When pop icon Cyndi Lauper began work on her 11th album Detour, choosing a producer who could steer her towards a country sound was key. Enter the legendary Tony Brown.
Brown’s dossier is beyond impressive. From his early days playing keys for Elvis, Tony Brown has risen to become one of the music industry’s most talented and respected producers, recognized for his boundary-breaking vision. Reba McEntire, George Strait, Lionel Richie and Vince Gill – some of who also contributed on Detour – are just a few who have worked with Brown to create chart-topping hits.
His proven intuition and vast experience made Brown the ideal partner to guide Lauper’s incredible talent in a different direction.
And while Lauper’s foray into country music might come as a surprise for some, it marks a return to her roots, and pays homage to the artists who inspired her as a young girl such as Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson and Johnny Cash.
The pairing of Lauper and Brown reaffirms that great music surpasses genre, and that truly creative people rarely stay in one lane.
"Tony had a real band mentality. Working live was easy for him and we were such a great team. He guided us through the album and the mix. He's wonderful. And he can play some honky tonk piano!” Cyndi Lauper.
As Tony Brown explains: “Working with Cyndi Lauper, is one of those moments that you learn why an artist of her stature has earned such an iconic status! You know that she’s a great performer on stage, but sometimes it’s easy to take for granted her vocal abilities, and the depth of her musical integrity, in the studio.
“I felt like I had to earn being in the studio with Cyndi, and actually felt very proud that I could step up to her level, as a producer. After producing country music superstars for 20+ years, it was a new and exhilarating experience to perform as a producer for someone out of my normal comfort zone.”
"Recording Detour with Cyndi Lauper has renewed my faith, that in a young-man’s world, experience comes with hard work and passion over a period of time, so having a few years on you, is a good thing!”
“I feel like the album is exactly on target for what Cyndi and Seymour Stein were looking for. For me, that’s an OMG moment! Cyndi and I were doing it for the music - that’s why we got into this business to start with.”
“I learned very quickly that Cyndi knew exactly what she wanted to accomplish, and she and I hit it out of the park. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!"
Detour will be released May 6 on Sire Records.
Tony Brown was the 2016 Keynote speaker for the NAMM TEC TRACKS show at Anaheim Convention Centre, CA. With over 40 years in the music industry, he has over 100 million record album sales, and over 100 #1 singles. Among his many awards, Brown has been named ACM Producer of the Year (2008), and received a Grammy award for Country Album of the Year (2008).
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