Jamili Brown

Jamili Brown

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What is Jamili Brown? Take three parts rock band and one part hip-hop turntablist. Mix with a multi-talented urban/rock vocal trio. The result is Jamili Brown-the next big thing in urban/rock music. JB brings a phenomenal backing band, uncanny stage presence, and a live show guaranteed to please...

Biography

With a backing band second to none, driving rhythms, intricate harmonies and explosive stage presence, this seven-piece musical assemblage is capable of changing minds, provoking thought, and igniting a revolution. JB has one goal: to deliver a high energy live show that cannot be labeled. You never know what you could hear at a Jamili Brown show -- along with their surplus of original material, JB loves to showcase their influences in cover songs ranging from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to The Beatles to 2Pac to The Eagles. Jamili Brown knows what it takes to put on a show-- when they take the stage the energy is undeniable, and the crowd will not want to leave.

Jamili Brown…Music with Substance. Get On It.

Jamili Brown Bio

At a Jamili Brown concert there are no dances and no gimmicks – just really good music. That is what Jamili Brown is all about - providing the alternative to what you hear in rock and hip-hop music today.
But what is Jamili Brown? Take three parts rock band and combine them with an innovative DJ; blend the four with a multi-talented, urban-rock vocal trio. The end result is Jamili Brown. Showcasing a backing band second to none, driving rhythms, intricate harmonies and explosive stage presence, this 7-piece musical assemblage is capable of changing minds, provoking thought, and igniting a revolution. Jamili Brown has one goal: to deliver a high energy live show that cannot be labeled. Along with their surplus of original material, Jamili Brown loves to showcase their influences through cover songs ranging from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to The Beatles to Tupac to The Eagles. Jamili Brown knows what it takes to put on a show -- when they take the stage the energy is undeniable, and the crowd will not want to leave.
In a time where hip-hop music is plastic, Jamili Brown offers depth and something to hold on to. Whether it is through songs based on suicide, uplifting inspirational anthems, or providing a soldier’s perspective, the messages in the music of Jamili Brown will resonate in your soul.

“We do not want fans,” explains vocalist Keith Cathey. “We want true followers who believe in the value of real music that has something to say.”

Based out of Louisville, Kentucky, Jamili Brown got its musical start in early 2000 as a strictly hip-hop/rap group. The three founding members consisted of vocalists Anthony Raspberry, Keith Cathey, and Lonnie Gardner. Having grown up singing together in church and middle and high school choir, Anthony, Keith, and Lonnie knew from an early age that music would be their calling. Assuming the name PSP, the three guys joined with Anthony’s brother, Alex, and his friends Ernie Meads and David Walker along with another friend, David Soards. The group scored some local success in Louisville and even placed a single on the radio before Anthony, Lonnie and Keith graduated from high school.

Following graduation, however, Anthony and Lonnie moved to Arizona to attend college, signaling the end of PSP. While in Arizona, Anthony and Lonnie realized that the group needed to head in a new direction. Upon their return to Louisville a year later, Anthony, Lonnie, Keith and David Soards reunited with a new vision: Incorporate live instruments and blend them with a hip-hop foundation. With this new vision came the need for a new name: Jamili Brown.

“Lonnie and I attended a Linkin Park concert while living in Arizona,” recalls Anthony. “And about halfway through the show we just looked at each other and we knew. We knew that if we fused the energy and instrumentation that we were seeing live with our own blend of hip-hop, then we could really be onto something special.”

Jamili Brown gained a respectable local following, performing around Louisville at various low-key spots where hip-hop was the focus. With their release of a self-titled debut album, the group established itself as one of the areas most dynamic hip-hop acts. It wasn’t long until David Soards began feeling that his true calling was production rather than to be on the microphone. He left the group as a vocalist in late 2005, but stayed on as a producer. Again, it was just Anthony, Keith and Lonnie.

Without hesitation the three began to build a permanent band around themselves to become a new incarnation of Jamili Brown. Joshua Jacob, a guitarist who had already played some live shows with the group, would now step onboard full time as the lead guitarist and would also leave his mark by rearranging the instrumentation on some songs to work better with live instruments. The band hit the studio in the fall of 2006 and with the help of Guy Howard on drums, Josh on the guitar and bass, and David Soards producing, emerged with a follow-up album to their debut, entitled Dayz of Thunder.

Upon completion of the album, the band began to book shows and played a couple benefits. But the line-up changes were still not absolute. Added to the equation in

Discography

• Jamili Brown (2004) -- self-titled debut
• Dayz of Thunder (2007) --available on i-tunes & cd baby
• A New Sound/Get On It… (to be released early 2008)

Set List

• Hustler
• Me & My Girlfriend (2pac cover)
• Blown
• Blackbird (Beatles cover)
• Blackbird
• Ghetto Boy
• Big Pimpin’ (Jay-Z cover)
• August 13th
• Nothing But a G Thing/Next Episode (Snoop & Dre cover)
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• Exodus
• Jigga What/Faint (Jay-Z & Linkin Park cover)
• Body Move Groove
• Smoothride
• Can’t Stop/Airplane/Snow (Red Hot Chili Peppers cover medley)
• Summer
• Stronger (Kanye West cover)
• Backroads
• Dayz of Thunder

-Very high energy and extensive crowd involvement.

-Covers vary depending on audience