Eban Brown, former singer of The Stylistics, is embarking on a solo UK tour, visiting Hunstanton, and can ‘die happy’ if he appears on Jools Holland
Eban Brown, the former lead singer of The Stylistics, is kicking off his UK tour, in his words, this fall.
For those in the know, that means in the fall, and to be more specific, he will perform his show Eban Brown’s Stylistics Songbook Tour at the Princess Theater in Hunstanton on Sunday October 30.
I met Mr. Brown on a casual Sunday in August, it was 5 p.m. in Dersingham and noon in Newark, New Jersey in the United States.
The weather was about the same, with the heat wave, about 80 degrees there and 30 degrees in West Norfolk, but it was the same.
Interestingly, when the singer isn’t performing, he works for the Newark City Police as an armed public safety officer.
He said: “It’s what I do when I’m not playing and every time you put on a uniform and strap on a weapon there’s an element of risk.
“Actually my very good friend Herb Fame from Peaches and Herb, a vocal duo, he also joined the police.”
With a background in gospel singing and a strong faith, Mr. Brown has a musical family that supports him and connects singing with spirituality.
He said: “Singing is definitely spiritual, even with the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, it’s very spiritual.
“It’s a blessing.
“My father was a musician and my sister sings on my albums Summertime in Tokyo and Determinsm.
“She was the family singer and I played guitar, drums, all instruments, although I can’t play keyboards.”
In January 2018, Eban announced his departure from The Stylistics as lead vocalist after 18 years to focus on his career as a solo artist.
Upon his departure from the band, he said, “It’s better to present things your way, with integrity, and I was lucky enough to do that.”
The UK tour begins in September at the Playhouse in Western-super-Mare and although he has visited the UK before, with a large fanbase here, it is a theatrical tour and he visits Hunstanton in October.
He said: “This is my first time doing a theater tour on my own.
“Hunstanton is a beautiful town and luckily people still want to hear from me, I’m blessed.
“I definitely get a buzz playing live, it’s the biggest non-drug ever.”
Back in Hunstanton, where he’s been before with The Stylistics, the singer is looking forward to something special in West Norfolk.
He said, “Strangely, I like the weather and fall in winter, it reminds me of the Pink Panther movies.”
Speaking of comedy, Mr. Brown is a big fan of comics such as Richard Pryor, Kevin Hart, Peter Sellers and another comedian from UK.
He said: “I love Benny Hill.
“I went to comics like Tracy Morgan and George Carlin, but the biggest UK comic for me was Benny Hill.”
With a stellar career in showbiz, it’s clear the singer is in a good position to offer advice to those who want to be entertained.
He said: “My advice to young artists is first and foremost to educate yourself about the craft and have something to lean on.
“The entertainment business can break your heart.
“James Brown once said never make a record your mother can’t listen to.
“Stay true to yourself.
“Every concert is important, whether big or small.
“I play Butlin and social clubs, a gig is a gig.”
When Eban Brown’s Stylistic Songbook tour hits Hunstanton, audiences can expect a mix of solo material and songs he’s sung with the band as lead singer.
He said, “We’ll be doing songs like Sing Baby Sing, Sixteen Bars, Great Hits, and some of my original set list with my full live band.”
Visiting the UK will also mean that Mr Brown will see Big Ben in the capital and he hopes to catch up with some of his own musical icons.
He said: “I hope to meet Elton John and Sting and would like to sit with Phil Collins who is in poor health.
“I love Beverley Knight and would like to sing a line from a song with Elton John.
“I would also love to perform in the Jools Holland show, if I ever do I can die happy.”
And with news of an award nomination recently, the opportunity to meet him may arise.
Mr Brown is nominated for Best Soul Artist at the Boisdale Music Awards hosted by Jools Holland on Wednesday September 28.
Hannah Emberson said: “The venues in Boisdale are among the most iconic in London and the UK and are run by the legendary Jools Holland.
“Eban is very honored and delighted to be nominated for this award and wishes all the nominees good luck in their individual categories.”
Hopefully when Eban Brown comes to the town of Hunstanton the weather will be a blessing.