Sharon Brown who is best remembered for her huge early 1980s dance hit, I Specialize In Love on Profile Records is interviewed by DiscoMusic.com member, Dayna Newman.
Sharon Brown is interview by DiscoMusic.com member Dayna Newman
Interview with singer and songwriter Sharon Brown kindly conducted and provided by DiscoMusic.com member, Dayna Newman.
Hey Miss Sharon, Thank you for allowing me to pick your brain and interview you. And it's safe to say you are far from a one trick pony. You have accomplished so much in your career with much more to come I'm sure.
First off, I must say that I LOVE your new single "Thinking of You" it's fresh hip and it would keep me on the dance floor and I'm not just going to stay on the floor for any ole song~! Where and how can we pick up a copy of "Thinking of You?"
Sharon Brown: Well thank you Dayna! My new song "Thinking of You " can be purchased direct from my web page. A one trick pony! L.O.L. I have never heard that saying before, that's real funny! A one Hit Wonder is what I have been referred to!
L.O.L... I hate when someone is labeled a one-hit wonder or my saying because the "Hit" is so fabulous... People have short attention spans as a general rule and so many artists are listed as one-hit wonders who definitely don't belong in that category.
OK next question, I have heard this, but wanted to ask you: Is it true that I Specialize in Love is the number one most requested song in dance clubs? I wouldn't doubt it, as it still stands up to any dance song that has ever been put out.
Yes, It was the number one requested song in the clubs and it kept you on the dance floor!
OKAY~! It sure did and still does. I'm not scared to fly up to the DJ booth and ask them to play my Jam~!
Back to I Specialize in Love, that song is legendary and just plain ole fabulous~! How does it feel to have a song that has made such a contribution to the dance industry and will live on forever? Because songs come and go and most are easily forgotten but that will never be the case with "I Specialize in Love."
It feels great! Some times though I say to myself, 'It would have been the right thing to do if Profile Record's Cory Robbins, and Steve Plotnicky, along with the biggest crook of all Eddie O'Louglin would have paid me!'
That's a damn shame, I hear that quite often, especially with the old school girls...
Sharon, you have worked with some wonderful producers and artists which one or ones did you really enjoy working with the most?
Norman Whitfield! He has taught me all I know about writing and producing music!
Norman was the only person in my life who said to me "You do not need a producer, You can produce yourself " and I have been doing just that ever since! Along with Curtis Mayfield and Hank Cosby from Motown, these men have all took time to teach me. Curtis taught me to pay close attention to lyrics and Hank taught me the commercial format of songwriting.
Norman gave me free reign in the recording studio and gave me the push and confidence to do what I love to do, he also dropped a hint on my way out of the studio one day that my boyfriend had to go! I did not understand at that moment, but after many years of bull with that boyfriend then I married the clown did I realize what Norman had meant... The man was clearly in the way!
I have lost contact with Norman. I wish somehow we could re-connect; I owe him big time! I would just love to be able to say to him THANK YOU NORMAN! I have gone on to win the "BEST NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD" for " I Specialize in Love" and Norman said that I could! It would be so wonderful to see him again.
Well maybe he will read this because if anyone wants to know anything about disco or dance music they come to DiscoMusic.com.
You wrote a song for legendary rock group "Blood Sweat & Tears called "Love Looks Good On You." How did that come about and did you enjoy working with them?
Well, Heck Yeah! BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS, How good was that! My very first big gig ever!
I had been down town New York City looking around with music only on my mind and I happened to pass by the CBS recording studio and I went in the building and the security guard was in the lobby, he questioned me as to what and where was I going! I said to him I have no place to go, but I would love to know who was in the building recording at that moment and he told me that Blood Sweat & Tears was in the building recording on the second floor. I asked if I could go up and peek in and he took a real long look at me and said OK! You go up and come right back!
I went up and I peeked in the room and there was Hank Cosby sitting at the controls and he saw me and said can I help you? I said Yes! I am Sharon Brown and I am a singer/songwriter! He laughed and stopped the session, signaled the group to come into the room and said meet this cocky woman who says she's a songwriter and a singer!
Well Bobby Colomby the drummer for the group said to me are you a Jew? I replied why do you ask? He said because you are wearing a Star of David! I knew then no person would understand why I wore the Star of David and I was clearly a woman of African blood! All I can say now is if any one person asked me why I wore and wear the Star Of David I would just say to them " RAGGAMUFFIN RULES" L.O.L.
Anyway Hank Cosby and Bobby Colomby put me to the test and sent me home that day with a track and said to me: "bring this track back tomorrow and have a song ready to record!" I DID! "Love Looks Good on You!"
How exciting and wonderful for you and for them as well because they had the benefit of using your talent.
Girl~! I was horrified when I saw Carol Douglas try and make you look shady on the People's Court and I saw it on Television not YouTube. BUT everyone saw that the judge was not buying her mess, I felt embarrassed for her, I respect her as an artist but question her morality and ethics after seeing that and I don't care if she sees this, L.O.L...
How did that make you feel and have you spoken to Carol Douglas since then?
Yes, I have spoken to Carol since the court date! We have recorded a song as the "Diva All-Stars" for Carol Williams called "Don't Leave Me This Way" along with Fonda Rae, Alison Williams, Peggi Blu, and Wanda Dee.
I am a bigger person than Carol tried to portray me to be. I never told the court the real deal about why we ended up in court. I did not really want to air Ms Douglas's dirty mess! She did however piss me off to the point that I would not ever trust her as a person again in life! However Carol Douglas is one of the very best melodic singers I know and would love to write and produce for her. She just can not seem to stay focused enough to get the job done and is always up to no good!
Carol and I had been produced by Eddie O'Louglin and he did a dirty thing when he dropped Carol from the label and signed me. Only after letting Carol hear the new song "I Specialize In Love" and she thinking the song was for her, when Eddie burst her little bubble and said no, this song is for my new artist "SHARON BROWN" and our deal is over. Have a great life!
After that harsh blow Carol has always wanted to meet me and when she did I thought we would be great friends after all Eddie had robbed us both. NOT! She was so sneaky to the point she caused tons of trouble with and for me along with a host of others and I still love her and wish her the very best. I think PRAYER! Is in order!
"FAINT..." Girl she sounds like an OAK TREE. "full of shade" L.O.L... I feel sorry for people like that. I never knew Carol Douglas thought she would be singing "I Specialize In Love." Like I said before, I respect her as an artist and she can blow, but I can not imagine anyone, but you turning out that song~!
I recently did interviews with Linda Clifford and Melba Moore and am proud to add you to my list of Legendary Divas, are you friends with either of these lovely talented ladies?
RESPECT! Is what we have for each other, I would not say we are friends, but I will say we do love each other and would love working together.
I have to give it to you old school diva's you look fabulous, your skin, your hair and you have kept your shape. Time has been very kind to you, what do you do to maintain your look?
STARVE! L.O.L. Exercise and drink plenty of WATER! Ladies, water is the key to health.
I feel that, I drink about a gallon a day sometimes more, I always have a huge insulated cup of water within reach.
What artists do you listen to these days, what's in your DVD player right now?
REGGAE MUSIC! The Marley Family! Mind Control by S. Marley and Ky-Marni Marley also Damian Marley Jr. Gong also " Sizzla", Capelton King Shango, Third World, Rita Marley and the list goes on and on RASTA FARI!
Well as Stevie Wonder said, BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN. L.O.L.
Tell us something about Sharon Brown that people don't know, something fun, silly, anything. We love all the info we can get on our favorite divas.
People don't know that I am really a funny girl! I have such a sense of humor that sometimes I think I have missed my real calling! I am also Master Certified in Microsoft Office 2000 and I swear I can dance! I can not! But you can't tell me different. I Specialize In Love.
Oh I know you're a funny girl with a great sense of humor . On the phone you had me laughing and carryin on!
Sharon, Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us. You have given us some great insight into your world and I wish you more and more success you are a lovely lady inside and out... PEOPLE, don't forget to go to http://www.myspace.com/sharonbrownispecializeinlove to purchase Miss Sharon Browns fabulous new single "Thinking of You."
Dayna, Girl you are one funny sister! L.O.L. I think you are too FAB! You have my blessing! Many New Blessings
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About the author:
Dayna Newman is a disco enthusiast and former booking agent. She is also the creator of DVA Music, has done graphic work for many old school artists, and proud member of DiscoMusic.com. A big thank you to Dayna for all her hard work and willingness to conduct and share this wonderful interview with Sharon Brown.