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THE HIT: Born and raised in Brixton, South London, award-winning singer/songwriter Angie Brown made her name globally when becoming the vocalist in BIZARRE INC. who were pioneers in the breaking House/Rave music scene of the late 80’s & 90’s. Their 1992 hit ‘I’m Gonna Get You’ went into the UK National Charts at No.17 before settling at No.2. In the U.S the track went to No.1 in the U.S Dance Charts – twice! Overall, it sold over 200,000 copies in the UK, earning it a Silver disc and has sold well over 2million copies worldwide. ‘I’m Gonna Get You’ is considered a dance floor classic, played constantly in the clubs, on radio and on countless compilation CDs across the world to this day. Bizarre Inc. co-wrote with Angie for their follow up single, ‘Took My Love’ which also became a U.S Dance Chart No.1. Their third album, ‘Surprise’ (1996) features more of Angies’ co-writing and of course her soon to be legendary House style vocals, which were fast becoming well known and in demand…BEGINNINGS: But lets first rewind… Angie Brown was born “some time in the 60’s, ok?” to Almatine and Alfred, Jamaican born parents who were a Nurse and a Carpenter respectively. With her brother Leon and sisters Erica and Jereline, she enjoyed a very happy childhood in Brixton. Sensing rising tensions in Brixton, her parents moved the family a little further South East, to Penge, before the horrors of the Brixton riots finally broke. In Penge, family life continued happily and Angie received a great boost to her performing confidence when she won a singing competition whilst on holiday at Butlins in Skegness! Angie went on to train at St.Catherines Drama School in Guildford, Surrey, before working for a short time in Catering all over the City of London and West End. Also, more importantly, she was regularly attending Singers nights in London and performing at various showcases around town, most memorably at The Spot, The Back Bar and at the Original Songwriters at The 10 Rooms. Angie had started singing tuition with top vocal coach Annette Batam (Netty) who is still her great friend and teacher.EARLY SUCCESS: By 1992, Angie Brown had already made her mark in the recording world of Rock/Post Punk with some excellent work in several bands of the time. She joined THE DIRTY STRANGERS (with RONNIE WOOD & KEITH RICHARDS) in the late 80’s; their albums ‘Dirty Strangers’ and ‘Diamonds’ feature Angies’ vocals on tracks including ‘Bathing Belles’ which saw them all shoot a crazy video on Hastings pier and another in Ronnie Woods’ house, both of which you can find on YouTube! Angie then joined THE DOVES for a time; their album ‘Affinity’ features Angie, most notably on rock ballad ‘Beaten Up In Love Again’ and duet ‘Eyes Like Mary’. The Doves split and became RAMONA 55, which led to singles with Angie ‘Touch’, ‘More Than I Love You’ and the beautiful yet powerful ‘Black Rose’ from their album ‘An Album I Only Thought I Could Dream Of’ (Discrete Records). It was during her time with this band that Angie went for a recording session for Bizarre Inc. and the rest is history!ANGIE BROWN LIVE! After the huge success of ‘I’m Gonna Get You’, Angie became one of the most sought after voices in the UK recording industry, both as a top session singer/songwriter and as a formidable live performer. In 1994, Angie teamed up with talented House re-mixer Steve Rodway aka. MOTIV-8 to record ‘Rockin For Myself’ which became a Top 20 hit in the UK and served to crystallize her reputation as a much requested and much respected vocalist, so her live work credits grew, including:DESMOND DEKKER – Live in LondonJOHN HOLT – top Reggae star Live in LondonJOCELYN BROWN – No relation! Live on Greek tourGRACE JONES – Live on BBC special ‘The Windrush’SHOLA AMA – Live in LondonBEVERLEY KNIGHT – Live in London & TourRONAN KEATING – Live in Hyde Park, LondonEMMA BUNTON – Live in Hyde Park, LondonLISA STANSFIELD – Live in Hyde Park, LondonJAMELIA – Live on ‘TFI Friday’ (CH4)HEAVEN 17 – Several UK ToursCHAKA KHAN – Live at Café de Paris, LondonCOURTNEY PINE – UK TourTHE HAPPY MONDAYS – UK Tours for 2 yearsROZALLA & SYBILL – Diva ToursThese just represent but a few of Angies’ collaborative live appearances and do not include the vast number of Angie Brown personal appearances all over the world. Now the mid 1990’s, the dance/club culture was in full swing and Angie had become the much loved dancing queen! She quickly became the favourite live act at the emerging super clubs like BCM Majorca, the whole Ibizia scene, the various European resorts of Club 18-30’s holidays (for over 10 years!) huge rave events for Fantazia, the UK Butlins resorts and the countless regional clubs all over the UK and Europe. Angie even found herself singing with fellow diva SYBILL at the King of Moroccos’ birthday party at his Morroccan Palace! In 1996, Angie & Sybill won Best Live Act at the Club Awards…but when not onstage, Angie was in even greater demand thru the 90’s to the present day, to record with other artistes. These have included... FEATURING ANGIE BROWN:MUSIC RELIEF ’94 – Huge charity fundraiser which preceded Live AidMARK MORRISON – Vocals on hit ‘Return of the Mack’ (1996)JOCELYN BROWN – on track ‘Aint No Mountain High Enough’ (1998)CULTURE CLUB – vocals on album ‘Don’t Mind If I Do’ (1999)MIDGE URE – vocals on albums ‘Move Me’ (2001) ‘Pure’ (track: ‘Let It Go’ Arista 1991) + ‘If I Was: The Very Best of Midge Ure & Ultravox’ (1993)NENEH CHERRY – vocals in choir on albumKATE BUSH – vocals & video for track ‘Eat The Music’ (1993)FREAKPOWER (FAT BOY SLIM) – on album ‘More of Everything for Everybody’ (1996) +‘Drive Thru Booty’ (1995)GABRIELLE – vocals on albumHOLLY JOHNSON – co-wrote ‘Disco Heaven on album ‘Soulstream’ (1999)SARAH CRACKNELL (ST.ETIENNE) – on album ‘Lipslide’ (Instinct 1997)LONDONBEAT – on album ‘Londonbeat’ (1995)AIR CUBA – vocals on ‘Starshine’ from ‘Leap of Faith’ (4AD Records 1999)HEAVEN 17 – vocals on albums ‘Lets All Make A Bomb’ (2003)+ ‘Absolutely The Best…Live!’ (2000)+ ‘How Live Is’ (1999)+ ‘Retox/Detox (Remixed) (1998)+ ‘Bigger Than America’ (1996)MICROGROOVE – vocals on track ‘Phone Home’ EP (Humpty Human 1992)GET READY – vocals on track ‘Wild Wild West’ (Mega Records 1995)B.B. – vocals on track ‘Good Enough’ (S3 Records 1996)THE GOOD STRAWBERRIES – vocals on ‘Affro Dizzy Jack’ (Dureco 1994)DOCTOR WOOS – vocals on track ‘Soul In Paradise’ (Out Records 1990)CORDUROY – vocals on tracks on album ‘Clik!’ (Big Cat UK 1999)DIVE – vocals on track ‘Joy Is Free’ (WEA International Inc. 1998)URBAN HEARTS – vocals on track ‘Free To Love’ (Subversive 1999)DJ TONKA – vocals on album ‘Proved’ (2000)ANTHONY THISTLETHWAITE – on album ‘Crawfish & Caviar’ (1997)SAM MOLLISON – vocals on track ‘Always On My Mind’ (1998)F.K.JUNIOR – vocals on album ‘Barfly’ as band Black Masses (2000) MILLENIUM PLUS The Millenium saw a new chapter for Angie Brown, as her recording/writing collaborations were now founded on solid reputation and enhanced respect from DJ/Producers, Promoters and singing contempories. No longer part of a band or constrained by a record company, Angie was now free to accept the many offers to co-write & record House music all over the world, to great acclaim. Her work has been taken up by HED KANDI / MINISTRY OF SOUND / STEREO SUSHI in addition to various independants and white labels. Here are just some…‘BRING IT BACK’ – Ministry of Sound/Vocal Records (2007)‘MAKE MY LOVE’ – Soul Avengerz (2007)‘SING’ – Soul Avengerz / Sing EP Positiva (2006)‘ANY LOVE’ – Soul Avengerz 2005‘NEVER GONNA GIVE UP’ – Miami Collective (2004)‘TOWER OF LOVE’ – Orange Soul (2004)‘TURN MY WORLD AROUND’ ‘HEART & SOUL’ ‘ EXOTIC FRUIT’ + ‘LETS CLOSE OUR EYES’ – Housejunkies (2005 - 2008)‘WEEKEND’ – Seamus Haji / Paul Emanuel (Azuli Silver / Hed Kandi 2004)‘REACH’ – U’nique (Vocal Records 2003) THE STEREOPHONICS – on album ‘You’ve Got To Go There To ComeBack’ (2004) Tracks: ‘Jealousy’ & ‘High AsThe Ceiling’ ‘Maybe Tomorrow’LOUIE VEGA – vocals on album ‘Back in the Box’ (2007) S-TONE INC. – on albums ‘Love Unlimited’ (2002) + ‘Free Spirit’ (2000)HONEYROOT – vocals on album ‘Sound Echo Location’ (2003)‘GOOD FOR YOU’ – One Track Mind (Soulfuric / Hed Kandi U. S 2002) LORENZO AL DINO – guest appearance on album ‘Diamond Life’ (2007)SPIKE – vocals on album ‘It’s a Treat to be Alive’ / Demolition (2006)‘BURNING UP’ – Mark Knight / Toolroom Records‘NEVER SAY NEVER’ – Damian Carter / Milk’n’Sugar‘PARADISE’ & ‘I GOT THIS FEELING’ – Milk’n’Sugar‘MOVIN UP’ – Glory Parade / Ministry of Sound / album ‘Housexy – The Sounds of Playboy’ (2006)NO OTHER MAN’ – Steven Stone DIMITRI FROM PARIS – on albums ‘A Night at the Playboy Mansion’ (2000)+ ‘Return to the Playboy Mansion’ (2008) ‘SLEEP TALK’ – ATFC (New Music Int. 2001)‘GOOD ENOUGH’ – Fabio M (UMM Records 2003)‘FEEL THE NEED’ – Weird Science (NuLife Records 2000)‘BECAUSE OF YOU’ – Yasang :Angie Brown + Yasmin James (Catch 1998)‘BOOGIEDOWN’ – Manero (Boogie Records 2001)‘LU 4ETERNITY’ – Eric S on album ‘You Are Somebody’ (PlaygroundMusic Scandinavia 2002)‘AMAZING GRACE’ – Spiritualized (Sanctuary Records 2003)‘OVER YOU’ – Warren Clarke (Funktastica Records / Defected 2000)‘(NOW THAT) I’VE FOUND IT’ – Northside Connection (In Demand 2000)‘WHATEVER YOU DREAM’ – J:Sonic aka. Jason Herd (Subliminal SoulRecords U.S 2003)‘GOOD FOR YOU’ – Copyright / Soulfuric Records‘HURT SO BAD’ – G Force co-write & vocals (Housonic Records 2005)‘FEEL THE NEED’ – Weird Science (NuLife Records 2000)‘YOU GOT IT’ ‘HEAVENLY STARS’ & ‘WONDERFUL PERSON’ – Black Masses (Maw Music 1998)‘OUT OF MY LIFE’ – Paul Woolford (Underwater Records 2003)‘FEEL SO RIGHT’ – Problematic(2) – (Third Floor Records 1993)‘CLEAR IN MY MIND’ – Ruff’n’Tumble (Copyright Records 2002)‘I’M GONNA GET YOU’ 2006 – see wgic.co.uk‘I’M GONNA GET YOU’ 2008 – with Asha Keys / Thirteen Records‘GOTTA GET AWAY’ – Church of Disco (Culture Records 2003) ‘THE GREATEST LOVE’ – John Barry (2004)‘LICENCE TO KILL’ – John Barry / Rumour Records (2007)‘MY LOVE IS DEEPER’ – K-Boy / Sounds Heavenly (2005)‘SWEET SURRENDER’ – Damp / Lickin Records‘STAY AWAY’ – Homecookin (Sole Music/Slip’n’slide 2001)‘SEX (X-RATED LOVER)’ – Sleazesisters / Klone Records (2004)‘GOTTA GET AWAY’ – Church of Disco / Beechwood Music‘THE HUB’ – Album with Max Mezzowave of band Mezzowave (2004)‘PRESSURE’ – Simon Green / Big Little Band (2006)“EASE THE PRESSURE’ – The Flash Back Project / Ministry (2007)‘CAN’T GET ENUF’ – Angie Brown (Clique Productions 2002)‘BE FREE’ – Lock & Burns (Neutone Records U.S 2001)‘GUILTY’ & ‘TABOO’– Luc Floreani‘SOME SATISFACTION’ DJ J.D Stress / White LabelWith so many tracks out there, it is recommended that you visit www.discogs.com/angiebrown for a more comprehensive list.ANGIE BROWN TV: With Angies’ vocals in such demand, its no surprise that she has made many television appearances including: TOP OF THE POPS (BBC four times! Plus several European equivalents of TOTP) MTV MUSIC AWARDS 1992 (at the Royal Albert Hall), THE HAPPY MONDAYS LIVE IN BARCELONA (DVD), FULLY BOOKED, THE NATIONAL LOTTERY, GMTV, THE BIZ, THIS MORNING, JONATHON ROSS BIG BIG TALENT SHOW, TFI FRIDAY, NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS, CLUB REPS UNCUT, DANCE ENERGY, BIG WORLD CAFÉ, DUBLIN TWO, PEBBLE MILL, THE BEAT, LA GRANDE MATIN, WINDRUSH, THE BIG BREAKFAST, AMERICAS TOP 10, PYJAMA PARTY, VIVA LA DIVA, MAYDAY TV (Amsterdam cable), CITY LIFE (Channel M Manchester cable) MICHELLE & ANDY UNCUT, DEALING WITH DICKINSON and UPSTAGED.
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