Ansel Brown, inventor and recording artist
With most artists, the listener is asked to engage in that particular artist’s work, and the listener’s experience is that particular effort of the artist. Many times it ends up being personal and yes, even self-serving—and that may not be a bad thing—it just is what it is!
With Ansel Brown, the difference is that he’s on a musical expedition through his experiences, and the music allows the listener to take that journey with him. So, you may not have been able to get to Cape Canaveral for the final Space Shuttle landing, but listen to Brown’s moving anthem, “When You Fly,” and it will take you there. Brown says it simply, “I create experiences with my music.”
Ansel got the country bug as people like Garth Brooks (one of his favorites) and others were literally exploding on the scene. It was the country boom period, and Brown knew that he was going to be a part of that. However, there were also bills to pay and life to take care of. Talking to Brown, you realize quickly and clearly—it’s all about music and experiences. He’s on a journey, and lucky for us, there’s room in the rocket for everyone.
Great artists normally take detours and side roads before they end up on their path of destiny. For Brown it was no different. He started a record label, went to Nashville to be a star, and after recognizing it for what much of it is, he took a hiatus and re-grouped.
“I visit hospitals all the time,” said Brown. “I want to meet kids, play them some music, and even if it’s just for a little while, take their mind off their sickness. Well, some people don’t think that’s a good use of time when, according to them, I should be making money.”
Brown clearly goes against the grain and will gladly tell you just that. This time it would be about experiences, and if radio success happens and songs become hits, as they very well may, it won’t be because this artist became part of some star-making machine. “I am handling my music and career as I should have been doing all along,” said Brown. “I’d love for millions of people to hear my music—for radio programmers to love the songs—but this time I’ll be doing it my way.”
Brown is involved with so many experiences! This guy goes from NASA to women’s aviation to dirt racing, and in every case there’s great music! For example, “A World of Outlaws,” is the theme song for the largest dirt racing series in the U.S., and he was featured on Outcast Kustoms, an original series on the Discovery VELOCITY Channel. The song, “When You Fly,” salutes aviation and was used as a tribute for the final space shuttle launch, landing, and farewell ceremony.
Brown’s mission is to create experiences through his music, and the great thing is that you’re invited.
“What sets me apart from other artists is the experience,” proclaims Brown. “The song is actually the icing on the cake!”