Lloyd Brown

Lloyd Brown

BandR&BReggae

Lloyd Brown's career has spanned over 28 years, a dozen albums and numerous hit U.K and U.S reggae singles and music industry awards to his credit. to see and hear him is to truly know him.

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Biography

LLOYD BROWN
BIOGRAPHY

Over the course of the past two and a half decades, Lloyd Brown has risen to the very pinnacle of his profession, and with a string of hit singles and critically acclaimed albums to his credit, is now hailed as one of this country’s best ever reggae singer/songwriters.

Born and raised in London to Jamaican parents, he began his career in 1979 by dee-jaying in “blues-dances” before progressing on fully fledged sound-systems in the early eighties with London-based sound-systems Marcus, Exodus and East Man.

After taking a sabbatical in Jamaica, he then joined vocal harmony group Sweet Distortion, who were voted Best Reggae Newcomers by the readers of Black Echoes in 1984, just prior to their guest appearance on the BRAFA (British Reggae Artists Famine Appeal) single, Let's Make Africa Green Again. Led by Lloyd’s namesake and early source of musical inspiration, Dennis Brown, this record helped raised funds for Ethiopian famine victims, and remains a milestone of UK reggae history. By 1987 Sweet Distortion had successfully auditioned for the part of the Jackson Five in the acclaimed British musical, Black Heroes In The Hall Of Fame, but split up soon afterwards, leaving Lloyd free to pursue a solo career.

His earliest singles included Music Medley, Ring Up My Number and The Love In Me, all of them released on Robert Ribs’ Unity label circa 1987. In the meantime, he’d started performing more demanding roles with Black Heroes In The Hall Of Fame – most notably those of Otis Redding, Marcus Garvey, Haile Selassie and Nelson Mandela. Sharing The Night (produced by Junior Frost), then provided him with his first No. 1 hit, and was voted Reggae Single Of The Year in 1990. You Can't Hurry Love, For The Love Of You and Love U Down (his second No. 1 hit, and another Reggae Single Of The Year) soon followed, together with a version of Otis Redding’s These Arms Of Mine.

Despite his success with other people’s songs, Lloyd was increasingly writing his own material by this time, as demonstrated on It's A Love Thing, which marked the start of his long-standing partnership with dee-jay Tippa Irie. Their follow-up smash hit, Stress, caused controversy since it put into song what many men were thinking about their female partners, but both singles duly topped the UK reggae charts, then won the duo a well deserved contract with Arista, who released their follow-up single, Baby Mother (another vibrant slice of social commentary), in 1995. An album recorded for Arista during this period was subsequently released as Combination on Discotex at the end of 2001 – Lloyd & Tippa’s association with Arista having ended as unexpectedly as it had begun.

Undaunted by such disappointments and eager to reclaim his popularity among grassroots reggae fans, Lloyd began recording with leading UK lovers’ rock producers Groove And & Quarter, who issued his debut album, Straight No Chaser, in 1996. Among the many highlights was A Mother's Prayer, which he recorded with a veritable Who’s Who of UK soul and reggae talent and dedicated to the memory of his mother, who’d recently died of cancer. Two other tracks, Jah Works and Increase The Peace, offered early evidence of the roots and culture content he was to showcase on his next set, Rhyme & Reason, which he recorded for Saxon. Prior to its release in 1998, the singles Need A Revolution and Power Of Jah had marked a turning point in both his life and career. His new head of dreadlocks illustrated this change of direction, and he began writing lyrics with far more spiritual content than before, even whilst continuing to make sublime lovers rock hits such as Night Shift, Blackbird and Real Love. He named Buju's 'Til Shiloh LP as a formative influence during this stage of his career, and after announcing that the emergence of the new cultural artists had taken reggae to a different plane, said he wanted to sing songs that will uplift people. His Saxon album thus had transformation at its artistic core, and with its emphasis on self-penned material, proved a masterly showcase of his talents.

Once Saxon producer Lloyd “Muscle Head” Francis had decided to concentrate on his sound-system, rather than production, the durable Mr. Brown embarked on a run of hits for Jet Star that still shows no sign of abating three years later. Their most significant triumph to date has been a massively successful cover of Craig David’s Fill Me In, as included on Vol. 2 of Jet Star’s Pop Hits In A Reggae series. With Fill Me In getting regular airplay in Jamaica – where Lloyd enjoys widespread support – Jet Star then helped further his dominance with several other notable single releases, including Hook It Up, Put It Down and Memories, which like Humanity Part 2 (recorded for Mikey Koos’ ARM label), is another joyous celebration of old school reggae vibes, and so steeped in nostalgia, it could bring tears to the eyes.

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Lyrics

Bless Me

Written By: Lloyd Brown

Lord grant me the seenty to accept the things I cannot change
Give I courage to change the things that I can
And indeed the wisdom to know the difference
May my days be long
As I give praise to you with myself

Oh Father let your lovin for me
Never will you scorn me
By your grace I stand this humble man
Accept the suffereing I bring to you
May my works be strong and true
As I forward in this time

Father Bless Me with your kindness
I will do my best to pass it on
Father Bless me with your sweetness
And I will do my best to pass it on

Grant those unfortunate a faith in
Give them a bright new start
Oh yes I know you will not fail me know

You have Blessed Me with your kindness
I will do my best to pass it on
Father Bless me with your sweetness
And I will do my best to pass it on

Let the words of our mouth

Show Me That You Love Me

Written By: Lloyd Brown

Did you ever say thank you
For all the things that I’ve showed you
No, still I stood by you

Has it occurred to you lately
How I’m feeling my baby
No,still I stand by you

Yet there is one thing I need you to know
About this moment that what you neglect to show
Show me that you love me
Show me that you care

So we can be blessed now
Minus the stress now
Did I render you lonely
Was I your one and only
No, still I stood by by you

Did you give me more than I bargained
Dream ………………………….
Yeah, still I stand by you

Yes there is one thing I need you to know
About this moment that what you neglect to show
Show me that you love me
Show me that you care
So we can be blessed now
Minus the stress now

The agony and ecstasy inna one turn the wheels
The agony plus devotion no render my emotion inna garbage can
The agony and ectasty inna one turn the wheels
The agony plus devotion no render my emotion inna garbage can

There is one thing I need you to know
About this moment that what you neglect to show
Show me that you love me
Show me that you care
So we can be blessed now
Minus the stress now

Did you ever say thank you
For all the things that I’ve showed you
No, still I stood by you

Did you give me more than I bargained
Dream ………………………….
Yeah, still I stand by you

There is one thing I need you to know
About this moment that you neglect to show
Show me that you love me
Show me that you care

So we can be blessed now
Minus the stress now

You Must Know

Written By: Lloyd Brown


>Intro

In every heart there’s a place for love to dwell in all of you
To manifest through all the things you do
This you must know

In times of hardship and pain
Keep the faith in all you do
God is there for he will see you through
This you must know

For as long as I draw breath in this life
I will pledge my love to God every time
And with all I’ve learnt and all I posses
Through things and time yes I will love God no less

Yes there is one thing that I know
Oh yes I know
I am nothing without you
If there is one thing that I know
Oh yes I know
I’ve no reason to doubt you
We should all live as one

In every heart there’s a place for love to dwell in all of you
To manifest through all the things you do
This you must know

In times of hardship and pain
Keep the faith in all you do
God is there for he will see you through
Yes this you must know

For as long as I am able to sing
Yes I will praise my God with all that I breathe
And with all the blessings I have with me
…..days and nights his love will never leave me
For there is one thing that I know
Oh yes I know
I am nothing without you

There is one thing that I know
Oh yes I know
I’ve no reason to doubt you
So we should all live as one

For as long as I am able to sing
Yes I will praise my God with all that I breathe
And with all the blessings I have with me
…..days and nights his love will never leave me
Will never leave me
>Fade

Discography

LLOYD BROWN'S DISCOGRAPHY (as of 11th September 2009)

Straight No Chaser - 1995
1. Stress (Miserable Woman) feat.Tippa Irie
2. Love U Down
3. Straight No Chaser feat.Tippa Irie
4. Sharing The Night
5. All Things Best
6. A Mother’s Prayer
7. Mo Bay Blue
8. It’s A Love Thing feat.Tippa Irie
9. Lonely Girl
10. Stress (The Remix) feat. Tippa Irie
11. Mo Bay Blue (Reprise)

Rhyme And Reason - 1999 (Disc One)
1. I Love You
2. Pass It On
3. The Father's Love
4. Quality Time
5. U.n.i.t.y
6. Champagne Reggae
7. Groovin'
8. Real Love
9. The Way I Feel featuring Lorna Asher
10. Blackbirds
11. Believe
12. Nightshift
13. Music featuring Peter Spence
14. Forgive Me

Rhyme and Reason - 1999 (Disc Two)
1. Lessons
2. H.M.P.
3. Tell Me Who
4. We Need A Revolution
5. Power Of Jah
6. Stand Up
7. Everything Is Everything
8. Zion
9. Put Down Your Arms
10. Cry Freedom
11. Dub Lessons
12. Power Of Dub
13. Stand Dub
14. Whose Dub
15. H.M.P. Dub
16. Acappella From Zion

Deep - 2001
1. Intro
2. Father’s Eyes
3. Hook It Up
4. I Know
5. Inner City Blues feat. Don Campbell, Peter Hunnigale, Noel McKoy, Phoebe One
6. Fill Me In
7. Memories
8. Ride On
9. Another Song
10. Cold
11. Forbidden Lovers feat. Pam Hall
12. You Only Live Once
13. It’s All Good
14. Prisoner In The Street
15. Listen Me Good feat. Don Ricardo
16. Humanity Pt II
17. Make Ends Meet

Combination (feat Tippa Irie) - 2002
1. Shockin’ Out feat Peter Hunnigale
2. UK Reggae
3. Musical Letter
4. Love Of A Lifetime
5. Wonderous Things
6. Take You Home
7. Love In Me
8. On The Wire
9. Reggae Street
10. Stress (Remix)
11. Py-aka
12. Baby Mother (Remix)
13. Too Bad Mind

Against The Grain - 2003
1. Intro
2. Ebony Jones
3. Main Squeeze
4. No More
5. Food For Thought
6. Mr. Brown
7. You Must Know feat. Don Campbell
8. Close To Thee
9. The Living Years
10. Bless Me
11. Romeo ‘for my grandson’
12. Sitting In Limbo
13. Nothing But Love
14. Cant Done
15. Satisfy My Soul
16. Jerusalem
17. Smile
18. Feeding Off The Love Of The Land feat. Omar
19. Love Within The Music

Toe 2 Toe (feat. Peter Hunnigale) - 2004
1. Oh Honey - Peter Hunnigale
2. Slowly But Surely - Lloyd Brown
3. Pounds And Dollars - Peter Hunnigale
4. Bring Back The Love - Lloyd Brown
5. Sunrise To Sunset - Peter Hunnigale
6. No Way No How - Lloyd Brown
7. Can't Hold On - Peter Hunnigale
8. Black Bags - Lloyd Brown
9. Wish - Peter Hunnigale
10. Fire And Rain - Lloyd Brown
11. Starght Through The Middle - Peter Hunnigale
12. No Watch Dat - Lloyd Brown
13. Better World - Peter Hunnigale
14. Knights In White Satin - Lloyd Brown
15. Precious Love - Peter Hunnigale
16. Full Hundred - Lloyd Brown

Dreams To Remember - 2004
1. Intro
2. Bongo Nyah
3. In The Mood
4. Since You Been Gone
5. Dreams To Remember
6. Rocksteady
7. Desiderata
8. So Near So Far feat. Fiona
9. I Miss You
10. Me Without You
11. Rejoice Your Blessing
12. Guide Me
13. Come
14. Spellbound
15. Singerman feat. Fiona
16. So Lonely
17. No One Can
18. Heartache
19. Heartaches feat. Sasha

Really Together (feat. Fiona) - 2005
1. Really Together Intro
2. Show and Tell
3. What Good Am I
4. Really Together
5. Why Can't I Touch You
6. Private Number
7. Your Time
8. I Love the Way
9. Break Up To Make Up
10. Creeping
11. Number One
12. La La La At the End
13. Never Mind
14. So Near So Far
15. Singer Man

Reggae Max - 2005
1. Main Squeeze
2. Sharing The Night
3. It's A Love Thing
4. Love you Down
5. Lonely Girl
6. Fill Me In
7. Black Bags
8. This You Must Know feat. Don Campbell
9. Put It Down
10. Hook It Up
11. Memories
12. Figure 8
13. Satisfy My Soul
14. These Arms Of Mine
15. No Way No How
16. I Know
17. Regignition
18. With These Eyes
19. Maria
20. Food For Thought

Said And Done - 2006
1. Intro
2. Can’t Get Me Out
3. U’re Not Alone
4. Luv Me Long
5. So We Deal Wid Dem feat. Beres Hammond
6. Can U Feel My Vibe
7. Badmind Ideaology
8. No
9. Press Start
10. Let Me Love You
11. New Day
12. In Love
13. Breathe
14. Irie and Mello
15. I Know Jah
16. Lift Up My Soul
17. You Do Something To Me
18. Hold On
19. Outro

Silver - 2007
1. Show Me That You Love Me
2. What Would You Do
3. Charcoal Bridge
4. Unconventional People
5. Can't Keep A Good Man Down
6. From The Root
7. I'm Sorry
8. Angels
9. Leave The Guns Alone
10. We Need Love
11. Deliver Me From My Enemies
12. Up To You
13. Oh Mother
14. Interlude
15. Seacole
16. African Children Part II
17. Revolution

Brownie Points - 2008
1. Intro/Return Of The One
2. Love Is
3. Let Music Feed feat. Lady Lex
4. Loco Theng
5. It Takes Two feat. Sylvia Tella & Colonel Mite
6. Dear John
7. Nought Point Zero
8. Memba Dis feat. Serocee
9. Forgive Them feat. Peter Spence
10. More Love
11. Full Appreciation
12. Ray Of Light

For Your Consideration - 2009
1.Intro/For Your Consideration

Set List

Close To Thee
Deliver Me From My Enemies
You Must Know
Humanity Part I
Can’t Keep A Good Man Down
Charcoal Bridges
I Know Jah
I Know
Leave The Guns Alone
Lessons
Irie And Mello
Sharing The Night Together
I’m Sorry
Satisfy My Soul
Bless Me
Can’t Done
Main Squeeze
Show Me That You Love Me