Justice Snow’s welcomes Motown Recording artist Severin Browne for a no cover live music show on Wednesday, July 19th at 9pm.
Severin Browne performs solo to packed house concerts, intimate listening rooms, and even an occasional almost-rowdy bar crowd with friends from his SoCal roots. He is a sought-after guest in many singer-songwriter festivals and shows, and is regarded as one of the most accomplished performers in the Los Angeles area. Severin’s easy manner in front of an audience makes it seem as if playing his guitar and singing his songs is effortless and second-nature. His brilliant lyrics invite listeners into the songs while his solid melodies carry the story from one note to the next. His delightful and inviting delivery has charmed audiences for almost 40 years.
Severin comes from a very musical family. Severin has referred to his father — a talented jazz musician — as “The world’s greatest unpublished songwriter.” Thus, Severin started playing piano and guitar at a very young age. His brother, Jackson, is also a talented singer/songwriter who has recorded many albums for the Asylum/Elektra labels. In 1970, Severin auditioned some of his songs for Motown Records, not as a performer but as a staff writer. He remembers that Barry Gordy came into his session and asked if he wanted to make a record, to which Severin answered, “No.” But at the young age of just 21, Severin got a contract with Motown Records.
Severin’s 2001 album, This Twisted Road, showcases Severin Browne at the very top of his profession as both a singer and songwriter. Ten finely crafted tunes about the failures and successes of life are brought together as few songwriters have been able to achieve. This wonderful set includes songs of love (“Water”), songs of growth (“My Midlife Crisis”), songs of contemplation (“Do You Think I’ll Go to Heaven”) and songs of life in Los Angeles (“Angelyne”). In other words, something for everyone as we all travel “This Twisted Road” called life…
It would be another decade before Severin released a new CD. During that time, he wrote and performed consistently, while also teaching guitar and songwriting. Severin latest CD is called Lucky Man – A Songwriter’s Notebook and includes thirteen new songs from Severin’s ever-growing catalog of songs. The CD was self-released in early 2012. The eclectic mix of songs and styles are some of Severin’s favorites… directly from his notebook! Produced by Severin Browne, Edward Tree, Jeff Kossack and Holland McRae, the variety and quality of the songs is impressive.
Severin is living in Southern California in the home built more than 80 years ago by his grandfather. He still performs regularly in various locations around Southern California, including a regular “First Friday” showcase with his band at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood.