Darrell Brown is an American songwriter, arranger, and record producer who has collaborated with recording artists and contributed music to the film and television industries and has been credited with music sales of seventy million units, as both a songwriter and producer.
Brown is the producer, arranger and main co-writer for the 2013 LeAnn Rimes album, Spitfire, (Curb +Records), which the Hollywood Reporter, the New York Times, USA Today, NPR, Rolling Stone, UNCUT, Mix Magazine, CMT, GAC, and many others are calling the best record of her career if not the best country record of the year.
Brown co-wrote and produced songs for the Michael Hoffman-directed film, Gambit, starring Cameron Diaz, Colin Firth, and Alan Rickman, with a script by the Coen Brothers. Brown co-wrote the number 1 crossover hit "You'll Think of Me" by Keith Urban, which won the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 2006. Brown also co-wrote Urban's smash hit "Raining on Sunday."
Brown co-wrote the hit single for Josh Turner, "Why Don't We Just Dance," which was Number #1 on the Billboard Country Charts for four weeks in a row.
Brown co-arranged and worked on the Neil Young and Crazy Horse 2012 release, Americana, and arranged and conducted a 100-voice choir on Neil Young's Living with War; Brown also worked on Young's Chrome Dreams 2 album.
In partnership with Fletcher Foster, Brown is co-executive producer for the series of 2012 remixes that adapted Tammy Wynette's "Stand by Your Man" single, opening a year-long celebration of the Tammy Wynette Legacy.
Brown co-produced and arranged the Blush single, "Undivided" (featuring Snoop Dogg), a release that reached the #2 position on the "Billboard Dance" music chart. Their follow up single "Dance On" reached the # 1 position on "Billboard Dance" music chart.
Brown produced and arranged the critically acclaimed cult record by Radney Foster, See What You Want to See on Arista Austin Records. The Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, and a host of other artists and songwriters hail this recording as one of Foster's best and has influenced the cutting edge of Nashville over the last decade and a half. Songs "Raining on Sunday," "Godspeed," "I'm In," among others originally appeared on this recording. Brown also produced and co-wrote the #1 pop single for Jim Brickman and Rebecca Lyn Howard, "Simple Things." Brown spearheaded the passion project "Soul Mission," co-writing and producing for the super group, which included Steve Cropper, Mavis Staples, and Booker T. Jones.
Brown is responsible for the creation and production of specific rock, pop, and country music that has been written and designed for the internationally renowned hit EA video game franchise The Sims, The Sims 3 and for underscore music for other video games for EA and EA sports that include Nintendo Wii Boogie and Playground. Brown completed production on EA Sims 3 Video game expansion pack producing Simlish vocals on Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, and Thompson Square.
Brown served on the Board of Trustees for NARAS (Grammys) and currently serves on the Board for the Grammy Foundation. Brown is musical director and co-creative producer for the Grammy Preservation concert that occurs every year during Grammy week that leads up to the Grammy Awards. Brown has worked as MD for many Grammy Events around the country working with Solomon Burke, Ed Sheeran, Natasha Bedingfield, Dionne Warrick, Jason Mraz, Emmy Lou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Ledisi, Yolanda Adams, Christette Michele, Lupe Fiasco, Lianne La Havas, Musiq Soulchild, Jeff Beck, Melanie Fiona, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Fogerty, BeBe Winans, Colby Callait, Sarah Barrellis, Trombone Shorty, Mavis Staples, Dave Koz, Shelby Lynn, Robert Cray, Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, Loretta Lynn, and Jonny Lang, among many others.