Of all of the artists we cover at SoulTracks, one of the toughest to categorize is singer and songwriter Brian Owens. When we introduced him to SoulTrackers seven years ago, he came across as an old school soul man with a killer vocal instrument. But over the years he has shown himself to be incredibly versatile and musically curious, teaming with legendary vocalist Michael McDonald on the socially conscious Soul of Ferguson, dueting with Japanese soul sensation Nao Yoshioka on the peppy “Love Love,” taking on a country music icon's catalog on Soul of Cash, and providing a touching cover with his father of Sam Cooke’s "A Change Is Gonna Come."
Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as a “vibrant soul singer” who “bridges a racial and generational divide,” Brian Owens continues to live up to that praise with his new album, SOUL OF CASH.
Though he had several albums behind him, we first got to know and love Ferguson, Missouri soul man Brian Owens earlier this year. Backed by the redoubtable Deacons Of Soul, his 'Soul Of Ferguson' album was a remarkable piece of work.
Owens, the son of preacher out of Ferguson, Missouri had stumbled over the music of Cash via TV. There are some truly fine moments on here, like ‘Walk The Line’, a bass driven, horn laden dancer that could quite easily do the business on a dance floor near you.
A black, midwest-born soul artist covering a white, country legend isn’t exactly business as usual in the world of R&B.
Soul of Cash, a project by Ferguson, Missouri, vocalist Brian Owens, recasts some of the Man in Black's most famous entries, from "Ring of Fire" to "Walk the Line," as soul songs.
With this album, Owens seeks to bridge the divide by demonstrating that “a white man born in the South, who’s now passed on” and “a young African-American guy born in the Midwest, raised on soul music” can find common ground through music.
When St. Louis-based soul singer Brian Owens performed in the Paste Studio in New York City back in March, our engaging conversation encompassed a range of influences not immediately noticeable. Owens discussed his longtime commitment to service (referencing his time in the U.S. Air Force), community (through his LIFE Arts charity, which stands for Leadership, Innovation, Faith and Excellence) and all facets of music (from partnerships with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra to his two previous records with his band, The Deacons of Soul).