Rachel Brown (ASCAP)

Abe Olman Scholarship, 2011

24-year-old Rachel Brown is a singer, songwriter and musician, born and raised in New York City. Brown’s music fuses pop, Caribbean, Hawaiian, country and world sounds into a captivating groove. Her natural talent was quickly recognized by her peers and established veterans alike, having been the 2010 recipient of the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award for songwriting. Having only been performing publicly since her junior year in college, the Harvard graduate’s (she was selected as one of Harvard’s “15 Most Interesting Seniors” in 2010) honest lyrics and melodic sound have secured exposure not often seen by a new artist. Brown opened for the likes of Mary J. Blige and Robin Thicke at Bermuda’s National Stadium and John Legend and Quincy Jones at the Bermuda Music Festival. Brown’s music also caught the ear of one of her favorite musical influences, Wyclef Jean. Last summer the singer received a surprise when Jean brought her up on stage to perform an impromptu duet of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” at an iMentor fundraiser. Brown recently released an extended single featuring her award winning single “Bumblebee” as well as two other critically acclaimed songs—“Diamond in the Rough” and a live performance of “Lullaby.” The multi-talented vocalist is also currently working on her as-yet-untitled debut CD, which is expected to be released in late summer 2011.