Lenell Brown has featured on a number of collaborations with some of Spain’s top DJs and Producers such as The Zombie Kids, Fonsi Nieto, and Robbie Rivera. Lenell Brown is also the resident vocalist at one of Spain’s most prolific record labels ‘Clipper’s Sounds’, his gospel upbringing paved the way for his career to span across the world, touring in places such as Japan, America, and Switzerland. We caught up with Lenell to talk more about life behind the stage.
1 — Tell us a brief overview of your performing career?
I will try and keep it brief because I have been very Blessed and fortunate to have a pretty extensive performing career!
I grew up singing Gospel in church. That’s where my love for singing started and then spread out to Go-go, Hip-Hop, and R&B music. Then I toured and worked for the International performing organisation UP with People for 6 years where I performed in a 2-hour musical show through 28 countries and 49 states.
After touring and settling in Switzerland, I started singing and performing Rock and Blues as the lead singer for the incredible Blues guitarist Rolf “LL” Lüthi & The Handyman and started my career as a recording artist first writing and recording hooks on other artist projects. I went back on tour in Switzerland performing with the HipHop R&B group Duke Sheltic. We placed in the final top 10 acts of Switzerland to tried and qualify for the 2011 Eurovision. We lost but the nationwide television exposure was fantastic!
I became a solo recording artist and worked and toured with some great artists mainly in the Hip-Hop genre; starting with Swiss award-winning Rapper Steff La Cheffe. I then partnered up with Ice-Ts legendary Rhyme Syndicate member “The Syndicate Sniper” Donald- D where we toured Holland, Germany, England and Poland and recorded a number of tracks. I also recorded and performed with several other talented and incredible artists highlighted by receiving my gold album for my participation on the REMADY & Manu-L album “Original”.
2 — How do you prepare yourself before going on stage?
I always say a prayer that gets my mind and soul right. Then I have my hot tea and lemon with a bit a tea on the side and about 2 or 3 hours before I warm up my voice short and at 100% and then 30 minutes before I step on stage, I do light vocal warm-ups mainly consisting of runs and scales.
3 — What is the most important element of a performance in your opinion?
Technical wise I would say house sound and a great monitor sound.
4 — What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
One of the best shows I’ve performed at was in Canet en Roussillon in France at “Complexe La Luna” where I was featured performing with Swiss superstar DJ “Remady”.
Be ready, perfect your talent to the best of your ability and don’t worry about the talents of another artist. Focus on your own talent and make it work for you. Be open and flexible and pleasant to work with. Just by being pleasant and a joy to work with will open so many doors for you.
6 — Do you have anyone you would love to do a duet with?
I would really love to do a duet with Lisa Stansfield, I absolutely love her.
7 — How did you initially get into singing?
I grew up in church and it was very natural to sing in the Gospel Choir.
8 — Finally, do you have any upcoming gigs that people can come and see you perform?
Unfortunately, I haven’t got any upcoming gigs as of yet… Currently, I’m preparing for a video shoot in Italy in January for my next single release on January 10, 2020. mixed by Grammy-award winning mixer James Hover who mixed the radio edit on the upcoming release “One Day“, So we are focusing and getting set for the new year so that we can hit the ground running.