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AJ Brown, Toots and the Maytals for Studio 38 concert

Published:Friday | March 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM
AJ Brown

Cabaret crooner AJ Brown goes to Studio 38 on Sunday night to stir soulful grooves at Kingston's hottest premiere music showcase, Live at Studio 38. Brown, an accomplished and internationally acclaimed balladeer, who has shared the stage with some of music's most prominent stars including Dionne Warwick, Ray, Goodman and Brown, Regina Belle and The Manhattans, will perform an extended set, followed by the musical stylings of revered reggae band Toots and the Maytals, who will also take to the stage for a featured appearance.

Showtime is 6 p.m. sharp.

By performing at the fifth installment in the Live at Studio 38 showcase, AJ joins a host of stars who have performed at the popular series, namely the iconic Beres Hammond, the timeless John Holt, rocksteady King Freddie McGregor and the indomitable Ken Boothe.

Born in Montego Bay, AJ Brown ranks among Jamaica's greatest vocal talents. From reggae to jazz, world beat to R&B, pop to classical, his vocal style transcends genres, musical eras and generations. A veritable child prodigy, AJ began singing ballads and reggae at an early age, primarily inspired by musical icons Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Andrea Bocelli and Dennis Brown. His incredible talent drew international attention in 1980 when he outshone all his competitors at a German talent contest and won the coveted trophy. Catapulted into the spotlight, AJ went on his first tour of Germany, where he captivated audiences in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt.

Promoting Jamaica

At the invitation of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) in the 1980s, AJ toured Europe, Canada and the United States, promoting Jamaica. After his stint with the JTB he performed extensively in Las Vegas, becoming a staple cabaret performer at the exclusive Mirage Club where he 'ruled the roost' from 1989 to 1996. During this time Brown also made his debut on the Showtime cable network, entertaining patrons at the highly attended Gregg Paige heavyweight title fight.

AJ Brown's voice has been featured on numerous commercials for conglomerates like Coca Cola, Red Stripe Beer, JTB and Air Jamaica. In addition to his own Brown Cat Record Label Albums, he has completed numerous singles on several compilation recording projects with reggae greats such as Beres Hammond, Bobby 'Digital' Dixon and Barry O'Hare. He has also collaborated with Grammy award-winning producers and other prominent hit makers such as Mickey Bennett, Tony Greene, Winston Riley and Singing Melody.

His talent and creativity have been featured on movie soundtracks, namely Love People on the soundtrack for the movie Club Paradise (starring Robin Williams, Peter O'Toole and Jimmy Cliff), and All Fall Down, on the soundtrack for the movies The Howling Part 3 and The Fourth Protocol (starring Pierce Brosnan).