Magazine article Herizons

DIVINE BROWN [Devine Brown]

Magazine article Herizons

DIVINE BROWN [Devine Brown]

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DIVINE BROWN

Divine Brown

UNIVERSAL, 2005

Divine Browns a popular handle these days. It was the name of the prostitute caught with Hugh Grant back in 1995. It's also an all-male rock group. And it's the name of one of Canada's rising urban music stars.

The latter is the Divine Brown that's been getting the most press lately. Her five-octave vocal range means she grew up mimicking whatever notes came out of the radio. And at 14 she started writing her own songs.

It may appear as though Divine Brown came out of nowhere, releasing a mature, self-titled disc jammed full of well-crafted radio hits, but she just took a different route. Many young singers record a debut and spend the next few years growing up in the public eye. Instead, Brown played clubs, performed in the Toronto production of Rent and took roles in other musicals before securing a record deal. …

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