1999 Norman Brown – Celebration

Celebration is the fourth solo album by Norman Brown, released in 1999 on Warner Bros.

Norman Brown (born December 18, 1970) is an American smooth jazz guitarist and singer. In 1992 he released his debut album, Just Between Us. Collaborators included Boyz II Men, Stevie Wonder, and Kenneth H. Williams. The album was produced by Norman Connors, a jazz drummer and producer who discovered Brown. In 1994 Brown released the album After the Storm, which gained critical success and was awarded jazz album of the year by Soul Train Music Awards. It also won a Gavin Radio Award by remaining on the charts for over two years. He followed this album with the 1996 release Better Days Ahead, which earned him a broader audience and the American Jazz Award. In 1999, he returned from a three hiatus and signed with Warner Bros., releasing Celebration, which was produced by Norman Brown, Paul Brown, and Herman Jackson.

Tracks

1  Out’a Nowhere (Norman Brown; Brian Culbertson; Todd Sucherman) 04:52
2  Together At Last (Norman Brown) 05:05
3  Paradise (Norman Brown) 04:26
4  You Make Me Feel Brand New (Thom Bell; Linda Creed) 05:45
5  Celebration (Norman Brown) 04:23
6  Getting By (Norman Brown) 04:53
7  Rain (Brian Alexander Morgan; Jaco Pastorius) 04:14
8  Never Again (Norman Brown) 04:38
9  Breaking Out (Norman Brown) 05:20
10  It’s Time for Love (Norman Brown) 04:37
11  Stay Strong (Norman Brown) 04:41

Media

Musicians

1 Out’a Nowhere

GuitarNorman Brown
KeyboardsTim Heintz
VocalsNorman Brown


2 Together At Last

BassAlex Al
DrumsJohn Roberts
GuitarNorman Brown
KeyboardsDavid Torkanowsky
KeyboardsTim Heintz
PercussionLenny Castro


3 Paradise

BassAlex Al
DrumsJohn Roberts
GuitarNorman Brown
KeyboardsDavid Torkanowsky
KeyboardsTim Heintz
SaxDan Higgins
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TrumpetRick Braun
PercussionLenny Castro


4 You Make Me Feel Brand New

GuitarNorman Brown
KeyboardsOji Pierce
ProgrammingOji Pierce
VocalsNakia Johnson
VocalsKena Johnson
VocalsKaren Johnson
VocalsNorman Brown


5 Celebration

BassLarry Kimpel
DrumsJohn Roberts
GuitarNorman Brown
KeyboardsHerman Jackson
SynthesizerHerman Jackson


6 Getting By

BassLarry Kimpel
DrumsJohn Roberts
GuitarNorman Brown
PercussionMunyungo Jackson
Background VocalsBridgette Bryant
Background VocalsTim Owens
Background VocalsLynne Fiddmont


7 Rain

DrumsDavid Kahlid Woods
GuitarNorman Brown
KeyboardsDavid Kahlid Woods
KeyboardsTim Heintz


8 Never Again

DrumsDavid Kahlid Woods
GuitarNorman Brown
KeyboardsDavid Kahlid Woods
Background VocalsSue Ann Carwell
VocalsNorman Brown


9 Breaking Out

BassLarry Kimpel
DrumsRayford Griffin
GuitarNorman Brown
KeyboardsHerman Jackson
SynthesizerHerman Jackson
VocalsNorman Brown


10 It’s Time for Love

BassLarry Kimpel
GuitarNorman Brown
KeyboardsHerman Jackson
PianoHerman Jackson
SynthesizerHerman Jackson
PercussionMunyungo Jackson
VocalsLaNika Hayes
VocalsMiki Butler
VocalsLynne Fiddmont


11 Stay Strong

BassLarry Kimpel
DrumsRayford Griffin
GuitarNorman Brown
KeyboardsHerman Jackson
SynthesizerHerman Jackson
PercussionMunyungo Jackson

 

Liner Notes

Producer – Paul Brown (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 8)
Producer – Oji Pierce (Track 4)
Producer – Norman Brown (Tracks 5, 6, 9, 10, 11)
Co-producer – Michael Vail Blum, Herman Jackson (Tracks 5, 6, 9, 10, 11)
Producer (Executive) – Matt Pierson
Arranged By – Paul Brown (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9)
Arranged By – Oji Pierce (Track 4)
Arranged By – Norman Brown (Tracks 5, 6, 9, 10, 11)
Arranged By – David Kahlid Woods (Track 7)
Arranged By (Background Vocals) – Jeremy Monroe (Track 4)
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey (Track 3)
Arranged By (Vocal) – Lynne Fiddmont-Linsey (Track 6)
Coordinator (Production) – Lexy Shroyer (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 8)
Coordinator (Production) – Kimberly Ross (Tracks 5, 6, 9, 10, 11)
Engineer (Assistant) – Al Fujisaki (Track 4)
Engineer (Assistant) – Dan Steinberg, Gary Kroeger (Tracks 5, 6, 9, 10)
Engineer (Assistant) – Martin Kloiber (Track 6)
Engineer (Assistant) – Bob Tucker (Track 10)
Engineer (Assistant) – Sergio Garcia (Track 11)
Mastered By – Don Tyler
Mixed By – Paul Brown (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 8)
Mixed By – Oji Pierce (Track 4)
Mixed By – Erik Zobler (Tracks 5, 6, 9, 10)
Mixed By (Second) – Guy DeFazio (Track 4)
Mixed By (Assistant) – Koji Egawa (Track 2)
Recorded By – Paul Brown (Tracks 1, 7, 8)
Recorded By – Bill Schnee (Tracks 2, 3)
Recorded By – Oji Pierce (Track 4)
Recorded By – Erik Zobler, Michael Vail Blum (Tracks 5, 6, 9, 10, 11)

Art Direction, Design – Gregory Gilmer
Photography By – Kate Garner

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Made By – WEA Mfg. Olyphant
Mastered At – Precision Mastering
Mixed At Funky Joint Studios
Mixed At Track Recording Inc., North Hollywood, CA
Mixed At Front Page Studios, Glendale, CA
Mixed At Yellow House Studios, Hollywood, CA
Recorded At Funky Joint Studios
Recorded At Bill Schnee Studios
Recorded At Adwin Recording Studios, Van Nuys, CA
Recorded At Alpha Recording Studios, Burbank, CA
Recorded At Titan Recording Studios
Recorded At Sherman Oaks, CA