Can Don Imus's Remarks Influence Musical Trends? Urban Music Group recording artist Rachel Brown thinks so. So much so that in light of the scrutiny of hip hop music and the lingering fallout from the Don Imus controversy, South Florida-based singer/songwriter Rachel Brown is making her own effort to "take back the music," by recording a song addressing the misogynistic lyrics found in much of today's music. The song entitled "Where Did We Go Wrong," ponders why artists have transitioned from crooning songs of admiration and adoration to songs laced with negative connotations, specifically aimed at women.
"I really want to inspire my listeners," says Rachel, who prefers to refer to her debut disc entitled "Love, Life & Relationships," as "medication for the mind." "I would really like both women and men to embrace this song, because it's about more than just taking a stand against being called a bitch, or whore, but it is equally as important for us as ladies to understand not to accept it as cool or acceptable cultural vernacular."
But Rachel does not stop there. On her highly acclaimed 14-song independent disc the singer/songwriter introduces a new and exciting R&B sound. With powerful vocals and insightful lyrics, Rachel delicately blends the smoothness of Anita Baker, the sensitivity and consciousness of Oprah, and the soul of Aretha Franklin, as she explores the deepest emotions within our heart and soul.
Signed to Urban Music Group in 2006, Rachel's early notoriety came about because of the success of her debut single "Let's Fall In Love Again," which reached #1 on the Billboard R&B Single Sales Chart in the spring of 2007. The single has generated airplay on over 30 radio stations in the U.S., which landed it on the Mediabase Top 100 R&B songs chart.
Rachel's vocal timbres grab you and lead you on a personal journey of rediscovery on songs such as the empowering "Rise Again," or "Learn To Love Me." Other songs such as "My Child?" challenge us to re-examine our role and effectiveness as parents. "Make It Official" examines the complex issue of relationships without commitment.
Rachel's debut CD delivers a powerful melodic and lyrical punch that has apparently struck a chord with the Adult Contemporary crowd. Email testimonials are pouring in at Rachel's website and MySpace where listeners are sharing stories of how the expressive power of Rachel's music has uplifted, empowered, and encouraged them to overcome the emotional heart ache they are experiencing.
One fan wrote: "I was in a relationship for 2 years and he left me for someone else... for the past month I have been stressed out but I continue to listen to your CD and it's making me stronger every day. Thank GOD your music is so special and your voice is a blessing. I WILL RISE AGAIN I DO KNOW THAT."
Pam "Diamond Princess" Wynn of Live 365 Internet Radio says of Rachel's debut CD, "If you love R&B you have to add this CD to your collection. The songs are great and Rachel has one of the most powerful female voices out now, right up there with the R&B legends!"
Rachel Brown is currently planning to embark on a 15-city promotional tour that includes stops in Chicago, Orlando, Tampa, Houston and Dallas.