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Daily Inspiration: Meet Isis Brown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Isis Brown.

Hi Isis, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I’m originally from Oakland, CA, and moved to LA to further pursue my music. Growing up, my mom put me and my sister in music lessons. I have always found music and art to be the safest space to exist in vulnerably. I’ve always been a bit of a recluse and never really felt at home in any space, so creating little worlds with my words has always been very important to me and my process.

Music has been an important part of my family’s life for generations. I was taught on my great-great-grandmother Omega King’s piano, who was one of the first Black sopranos in Chicago. After years of classical training, I wanted to move into something less stringent and started teaching myself the guitar. I really felt connected to the songs I would create with that instrument. Today, I would say my sound expands across rnb to rock to the jazz and blues training of my youth. I’ve learned to embrace the fluidity of this life and blur lines with my sounds.

Music has always served as a place for me to escape, feel whole, and feel okay. Growing up, I held these songs really close to me and was nervous to share them with the others, but I’m now in place where I’m okay with this vulnerability. Music holds such an important place in my life — I truly don’t know where I would be without it. Maybe my songs can do for someone else what a lot of music has done for me.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Music has always held a special place in my life, existing as a safe space, an escape, and as a form of acceptance. I have constantly been told to conform to an accepted standard of existence. I have been conditioned to detest my queerness and made to be ashamed of my Blackness. I’ve struggled with inner demons and mental health issues that art has helped guide me through. Through the creation and sharing of art, I found a semblance of freedom and find that it’s okay to explore the fluidity of these forms.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I write all of my own music and feel my sound expands beyond genre. I explore fluidity in my identity the same way I explore it in my music. I write most of my songs on the guitar but starting to incorporate more elements of piano into my production.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I just released the first single, Sparkly, off my debut EP “sampler” series and would love if y’all checked it out! I’m releasing the first EP from the “sampler series” on June 18th, so make sure to look out for that.

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Photography by Cole Maslansky @whysorandom__

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