Music and love define the artistry of singer, songwriter and dedicated community activist Brian Owens . These qualities radiate from all of his work, including his duet with five time Grammy-winning and legendary vocalist Michael McDonald on SOUL OF FERGUSON , and the heartfelt interpretation of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” which Owen s filmed and recorded with his father, Thomas Owens.
Their powerful performance ignited the internet and has received more than 100 million views on Facebook and Brian’s own YouTube channel.
Owens and McDonald will appear as featured guests on an upcoming episode of Sanborn Sessions , hosted by award- winning saxophonist, composer and arranger David Sanborn from his home studio in New York.
As a community advocate, Owens is the founder and Executive Director of L.I.F.E. Arts Inc (Leadership, Innovation, Faith and Entrepreneurship), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides artistic resources, opportunities, mentoring and positive experiences to help students in under served communities throughout Ferguson and the St. Louis metropolitan area to access consistent and localized programs, experiences and infrastructure. Additionally, Owens serves as the Community Music Artist in Residence with the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Collaborative at the University of Missouri St. Louis.
Owens is announcing the debut of “Cool Water (Justice Runs Down Like)” and “Sparrow” from his forthcoming album, LOVE CAME DOWN. Each song will be available at all major streaming and retail digital download outlets including Amazon, Google Play, iTunes and Spotify beginning May 24, 2019.
“Cool Water (Justice Runs Down Like)” is an inspiring composition co-written by Owens and “Sparrow” is a loving cover of a rare tune by Marvin Gaye. Both songs feature jazz trumpet virtuoso and fellow St. Louisan Keyon Harrold , percussion ace Daniel Sadownick and an all-star rhythm section comprised of Peter Martin, Jon Cowherd, Steve Potts, Sherrod Barnes and Stephan Crump, affectionately named The Royal Five .
Owens continues his mission to inspire through music on each song, delivering uplifting messages over classic, impeccably arranged grooves reminiscent of some of Marvin Gaye’s finest work, Quincy Jones’ jazz aesthetic and other touchstones.
“‘Cool Water’ and ‘Sparrow’ are a true reflection of life’s beauty and trials,” Owens says. “For me, these songs are a constant reminder of what justice and beauty are really all about: GOD.”
LOVE CAME DOWN is a joint release by Owens’ nonprofit L.I.F.E. Arts and Purpose Music Group through the generous support of Steward Family and Salem United Methodist Church.