Born in Kansas City 1970, Smooth Guitarist and Singer Norman Brown, first became interested in the guitar at age eight, when he grew fond of his brother’s acoustic six-string. He initially took much influence from such guitar-based acts as Jimi Hendrix and the Isley Brothers, but once he discovered one of his father’s favorite guitarists, Wes Montgomery, everything changed. Brown splashed into the soul-jazz scene in 1992 as a recording artist for Mo Jazz and quickly went on to win substantial acclaim, beginning with his award winning second album, After the Storm. Both Gavin and Soul Train named it Jazz Album of the Year, and After the Storm remained on the charts for over two years. Suddenly critics drew comparisons to other astonishing jazz guitarists from the past such as George Benson and Wes Montgomery, and Brown became the toast of the soul-jazz crowd. In 2002, Brown’s Just Chillin Album was awarded a Grammy for Best pop instrumental Album. Two years later, he returned with Stay with Me on the Peak label. Brown then signed with longtime jazz label Concord and released 2010’s Sending My Love. In 2012, Brown paired with one of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Gerald Albright for the concord release 24/7.