Kai Brown

Kai Brown

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Aussie singer/songwriter, Kai Brown released his heartfelt U.S. debut album, BETTER NOW on July 26th. Cary Pierce (Guster, Vertical Horizon) produced the album, while members of Vertical Horizon and The BoDeans backed Brown in the studio.

Biography

Kai Brown is a multi-talented musician whose sound showcases a mix of familiar influences. Innovative and original, Brown delivers a performance that is reminiscent of the consummate hardworking road band – think Tom Petty, Liam Gallagher (Oasis) or Neil Finn (Crowded House).

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Brown spent his teenage years and early 20s forming and refining his songwriting and musical ability. He fronted several well-known local bands, including the successful Tommy Flowers, and played shows across Australia for more than five years.

In 2004, Brown made the life-altering choice to give up everything he had in Australia and take a chance with his music by relocating to the U.S. “Playing music in the U.S. is not only a lifelong dream and goal of mine,” said Brown. “It’s my life. It’s what I live to do.” Believing strongly in his music and its direction, Brown prepared himself for what became one of the most significant risks of his life.

With very little in his pockets and a guitar in his hand, Brown temporarily relocated to Dallas, TX in early 2004 to work on his debut solo album with producer/songwriter Cary Pierce (Guster, Vertical Horizon, Evan & Jaron, Jack Ingram). He had stumbled across Pierce’s production work after hearing rising singer Graham Colton’s music on the Internet. Brown immediately knew that Pierce’s production skills and style were a match for his album and the direction he wanted to take his music. Over the next several months, Brown tirelessly poured his heart and soul into his debut album, striving to create songs that would draw a solid, emotional connection with listeners.

As Brown worked with Pierce and found his footing in the studio, he was joined by members of platinum selling bands Vertical Horizon and The BoDeans. “It was such an honor to learn from and work with these truly accomplished musicians,” noted Brown. “Just to have these guys come in and appreciate the music…it was an immeasurable contribution.”

Brown completed work on his first solo album in July 2004 and permanently settled in San Diego, CA where he immediately started making a name for himself as a resident musician at Martini Ranch. “Just having finished the album…it feels like part of my dream has already come true,” said Brown. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity – to be able to share my life, my struggles, my hopes – with everyone through my music.”

Brown’s debut album, BETTER NOW, features 10 original tracks showcasing his sense of authenticity with a style that’s rich with truth and reality. “The songs have sincerity,” said Brown. “Every song on the album has grown out of an emotionally charged experience. The past few years have been a ride full of the things that make up life – love, loss and friendship. All of the uncertainties of the last five years of touring and pursuing my dream have manifested themselves in this record.”

Brown’s songs bring a raw, yet recognizable feel to listeners, as people can undoubtedly relate to the feelings experienced in what he sings about. Brown brings something rare, an emotional credibility that will connect with people of all ages.

Lyrics

"The Pain"

Written By: Kai Brown

Ya know I’ve been searchin’ what I already know
But sometimes we give in to what lies below
Invested all my time in worldly things
Mislead misfortune is what it brings

Chorus
And I’m gonna search for the pain
Like it was a long, lost friend
Standin’ here my trust in loves remains
I’m gonna come back down and take the pain

And I’ve been askin’ how to go
Is it yet my time, yeah I need to know
All of this thinkin’ about what you said
Starin’ at ceilings alone in your bed, your bed

Repeat Chorus

I can’t live with, I can’t live without
I can’t live with, without

Repeat Chorus

"Money & Love"

Written By: Kai Brown

Give me a reason, don’t give me cause for concern
‘Cause there is nothin’ that our dreams could not be worth
I know I’ll find you on the other side (new break)
Together forever
Yeah, we’ll share this life

Chorus
Then the pressure points from up above
And it all comes down to money and love
I miss you, I miss you
But then I woke, shining light
Everything seems back in time
I miss you, I miss you

Second season (new break)
So many things so hard to learn
But there is nothin’ that I would trade for the hurt
I finally found you on the other side
Come to you with nothin’ but a dream that’s all my life
You’re all my life

Repeat Chorus

I think I know now how things should go
Time to trust in me, trust in me so
I’ll never go now and leave you alone
And leave you alone

Chorus
Then the pressure points from up above
And it all comes down to money and love
I miss you, I miss you
But then I woke, shining light
Everything seems back in time
I missed you, I miss you

"Everyday"

Written By: Kai Brown

Hey you know I’ve been thinkin’ a lot
About you and all that I’m not
In my thoughts, yeah, that’s where you are
And when I’m away I’m under your stars
(enter space)
Hey, I know you know this
But I am right by your side
Yeah, I finally noticed
Sometimes you lead sometimes you ride

Chorus
Hey, hey can you please be with me everyday
Since I found you, never let this go away
Hey, hey can you please be with me everyday (new break)
Everyday

Took a chance and packed all my things
To the bright lights, let it begin
Wherever we go, yeah that’s where we are
I can finally hold you under these stars

Hey, I know you know this
That I am right by your side
Yeah, I finally noticed
Sometimes you lead sometimes you ride

Repeat Chorus

Don’t go away

Discography

U.S. debut album, "Better Now" released nationally on July 27, 2005.

Set List

Most sets are 45 min to 1 hour, but Kai is available to play up to 2 hours if needed.

Kai plays all 10 songs from his debut album, "Better Now", plus assorted covers by Ben Harper, Steven Stills and Elton John.