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THE VOICE OF AMERICAN SOUL
Sitting across the table from singer-songwriter Brian Owens, one might get the feeling of conversing with — as some say — an old soul. There is a calmness and self-assuredness that suggests he’s been here before, even though he is only on the verge of becoming the new voice of American soul. He doesn’t project the harried, fast-paced life of a national recording artist, but rather the soulful energy that dominates his music.Brian is known as one of the lead singers of Sidewinder, the Air Force band that became a YouTube web sensation with more than 2.5 million views and swept up a flurry of media attention for their version of soul-pop singer, Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.” He has been featured with the band on national television shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Entertainment Tonight. And he is determined to balance the media attention with a level head. “I’m very excited about the exposure,” he says. “Positive exposure is always good, even when I’m not at the forefront. I believe it will come back to me in a good way.”
Owens first major release, “Moods & Messages” is a self-proclaimed soundtrack to his journey as a soul artist. With the backing of St. Louis-based Destin 2b1 Records and distribution through New York-based BDG/RED, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment, Owens says,
“Moods & Messages” is about balancing out how we feel and what we give out to the world in terms of feelings. These feelings often conflict, but you have to choose what your life will say, despite how you feel … It’s about making choices.”
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