Grammy Award-winning guitarist Norman Brown has just accomplished something that has eluded him his entire career: a No. 1 record. Brown's debut CD Stay With Me for Peak Records entered Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart at the top spot after selling more than 7,000 copies, ahead of Simply Red’s new CD Stay. Four previous albums by Brown – Just Chillin’, Celebration, Better Days Ahead and After the Storm – reached as high as No. 2.
In addition, Stay With Me entered the Billboard 200 charts at No. 107, giving him another career highlight – it’s the highest-charting release for Brown, who has made the Billboard 200 chart on three previous occasions. The CD also debuted at No. 28 on the R&B charts.
One of the reasons Brown has expanded his audience beyond the smooth jazz market is that he's been able to capitalize on his vocals.
"I've always felt like I could do what a lot of the great jazz artists in the past have done," he says. "Starting with Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and into the future with George Benson. People like this were able to bring a whole new audience over to instrumental music because they were singing. So I’ve been finding the right songs, which has been successful so far."Posted by Brian Soergel at May 4, 2007 11:00 PM