Brian Owens went on a nostalgic journey for his soulful album Moods & Messages.
Singer/songwriter Brian Owens enjoyed success leading military cover band Sidewinder. After re-evaluating his musical direction, the St. Louis native began a nostalgic journey to record his debut solo album Moods & Messages.
“Expect a very colored pallet of soul,” Brian said about the album which is full of pure honest soul music. Brian feels drawn to the ’60s and ’70s era of music which, in his opinion, is one of the most defining times in our history. “I’m a purist, traditionalist. I want to uphold that music and keep it alive.”
Brian wrote the majority of the songs and hooked up with Shock City Studio’s Tony Esterly and Chris Loesch out of St. Louis for production. The groovy first single, “Open (Lovely Day),” already claimed its place with Urban AC radio. The second single, “I Just Want to Feel Alright” is sure to follow.
Two songs in particular hold a special place with Brian. “The Answer” was written and performed by his father, vocalist Thomas Owens. “It’s so powerful, there’s so much wisdom,” Brian gushed. He learned a lot from his father and from jazz singer Diane Reeves, one of his mentors. Diane taught Brian the importance of “living in the moment,” and in “Oh I” that’s exactly what he did. “The whole back end of that song came out of a moment on stage,” Brian revealed.
Moods & Messages is available in stores and on iTunes and fans can see Brian live at the Sol Village Series at New York’s S.O.B’s (October 24) and Philadelphia’s World Café Live (October 30). He says listeners should prepare for “one part Sam Cooke, one part Marvin Gaye, one part Curtis Mayfield, thrown in the blender with a dash of Nat King Cole, sprinkle of Bill Withers, and full cup of Thomas Owens.”
Check him out performing "The Answer" live in the video below!