by A-Z Publishing | Pop Magazine
FEBRUARY 25, 2017
"If Instant Vintage or Gospeldelic are legitimate genres of music, as coined by Raphael Saadiq, then Brian Owens & The Deacons Of Soul certainly fit the bill. Returning with his third album, Soul Of Ferguson, Brian Owens continues on his mission of creating spirit-stirring and invigorating music in the glorious style of the Stax and Motown era. In keeping with the vibe of the late Sharon Jones and her band The Dap-Kings, and soul funkateer Charles Bradley, or even Alice Smith and Anthony Hamilton and The Hamiltones, it’s hard not to make comparisons between all of the new era soulsters."
by Debbie Monterrey | KMOX
FEBRUARY 24, 2017
by Amanda Flinner | Songfacts
FEBRUARY 24, 2017
"With a Grammy Award-winning duet partner like Michael McDonald on board, it's not hard to figure out why Brian Owens chose "For You" as the lead single for his Soul of Ferguson album. It's also not hard to figure out why Brian has been dubbed "the second coming of Marvin Gaye." When the former Doobie Brother first heard him singing "For You," he thought he was hearing an old Motown tune. McDonald's solo career has been stacked with critically acclaimed interpretations of classic soul songs, so he knows his stuff. And he was wrong. "For You," like all eight songs on Soul of Ferguson, is a Brian Owens original."
by Raphael Maurice | ALIVE Magazine
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
"If you’re looking for a brand-new record that hearkens back to Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and other musical pioneers, St. Louis native Brian Owens and the Deacons of Soul will be releasing “The Soul of Ferguson” on Feb. 24. Owens’ music seeks to develop conversation and community around topical issues of our time in a resonant way, furthering his commitment to the city’s powerful message that has been heard around the world since August 2014."
by Lance Jordan | St. Louis Magazine
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
"When St. Louis Magazine last spoke to R&B Soul Singer Brian Owens he was heading to The Sheldon to perform a showcase of Bill Withers songs in a concert titled “Lean on Me.” Little under a year later, Owens is headed to Powell Symphony Hall to perform a tribute to country music legend Johnny Cash in a concert entitled The Soul of Cash: A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash on May 21.“I might be a little biased being a resident artist. But, I love the hall, love the acoustics and the space. There is no better place to experience live music and I think Johnny’s music will be perfect,” Owens says."
by Bill B. | SoulandJazzandFunk
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
"Brian Owens is a US soul man who is proud to hail from Ferguson, Missouri. Sadly the little town was little-known till 2014 when Michael Brown was shot dead by police... an incident that sparked off the whole Black Lives Matter movement. The tragic events of 2014 hang heavily over this album, indeed one of the set's key cuts – 'Prayer For My Children', was inspired directly by Brown's killing. Owens says: 'I wrote this song as part of a suite after that tragic moment that happened in 2014.'"
by Howard Dukes | Soul Tracks
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
"Most Americans did not know about Ferguson, Missouri until that tragic day in the summer of 2014 when Michael Brown was fatally shot during an altercation with a city police officer. Now, everything that we know about that city is filtered through the lens of the tense and often dysfunctional relationship that the town’s largely black population has with the police department and the city government. The Brown shooting became a part of a long line of fatal confrontations between African-Americans – often but not always young, often but not always male – that gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement and, as is often the case in race relations, a counter movement (or backlash)."
by Stephen L. Betts | Rolling Stone
Jan 4, 2017
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.