Aaron Parnell Brown - The Tin Man
Release date: 4th September 2015
Expansion Records further cements its status as the UK’s number 1 label for Soul and RnB artists as its founder Ralph Tee wins the bid to secure one of the most coveted albums by Aaron Parnell Brown. The Tin Man is an exciting addition to Expansion’s already impressive roster, a home to heritage US talent such as Stephanie Mills, Shirley Jones of The Jones Girl's, former Shalamar lead vocalist Howard Hewett, Leon Ware, and current Billboard charting artist such as Kenya and her UK chart topping ‘My Own Skin’.
Months of negotiations ensued with UK soul fans demanding the album’s release and they are not disappointed. Aaron Parnell Brown’s mellifluous tones and comparisons with Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, and John Legend help to reinforce the rare qualities of this Philadelphia-based talent who draws from his hometown’s already distinguished heritage of Philly Soul, while incorporating influences from great songwriters such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and James Taylor.
Aaron’s captivating solo acoustic performances and incendiary full-band outings helped him build an impressive profile among audiences and critics alike, with accolades such as the 2014 Soul Artist of the Year Award, an Independent Music Award for “A Beating Heart”, to help launch WXPN’s acclaimed XPoNential Festival (featuring artists such as Wilco, Bob Dylan, Beck, Lake Street Dive, and Jose James); Bruce Warren, WXPN Program Director, raved: "Singer-songwriter Aaron (Parnell) Brown is an exciting new name to add to the lineage of the city's expressive and emotionally intense soul singers. The singer was also named as one of NPR’s 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012.
Brown, performed under the name Aaron & The Spell, and made a bold change to perform under his given name, stating “I recently got back from a trip visiting my grandmother at her farm in North Florida and while I was there I had a chance to reflect on all the lessons she taught me growing up, and the one that really stood out in my mind was her telling me ‘be authentic in who you are and be sincere in what you do’. As a musician and songwriter I always strive to live up to those ideals, so once I got home and began to think about my new album and the personal nature and delivery of many of the songs, I knew it was the right time to officially change my name to Aaron Parnell Brown. It’s is a reflection of who I am today and the journey it’s taken to get here. I also now feel that, by performing under my given name I am honoring my past and future and it allows me to live my grandmother’s wish and my own ideals of being authentic in who I am in what I do.
About The Tin Man:
The Tin Man is Aaron Parnell Browns debut album filled with soulful and sophisticated songs such as “Just Leave”, “Believe in You” and “Changes” that show the growth and maturity he’s experienced since his first 2012 album Sing (released under the name Aaron & The Spell).
The title The Tin Man refers to all the changes he has experienced over the last few years such as falling in love, pursuing a full time music career, and conquering personal challenges. Brown says “as in the Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man found that he always had a heart, but it was just rusty. Through the success of my last album, I’ve discovered where I should to be. In many ways I was lost, but now I’ve found the love and purpose in my life to give my music greater meaning.”
Not only has The Tin Man been an expression of his personal growth, but it also is the first time he has included cover songs. Not content to just simply copy a song note for note, Brown has an included two cover songs from some unlikely sources. The first a simmering emotional take on Elton John’s “We All Fall in Love Sometimes”, and the second, a very simple yet powerful version of The Black Keys’ song “Everlasting Light”, where Brown strips away all the bells and whistles and focuses on the simple yet powerful proclamation of love in the song.
The Tin Man is released on the 4th September 2015 on Expansion Records.
“‘Confidently’ is maybe the most appropriate term for the metamorphosis of this singer and songwriter. He has always had that voice - a baritone that resembles a more emotive, slightly more fragile John Legend”. (http://www.soultracks.com/review-aaron-parnell-brown-tin)