Prince Insights From Revolution Band Member Mark Brown
As an early Prince band member, my friend and former client Mark Brown made his debut with Prince on the Controversy tour. He soon became known for his funky bass playing. Prince stated in a Rolling Stone article that without Mark on bass he would take bass out of the music.
Brown, a talented and ambitious writer, producer, business mind and creative spirit himself, worked with many name artist including Mazarati--one of his creations, Chico DeBarge, Troop, Georgio, Stacy Lattisaw, Teen Dream, Sheila E., and LakeSide, to name a few.
Added to his list of accomplishments, Mark received two Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards for his contributions to the Purple Rain movie soundtrack. He also performed with Stevie Wonder and Stevie Ray Vaughn, along with Salt n Pepa and Jodie Watley in an MTV special. He again had the honor of performing with Stevie Wonder at his Character Party. Mark has also shared the stage with Sting, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Q-Tip, and Doug E. Fresh.
After leaving Prince, Mark was signed to Motown as a solo act where he released two albums and was entrusted with the production of some Motown acts. On a personal note, Mark and I hung out a lot. He regularly invited and included me in much of what he was doing musically and socially, whether with Prince, the local bands he was involved with, Motown and other artist he was producing, concerts in MN and on the road, recording sessions in his home studio, (my ears are still ringing), and much more. I was always impressed with his creative gifts, ambition, drive and work-ethic, but more so with his generosity and simply being a truly nice person and thoughtful and good friend to me.
Prince featuring Boni Boyer - Chain Of Fools
Boni was a brilliantly gifted singer, a multi instrumentalist, writer, producer, arranger, visionary, non-stop have you on the floor laughing joke teller who was loved and respected by the music industry.
Prince with Boni Boyer
December 31, 2014
New Years Eve 2014 on Ocean Drive in South Beach
December 1, 2014
Jeff Durand client Lewis Martinee aka DJ Martinee, is a multi-platinum selling songwriter and producer, who won the distinct honor of Billboard and BMI songwriter of the year, out-ranking the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Prince, Sting, Cindy Lauper, Elton John, etc. In addition to founding the multi-platinum selling girl group Exposé, he also wrote and produced all of the songs on its first two albums, Exposure and What You Don't Know. He also contributed to the group's third album, Exposé.
Lewis Martinee routinely works with super-star artists, whether producing, writing and or remixing tracks. Clients have included Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion, Company B, Arika Kane, Jermaine Jackson, Sequel, the Cover Girls, Debbie Gibson, Vanessa Williams, Pet Shop Boys, Son by Four, Elvis Crespo, Jermaine Jackson, Tatiana and many more.
His contributions to the nascent freestyle music movement in the mid 1980s contributed to its popularity, which continues to this day.
As a DJ, Martinee has currently been contributing to a dance music radio show that is programmed in markets around the world.
December 31, 2013 - January 1, 2014
I brought in 2014 on Miami Beach's palatial Star Island at the estate of Sean "Diddy" Combs. Having arrived early, I was privy to seeing the grounds during set-up for the private party.
Combs was very hands-on, in sweats, working along with a large staff, meticulously arranging furniture, checking and double checking details, and did so until nearly 10:30. He then went inside and shortly returned dressed in a tux.
Celebrities at the very exclusive event included Beyonce, Jay Z, Drake, T.I., Kelly Rowland, Fat Joe, Scott Storch, Damon Dash, Rick Ross and Robin Thicke, to name a few.
I had a great time celebrating and socializing until the sun came up.