Kevin's Bio - saxophonist, sound engineer

Kevin Brown is a blind, jazz saxophonist...
After being born a totally blind individual,...Kevin recieved several operations, which gave him extremely limited sight in his right eye,...until age 35, when he lost his sight perminantly...


Kevin says,..."I never thought of myself as being handicapped, or disabled,...I did what ever I thought I could do,...just like everybody else...
I grew up in a steel mill town near Pittsburgh,...Clairton,...I have two older brothers, and an older sister,...my brothers cut me no slack!,...LOL
We had fun, brawls, and laughs, and cries just like any normal family..."

My parents were a great Blessing to me,...They loved one another unconditionally!,...and they loved us just as much...
We were taught respect, honesty, integrity,...and to love the Creator,...and cherish all of the Blessings we were provided with..."

Kevin started playing the clarinet at age 7,...then switched to the saxophone,...which he took a profound liking, and efficiency to.
Kevin attended "Berklee College of Music",...attended for two years...
Kevin says,..."At Berklee I learned the facts of life for musicians!,...LOL,...that is to say,...There is always someone who can play it faster, higher, softer,louder, slower, or,...there is always someone better than you!.
If you have that kind of ,...I am the best in the entire world attitude,...then you setting yourself up for a very rude awakening!"

Kevin says,..."The thing is,...everyone has some kind of talent,...some more,...some less,...but it is talent non the less...
When we as a people can come to the realization that we are all on earth together,...we all have a piece of the puzzle, and let The Creator be our guide, then we will solve a host of problems"

Kevin went on to become a some what renowned saxophonist,...even though he doesn't think of himself as a "monster musician",...He has developed a very unique style of playing...
Kevin has played in many bands,...ranging from his solo performances,...to a 40 piece jazz orchestra.
Kevin went out of the country for the first time in 1973,...were he attended a jazz study program sponsored by "Henry Ford Community College",...
Kevin says,..."We went to "Montreux Switzerland",...It was like Heaven!...
I actually got to play the "Montreux Jazz Festival",...I didn't realize the significance of that opportunity until years later..."

Kevin moved to Texas in 1994,...There he met "Long John Hunter",...a renown blues artist...
Kevin says,..."Long John is a master at the blues performance,...I learned a lot from him,...mainly to be patient, and let the groove come to you...
Long John said,..."You can't rush it,...It will come to you when it's ready,...and,...It is going to take it's good old time..."
Kevin toured with Long John from 1995 to 1998...
Touring some 20 countries,...going to the top of the blues charts for 6 weeks in 1997,...after recording the CD,..."Swinging From The Rafters"
You can listen to some of that music by googling "Long John Hunter, and The Walking Catfish"

Kevin says,..."That time right there was the best, and worst time of my life!,...We thought we were busy before,...but after going to the top of the charts,...Wow!,...We really got busy!...LOL
People think of that life style as a big party,...I'm here to tell you, it's not a party!,...it's Work!,...Work!,...and more Work!...
I remember Long John,...who was 69 years old at that time,...giving it his all,...If he could give all of what he had,...surely we could do no less!..."
Kevin says,..."I learned a serious lesson from that whole experience,...If you want success,...you have to work for it!...
It doesn't matter if no one has ever heard of you,...If it is meant to be your calling,...You have to want it despirately!,...scratch for it!,...Cry for it!,...dream about it!,...but most of all,...You must work hard for it..."

Kevin says,..."It was the worst time because I found out the hard way,...that international touring is not a profession for a married person,...that is,...if your spouse is not a musician, or performer also...
I lost my wife of 17 years shortly after that,...It was very hard on her,...and,...she couldn't stand up under that pressure...
Well,...Life goes on,...and another thing is,...There is a sacrifice for all of our actions!...
It's sad that I lost my wife,...but I am not going to regret the Blessings that I believe The Creator has given me!..."
"We all have decisions to make in our lives,...and, she made hers,...No,...I don't have hard feelings towards her,...She chose to live her life in another way, and direction...
That was her choice to make"

In time, Kevin developed an interest in the internet, computers, and finally, internet marketing...
Being a blind person,...Kevin found it a profound challenge to first learn how to use a computer,...and, then the internet...

Kevin says,..."I didn't even know how to turn the darn thing on!,...LOL,...I remember asking my wife at the time,..."where is the power button?,...LOL
Then there is the fact that blind people have to use special software called "screen readers",...so they can hear what is going on with the computer, and the internet.
That is a huge challenge in it's self!...
Let alone the fact that the general public doesn't know what it is like for blind people to use computers, and the internet..."

After finally learning what in the world he was doing with the computer,...Kevin set about building his recording studio,..."Curse Buster Sound"
Kevin says,..."I always wanted my own recording studio,...with the advent of the internet,...and all of the recording software that is availible today,...It is up to your imagination,...and, of course Your Pocket!,...LOL"
You can view Kevins website here:
http://cursebustersound.com

Kevin has recorded 4 CD's
1. Like Yahweh's Heart
2. Sacrificial Lamb
3. Holy Ground
4. Make The Connection

You can hear Kevin's music on his website...
http://cursebustersound.com


As time progressed,...Kevin finally met Tom Prendergast,...a prominate figure on the internet,...The C.E.O. of "Veretekk"
Kevin says,..."I wanted to learn how to build my own websites,...so I went looking for an online class that would teach me the coding to do so...
That is when I found this free html class taught by Tom Prendergast,...so I signed up for the class,...but I didn't tell Tom that was blind ,...because I didn't know how he would take that...
Anyway,...we had a page to work on,...and Tom would look at peoples pages at random,...LOL
One evening he said,...lets look at Kevin's page,...I thought,...Oh My God!...
After looking at my page Tome said,...Hmmmmm,...You've got things running into everything,...and your colors are not right,...What's your excuse?,...weren't you paying attention?
I said,...Uhhh!,...i'm Uhhhh!,...blind...
Tom said,...You're Kidding!,...You're blind?,...I said yes...
So after thinking about this for a few seconds,...Tom said to the other people in the class,...Look at this,...Kevin is blind and He did all of this,...all of you have no excuse for not getting this,...LOL"

Kevin has been working with Tom Prendergast...The President of "Veretekk",...since 2005...
Kevin says,..."This has been a very interesting journey...
We have a family here,...we all have some of the same goals, and things in common...
I have learned so much from Tom,..
I still play lots of music,...but I relize that I need other sources of income...
That is what I am working towards,...To be financial independent.

Kevin Brown - Saxophonist, Sound Engineer, Curse Buster Sound C.E.O.