Brian Owens | Webster University

Brian Owens

Contemporary Artist in Residence

Brian Owens“‘Brian Owens is one of the newly emerging talents whose artistry will no doubt capture the imagination of an ever wider audience as time goes on. I feel extremely privileged to have crossed paths with him so early in what I believe will be a very successful musical career.”  - Michael McDonald

Classic soul is like a perfectly balanced meal. It nourishes your spirit, feeds your mind, and is good for your heart. When you think of the pioneering masters who served it up—Al Green, Otis Redding, Rance Allen, and Curtis Mayfield—you realize they were working from some sacred ingredients, taking lessons from church to bring hope to the streets. 

Brian Owens is vibrantly vintage—aesthetically he follows the groove gospel of classic 1960s and 1970s soul with heavy dose of traditional quartet stylings, but it has a very “in the now” emotionality. Brian and his core trio, The Deacons of Soul (Shaun Robinson, Alvin Quinn and Rob Woodie) offer an experience that invites audiences to partake to honor the past and attend to the present and future through performances that are about “preservation; it’s a matter of upholding the tradition of true soul music that is so desperately needed in our culture today. Brian is making music with intent, art that inspires positive change. His vocals are a revelation—purposeful and passionate—he remains his own stylist while recalling the sensual urgency of Marvin Gaye, the comforting falsetto of Curtis Mayfield, and tender grit of Sam Cook.  

A resident of Ferguson,MO., Brian has a tireless commitment to providing experiences that uplift the community and provide hope through the gift and beauty of music. In addition to being Artist In Residence with the Grammy Award Wining St. Louis Symphony where he oversees the IN UNISON Church and Mentoring program, Owens plans to deepen his arts-based work with St. Louis youth through the innovative Life Compositions program with Maryville University, as well as the Spirituals Remix project. “We’ve added a classical guitar residency at Confluence Academy, Old North,” he says, noting ambitions to turn such programs into “sustainable after-school initiatives.” 

Brian has been married to his wife Amanda for 12 years and they have 5 children and are expecting number six in December.