Country Artist Marty Brown To Perform At Willow Bay Theater

A Kentucky-based singer and songwriter will bring his distinctive voice and signature cowboy hat to Jamestown next week.

Marty Brown, a country music artist who appeared on the eighth season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” last year, will appear at the Willow Bay Theater for a performance Monday evening.

The performance will mark the first time Brown has ever been to Jamestown, as he most often performs in the Kentucky area. He said the exposure he received through appearing on a national TV program has helped expand his performance radius to new areas of the country.

“I did the stint on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and that got me all kinds of attention and exposure,” Brown said. “Me and my wife just had a real moment (on the show) and it went viral. I think people really connected with our love for each other, and I’ve just been busy as a bee ever since.”

Despite becoming visible to the public eye only last year, the 48-year-old guitarist is no stranger to the music scene. In the early ’90s, he traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, in pursuit of a record deal and subsequently released four studio albums between 1991 and 1996, though only the first album – “High & Dry” – ever charted. During this time period, he also gained notoriety as a songwriter, having co-wrote songs such as Tracy Byrd’s “I’m from the Country” and Trace Adkins’ “When I Stop Loving You.”

Following his brief career in music, Brown returned to his home in Kentucky and took up several odd carpentry jobs to make a living for nearly two decades. His career was rebooted again last year, when he unwittingly became a contestant on “America’s Got Talent” thanks to his wife, Shellie.

According to Brown, Shellie packed his guitar in her car and told him to get in. He complied, not knowing where she was driving until they arrived at the show’s audition site. Brown performed Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love,” and advanced through the audition process. Although he was eliminated in the semifinals, Brown’s TV performances caught the attention of his now-manager, Steve Johnson. He has since found himself with a packed tour schedule through the summer months.

Brown will perform a collection of his original songs, old and new, as well as a handful of covers at the Willow Bay Theater. He said attendees of his concerts should have little doubt about what to expect from a Marty Brown concert.

“I have a big range when it comes to music, but I walk country and talk country,” he said.

He also filmed a music video for his new single, “Whatever Makes You Smile,” which was written for his wife. The video can be viewed on YouTube. For more information on Marty Brown, visit www.martybrownmusic.com, or search Facebook for “Marty Brown.”

Brown’s performance on Monday will begin at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $15. The Willow Bay Theater is located at 21 E. Third St.

For more information, call Johnson at 440-8900 or the Willow Bay Theater at 664-1416.