Bio

MUSICAL DIRECTOR/ARRANGER-ORCHESTRATOR – CONDUCTOR

Samm Brown III is a 27-year veteran in the entertainment business. He’s a hit Producer/Songwriter, film/TV score composer, and Radio/TV Talk show host, and has received numerous industry awards including RIAA and ASCAP; he has had 9 number 1 recordings, 6 top ten hits, and 10 gold/platinum albums.

Samm Brown is a classically trained film and television composer, who can create a compositional palette of both electronica and live acoustic composing skills for scoring to picture. Whether conducting the world renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a 60-piece studio configuration, composing for the Chicago Symphony Jazz Ensemble, or working entirely virtual – composing, recording, editing and mixing scores with virtual computer software for films and TV projects – Samm is a consummate professional and master of the domain. He is as equally at home composing memorable movie melodies just as he is underscoring atonally (12-tone) serial or writing words and music to hit pop/R&B songs that fit dramatically and seamlessly into television or films.

Samm is among the very few film composers with 27 years of experience as a record producer, songwriter, arranger and conductor in the contemporary genres of R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Pop. He is also skilled in the genres of, String Quartet, Action/Adventure, Americana, Western Adventure, Bollywood, Cues w/Dialogue, Disco Instrumental, Dramatic Action, Electronica, Epic Action/World War II, Fantasy, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Horror, Jazz/Orchestral, Jazz (Smooth), Light Comedy, Middle Eastern, Pop/Rock, Retro-Smooth R&B, Romance, Songs, Suspense and Spy.

As a producer/songwriter or as an arranger and conductor, he has contributed successfully to the careers of such recording artists as: Michael Jackson, The Jacksons, Tavares, The Sylvers, The New Edition, The Miracles, Maxine Nightingale, David Naughton, Jerry Butler, Lou Rawls, Gemini, Arpeggio, Peaches & Herb, Clay Hunt, The Supremes, The Atkins, and many, many others, both here in theU.S., as well as in Europe andJapan.

Along with Quincy Jones and Freddie Perren, Samm Brown III is the only other record producer to have a #1 international hit (“One Day In Your Life”) with megastar Michael Jackson during the 1970′s and the 1980′s. “One Day In Your Life” was also Michael Jackson’s first #1 record in theU.K.

Samm is also a former staff writer and producer for Motown Records, a staff writer at Chappell, Almo-Irving, and Jobete music publishing companies. He is a frequent instrumental composer contributor to the Sonoton Music Library and the APM Libraries.

As a past chairman of the N.A.R.A.S. Institute; he served on the N.A.R.A.S. Board of Governors (Chicago Chapter), and was a member of the 1983 Producers Grammy Screening Committee, and he is a frequently requested guest speaker on the subjects of songwriting, artist management and record industry business.

He has also taught songwriting master classes privately and at numerous workshops and seminars including: California Lawyers for the Arts, National Academy of Songwriters and Expos, The Arizona Songwriting Association, The Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase, The Vocal Career Symposium, UCLA Extension courses, California State University Northridge Music Industry Studies Program, and has been a judge for the internationally known John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Along with his many accomplishments Samm Brown has also been a part of two national and international tours as Musical Director/conductor/keyboardist for the JACKSON’S, their CBS EMMY nominated musical variety show; and national/international tours with DONNA SUMMER, PEACHES & HERB, MAXINE NIGHTINGALE, AL WILSON, and LOLA FOLANA’s LAS VEGASREVUE.

Mr. Brown is a Ford Foundation scholarship graduate ofColumbiaUniversity’s Graduate School of Journalism. Combining his career in the record industry with his broadcast journalist background (reporter for ABC News WLS-TV, Chicago, where he was the youngest African-American in the country to hold that position), Mr. Brown utilizes his unique expertise in both fields every Thursday at 8:00 PM, PST on public radio’s KPFK 90.7 FM, where he hosts the only weekly, one-hour radio talk show in the nation that focuses exclusively on the $700 billion a year entertainment industry: Samm Brown’s FOR THE RECORD.

INDUSTRY AFFILIATIONS

 
The Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL)
IFP/LA (Independent Film Project/LA)
ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)
AF of M (Local #47) NARAS
International Managers Forum
L.A.Women In Music
ASMAC (American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers)
National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP)