At least that’s what uber producer Tony Brown believes. “I was going to write an autobiography, but I didn’t think I could stay with a book that long,” Tony said on Tuesday afternoon (June 12). “So I thought I would tell my story in pictures. If you ever wonder what my life was like, you’ll find it in this book, Elvis, Strait, to Jesus.”
The coffee-table tome is visually stunning, containing hundreds of photos from Tony’s stellar career as a gospel pianist, rock sideman, country band member, record producer, label executive and bon vivant. Forty of Tony’s celebrity friends posed for formal portraits in his elaborately carved French Renaissance chair. The various images and Tony’s text have been presented and laid out by the “chair” portrait photographer, Rick Caballo.
At a reception co-sponsored by BMI and MusicRow, Rick and Tony were presented with framed souvenirs saluting the book’s Gold honor as an International Design Award recipient. “This award is as much Tony’s as it is mine,” said designer Rick. “He was the juice. I just squeezed it. Tony’s brilliance is that he lets other people shine in the moment.”
“I’ve been so privileged to work with so many great people,” said Tony. The Hachette Book Group presented him with a leather-bound custom edition of his book. “It looks like a Bible!” exclaimed Tony.