A.J. Brown for Simply Myrna Revue tonight
Place a microphone in the hands of A.J. Brown and if you don't move out of the way fast enough, you might just be blown away by the power of his vocal cords. This maestro of music has been singing ballads and reggae from as early as the 1960s, starting with performances at his alma mater, Cornwall College, and since then, he has been thrilling music lovers around the globe.
Between his now hectic schedule, having had the honour of being asked to be the lead singer in the legendary Third World Band following the sad passing of William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke, A.J. Brown will be one of the A-list performers to take centre stage at the fifth annual Simply Myrna musical extravaganza tonight.
Simply Myrna, under the distinguished patronage of Sir Kenneth and Lady Hall, is scheduled to take place at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, starting with cocktails at 7 p.m., and showtime at 8 p.m.
From Ja to Las Vegas
to movie soundtracks
Although it is difficult to absorb the amazing journey of this musical icon in one sitting, one is reminded of his rise to fame from his humble beginning in Montego Bay, St James, to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, Nevada. During his seven-year stint away from Jamaica, Brown showcased his wide vocal range and versatility to thousands of appreciative audiences and drew international attention when he toured Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, and Frankfurt after taking the coveted trophy in a German talent contest.
Brown's musical virtuoso also spans songwriting, and his songs such as his popular hit Love People have been featured on the soundtracks for the movie Club Paradise (starring Robin Williams, Peter O'Toole, and Jimmy Cliff). All Fall Down has also been featured on the soundtrack for the movies The Howling Part 3 and The Fourth Protocol (starring Pierce Brosnan). Among his growing collection of recorded albums are Voice Of Love - 2009 and For All Kinda People - 2011. Voice Of Love is a celebration of 10 of the world's greatest classical love songs, including You Raise Me Up and Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye).
As for tonight's show, star of the show Myrna Hague said: "With my very special guests A.J. Brown and Dobby Dobson, fans of the show can expect another high-energy production with timeless songs, some of my new originals, and others that they might not have heard for a long time."
The show, which has become a much-sought-after event on Jamaica's entertainment calendar, has a highly professional production team led by Lennon Crooks and supported by band leader Desi Jones (also drummer) and musical arranger/conductor Ralph Holding Junior.
Sponsors supporting the event are The Gleaner Company Limited, KLAS ESPN Radio, Spanish Court Hotel, Labels and Supplies, Stage Records, Kool 97 FM, Music Mart, Jamaica National, Blends Naturally Active Skincare, and Family Pride Supermarket.
Tickets are $4,000 and are available at The Music Mart on South Avenue, Derrick Harriot Records in Twin Gates Plaza, and The Jazz Centre, 22 East King's House Road.