About Kai Brown
Kai Brown is a multi-talented musician whose sound showcases a mix of familiar influences. Innovative and original, Brown delivers a performance that is reminiscent of the consummate hardworking road band – think Tom Petty, Liam Gallagher (Oasis) or Neil Finn (Crowded House).
Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Brown spent his teenage years and early 20s forming and refining his songwriting and musical ability. He fronted several well-known local bands, including the successful Tommy Flowers, and played shows across Australia for more than five years.
In 2004, Brown made the life-altering choice to give up everything he had in Australia and take a chance with his music by relocating to the U.S. “Playing music in the U.S. is not only a lifelong dream and goal of mine,” said Brown. “It’s my life. It’s what I live to do.” Believing strongly in his music and its direction, Brown prepared himself for what became one of the most significant risks of his life.
With very little in his pockets and a guitar in his hand, Brown temporarily relocated to Dallas, TX in early 2004 to work on his debut solo album with producer/songwriter Cary Pierce (Guster, Vertical Horizon, Evan & Jaron, Jack Ingram). He had stumbled across Pierce’s production work after hearing rising singer Graham Colton’s music on the Internet. Brown immediately knew that Pierce’s production skills and style were a match for his album and the direction he wanted to take his music. Over the next several months, Brown tirelessly poured his heart and soul into his debut album, striving to create songs that would draw a solid, emotional connection with listeners.
As Brown worked with Pierce and found his footing in the studio, he was joined by members of platinum selling bands Vertical Horizon and The BoDeans. “It was such an honor to learn from and work with these truly accomplished musicians,” noted Brown. “Just to have these guys come in and appreciate the music…it was an immeasurable contribution.”
Brown completed work on his first solo album in July 2004 and permanently settled in San Diego, CA where he immediately started making a name for himself as a resident musician at Martini Ranch. “Just having finished the album…it feels like part of my dream has already come true,” said Brown. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity – to be able to share my life, my struggles, my hopes – with everyone through my music.”
Brown’s debut album, BETTER NOW, features 10 original tracks showcasing his sense of authenticity with a style that’s rich with truth and reality. “The songs have sincerity,” said Brown. “Every song on the album has grown out of an emotionally charged experience. The past few years have been a ride full of the things that make up life – love, loss and friendship. All of the uncertainties of the last five years of touring and pursuing my dream have manifested themselves in this record.”
Brown’s songs bring a raw, yet recognizable feel to listeners, as people can undoubtedly relate to the feelings experienced in what he sings about. Brown brings something rare, an emotional credibility that will connect with people of all ages.
With BETTER NOW, Brown is giving audiences a preview of his genuine rock sound with a national tour that kicked off in April. This album announces with certainty the arrival of a sincere and familiar artist whose cross-over into the U.S. market promises to bring an honest, authentic and timeless sound.