Scott Van Dell on guitars, Chris Zehnder on guitar & vocals, Jake Bartlett on drums & percussion, and Jake Greenwood on keyboard & percussion to showcase his incredible catalog of new original compositions and crowd favorites for this special occasion. Also joining Donny was  Ron ‘Rosco’ Selley on harmonica, Kay Rinker O’Neil on flute and vocals along with Abbey Hoffman on vocals.  Mick & Tony Furlo also joined Donny for a rousing rendition of The Beatle's 'We Can Work It Out'.

In addition to forming the legendary Lansing band Water 4 the Pool, which led to the evolution of The Verve Pipe, who scored #1 Billboard hits with their RCA debut release Villains in 1996, Brown has also worked with legendary songwriters Ed Robertson from Barenaked Ladies, Willy Porter and the Hanson Brothers. He has also produced recordings for numerous Michigan bands, including 19 Wheels, The Hard Lessons and The Atomic Numbers.
 
“For the past year I’ve been rearranging my musical life and am especially proud of the new direction and
enthusiastic response that my new material is receiving, “reflects Brown. “I want to have my music out there, but because I’m known as a drummer and songwriter, I’ve always filled a supporting role. Frankly, I never envisioned myself as a ‘front guy’, but I like to think that my writing is good enough that the music will do the talking, more than me being in the spotlight. I’ve always tried to keep in mind that at the end of the day the song is what this is all about.”
 

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