Singer and actor, Divine Brown, has already compiled her New Year’s wish list. And, working with kids and putting smiles on their faces is right at the top.
“As a mother, I have had to make sacrifices to make sure my daughter does well,” said Brown, who was recognized for her profound impact on the local music industry and her charitable work by the Black Business and Professional Association at its third annual holiday luncheon last Sunday. “Being a single mother makes that task even more difficult and challenging because I have to divide my time between my career and providing for my child.”
Brown is already doing her part assisting youth. She’s a proud supporter of World Vision Canada and its Artist Associates program, which offers a unique alternative to traditional backing by providing financial tour support for performers who take the message of hope to the stage.
Her philanthropy also includes working with Prostate Cancer Canada to raise awareness in the Black community. Black men are at an extremely high risk for the disease. She has also participated in Kardinal Offishall’s annual charity event for breast cancer.
Brown’s debut album, Divine Brown, was a hit in the mainstream market and her second album, The Love Chronicles, released in August 2008, won a Juno award for Best R & B/Soul Album in 2009.
She plans to drop a single early next year followed by her third album, Something Fresh.
The Toronto-born vocalist believes she was born to sing.
“I think it was something that was planted in me from conception,” she said. “I recognized I was going to be in the entertainment business at a very young age, even before I had an opportunity to know what music was all about. As I watched TV and the many entertainers, I just knew I wanted to be one of them.”
Growing up, Brown said 10-time Grammy Award winner, Chaka Khan, considered the Queen of Funk, was her favourite singer.
“I just loved the power of her voice,” said Brown, who has a five-octave vocal range. “She’s quite unique.”
Three years ago, Brown toured North America with the Backstreet Boys.