KIRK BROWN

KIRK BROWN

BIOGRAPHY

BACKGROUND

Kirk Brown is a Singer, Model, DJ, Host, Actor, Motivational Speaker, and Entrepreneur.

Born on the beautiful island of Barbados, Kirk Brown is one of the brightest stars on the Caribbean’s musical horizon, placing him in the elite class of young, upcoming faces in region. Upon completing high school, Brown’s technical gifts and entrepreneurial ambitions led him to Canada where he pursued studies in business and computer technology.  On his return to Barbados, Kirk quickly ascended the corporate ladder to become a manager at one of the island’s leading 4-star hotels.

MUSIC CAREER

Kirk Brown began his music career as a student of the St. Michael’s Secondary School in Barbados where he specialized in brass instruments and was simultaneously a member of the school band and the Barbados Youth Orchestra.

Kirk’s love for music beckoned to him and he naturally accepted an offer to his passion in the summer of 2003, when he hit the stage for the first time, as a vocalist in a band called “Blaze”.  By early 2004, Brown’s popularity and charisma won him an invitation to front line in the well-known Toni Norville Band from Barbados.

In November 2004, with a significant amount of experience under his belt, Kirk founded “Strategy the Band”(now “The Energy Band”).  With Brown at the helm, Strategy quickly seized the title of the youngest & hottest Caribbean live band, boasting a sound & image to rival any international act.  They have made tremendous strides globally, with tours and performances spanning from the neighboring Caribbean islands all the way to the United Kingdom.

As an individual artiste, Brown has shared the stage with major international stars including Ne-Yo, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Rihanna, Fat Joe, Beenie Man, Maxi Priest, Tessane Chin, Baby Cham, T.O.K, Machel Montano, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Kerwin DuBois, Mavado, Fay-Ann Lyons, Bunji Garlin and more. With his continually growing success, Kirk also established Good Vybz Inc., an entertainment company; The Cottage Studios, a recording studio; and Savvy Jamz Inc, a marketing and sales company.  Kirk Brown lives by the motto “Music Knows No Limits” as he continues to break the mold and pave the way for young, aspiring Caribbean artistes.   

Persistent with his music career Kirk launched his international career in 2008, where he continuously grew and flew the Barbadian flag wherever he went.  He has performed in France, the United Kingdom and has completed a number of trips to the United States, which included performances for Bajan Soca Splash (New York), Club Taj (New York), Club Sin City (Connecticut) and the 2012 Get Wasted Tour, presented by Young Money and 400 Club www.getwasted.com.

Kirk entered the Barbados National HIV/Aids Song Competition 2008 with two entries as himself and one with his band formerly known as Strategy The Band where he was awarded 3rd Place with his song “The Reality” along with another 3rd place from his band, Strategy The Band, called “Wrap It Up”.

Kirk continued to evolve in the music industry where he was further nominated, given recognition and awards in his hometown Barbados. He has been a nominee at the Barbados Music Awards in various categories since its inception in 2006.  At the 2009 BMAs, Kirk copped the award for “Video of the Year-Male” with his internationally appealing music video, “Baaby”.  He was also applauded for being one of the only local artistes to release both a soca song and video (“Show Me”) in the same year. His songs “Shawty Get Low” and “Make It Right” created their own waves, earning him positions in the Top 5 segment of the regional musical chart, roaming and on every other major countdown show in that year. Kirk won the award for Music Video of the Year (Male) 2009: Baaby ft Danny Reid.

Also in the year of 2009 Kirk was further selected for the Barbados Tourism Awards nominations as a single artiste and with his band as well. Both Kirk and Strategy The Band were nominated for the Award of Excellence in Entertainment.

He didn’t stop there as the following year he was nominated for Reggae & Dancehall Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration: Shawty Get Low – Kirk Brown Ft. Justin King & Tejay, Music Video of the Year (Male): Shawty Get Low – Kirk Brown Ft. Justin King & Tejay, Entertainer of the Year (Male), Band of the Year: Strategy The Band, and, Band of the Decade: Strategy The Band. He came out on top that year of 2010 winning the award for Music Video of the Year (Male) 2010: Shawty Get Low – Kirk Brown Ft. Justin King & Tejay.

Kirk has released many singles, albums and collaborations to this date over his musical career and has continued to create music every year especially for the Crop Over season, which is the most popular and biggest season in Barbados. To recent Kirk has graced the stage throughout every Crop Over season making it as far as the Finals in the Party Monarch Competition and Semi-Finals in the Sweet Soca Competition. He has performed at major Crop Over events each season.

MODELING CAREER

Kirk is exceptionally multifaceted as his versatility extends way beyond music. His charm and exceptional visual appeal enabled him to be voted as one of the top 10 sexiest men in the Caribbean-ranking in SHE; the region’s premier publication.

In October 2009, Kirk modeled alongside America’s Next Top Model Season 11 winner, Mckey Sullivan, at Barbados’ ACF Fashion show.  Kirk’s charm and stage presence landed him a photo shoot with the Top Model winner, and a subsequent opportunity to model at The Bahamas’ Islands of the World Fashion Weekend.  While in The Bahamas, he also undertook the role of a celebrity judge for the Muse Model Search Competition.

He also took part in the following events as a model:

  • Cargo Man – Barbados 2004
  • Brooklyn (BK) Fashion Weekend – USA 2006
  • ACF Fashion Weekend – Barbados 2009
  • Islands of the World Fashion Week – Bahamas 2009

While modeling Kirk appeared in the following publications:

  • Heat – Barbados (2005 – 2009)
  • Groove – Barbados (2005 – 2009)
  • She Caribbean – 2006
  • Circuit Magazine – (2006 – 2007)
  • Damure Magazine – Barbados 2009
  • Plug Caribbean – Trinidad 2010

This landed him Ad Campaigns in his earlier modelling career such as:                                                              

  • The Hope Sanctuary
  • Cable & Wireless
  • General Foods                       
  • Ultimate Soul Weekend
  • The Tevin Campbell Show                                   
  • Barbados Music Awards (2006-2010)
  • Ship Inn Night Club
  • Taboo Night Club
  • Aussie’s Beach House
  • Good Year Tyres
  • Plantation Boogie Nights
  • Brydens Insurance
  • H&B Hardware
  • Nature Valley Energy Bar
  • Red Bull
  • Mount Gay Rum

KIRK BROWN AS A DJ

Having decided to expand his horizons in the Barbadian market, Kirk took the challenge to do something he has never done in his life. He decided to branch off into becoming a DJ. With this in mind he taught himself how to DJ and the familiarities of the equipment involved in making this task possible. Determined as he was he pushed himself to the limit and landed his first DJ experience at CBC 98.1 The One in Barbados. He worked assiduously throughout which placed him in the number one spot on CBC 98.1 The One as a radio DJ.  Kirk held the number one morning radio slot called “The Edge Radio Show” on CBC’s 98.1 The One. He captivated his audiences and gained the love of his listeners throughout his tenure at CBC 98.1 The One.

Kirk, always looking to improve, has since moved to the new exciting radio station called Capital Media HD 99.3FM, the only H.D station in Barbados, located at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre with a new show called “Capital Hitz” aired on weekdays 2:00pm – 6:00pm.

During this time Kirk was selected for the International Soca DJ Competition held in Trinidad & Tobago, February 2016 where he was placed 3rd. Kirk has fulfilled the capacity of a DJ at various events in Barbados, both private and public.

HOSTING

After realizing his potential as a host, Kirk added this career path to his many undertakings. And as he has been with every other undertakings or career path, he has continued to reap great success in each. Kirk has hosted many major events locally, regionally and internationally including (to name a few):

• Carifesta XIII

• Soca On De Hill

• Machel Montano ~ One Love Concert with VH1’s Dutchess of Ink

• Pan Pon De Sand

• Aura’s Carnival Band Launch

• Erupt’s Carnival Band Launch

• Blue Box Cart’s Carnival Band

• Battle of The Sexes Polo Event

• Naniki Music Festival Weekend

• The Barbados Reggae Festival

• Hennessy Artistry

• Artistry On The Beach

• Young M.A in Barbados

• Barbados Independent Film Festival & Presentation of Award of Excellence to Machel Montano

• The Prime Minister’s Awards Ceremony

• Labour Day carnival

• Kerwin Dubois’ boat ride, “Float”

• African Awards in New Jersey

• Socatology with Dj Barrie Hype & Giselle The Wassi One

• UV Trinidad

• Festival of Speed with Lewis Hamilton

• Spice & Company’s 2nd Street Holetown Party

• Co-host with Boris Kodjoe & Vivica Fox for the Barbados Music Awards

• The Matthew Knowles Caribbean Music Summit and launch of the Cultural Industries Act with the     Minister of Culture

• Chum FM for 4 consecutive years

• The Barbados Derby, Sandy Lane Gold Cup & Other major Race Events

• The NIFCA Finals

• SOL Rally Weekend

He is currently gearing up to host Soca On The Seas aboard the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Ship in October 2017. With a social media audience of over 150,000 collectively, his following continues to grow with his continuous bookings and appearances at major regional and international events.

ACTING CAREER

Kirk’s career in acting began and developed in Barbados as he took on roles in different capacities at local theatre shows throughout the island. He has flawlessly played roles in the Aladdin Theatre Show – Barbados, Beauty and The Beast Theatre Show – Barbados, Luther Thorne Culture Show – Barbados, The Ship Inn Garden Party – Barbados, and the Young Executive Reality Show – Barbados.

As an Actor he has also had roles in local film called Payday, has played the lead character “Dexter” in the very successful Barbadian film “Vigilante”; which was premiered in Los Angeles, New York, Miami & Atlanta, and has recently secured international distribution in Cannes Film Festival, and, has played a role in the most recent film called Heat which was directed by Menelik Shabazz who is an international director. Kirk, better known as Mr. Energy, is well on the road to becoming the people’s choice, not only in Barbados but in the Caribbean diaspora.

MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

Kirk doesn’t fall short of words especially when it comes to positive and encouraging words for empowerment. He has had many invitations to present and give speeches to the Barbadian community, to business forums and workshops, to the less fortunate in homes across Barbados, to charity, and even to prisoners inside the Barbadian prison.

ENTREPRENEUR

Aside from operating his own private businesses, Kirk has garnered endorsements for leading companies as well as numerous audio and voiceover roles.  He is currently a respectable ambassador for various brands across Barbados and continues to give his 100% to his business partners.  He works relentless to bring success to every business venture and opportunity given. He has recently done a promotional tour onboard the Carnival Vista and continues to work hard to reach his target success. There are definitely no limits for the very ambitious Kirk Brown!

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