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Jeff Otis Brown is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter who has been performing and writing music for over thirty years. The New Jersey native had an early interest in music and his first outlets were singing, playing the piano and the trombone. He studied music privately for many years before teaching himself the basics on the guitar at the age of fourteen.
Jeff’s influences are deeply based in the roots of American music and his writings draw heavily from country, rock and blues which provide the background for his rootsy, "Jersey" sound. His songs provide the listener with strong melodies supported by heartfelt lyrics and cover the achievements and struggles of love and life that all can relate to. His powerful voice and rhythmic styles provide the type of raw emotion that an audience can really grab onto, and it is backed by an honesty that proves he has lived those emotions that he shares. His gutsy and aggressive guitar style is a soulful and energetic enhancement to his work and it has developed into a unique, trademark sound over the years.
Jeff Otis Brown actively performs as a solo artist and as a member of one of America’s top independent bands The Cryers. He is also a founding member of the NJ acoustic duo, "America's Choice", along with guitarist/vocalist Frank Fotusky, who still perform together on occasion.
Jeff joined The Cryers in 2002 and they actively perform their own material world wide, as well as backing up rock/pop legends from the past, such as Terry Sylvester, formerly of "The Hollies", Denny Laine, formerly of "Wings" and founding member of "The Moody Blues", and John Ford Coley of "England Dan and John Ford Coley" just to name a few.
In 2006, Jeff released a solo CD entitled “Alone and Together” which includes 9 original tracks, two of which were co-written with renowned songwriter Henry Jack Williams, whose work has been recorded by Greg Allman, The Oak Ridge Boys, Uriah Heap and numerous others.
In 2008, Jeff provided 3 original songs for debut CD by The Cryers, and 6 more for their highly touted sophomore release “Rock And Roll Holiday” in 2011 for Retro Rocket Records.
In May of 2013, his second CD, "Fearless And Free" was released. Thirteen more original compositions make up the contents of this rootsy, "Jersey" sounding album.
Over the past few decades, Jeff has entertained audiences all over his native New Jersey and the USA, and in nine countries around the world including Canada and much of Western Europe.
Other performance credits include opening for Jefferson Starship, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Ambrosia, Richie Havens, Pete Best, Connie Francis, The Platters, Bobby Lewis, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, The Drifters and more. He has also been seen, in recent years, performing with The Bay city Rollers featuring Ian Mitchell, original British Invader and opening act for The Beatles, Billy J. Kramer, Joey Molland of "Badfinger", Jimi Jamison formerly of "Survivor", Laurence Juber, former guitarist of "Wings" and numerous others.