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Eban Brown from the Stylistics

Eban Brown

 

Everyone loves Missy Elliott’s “Sock It To Me!”  We also loved it when Lauryn Hill was singing “Walk right out to the sun hand in hand” on Nas’ If I Ruled The World!  What if I told you that I  spoke with the man who was a member of Legendary Classical R&B groups The Moments, The Manhattans, The Delfonics and currently The Stylistics?  These groups are sampled by our favorite artist’s.

 

The Stylistics photo from their official website

 

Eban with his guitar collection

 

Harold Eban Brown is Decorated with awards from 98.7 Kiss FM Hall of Fame, and NAACP Award for his accomplishments as lead vocalist of The Delfonics. This accomplished  multi-talented artist, is a world-renowned guitarist, composer and singer who has  a huge celebrity fan base.  During this Interview Eban was on vacation in Florida relaxing in between tours.

Natalie: Hi Eban, it is so good to speak with you again!  Thank you for taking the time out of you vacation to conduct a Q and A with me.  When did The Moments realize that their new guitarist was a singer?

Eban: Well, a drummer named Bubbles Jerry Kinchen Jr’.,  introduced me to Billy Brown, my father and Bubble’s father sang together in the 1960s.  Billy Brown was from Ray Goodman and  Brown (The Moments) and when Billy Brown heard me sing, “All I Have” he was floored!  I was 18 yrs old, “All I Have” was one of my favorite songs!  That’s how I became a singer.

Natalie: Wow! How did you learn how to hit those notes if you were focused on playing the guitar?

Eban: My family had a quartet so I easily picked it up.  I never wanted to sing!  I concentrated on my craft and then I looked at George Benson as an example, George Benson sings and plays the guitar.

Natalie: How would you describe your vocal range?

Eban: First tenor, I sing all of the notes in a harmonious structure.  I hear those notes and I stack my vocals one by one Sam Cooke started it then Marvin Gaye revolutionized it!

 

Eban and George Benson

 

 

The Delfonics hit song Ready or Not was sampled by The Fugees and Missy Elliott

 

The Delfonics

 

 

The Moments

 

Natalie: Sexy Mama by The Moments is on heavy rotation on my iTunes!  Music Mogul Sylvia Robinson was a genius.

Eban: I have to humbly thank you!

Natalie: What was it like being a lead singer with not one but two legendary groups?

Eban: It’s a blessing, I do this everyday we don’t take into stock how we help people in their own lives, we think about the gig and getting to our next stop! Thank you for telling me this you are keeping me encouraged and I honor you for that!

Natalie: Wow, you have me stumped! Thank you!

Eban: I was in school idolizing the Moments when the teacher asked everyone what career path they wanted to take.  Some students wanted to be Fireman, Dr’s. etc, I said that I wanted to be the lead singer of The Moments. I dressed like The Moments, and I lived in that mode!  You have to believe what you pray for!

Natalie: I don’t share most of my work because people don’t appreciate it,  they have stolen ideas and don’t support it! I share my work with a select group!

Evan: I am doing this to leave something behind and build my legacy!  In order to do that you, need top media attention!  Be unique as possible and humbly claim it! You should watch the movie The Founders where they talk about McDonalds.

Natalie: Whoa!

Eban: It’s messed up, but it’s business the brothers did not take it to the next level. You need to stop hiding your work! 

 

Ray Goodman and Brown (The Moments) studio photo

 

Natalie: When you were with The Moments did you ever sing the “Girls” or “Look at Me” song in French?

Eban: No, I never had to sing it in French! We performed the songs in English when I re recorded it, they were supposed to bring in a French translator so I hope to do it one day for the best of The Moments with Billy Brown and myself. Billy is singing the first five songs and I sing on the last five songs!

 

Eban Brown and Nasir Jones at the Venetian Hotel

 

Nas album “No matter how hard you try you can’t stop us now!” From Nas’s song “You Can’t Stop Us Now” 2008

 

Natalie: You have a long list of Celebrity fans.  What memory sticks out the most when you met Nas?

Eban: Nas is one of my all time favorites, the way that we met was when Kelis flew us in for his surprise Birthday Party at the Venetian in Vegas I had to restrict myself so no one could see me.  Chris Webber and I were there and Nas said that he was working on a new album and that he wanted me to record a song with him. The party was on Saturday and I was in the studio on Tuesday in NYC recording “You Can’t Stop Us Now.

Natalie: That fast?

Eban: Yes, I would like to work with him again for my own project.  I am hoping to get a hold of him.

Natalie: When I post this Q and A I will to tag him to everything!  I will also make an Instagram post that says Nas contact Eban we need another collaboration!  By the way my husband and I are going to Nas’ concert here in Boston on 9.12.2017!

Eban: That’s great!  The both of you will have a great time!

 

Eban’s Debut Album

 

Natalie: Let’s talk about your debut album Master Suite and your current album Summer Time In Tokyo!

Eban: Master Suite was my very first solo album when I built my own record label Stardom Records. It is an acoustic album and I was getting my feet wet as a solo artist. My current album Summer Time In Tokyo has original songs as well as remade classics by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.

Natalie: When do you start your promotion tour for Summer Time In Tokyo?

Eban: Once I have songs on the radio, I should be up and running late September, early October. Then I have to get charted (Have songs on the charts) You get charted by getting spins and competing with other artist’s!  Once that’s complete then my media tour will kick in!  

Natalie: Do you have any special markets that you would like me to promote this in?

Eban: Everywhere!  To the ends of the earth!  Several great records are not getting played because it was not publicized!  “You cannot sell a secret” Eban Brown’s Grandfather’s quote.

Natalie: I forgot to ask you what  you thought about my website? Especially my Q and A’s?

Eban: I wished that I could write the way you wrote!  It takes a certain insight to write that way!

Natalie: I am so honored that you enjoyed it! Thank you!

Eban: Your welcome!

Natalie: What is your favorite Stylistics song?

 

The Stylistics

 

 

Eban: That’s an unfair question!  We have great music but if I had to pick it would be “ People Make The World Go Round.”  It was recorded in 1971 but the same social issues are still prevalent today!   Everyone is trying to make a dollar, Spike Lee even used it in one of his movies that’s how young folks caught onto it.

Natalie: When will you perform your solo and group act in Boston?

Eban: I am hoping to make the connection with Scullards.  I am self managed and once you get a record you don’t have to call anyone anymore!  You need good people in your corner.  I thank God for that!

Natalie: I cannot wait to post this on my website thank you and enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Eban: Your welcome I fly back to New Jersey in the morning and then I am off to Chicago and the United Kingdom.

 

James Brown and Eban Brown

 

 

 

 

Discography

1991 The Moments Classic Soul
1993 Delfonics
1993 The Manhattans Classic Soul
2000 Lead vocalists of The Stylistics Classic
2002 “Master Suite”, a Jazz/Pop masterpiece with an amazing acoustic guitar feel. 1st solo album
2004 Restless Soul Jazz and Pop II solo album
2006 Exit 15  Third solo album
2008 Can’t Stop Us Now single with Nas
2009 Determinism an Instrumental album
*Albums
Will Hart and The Delfonics live in Chattanooga
Rob Base, on the Album “Break of Dawn”, which featured the Delfonics, the two songs were “Are You With Me”, and “Chillin”

Natalie’s favorite songs by various by The Manhattans, The Delfonics, The Moments and Stylistics are:

The Delfonics

La- La Means I Love You

Break Your Promise

I Don’t Want to Make You Wait

Somebody Loves You

*Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love) sampled by song Sock it To Me Missy Elliott and The Fugees

*Hey Love
Sampled by Notorious B.I.G

Walk Right Up to the Sun sampled Nas and Lauryn Hill If I ruled the World

The Stylistics

You Make Me Feel Brand New

Your a Big Girl Now

I’m Stone In Love With You

*You Are Everything sampled by Mary J. Blige for You are Everything

*People Make The World Go Round sampled by West Side Connection Ice Cube, Mack 10 and Dub C song Gangsta’s Make The World Go ‘Round

The Moments

Girls

Sexy Mama

Look At Me

Eban’s star power can be witnessed on stage with the following dates listed below.

Eban’s solo act tour dates:

September 8th, 2017 The Stoke Bar and Grille, Plymouth, UK

September 9th, 2017 The Concorde Club Eastleigh, UK

For solo act tour dates  and to purchase his music visit https://www.ebanbrownmusic.net/shows

Japan Tour dates for The Stylistics are:

December 11-25 Japan Tour Billboard Live

UK Tour

October 26, Gateshead

October 27, Redditch Palace Theatre

October 28, Worthington Pavilion

Please visit The Stylistics http://www.thestylistics.org/tour-schedule for a complete list of their tour date!

https://www.ebanbrownmusi
On Instagram@EbanBrown

Purchase Ebans music on itunes  now!

Super Hero Music

Music to help me write

 

Today I was writing my Q and A for a music icon and I had writers block!  I quickly put on my super hero music to get me going! Listed below in no particular order is my writers block playlist.

 

Black Star Mos Def & Talib Kweli

I wrote an essay that received an A in college. I had Knowledge Of Self (Determintation) on repeat!

 

Maybach Music III

Maybach Music III (featuring T.I, Jadakiss & Erykah Badu) “I came alive like a month in the summer time” This quote re energizes me each and every time!

 

Wouldn’t Matter Where You Are

“He said travel anywhere your life takes you, he said chase your visions over the rainbow, your free to go.” This quote explains itself.

 

Expansion

Lonnie Liston  Smith & The Cosmic Echoes said it best! “Expand your mind, to understand we all must live in peace…”  this song has an upbeat jazz rhythm that reminds me to relax! Not to mention that it is timeless!

 

Roses

“When Im down I just draw some roses, on a pretty piece of paper.” Mos Def & Georgia Anne Muldrow

 

Swing

“I don’t hate players, I’m from the crown rhyme sayers.. I play my cards shark style kings and aces. Welcome to New York the illest of all places.” This line gives me a boost of energy reminding me of who I am and to snap out of my writers block!

 

Comment below and let me know what your go to songs are!

 

 

Soul and Beach Music Icon Danny Woods

 

 

 

Danny Woods music career spans over 50 years he is one of the founding members of the legendary music group Chairmen of the Board.  Chairmen of the Board has sold over a million of copies with their chart topping hits “Give me just a little more time” the song was sampled by Kylie Minogue.  Chairmen of the Boards song “Patches” was later re-made by Clarence Carter and it received a Grammy Award.  The group shared the stage with many music legends and  was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

 

 

*Questions for this Q and A was written by Natalie the interview was conducted by Natalie and her husband one of Danny Woods son’s.

Natalie: Congratulations on your successful music career. What is your key to longevity?

Danny Woods: God, keep God first!

Natalie: Your fans do an amazing job of posting your music dating all the way back from the 1960’s! How many records did you release and how many music groups were you in?

Danny Woods: They asked me to be in the Spinners, but I turned it down because I was making money on my own. I would say that I am on about 50 records.

 

Natalie: How old were you when you signed your first record deal?

Danny Woods: I was about 19.

Natalie: Maintaining a healthy voice is a full time job. What’s your best practice to exercising and keeping your 6 octave vocal range healthy?

Danny Woods: The more you sing the better you can sing.

Natalie: What was the feeling that you pulled to hit that high register during the song “Danny Boy?”

Danny Woods: I was singing that song for my son Danny that’s why I sing it so good I was singing to my son.

 

 

Original Chairmen of the Board members General Johnson, Danny Woods, Hendricks Kennedy and Eddie Custis

Natalie: What was it like being in a premier group for Holland Dozier Holland?

Danny Woods: It was tough, I did not get paid.

Give me just a little more time was released in 1970 from the album “The Chairmen of The Board”

Natalie: How did you celebrate being number 3 on the Billboard Charts and selling over 1 Million copies for “Give me just a little more time?”

Danny Woods: I did not celebrate because I did not have any money.  I was on the Johnny Carson show and Soul Train several times.

 

 

1983 Beach Music Awards

 

Natalie: What emotion did you experience when the R.I.A.A presented Chairmen of The Board with a certified gold record?

Danny Woods: Well, London was an exciting time for me at ABC’s 50th anniversary everyone in the industry was on that show, Rock N Roll Super stars!

A special thank you to Mr. Danny Woods for affording us the opportunity to interview him for this Q and A.

Download music by General Johnson and the Chairmen of the Board on iTunes.

Download Danny Woods music on itunes