Brian Owens and the Deacons of Soul will release their new album 'Soul of Ferguson' on February 24th. Naoki Yamanouchi

Brian Owens and the Deacons of Soul will release their new album 'Soul of Ferguson' on February 24th. Naoki Yamanouchi

Jan 4, 2017

by Stephen L. Betts | Rolling Stone 

With his new single "For You," vibrant soul singer Brian Owens bridges a racial and generational divide, sharing vocals on the electrifying tune with five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald. Backed by Owens' band, the Deacons of Soul, the singers, who also share the same hometown – the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri – conjure up the spirits of such Motown legends as Marvin Gaye and the Temptations in an exuberant track celebrating love both human and divine.

Photo by Jarred Gastreich

Photo by Jarred Gastreich

DECEMBER 15, 2015

by Kevin C. Johnson | St. Louis Post (THE BLENDER)

St. Louis' own Brian Owens teams up with legendary singer Michael McDonald of Owens' new single "For You." The single is credited as Brian Owens & the Deacons of Soul featuring McDonald. The song is from the upcoming album "Soul of Ferguson"; both singers originally hail from Ferguson. "For You" can be purchased digitally beginning Jan. 6.

Photos by Sara Levin/Life Compositions

Photos by Sara Levin/Life Compositions

DECEMBER 13, 2016

by Nancy Fowler | Maryville Magazine

A Maryville University music therapy partnership uses music to bring relief to children whose daily experience includes a range of traumas involving poverty and violence. Working at Confluence Academy-Old North, a charter school located in St. Louis, music therapy students help middle schoolers pour their feelings into instrumentals and lyrics through a program called Life Songs.

Singer Brian Owens started the project in Spring 2015. It’s part of the Sterling Bank for Life Community Partnership, a program Owens put together through the bank and his employer, the St. Louis Symphony.

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DECEMBER 12, 2016

by Soul Tracks

NASHVILLE, TENN. (December 12, 2016) - In advance of his upcoming new album Soul Of Ferguson, show-stopping entertainer Brian Owens will release his new single "For You," featuring five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald and Owens' band, The Deacons of Soul.

Written and produced by Owens, "For You" will be released worldwide January 6, 2017 as a joint venture between Ada Cole Records and The Purpose Music Group. "For You" will be distributed via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Pandora and all other digital music retail outlets.

Photo by August Jennewine

Photo by August Jennewine

OCTOBER 24,2016

by Evie Hemphil | UMSL Daily

Brian Owens (center), the Des Lee Community Music Artist in Residence, was instrumental in connecting Take 6 with a crowd of young singers at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center in October. In addition to UMSL’s own University Singers, about 90 students from Riverview Gardens, Jennings, Ferguson-Florissant and St. Louis high schools packed the Whitaker Room for the free Lunch and Learn event.

Photo by Tim Parker Photograph

Photo by Tim Parker Photograph

JULY 5, 2016

by Alexa Beattie | Town and Style Magazine

“Art can be a driving force in change,” says Owens, a singer who is a St. Louis Symphony Artist in Residence and Ferguson resident. “The driving force of Sterling Bank for L.I.F.E. is to mentor and raise up the next generation of leaders by providing them with the best possible experiences they otherwise might not have.”









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